Canadian Medical Association

Dear members,

To combat COVID-19, Canadians all need to look out for each other. Here at the CMA, we’re committed to looking out for you, our members, by advocating with government for ways to keep you and your colleagues safe, and by creating supports and resources that physicians and the public need. Read a full week-to-week overview of our work to-date.


Supporting your health and wellness

  • We’ve pulled together a series of resources on how to manage stress and anxiety, how to recognize the signs of burnout, and how to talk to your children about COVID-19, along with information on peer-to-peer support.

  • Joule has launched a new learning series to support physicians during the pandemic, on topics such as managing isolation, building resilience and moral distress.

Addressing the financial impact of the pandemic

  • With many members financially affected by the pandemic, we brought on the accounting firm MNP to research the current federal programs for small businesses, and how they apply to physicians in a variety of practice settings.

Helping you navigate ethical challenges

  • Physicians are facing unprecedented ethical challenges as a result of COVID-19, and we developed a new framework to assist them in the difficult decision-making process, should critical care resources become scarce.

  • We’re also referring members to our policy on duty of care during times of pandemic.

Offering palliative care resources

Expanding access to virtual care

  • In response to members’ need to quickly ramp up virtual care in their practice, we launched a virtual care playbook in partnership with the Royal College and the CFPC.

Launching practice management resources

  • We’ve pulled together a list of practice management information, including what to tell patients about regular office visits, how to help patients who are anxious about COVID-19 and guidelines on who should and shouldn’t be tested for the virus.

Sharing clinical resources on COVID-19


  • We launched – in partnership with the Royal College and the CFPC – where members of the public can get accurate and trustworthy responses to their questions on COVID-19.

  • We produced “Stop the Spread” handouts on the symptoms and prevention of COVID-19, which are now available in five languages apart from English and French: Arabic, Cantonese, Mandarin, Punjabi and Spanish.

As a reminder, please don’t hesitate to contact us with your questions or suggestions related to COVID-19. Our Member Service Centre can be reached at or toll-free at 1-888-855-2555 (weekdays from 8 am to 8 pm EDT).

Thank you once again for your tireless commitment to Canadians,
Dr. Sandy Buchman

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