Canadian Medical Assocation

PTMA Newsletter — Issue 2, 2019

CMA Board highlights — March 2019

The CMA Board of Directors met March 1-2 to discuss a variety of issues. Please click here to find out more.

 


 

Dr. Ann Collins voted as CMA President-Elect nominee

Dr. Ann Collins has been selected as the next CMA President-Elect nominee by CMA members in New Brunswick. Pending confirmation of her nomination by General Council on August 11, 2019 in Toronto, Dr. Collins will serve as CMA President-Elect until the CMA’s Annual General Meeting in 2020, when she will become CMA President.

Congratulations Dr. Collins and thank you to Dr. Michael Dickinson, Dr. Dharm Singh and Dr. Jami Sridhar for standing as candidates in this year’s election.

Read more.

 


 

2019 CMA Health Summit — Registration now open

The second annual CMA Health Summit will be held in vibrant downtown Toronto from August 12-13. Our theme for 2019 is Connected in Care. Physicians, patients, care providers and leaders can attend to learn from one another’s experiences, discuss how to integrate services into a high-functioning system of care, foster effective information exchanges, scale up virtual care, identify which policy issues should be debated during the 2019 federal election, and more.

Attendees can look forward to:

  • Two-days of engagement on key policy issues
  • Premium speakers, discussions and learning
  • Networking reception
  • A policy discussion on virtual care: the current state and challenges
  • Many chances to hear and be heard

Grand Central is back. At this meeting place, attendees can recharge between sessions, build new connections, learn about Canada’s best success stories, browse last year’s Summit highlights and engage in policy discussions. The CMA will be in touch with PTMAs and affiliates to explore exhibit format opportunities and will be sharing an exhibitor prospectus in the coming weeks.

For those unable to attend in person, the CMA will also be making a live feed available.

For full details, please contact Nick Farinaccio.

 


 

Medicine through Movement symposium

On April 6, 2019 in Ottawa, the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine (CASEM) will host the inaugural Medicine through Movement: How Physical Activity is Changing Healthcare symposium. The goal of the symposium is to highlight, through an evidence-based lens, the benefits of movement in the treatment and management of chronic diseases in oncology, cardiac rehab, osteoarthritis, pediatrics and geriatrics. The role of physical activity in physician health and wellness will also be explored. CASEM and CMA presidents Drs. Paul Watson and Gigi Osler will open the day-long event. Check out the program at #MTM2019 Program.

 


 

CMA’s online Regional Member Forum discussion coming to a close

CMA members still have time to add their voice to the ongoing discussion about physician health and wellness, equity and diversity in medicine and physician workforce issues, as part of the online component of the CMA Regional Member Forums. We’re also encouraging members to share their big, bold ideas on how we can address today’s most pressing health care issues.

The in-person forums in January and February drew more than 275 students, residents and practising physicians to Halifax, Montreal, Edmonton and Ottawa. The online sessions have been running in tandem to allow as many members to participate as possible.

The ideas and solutions generated at these sessions will be used to inform the CMA’s future work.

Click here to join the discussion before it closes on April 1 (login required).

 


 

Federal election — Phase 1 “Listening to Canadians”

For the 2019 federal election, the CMA will be focused on “Getting Health Back on the Agenda”. We will be surveying the public and physicians on the health and health care priorities that are important to them, to help us effectively advocate for their needs in the lead up to, and during, the election campaign. The survey will be followed by in-person focus groups in St. John’s, Montréal, Toronto, Winnipeg and Victoria from March 20-28. Please let us know if you’re interested in joining the CMA team as an observer at any of these locations. Contact: Kristin.smith@cma.ca.

 


 

Why physicians should take part in the CMA Workforce Survey

How many on-call hours are physicians logging? Can their patients book appointments with them online? Are they trying to get licensed to practise in another province? The CMA is looking for answers to these questions, and others, as part of its 2019 Workforce Survey.

Held every two years, the survey compiles valuable information from physicians on topics such as workload, remuneration, wait times, technology and employment.

