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PTMA Newsletter — Issue 9, 2018

The Canadian Medical Association is seeking a new physician Chair of its Board of Directors

The Canadian Medical Association is seeking a new physician Chair of its Board of Directors. This is a unique governance opportunity for a CMA member to work with an exceptional team and a national Board during an exciting and unprecedented period of transformation and growth.

Additional information, including how to apply, may be found on www.cma.ca.



cma.ca update

Building on feedback from members who asked us to provide them with easy to use, and effective communication channels, we are pleased to launch a new and improved cma.ca at the end of November.

Easy to use and with fresh content, the website will remain your main conduit to everything the CMA does for the profession and for health care.

Available in both official languages, you'll likely want to make it your go to channel to find out the latest advocacy activities and how you can get involved. We bring to your attention the homepage which will always feature our advocacy work, and profile members who are championing key health issues in their work. A section is also fully dedicated to supporting the profession — you will find everything related to physician health and wellness, the medical code of ethics, and other supportive resources for the profession. We also brought together into a single section the opportunities to get involved in policy setting, meetings, communities of interest platforms, elections, and more.

We invite you to share your feedback on the new website, as we will continue to identify improvements in the way the information is presented. If you have questions, please contact Nick Farinaccio.



The CMA appears before Senate committee on Bill S-248 (National Physicians’ Day)

On Oct. 31, CMA President-Elect Dr. Sandy Buchman appeared before the Senate Social Affairs, Science and Technology committee to discuss Bill S-248, An Act respecting National Physicians’ Day. He was joined by retired Senator and sponsor of the bill, Art Eggleton. The bill received overwhelming support from the committee members, who went on to discuss potential celebrations for May 1, should the bill become law and the date become known as National Physicians’ Day. You can watch Dr. Buchman’s committee appearance here, beginning at 5:06 pm.

The committee held one further meeting on clause by clause on Nov. 1, which passed. The bill will now be read a third time and debated in the Senate, hopefully before they adjourn for the holiday break.

Contact:
Pascal Charron, Lead, Political and Grassroots Advocacy, pascal.charron@cma.ca



The CMA advances physician and patient perspectives in the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s pre-election consultation on tax competitiveness

The CMA was well represented at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s roundtable consultation on tax competitiveness in Ottawa on Nov. 6. The CMA’s Vice-president of Community and Member Engagement, John Feeley, and Dr. Steve Pelletier, family physician with the Clarence-Rockland Family Health Team, participated on behalf of the Association.

The Chamber has undertaken three roundtable consultations with its membership in different regions across Canada to explore the issue of tax competitiveness and the need for a review of the tax system. The roundtable was held under Chatham House rules.

The CMA provided unique contributions to the discussion on:

  • ensuring a health lens as part of a review of the system, including considering the role of tax credits
  • recognizing the importance of the small business tax framework to professionals
  • ensuring a competitive environment for professionals

The CMA’s contribution will help inform the development of the Chamber’s election platform, emerging from this consultation.

Contact:
Azin Peyrow, Director, Provincial/Territorial & Municipal Collaboration, azin.peyrow@cma.ca



Cannabis

The CMA has recently launched a national awareness campaign on cannabis, targeting youth. The ads will run from Oct. 15 to Jan. 6, 2019 and are featured on youth-friendly platforms like YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat and Spotify. More information on the campaign is available on cma.ca where you will also find other important resources such as the Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines.

 

We also thought you might be interested in the following resources that have been developed by some of our national key stakeholders:



Demand a Plan reaches new membership milestone

Our numbers are growing! Demand a Plan is now up to 70,000 supporters and still going strong. In terms of recent features, the last week of October was focused on Patient Safety Week. Going into November, we’re revving up for a full month of Fall Prevention. With the help of CMA member Dr. Eoghan O’Shea, we’re creating content that will help older patients stay safe from the dangers of falling.

Contact:
Audrey Grandmaison, Advisor, Patient and Public Mobilization, audrey.grandmaison@cma.ca



Ingenuity in Canadian medicine: Meet the recipients of the 2018 Joule Innovation grants

Joule, a CMA company, has announced the recipients for its annual Innovation grants. The program, now in its third year, has previously provided grants to projects that have helped spark change in surgical practices, medical referrals, mental health and more. This year marks the highest value Innovation grants to date: recipients will share $200,000 in flexible funding to develop or expand a project that affects how physicians work and the care their patients receive.

