They have passion and compassion. They lead and inspire. The CMA’s Physician Changemakers are developing innovative technologies and programs, influencing public health policy and using their voices to advocate for change — all with the aim of ensuring patients have the best care possible. The CMA is proud to highlight the work of its members who are making change happen.
Dr. Katharine Smart
It is a situation every physician dreads — treating a critically-ill patient and realizing the necessary medical resources are not available. For Whitehorse pediatrician Dr. Katharine Smart, working with marginalized groups in under-resourced communities has shaped her commitment to improving health equity.
Dr. Scott Adams
Access to ultrasound services in La Loche, a remote community in northern Saskatchewan, is limited, leaving people who need them to travel long distances. When COVID-19 emerged, access was hindered even further. But Dr. Scott Adams had already been investigating telerobotic sonography technology as a potential solution.
Dr. Ann Collins
Growing up in rural New Brunswick, the oldest of eight children, Dr. Ann Collins had always thought about working in the field of medicine. Her father encouraged her dreams and shared his insight. “He said ‘Ann, I think you’d make a good doctor. Why don’t you think about doing that?’” Dr. Collins recalls. “So that set my future in stone.”
Dr. Wassim Salamoun
Dr. Jennifer Russel
For many family physicians, it’s a common scenario. A teenage patient comes to their office in crisis, seeking care for a mental health issue. The wait is up to a year to see a child psychiatrist, and the family can’t wait. As Dr. Jennifer Russel explains it, it’s exactly the situation the Compass program set out to address.
Dr. Sandy Buchman
Dr. Courtney Howard
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