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PTMA Newsletter — Issue 3 2017

Dr. Avery Appears before the Senate Standing Committee on National Finance

On March 1, Dr. Avery appeared before the Senate Standing Committee on National Finance, which is currently studying the financial implications and regional considerations of Canada’s aging population. Dr. Avery presented the CMA’s position on this important issue in Canadian healthcare. He discussed how seniors are needlessly occupying hospital beds which cost an exorbitant amount, which puts a significant burden on the healthcare system. Dr. Avery also emphasized that the number of seniors is projected to double by 2031, and Canada requires a nationwide seniors plan to adapt to the changing demographics. Overall, the Senators were receptive to the CMA’s recommendations and many of them wanted to discuss further after the committee had adjourned.

CMA Member Dr. Julielynn Wong appears before Senate Committee

On March 8, CMA member Dr. Julielynn Wong appeared before the Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology, which is currently studying the role of robotics, 3D printing and artificial intelligence in the healthcare system. Dr. Wong is the founder of the organization 3D4MD, which makes low-cost 3D printing and drone technology. Dr. Wong had an impressive presentation and greatly enhanced the Senators’ knowledge of 3D printing and its important function in the delivery of Canadian healthcare today.

Meetings with Parliamentarians Prior to Budget Day 2017

On March 21, Dr. Avery and CMA staff met with Liberal Member of Parliament Hedy Fry and NDP Member of Parliament Rachel Blaney. The meeting with Ms. Fry was successful and covered many topics including the Health Accord, the opioid crisis, the creation of a Liberal Health Caucus, the need for more seniors care, Pharmacare and the legalization of marijuana. Ms. Fry and CMA staff also discussed how to get health and health care back on the government’s agenda. In addition, the meeting with Ms. Blaney was also successful, as the MP and Dr. Avery discussed health infrastructure and seniors care in relation to the Budget. Ms. Blaney is the seniors’ critic for the NDP.

Budget Day 2017

On March 22, the federal government released its budget for 2017, and Dr. Avery and the CMA were active on Parliament Hill. CMA staff were in the lockup to determine in real time how the budget could impact members and health policy, and Dr. Avery was present to discuss the budget with Parliamentarians and stakeholders following the tabling of the Budget. According to Dr. Avery, the federal government has missed an important chance to begin building a much-needed national seniors’ strategy. You can read the CMA’s press release on Budget Day here:,-who-need-action-now.aspx and you can also check out the Facebook live post-budget interview here:

CMA Advocacy for the 5 Federal By-Elections

On April 3, Canadians in five federal ridings elected a new Member of Parliament. These notable ridings include Stephen Harper’s and Jason Kenney’s former ridings, as well as the vacancies left by former Cabinet ministers John McCallum and Stéphane Dion. In addition, the Ottawa-Vanier riding, which was previously occupied by the late Mauril Bélanger, was the main focus of CMA’s advocacy efforts. In particular, staff attempted to host an all-candidates meeting where the candidates could discuss healthcare; however, only the NDP and Green Party agreed. The Conservative Party and Liberal Party candidates would not attend.

In addition, CMA staff attended an all-candidates’ debate in the Ottawa-Vanier riding and asked a question about healthcare; in particular, staff asked “what do you believe is the role of the federal government in delivering quality seniors care?” Candidates responded that Canada needs a seniors plan and quality care for seniors.

Lastly, the CMA has also surveyed candidates about their healthcare priorities — these results will be shared in the next edition!

Influencing political parties to talk about health care and seniors care

As part of our advocacy efforts around the Conservative leadership campaign, CMA staff have sent a healthcare survey to the leadership candidates in order to ascertain their priorities in healthcare. The CMA is also attempting to meet with candidates to influence them to focus on healthcare and we will continue to have a presence at key Conservative events. We will post the results in an upcoming edition of this newsletter.

The NDP convention and leadership vote is occurring later in the year, and advocacy surrounding that leadership campaign will also begin when more candidates announce their bids for leadership. CMA staff are continually monitoring news cycles and debates in order to keep up-to-date on the latest news of the campaign, and we will also be surveying NDP leadership candidates on their healthcare priorities in the coming months.

Time is running out! Remind your members to apply for a Joule Innovation grant

Through the Joule Innovation program, CMA members have access to $150,000 in flexible grants to invest in their venture where they need it most — to build a prototype, to commercialize, to scale their initiative — the possibilities are endless. Help us spread the word through your networks and channels. For more information and how to apply, please visit this page.

New Course: Medical Assistance in Dying

To help prepare members, Joule and CMA are now offering an advanced facilitated Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) course for physicians considering offering medical assistance in dying as an option to their patients. Limited spots are available. For more information

Be the best leader you can be — take a Physician Leadership course this spring

This spring, Joule is offering two online courses to support physicians in becoming the best leader they can be. Do you have difficulties working with colleagues across all areas of your organization or practice? Understand what kind of leadership style you possess so you can leverage your strengths and manage your limitations. Register now for Engaging Others and Leadership begins with self-awareness.

The 2017 New in Practice guide is now available!

The New in Practice guide contains everything residents need to know about transitioning into practice. Topics include practice opportunities, medical billing, financial planning and insurance, and much more. The guide is just one of the many ways Joule™ helps physicians — at all stages of their career — be at their best.

New this year, the guide will be offered as an exclusive benefit of CMA members. Printed copies have now been distributed to CMA member residents across the country and the guide can also be accessed through the eStore. Please join us in promoting the guide and helping drive CMA membership by sharing this information with your networks. opens access to its Editorials

Editorials have traditionally been open access on for only 2 weeks after publication, and then open to only CMA members and subscribers for one year. As of mid-March 2017, access will be unrestricted.

Upcoming events in your province or territory

Date Event City Province Details
21-AprilNOSM-Northern Constellations ConferenceSudburyONConference
24-AprilTrivia NightSherbrookQCAppreciation
25-AprilProvincial and Federal Budget Implications for Incorporated Physicians Seminar (Bilingual)Pointe-ClaireQCSeminar
25-AprilIMG Residents Session IITorontoONSeminar
27-AprilWork life balance — Women’s only Yoga eventVancouverBCAppreciation
28-AprilPractice Management CurriculumSudburyONSeminar
28-AprilPractice Management CurriculumThunder BayONSeminar
28-AprilClient Appreciation at the Canadian Canoe MuseumPeterboroughONAppreciation
29-AprilWork life balance — Women’s only Yoga eventVancouverBCAppreciation
02-MayMeet and GreetCranbrookBCAppreciation
02-MaySeminar Series Pt. 1
Seven Secrets of Investing
09-MaySeminar Series Pt. 2
Union in Marriage/Union in Finance
09-MayProvincial and Federal Budget Implications for Incorporated Physicians SeminarGatineauQCSeminar
10-MayOphthalmology Resident TalkSherbookeQCSeminar
11-MayForward Thinking SeminarBrockvilleONSeminar
11-MayLife After Medicine SeminarEdmontonABSeminar
11-MayHome Buyers SeminarMontrealQCSeminar
15-MayMcMaster Resident Financial SeminarHamiltonONSeminar
16-MayMD Panel DiscussionKitchenerONSeminar
16-MaySeven Secrets SeminarSault Ste. MarieONSeminar
16-MaySeminar Series Pt. 3
17-MayForward Thinking SeminarKingstonONSeminar
23-MaySeminar Series Pt. 4
Winding down practice and entering retirement

To find out more contact Rebecca Ryan.