The 2018 Joule Innovation grant recipients, along with their projects, are as follows:

  • Dr. Brian Courtney, Conavi Medical
  • Dr. Alexandra T. Greenhill, Careteam Technologies
  • Dr. Donald Burke, Critical Outreach & Diagnostic Intervention (CODI)
  • Dr. David Benrimoh, Aifred Health
  • Dr. Nada Gawad, My On Call (MOC) Pager App
  • Dr. Alex Bilbily, 16 Bit
  • Dr. Latif Murji, Stand Up for Health (SUFH)
  • Eric J. Zhao, Lumina
  • Charles Choi, VitalEyes

Lean more about the Joule Innovation grant program and each recipient at joulecma.ca/grants.



Watch TEDMED live, courtesy of Joule

Joule is traveling to TEDMED from November 14-16 to represent you as their Canadian partner, meeting people from across the world in all disciplines—both inside and outside of medicine — all in the pursuit of unexpected connections that accelerate innovation in health and medicine.

We’d like to share the experience with you via exclusive access to their live stream. Watch TEDMED talks from inspiring leaders in health care live using the link and access code below:

Link: www.tedmedlive.org
Access Code: Joule18

To see what Joule is up to at TEDMED, visit joulecma.ca/tedmed.



MD Financial Management Launches Momentum Campaign

On November 12, MD launched its Momentum Campaign, which helps Canadian physicians make the most out of RRSPs and build the financial future their dreaming of. The campaign runs from November 2018 to February 2019 and raises awareness of the tax-advantaged benefits available through registered retirement savings plans (RRSPs) and other non-registered accounts. To help physicians understand how they can fully capitalize on RRSPs, case studies, videos, quick tips, and more will be made available on md.ca throughout the campaign.

