Canadian Medical Association

Do you want to help change the health care system? Make connections and build your leadership skills through the CMA Ambassador Program.

The CMA Ambassador Program provides an introduction to health policy and advocacy for medical students, residents and physicians in their first five years of practice. The program helps strengthen the next generation of medical leaders by engaging Canada’s newest physicians and physicians-in-training in discussions about emerging health issues, medical technologies and service models.

“Getting physicians who want to make the health system better involved, early in their careers, can help build leadership capacity.” 

Dr. Goldis Mitra, CMA Ambassador 
 

“It has helped my understanding of medicine in ways that my lectures on physiology didn’t.”

Emily Macphail, University of Calgary medical student, CMA Ambassador

The benefits of being a CMA Ambassador

As a CMA Ambassador, you’ll receive funding and support to attend select CMA and other health-related events across Canada. These include, among others: 

  • CMA Annual General Meeting and General Council
  • CMA Health Summit
  • Canadian Conference on Physician Leadership 
  • International Conference on Physician Health

These events are great opportunities to meet like-minded peers who want to make a difference and to connect with — and learn from — experienced physician leaders. You’ll also have opportunities to provide direct feedback to the CMA through consultations, committees and working groups. 

Develop new skills you can apply right away in your studies or in your own practice. Learn how to engage with medical leaders at all levels — and be an advocate on issues that matter to you and your community.


Ambassador participation in these events is made possible through CMA's Affinity relationship with Scotiabank and MD Financial Management. Together, Scotiabank, MD and the CMA are firmly committed to supporting the medical profession and advancing health in Canada. As proof of this commitment, and in collaboration with the CMA and MD, Scotiabank will invest $115 million over the next 10 years to support students, residents, physicians and the communities they serve across Canada.

Read more about one CMA Ambassador’s experience at the 2018 CMA Health Summit.

Questions? Contact us to learn more about the CMA Ambassador Program.

CMA Member Voice e-Panel

Participate in our e-Panel surveys and help inform future CMA policy and advocacy work on issues that are important to the profession.

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Communities of interest

Take part in focused discussions on health topics or start a community of your own.

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CMA Member Proposals

Bring forward your ideas for health policy that should be included in our current and future advocacy work.

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Advocacy Skills Coaching Program

Hone your advocacy skills with the help of CMA staff and guest speakers — whether you’re a seasoned advocate or just getting started.

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