Canadian Medical Association

Dear members,

We continue to hear your serious concerns about the lack of personal protective equipment. We’re seeing the government take unprecedented action to help address these concerns – including using bulk purchasing to acquire supplies internationally, calling on and working with manufacturers to retool to enable more domestic production and reducing all possible regulatory barriers. We’re in ongoing discussions with the government on this issue as well as highlighting the need for continued action in our communications with stakeholders. In addition, we’re supporting PTMAs in their bilateral discussions with their respective governments around equipment and supplies.

CMA Health Summit cancelled, AGM & General Council Election to be held virtually 

  • Given the rapidly escalating situation across the country, and with our members and all medical organizations understandably focused on COVID-19, the CMA Health Summit has been cancelled (originally scheduled for Aug. 22-23 in Halifax).

  • The CMA Annual General Meeting and General Council Elections will be held virtually on Aug. 21.

Health and wellness resources

  • The CMA’s executive vice-president of physician health and wellness, Dr. Caroline Gérin-Lajoie, has collaborated with the team at the Ottawa Hospital on a video of 10 evidence-based ways to manage stress during times of emergency.

If you are feeling distressed or need personal assistance, please reach out to your provincial physician health program.

Use of personal protective equipment

  • Public Health Ontario has released new videos on how to put on and take off full personal protective equipment.

Patient posters on COVID-19

  • Our handout for patients on the spread and symptoms of COVID-19 is now available in five new languages – Mandarin, Cantonese, Punjabi, Arabic and Spanish – in addition to English and French.

Self-isolation among health care providers

  • With many health care workers in self-isolation at home due to travel or illness, CMA President-Elect Dr. Ann Collins is sharing her own experience being under quarantine.

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 memberservicecentre@cma.ca or toll-free at 1-888-855-2555 (weekdays from 8 am to 8 pm EDT).

Thank you for all that you do and your dedication during this unprecedented time,
Dr. Sandy Buchman


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