To find out more, visit https://pages.mdm.ca/1887-yourfuture.html



Upcoming events in your province or territory

Host: MD Financial Management
Title: Creating Your Best Life in Retirement “Créer une retraite de rêve”
Date & Location: 11-15 Quebec
Type: Seminar
Description: A workshop with which will focus on the emotional and relationship aspects of retirement.
Language: French
Contact: lynda.lessard@md.ca
Who is the event for? Practicing
Host: MD Financial Management
Title: Open House
Date & Location: 11-15 Vancouver
Type: Appreciation
Description: Grand re-opening of the Vancouver office following renovations.
Language: English
Contact: jessica.vu@md.ca
Who is the event for? All
Host: MD Financial Management
Title: Family Conversations in Estate Planning (Dr Amy)
Date & Location: 11-15 Thornhill
Type: Seminar
Description: A workshop with Dr. Amy D’Aprix – life transitions expert which will focus on the non-financial side of estate planning.
Language: English
Contact: naomi.ofir@md.ca
Who is the event for? Practicing
Host: MD Financial Management
Title: More on the Sale of MD
Date & Location: 11-15 Timmins
Type: Appreciation
Description: MD Leadership addresses client feedback and questions regarding the sale to Scotiabank.
Language: English
Contact: melissa.allan@md.ca
Who is the event for? Practicing
Host: MD Financial Management
Title: Sushi Savings
Date & Location: 11-16 Vancouver
Type: Appreciation
Description: Take a sushi break! Stop by our office for some sushi and to learn more on saving and investment strategies
Language: English
Contact: gareth.canning@md.ca
Who is the event for? Practicing
Host: MD Financial Management
Title: Private Screening: The Nutcracker
Date & Location: 11-17 Prince George
Type: Appreciation
Description: Join MD for a Private Screening of The Nucracker!
Language: English
Contact: kristi.plumridge@md.ca
Who is the event for? All
Host: MD Financial Management
Title: Private Screening: The Grinch
Date & Location: 11-17 Windsor
Type: Appreciation
Description: Join MD for a Private Screening of The Grinch!
Language: English
Contact: andrea.carnegie@md.ca
Who is the event for? All
Host: MD Financial Management
Title: Women, Wealth and Wisdom
Date & Location: 11-19 Hamilton
Type: Seminar
Description: A workshop with Dr. Amy D’Aprix where she will help you discover your financial style and become more confident and in control of your financial well-being.
Language: English
Contact: jessica.haynes@md.ca
Who is the event for? Female, practicing
Host: MD Financial Management
Title: More on the Sale of MD
Date & Location: 11-20 Sudbury
Type: Appreciation
Description: MD Leadership addresses client feedback and questions regarding the sale to Scotiabank.
Language: English
Contact: melissa.allan@md.ca
Who is the event for? Practicing
Host: MD Financial Management
Title: First Time Home Buyers
Date & Location: 11-20 Vancouver
Type: Seminar
Description: Considering buying your first home? MD invites you to a seminar to learn about the process.
Language: English
Contact: gareth.canning@md.ca
Who is the event for? Residents/ new to practice
Host: MD Financial Management
Title: Market Update
Date & Location: 11-21 Owen Sound
Type: Seminar
Description: A market update with the regional investment management strategist.
Language: English
Contact: michelle.kroonen@md.ca
Who is the event for? Practicing
Host: MD Financial Management
Title: More on the Sale of MD
Date & Location: 11-21 Saskatoon
Type: Appreciation
Description: MD Leadership addresses client feedback and questions regarding the sale to Scotiabank.
Language: English
Contact: waddah.mohamed@md.ca
Who is the event for? Practicing
Host: MD Financial Management
Title: Insurance and Corporate Tax Minimization
Date & Location: 11-22 Barrie
Type: Seminar
Description: Join us as we explore individual pension plans and permanent insurance.
Language: English
Contact: vanessa.barnett@md.ca
Who is the event for? Practicing
Host: MD Financial Management
Title: Market Update
Date & Location: 11-22 Goderich
Type: Seminar
Description: A market update with the regional investment management strategist.
Language: English
Contact: michelle.kroonen@md.ca
Who is the event for? Practicing
Host: MD Financial Management
Title: Private Screening: The Grinch
Date & Location: 11-24 Kingston
Type: Appreciation
Description: Join MD for a Private Screening of The Grinch!
Language: English
Contact: melissa.allan@md.ca
Who is the event for? All
Host: MD Financial Management
Title: Private Screening: Ralph Breaks the Internet
Date & Location: 11-24 Ottawa
Type: Appreciation
Description: Join MD for a Private Screening of Ralph Breaks the Internet!
Language: English
Contact: jacqueline.wilson@md.ca
Who is the event for? All
Host: MD Financial Management
Title: Private Screening: Ralph Breaks the Internet
Date & Location: 11-24 Regina
Type: Appreciation
Description: Join MD for a Private Screening of Ralph Breaks the Internet!
Language: English
Contact: waddah.mohamed@md.ca
Who is the event for? All
Host: MD Financial Management
Title: Private Screening: The Grinch
Date & Location: 11-24 Sault Ste Marie
