Canadian Medical Association

Dr. Wassim Salamoun

As the medical director for hospitals in western Prince Edward Island (PEI), Dr. Wassim Salamoun is familiar with the challenge of recruiting physicians to remote, rural areas. Yet nothing prepared him for the critical doctor shortage at Western Hospital in Alberton, PEI, in the fall of 2017.

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Dr. Jennifer Russel

For many family physicians, it’s a common scenario. A teenage patient comes to their office in crisis, seeking care for a mental health issue. The wait is up to a year to see a child psychiatrist, and the family can’t wait. As Dr. Jennifer Russel explains it, it’s exactly the situation the Compass program set out to address.

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Dr. Matthew Chow

People who visit Maple Ridge, BC, often come to salmon fish in the Fraser River or to hike the 100 kilometres of trails. But when Dr. Matthew Chow first visited the Greater Vancouver suburb in 2015, his reasons were more serious than scenic.

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Dr. Sandy Buchman

Back in 1984, Dr. Sandy Buchman was busy building his career as a family physician. Just three years out of medical school, he had a practice in Mississauga, Ontario, treating mostly young families. But one day, a very sick young man walked into his clinic and unknowingly changed his career path.

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Dr. Courtney Howard

It was in a slum in Djibouti, in 2010, where Dr. Courtney Howard hardened her resolve to fight the negative impacts of climate change on health. Working at a clinic run by Doctors without Borders, she saw hundreds of infants and children suffering from malnutrition. Many were dying.

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Dr. Jane Lemaire

Back in 2004 when Dr. Jane Lemaire became vice-chair of physician wellness in the University of Calgary’s department of medicine, the issue was in its infancy. “In terms of being able to find a resource (on physician wellness), there was almost nothing."

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Ben Fung

In his third year of medical school, while on a clinical rotation at Sunnybrook Hospital, Ben Fung lost a patient. It wasn’t the first time. He had other patients die suddenly, or from trauma. But for Fung, this was more personal.

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Dr. Gigi Osler

"My initial response was 'Me? Why me? Who would vote for me?'" Dr. Gigi Osler admits she experienced a case of imposter syndrome when one of her colleagues at a 2016 medical conference suggested she run for president-elect of the CMA.

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