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CMA Communities of Interest Grants

Communities of Interest are groups of people with a shared passion who come together to explore ideas and experiences, solve problems and take action.

Across Canada, physicians, medical learners, health professionals and patients are creating communities of interest on issues affecting the health system, the profession and patients.

We believe these communities are key to building a vibrant profession and a healthy population. That’s why the CMA is supporting this work through a grants program and a new virtual platform.

Community of interest grants

The CMA community of interest grants were created to support an existing community of interest, or to develop a new one. The CMA aims to support communities that are inclusive, innovative and impactful. Grant recipients receive funding, strategic advice, community management coaching and access to the CMA community of interest platform. The grants are available to CMA members.

Grant winners for 2018

  • Indigenous Health — this community of interest will bring together physicians to examine indigenous health inequities and ways of resolving these inequities on a personal, organizational and institutional level, in conjunction with First Nations communities.
  • Creating an Inclusive and Equitable Medical Community — this community of interest will focus on empowering members to build an inclusive medical culture — sharing stories, resources and opportunities — with the goal of achieving gender equity in medical communities.
  • IMAGINE (Interprofessional and Medical Allied Groups Improving Neighbourhood Environments) Health — this community of interest will build on IMAGINE’s work providing basic healthcare to marginalized people in Toronto by increasing awareness of patient access issues and sharing information about the resources available across Canada for vulnerable populations.
  • Canadian Association of MAiD Assessors and Providers — this community of interest will develop a listserve run by CAMAP into a broad, national Forum for a wide range of members from the MAiD community (assessors, providers, social workers, administrators, care coordinators, ethicists, nurses, lawyers, etc) to share experiences, resources and expertise.
  • Community of Interest on Substance Use — this community of interest aims to build a national network on substance use issues where resources, expertise and experiences can be shared, as well as develop policy recommendations to inform municipal, provincial and federal governments on substance use.

Interested in learning more about how to join these communities or to apply for future grants? Contact

The full details of the 2018 selection criteria are available here. A selection committee made up of physician and medical learners ranked the grant applications based on applicants’ objectives, strategic approach, leadership and project plans.

CMA virtual platform: a space for communities of interest to connect

The CMA is creating a virtual platform, where communities can be hosted and supported online. The platform will enable community members across Canada to easily connect, share resources and join discussions in a virtual space.

Interested in substance abuse issues? The virtual platform will enable users to see, join and follow the communities that exist on this issue. Users can also create their own community.

The platform will also provide physicians, stakeholders and patients ways to connect with the CMA to provide feedback on policy and programs.

When it is launched, this virtual platform will be an important tool to support and engage the medical profession and to gain the patient perspective.

Dr. Hasan Sheikh on how his community of interest has made him a better physician

I think one of the biggest frustrations in medicine is when you hit systemic issues that you feel you can’t push beyond, from behind the confines of the clinic space. What has been really helpful with this [community of interest] is to have a group of people who are enthusiastic... it allows you to feel like you are building capacity and building up the system to take care of a vulnerable group of patients. It’s inspiring, and it supports us in feeling like what we do makes a difference.

 — Dr. Hasan Sheikh, member of community of interest on addiction medicine