Type: Appreciation
Description: Join MD for a Private Screening of The Grinch!
Language: English
Contact: melissa.allan@md.ca
Who is the event for? All
Host: MD Financial Management
Title: Private Screening: Ralph Breaks the Internet
Date & Location: 11-25 Saskatoon
Type: Appreciation
Description: Join MD for a Private Screening of Ralph Breaks the Internet!
Language: English
Contact: waddah.mohamed@md.ca
Who is the event for? All
Host: MD Financial Management
Title: Under the Moonlight
Date & Location: 11-26 Edmonton
Type: Appreciation
Description: Join MD at Edmonton’s Muttart Conservatory for Dinner Under the Moonlight!
Language: English
Contact: katie.morrissey@md.ca
Who is the event for? All
Host: MD Financial Management
Title: More on the Sale of MD
Date & Location: 11-26 Winnipeg
Type: Appreciation
Description: MD Leadership addresses client feedback and questions regarding the sale to Scotiabank.
Language: English
Contact: waddah.mohamed@md.ca
Who is the event for? Practicing
Host: MD Financial Management
Title: First Time Home Buyers
Date & Location: 11-27 Abbotsford
Type: Appreciation
Description: Considering buying your first home? MD invites you to a seminar to learn about the process.
Language: English
Contact: gareth.canning@md.ca
Who is the event for? Residents and New to Practice
Host: MD Financial Management
Title: More on the Sale of MD
Date & Location: 11-27 Calgary
Type: Appreciation
Description: MD Leadership addresses client feedback and questions regarding the sale to Scotiabank.
Language: English
Contact: lucerne.hwang@md.ca
Who is the event for? Practicing
Host: MD Financial Management
Title: Dinner with MD
Date & Location: 11-27 Sarnia
Type: Appreciation
Description: Join MD for an evening of entertainment and delicious food!
Language: English
Contact: andrea.carnegie@md.ca
Who is the event for? Practicing
Host: MD Financial Management
Title: Creating Your Best Life in Retirement
Date & Location: 11-28 Fredericton
Type: Seminar
Description: A workshop with which will focus on the emotional and relationship aspects of retirement.
Language: English
Contact: magalie.selosse@md.ca
Who is the event for? Practicing
Host: MD Financial Management
Title: Creating Your Best Life in Retirement
Date & Location: 11-29 Charlottetown
Type: Seminar
Description: A workshop with which will focus on the emotional and relationship aspects of retirement.
Language: English
Contact: magalie.selosse@md.ca
Who is the event for? Practicing
Host: MD Financial Management
Title: Dinner with MD
Date & Location: 11-28 Abbotsford
Type: Appreciation
Description: Join MD for a relaxing evening with your fellow colleagues while admiring the local art showcased at the Kariton Art Gallery.
Language: English
Contact: andie.besgrove@md.ca
Who is the event for? Practicing
Host: MD Financial Management
Title: Wine and Jazz Night
Date & Location: 11-28 Coquitlam
Type: Appreciation
Description: Come enjoy an evening with Vinoscenti Vineyards Consultants for a great selection of wine tasting, featuring music from the Andy Stack Jazz Duo.
Language: English
Contact: andie.besgrove@md.ca
Who is the event for? Practicing
Host: MD Financial Management
Title: Calgary Zoolights
Date & Location: 11-29 Calgary
Type: Appreciation
Description: Join family and friends to experience the Calgary Zoo's transformation into a magical winter wonderland.
Language: English
Contact: farah.ladha@md.ca
Who is the event for? All
Host: MD Financial Management
Title: More on the Sale of MD
Date & Location: 11-29 North Bay
Type: Appreciation
Description: MD Leadership addresses client feedback and questions regarding the sale to Scotiabank.
Language: English
Contact: melissa.allan@md.ca
Who is the event for? Practicing
Host: MD Financial Management
Title: Retirement Readiness
Date & Location: 11-29 Waterloo
Type: Seminar
Description: Join us for a seminar where we will discuss retirement.
Language: English
Contact: michelle.kroonen@md.ca
Who is the event for? Practicing
Host: MD Financial Management
Title: Private Screening: The Grinch
Date & Location: 12-01 Hamilton
Type: Appreciation
Description: Join MD for a Private Screening of The Grinch!
Language: English
Contact: lori.mcneil@md.ca
Who is the event for? All
Host: MD Financial Management
Title: Private Screening: Ralph Breaks the Internet
Date & Location: 12-01 Vancouver
Type: Appreciation
Description: Join MD for a Private Screening of Ralph Breaks the Internet!
Language: English
Contact: aneet.minhas@md.ca
Who is the event for? All
Host: MD Financial Management
Title: Kamloops Blazers Game
Date & Location: 12-05 Kamloops
Type: Appreciation
Description: Come cheer on the Kamloops Blazers as they take on the Victoria Royals!
Language: English
Contact: leah.becker@md.ca
Who is the event for? All
Host: MD Financial Management
Title: More on the Sale of MD
Date & Location: 12-05 Kitchener
Type: Appreciation
Description: MD Leadership addresses client feedback and questions regarding the sale to Scotiabank.
Language: English
Contact: michelle.kroonen@md.ca
Who is the event for? Practicing

To find out more contact Angela Moffatt.