Canadian Medical Association

Dear members,

Since the onset of COVID-19, many physicians have had to think differently about how to deliver care. Telemedicine and virtual care options have been one way for them to stay connected with and care for patients.

According to a national poll the CMA commissioned last month, almost half the Canadians surveyed have accessed a physician using virtual care options – whether by video, phone, email or text messaging. And with a reported 91% satisfaction rate, it’s clear they’re happy with the medical advice they’re receiving.

For many patients, this is a new experience. To help ensure people who need virtual care feel comfortable and prepared for their visit, the CMA has sponsored the creation of a how-to guide. Patients will learn which medical conditions are suitable for virtual care, how to arrange a visit, what tools and information to have on hand, and more.

If you’re interested in sharing the guide with your patients, you can find it here. The CMA also has a guide for physicians on how to adapt their practice to offer virtual services.

New member resources

Our Re-opening your practice during COVID-19 page has been updated with new clinical guidance for physicians on how to hold in-person visits safely. It includes information on:

  • COVID-19 screening
  • Conditions for resuming non-urgent health care services
  • Administrative and operational controls
  • Environmental cleaning
  • Visits with symptomatic patients
  • PPE and infection control measures
  • Updated information on PPE sourcing, by province and territory

Apply now: COVID innovation grants 

Joule is currently seeking grant applications from CMA members working on innovative projects related to the pandemic. If you’re working on an initiative to improve access to care, support vulnerable populations or keep front-line health care workers protected, visit the Joule site and apply before June 21.

Register now: AGM and General Council Elections

We will be holding our 153rd Annual General Meeting and General Council Elections virtually on Sunday, Aug. 23 from 12:30–3 pm ET. View what’s on the agenda this year and register today.

Celebrating the graduating class of 2020

Convocation is a major milestone in any physician’s career, but this year, the pandemic has changed how graduating medical students can celebrate. With traditional ceremonies cancelled or postponed, we’re asking our members to take to social media to share their best wishes and words of encouragement with the graduating class. Visit our Facebook page to join in.

As a reminder, please don’t hesitate to contact us with your questions or suggestions. 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 for your ongoing support to Canadians and to one another,
Dr. Sandy Buchman

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