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PTMA Newsletter — Issue 10 2017

CMA Board Highlights — December 2017

The CMA Board of Directors met December 8-9 to discuss a variety of issues. Please click here to find out more.

Tax fairness: Advocacy update

The Senate Committee on National Finance completed its study of the federal government’s proposed changes, hearing from over 130 witnesses in a total of 29 meetings across Canada. CMA President Dr. Marcoux presented to the committee in Ottawa, and several PTMAs and specialty associations seized the opportunity to voice their collective concerns — specifically with regards to the pace, complexity and impact of the proposed changes. According to the committee, many witnesses in Eastern Canada were concerned with attracting professionals, such as physicians, to the region if the proposed restrictions on income sharing and passive income were to go through. Witnesses there spoke to other potential negative effects of the changes as well — such as small business professionals being forced to reduce their pro bono work and to lay off employees.

The committee plans to release its report by December 15, 2017. We’ll keep you updated in future editions of the newsletter.


On Nov. 14, the CMA and MD Financial Management hosted a webinar about the federal government’s proposed tax changes, including a discussion of Minister Morneau’s announcements the week of Oct. 16, and the implications of these for financial planning. The recording of the session can be viewed here.


We encourage you to participate in this advocacy effort by:

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Our award-winning seniors care campaign has a brand new look and some great new content. Share our Facebook and Twitter posts with your members to encourage them to join over 52,000 Canadians in our call for a national seniors strategy!

Pan-Canadian Health Organizations (PCHO) External Review

The CMA participated in the review of the PCHO and respectfully offered two recommendations:

  1. That the government’s implementation plan following the PCHO review include mechanisms to address the following needs:
    • for a national focal point that promotes a comprehensive approach to quality health care;
    • for a well-resourced national patient voice that advocates for patient and family-centred health care;
    • for greater recognition of the importance of the social determinants of health and health equity;
    • for a national mechanism to drive the sustainable adoption of innovative technologies in health care across Canada; and
    • for advanced analytical capabilities to conduct in-depth assessments of funding mechanisms and advance the collection and analysis of data generated by electronic medical records.
  2. That the federal government challenge the PCHOs to develop and implement a national action plan to address the health and health care of Canada’s seniors. This work should be accomplished collaboratively with other federal agencies, provincial/territorial governments and stakeholders.

The CMA closes out historic year

2017 has been a year of celebration for Canada and for the CMA, as we both marked our 150th birthday. Thank you for helping to make our anniversary such a success!

Starting in January 2018, we ask that you please stop using the CMA 150 artwork and revert back to using our traditional CMA logo. For more information, please review our updated visual identity guide, and for any questions, please contact Erin Wyand (

As we close out our historic year, we’re drawing inspiration from our past and envisioning a future of even better health and health care in Canada. Please visit to find out how we’re aiming for new heights to support a vibrant profession and a healthy population.

Celebrating a great 2017 — by the numbers…

To celebrate a great year including Joule’s 1st anniversary, 35 years of Physician Leadership Institute and many more, we have put together a short video of 365 things to be proud of in 2017. Watch now!

Meet 17 physicians who had an impact in 2017

Five grant recipients, two new members of Joule innovation council, three 3D printing challenge participants, four thought leaders and three founders of virtual care products — we could not be more pleased to introduce 17 incredible physicians who had an impact in 2017. Read more.

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT! CMA Members can take $150 off any PLI course in 2018 now until December 31

It’s officially that time of the year! From December 1-December 31, CMA members have access to an exclusive early-bird discount on all Physician Leadership courses in 2018. This is a great opportunity for our members to set the stage for their development in the New Year. Learn more.

Upcoming events in your province or territory

Date Event City Province Details
14-DecProposed Changes to IncorporationChilliwackB.C.Seminar
16-DecMcGill University – CaRMS Mock InterviewsMontrealQue.Seminar
19-DecUniversity of Toronto – Hematology Transition to Practice SeminarTorontoOnt.Seminar
19-DecMcMaster University – Family Medicine Transition to Practice SeminarWaterlooOnt.Seminar
19-DecEstate Planning for PhysiciansQuebec CityQue.Seminar
20-DecUniversity of British Columbia — Resident Seminar (Topic TBC)KelownaB.C.Seminar
21-DecMcMaster University – Family Medicine Practice Management CurriculumHamiltonOnt.Seminar
21-DecUniversity of Calgary – Family Medicine Practice Management CurriculumCalgaryAlta.Seminar
4-JanUniversity of Alberta – Transition to Residency SeminarEdmontonAlta.Seminar
6-JanCMA CaRMS Mock Interviews (Ontario)Ottawa, Toronto, Hamilton, London, WindsorOnt.Seminar
6-JanCMA CaRMS Mock Interviews (Alberta)Calgary, EdmontonAlta.Seminar
6-JanCMA CaRMS Mock InterviewsVancouverB.C.Seminar
6-JanCMA CaRMS Mock InterviewsWinnipegMan.Seminar
6-Jan CMA CaRMS Mock InterviewsSaskatoonSask.Seminar
7-Jan CMA CaRMS Mock InterviewsReginaSask.Seminar
9-JanUniversity of British Columbia – Investing 101 SeminarVancouverB.C.Seminar
9-JanMcMaster University – Family Medicine DayHamiltonOnt.Seminar
10-JanCMA CaRMS Mock InterviewsThunder BayOnt.Seminar
11-JanUniversity of Calgary – Paediatric Hematology/Oncology Investing 101 & Rent vs. Buy SeminarsCalgaryAlta.Seminar
11-JanCMA CaRMS Mock InterviewsSudburyOnt.Seminar
11-Jan to 14-JanPathology Residents Review CourseTorontoOnt.Seminar
12-JanCanadian Paediatric ReviewHamiltonOnt.Seminar
15-JanQueens University - Introduction to IncorporationOshawaOnt.Seminar
16-JanUniversity of Saskatchewan –Specialty Practice Management CurriculumSaskatoonSask.Seminar
17-JanUniversity of Manitoba – Specialty Practice Management CurriculumWinnipegMan.Seminar
17-JanMcMaster University - Resident Speaker SeriesHamiltonOnt.Seminar
17-JanUniversity of British Columbia – Radiology Introduction to Financial Planning SeminarVancouverB.C.Seminar
18-JanProfessional Association of Resident Physicians of Alberta – Transition to Practice SeminarLethbridgeAlta.Seminar
19-JanRelease Your Inner Foodie! – OMA/MD Open House & Perspectives on Market Performance SeminarOttawaOnt.Appreciation & Seminar
25-JanUniversity of Calgary – Physical Medicine and Rehab Seminar (Topic TBC)CalgaryAlta.Seminar
25-JanUniversity of Saskatchewan – Second Year Medicine – Preparing for Clerkship and Insurance SeminarSaskatoonSask.Seminar
26-Jan to 28-JanUniversity of Alberta/Calgary - Alberta Medical Students’ Conference & Retreat (AMSCAR)BanffAlta.Conference
30-JanUniversity of Calgary – Seminars for Genetics (Insurance Planning, Investing 101, Transition to Practice, Tax Planning)CalgaryAlta.Seminar
31-JanMcMaster University - Family Medicine SeminarHamiltonOnt.Seminar

To find out more contact Rebecca Ryan.