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PTMA Newsletter — Issue 5, 2018

CMA’s open letter to Ontario’s political party leaders

Health care has featured prominently in Ontario’s current provincial election campaign. The CMA took this opportunity to issue an open letter to Ontario’s political party leaders on May 25, in advance of the final leaders’ debate. In its letter, the CMA highlighted the issue of wait times — linking to the OMA’s #NotASecondLonger campaign — and the rising numbers of unmatched medical graduates. The CMA emphasized that both are provincial issues of national importance. The letter was posted to the CMA’s website and distributed on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Azin Peyrow, Director, Provincial/Territorial & Municipal Collaboration,
Charles Bergeron, Senior Advisor, Provincial/Territorial & Municipal Collaboration,

The CMA introduces a new process for members to advance policy

The CMA introduces a new process for members to advance policy:

Healthy Canadians Grants application: Deadline is fast approaching

Last month the CMA — in partnership with the CMA Foundation — launched the Healthy Canadians Grants program to support community initiatives making a difference in the health of Canadians.

Under the theme of seniors’ wellness, this year’s grants will recognize community-led programs that benefit seniors, their families, and the physicians who care for them. Examples of initiatives include exercise, meal and transportation programs for seniors, as well as respite programs for caregivers.

The deadline to apply is June 22, 2018. Please click here for more information on grant criteria and application procedures. If you have any questions, contact the CMA Foundation at

The Patient perspective: Call for nominations open for the CMA Patient Voice

At the CMA, ensuring a patient perspective is included in all our campaigns and strategies is a key part of our new Strategic Plan.

That’s why we’re so excited to launch an open call for our new CMA Patient Voice engagement group. The goal of the CMA Patient Voice is to bring an informed patient perspective to the CMA’s work, and to highlight emerging issues that matter to patients and the public.

We’re looking for 12 engaged patient representatives from across Canada to join us.

Are you interested in being a part of these conversations and influencing the future of the CMA? Do you know someone in your community who would be a vibrant addition to the CMA Patient Voice? Please visit for more information, including the terms of reference, FAQ, and the code of conduct.

The deadline to apply is July 13, 2018.

Jasmine Neeson, Senior Advisor, Patient and Public Mobilization,

This month’s updates

May was a busy month for Demand a Plan supporters. They had the chance to apply to the Health Summit’s patient sponsorship program, submit their seniors care project proposal for the Healthy Canadians Grants and apply to join the CMA Patient Voice. In the upcoming months, we’ll be looking to provide our supporters with even more opportunities.

Demand a Plan is the CMA’s campaign on seniors care. If you haven’t done so already, sign up here to support our call for a national seniors care strategy.

Audrey Grandmaison, Advisor, Patient and Public Mobilization,

Student and Resident Line of Credit Incentive Program Launched

On May 22, we launched the Student and Resident Line of Credit (SRLOC) Incentive program. A one-time incentive of $500 will be offered to new clients who open a SRLOC between May 22 and September 30, 2018. For more details about the program, please visit the webpage.

Upcoming events in your province or territory

Date Event City Province Details
14-JuneTransition to PracticeLondonONSeminar
15-JunePhysiatry Residents Academic Half Day
University of Alberta
15-JuneGeneral Internal Medicine Residents Academic Half Day
University of Alberta
15-16-JuneFinancial Talk for Residents at the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society Annual MeetingMontrealQCSeminar
16-JunePrivate Screening of: IncrediblesHamiltonONFamily Event
16-JunePrivate Screening of: IncrediblesKamloopsBCFamily Event
16-JunePrivate Screening of: IncrediblesSt. CatherinesONFamily Event
17-JunePediatrics Resident Retreat
University of Saskatchewan
18-JuneInsurance SeminarCalgaryABSeminar
18-JuneKnowledge CaféWhitbyONSeminar
19-JuneInsurance SeminarKitchenerONSeminar
19-JuneFinancial Planning Seminar
(French session)
19-JuneKnowledge CaféOttawaONSeminar
19-JunePhysician Appreciation Event
MD update from Brian Peters with a whisky tasting
Richmond HillONAppreciation event
19-JuneFinancial Planning for Women in MedicineWindsorONSeminar
20-JuneResident Info-BrewCalgaryABSeminar
21-JuneIncorporation and Insurance SeminarLondonONSeminar
22-JuneIncorporation Seminar at the
Ottawa Civic Hospital
22-JunePsychiatry Residents Retreat
University of Saskatchewan
22-JuneFinancial Talk: Canadian Dermatology Association Annual ConferenceMontrealQCSeminar
25-JuneKnowledge CaféRichmond HillONSeminar
26-JuneElder Care SeminarHamiltonONSeminar
26-JuneExploring Career Fairs at McGill
(Medical Students)
MontrealQCCareer Fair
26-JuneInsurance SeminarNorth YorkONSeminar
26-JuneIncorporation and Insurance SeminarWindsorONSeminar
27-JuneKnowledge CaféScarboroughONSeminar
28-JuneKnowledge CaféOakvilleONSeminar
28-JuneInsurance SeminarTorontoONSeminar
4-JulyPrince Albert Site Visit Prince AlbertSKLunch and Introduction for Residents
5-JulyNorth Battleford Site VisitNorth BattlefordSKLunch and Introduction for Residents
6-JulySwift Current Site VisitSwift CurrentSKLunch and Introduction for Residents
9-JulyFinancial Talk for Residents: Canadian Association of Pathologists Annual Meeting Quebec CityQCSeminar
12-JulyMoose Jaw Site VisitMoose JawSKLunch and Introduction for Residents

To find out more contact Angela Moffatt.