Canadian Medical Association

Dear members,

As governments across the country plan for when and how to reopen more businesses and services – including health care services – we know there will be many important considerations for physicians and patients to consider, to protect everyone’s health.

To help physicians prepare for this transition, we’ve created a new resource page on managing and re-opening your practice. This page includes information on:

  • Scheduling visits, including factors to consider before seeing patients in-person
  • Suggested office procedures and design to accommodate physical distancing guidelines
  • Ongoing screening of patients for COVID-19
  • Infection control measures and PPE, including how to get more supplies
  • Addressing patients’ anxieties around COVID-19

Additional patient resources

As businesses start to re-open, you may find that patients have new questions or are looking for more guidance. Consider directing them to — a joint project of the CMA, Royal College and CFPC — where the public can get trustworthy information about COVID-19 and ask their own questions. We’ve provided more than 70 responses to-date on topics from pregnancy to a vaccine to the risk to those with underlying conditions — and more are on the way.

New dates: Online mindfulness workshops

Recognizing the ongoing pressures and stress on physicians, Joule has opened up additional dates for their online mindfulness workshops. These interactive sessions are free and will be held during the evenings of May 19, May 25, June 2 and June 8 (English). Find out more and register.

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).

With gratitude,
Dr. Sandy Buchman

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