The findings are used by both the CMA and other stakeholders to track changing trends in the physician workforce, develop policy on issues such as national licensure, physician health and virtual care, and inform health human resource planning at the regional and national levels.

The survey is in the field until May 3 and is open to all practising physicians in Canada. You do not need to be a CMA member to participate. Physicians can access the survey at https://www.cma.ca/workforce2019.

 


 

Election Readiness Day

The CMA will be hosting an Election Readiness Day on Apr. 16 in Ottawa. This is an opportunity for the CMA’s Very Involved Physicians, Patient Voice members and Ambassadors to come together to prepare for the CMA’s 2019 federal election campaign. The day will include discussions on the CMA’s policy documents and grassroots strategies. Objectives include inspiring participants and helping them understand their potential role in the 2019 federal election.

Should members be interested in attending the event they are encouraged to get involved by applying to the Very Involved Physicians program (for physician leaders) or the Ambassadors program (for students, residents and early career physicians).

 


 

Federal Budget Day

The CMA is continuing its preparations for Budget Day 2019, currently set for Mar. 19. As in past years, the CMA will have a presence on Parliament Hill on Budget Day. It is planned for CMA President Dr. Osler to be in attendance and for the CMA to have representation in the Budget Lock-Up as well. As well, it is worth noting that the CMA commissioned a report from the Conference Board of Canada regarding a National Seniors Benefit. This groundbreaking report will be released during the pre-budget period, calling on the government to establish such a benefit.

 


 

Meeting with Federal Health Minister

CMA President Dr. Osler met with Health Minister Petitpas Taylor on Feb. 28. Their discussion touched on numerous issues, including seniors care, national and regional licensure, climate change and health, youth mental health and addictions, and many more. They had a very open and frank conversation and explored issues on which the CMA and the minister can work together. The minister stated that she “really appreciated the CMA’s support on a number of our policies this fall.”

 


 

Upcoming events in your province or territory

Host: MD Financial Management
Title: Market update
Date & Location: 19-03 Ottawa
Type: Seminar
Description: Insights into what caused the recent market volatility
Language: English & French
Contact: tilly.asokan@md.ca
Who is the event for? All
Host: MD Financial Management
Title: Transition to practice
Date & Location: 19-03 Vancouver
Type: Seminar
Description: A speaker panel to learn more about personal and professional financial issues
Language: English
Contact: gareth.canning@md.ca
Who is the event for? Residents and Practising
Host: MD Financial Management
Title: Dr. Amy event
Date & Location: 20-03 Mississauga
Type: Workshop
Description: A seminar on essential conversations in estate planning
Language: English
Contact: bethaney.windrem@md.ca
Who is the event for? All
Host: MD Financial Management
Title: Market update
Date & Location: 21-03 Chicoutimi
Type: Seminar
Description: Insights into what caused the recent market volatility
Language: English
Contact: lynda.lessard@md.ca
Who is the event for? All
Host: MD Financial Management
Title: Dr. Amy event
Date & Location: 21-03 Toronto
Type: Workshop
Description: A seminar on essential conversations in estate planning
Language: English
Contact: naida.hadzirovic@md.ca
Who is the event for? All
Host: MD Financial Management
Title: Movie event
Date & Location: 23-03 Timmins
Type: Client appreciation
Description: Private screening of How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
Language: English
Contact: melissa.allan@md.ca
Who is the event for? All
Host: MD Financial Management
Title: Market update
Date & Location: 03-04 Quebec City
Type: Seminar
Description: Insights into what caused the recent market volatility
Language: French
Contact: lynda.lessard@md.ca
Who is the event for? All
Host: MD Financial Management
Title: Dr. Amy event
Date & Location: 11-04 Charlottetown
Type: Workshop
Description: A seminar to help prepare for the emotional and relational changes that come with retiring
Language: English
Contact: magalie.selosse@md.ca
Who is the event for? All
Host: MD Financial Management
Title: What MD can do for you
Date & Location: 15-04 North Bay
Type: Seminar
Description: A seminar to learn about how physicians can save time and simplify their finances
Language: English
Contact: melissa.allan@md.ca
Who is the event for? All

 

To find out more contact Angela Moffatt.