Canadian Medical Association

Dear members,

From the outset of this pandemic, virtual services have played an important role in helping physicians connect with and provide care to their patients, from the safety of their homes.

This weekend, we were pleased to see the federal government pledge its support for virtual care, announcing $240.5 million to further expand virtual services across Canada, including access to mental health supports.

Scaling up virtual care is a priority for the CMA, recognizing that it’s an important tool in helping Canadians access care, no matter where they live. Earlier this year, we collaborated with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the College of Family Physicians of Canada to outline 19 key recommendations to pave the way for virtual care in Canada.

To support individual physicians, we’re also continuing to update the virtual care resources we’ve developed in partnership with telemedicine primary care physician, Dr. Mark Dermer. These include a how-to guide and videos on how to adapt your practice to offer virtual services and adopt good virtual care practices – from fitting virtual patient encounters into your practice workflow to what problems can be safely assessed and treated remotely.

Creation of new federal supply council on PPE

With our latest member survey results showing ongoing shortages of PPE on the frontline, we welcomed further federal steps announced this weekend that will help improve supply levels for physicians and other health care providers.

On Sunday, the federal government announced the creation of the COVID-19 Supply Council, which will bring together members from the private and non-profit sectors to advise on building “innovative and agile” supply chains for PPE, including production, sourcing, shipping and distribution strategies.

With a lack of PPE still causing serious concerns for our members, we will be monitoring the council’s progress closely, and continuing to call for more government action to keep physicians and other health care professionals safe and protected.

Recently published member resources

Building COVID-19 peer support networks

  • Psychiatrist Dr. Mamta Gautam explains how, at the outset of the pandemic, she set up a daily video call for physicians to share their feelings and concerns – and why it’s proving to be so valuable.

Clinical resources

  • The experts from DynaMed answer physicians’ top 10 clinical questions on COVID-19, from whether transmission rates will change with the warmer weather, to what medications patients can safely take if they’re infected with the virus.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with your questions or suggestions related to COVID-19. Our Member Service Centre can be reached at memberservicecentre@cma.ca or toll-free at 1-888-855-2555 (weekdays from 8 am to 8 pm EDT).

Thank you for all you’re doing for Canadians and for our profession,
Dr. Sandy Buchman


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