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PTMA Newsletter — Issue 6 2017

Are your members attending General Council this August?

This year’s attendees at CMA General Council in Québec City have the opportunity to expand their leadership skills with Physician Leadership Institute course Self-awareness and effective leadership. This course will support physicians understand their personal leadership capacity and develop strategies for communicating and connecting with others. For more information

Perhaps your members are more interested in online courses with the freedom to work at their own pace? Upcoming course Effective Communications is a great opportunity to improve communication skills in a self-led learning environment. For more information

Residents can now get a head start on their leadership skills

Encourage students and residents to take this self-led online course developed exclusively for them! This self-led course provides the opportunity to enhance their leadership skills wherever and whenever is most convenient. For more information

No more junk food for kids!

On June 14, the CMA submitted its support for Bill S-228 to the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology. Bill S-228 aims to amend the Food and Drugs Act in order to prohibit food and beverage marketing to kids. The CMA has also been active on its social media channels in support of the bill.

Join the current Demand a Plan letter-writing campaign

The CMA and over 50,000 Demand a Plan supporters are pleased that Parliament has agreed to have MP Marc Serré's motion on a national seniors strategy studied by the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development. We’re urging Canadians to send a letter to their MP to continue to support his motion. It only takes a minute — please click here to participate and help us spread the word.

Senate Finance Committee calls for a national seniors strategy

In a report published on June 29, the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance called for the federal government to adopt a national seniors strategy. The report’s four main recommendations are: access to care; home care and informal caregivers; balancing the labour market; and “demographic consideration when calculating federal transfers”. The CMA’s work on this issue is acknowledged in the report; Dr. Granger Avery, CMA president, is also quoted on the impact that our aging population will have on the system. Click here to read the full report.

CMA Board Approves New Policies

At its May 2017 meeting, the CMA Board approved four policies of great importance to physicians and their patients:

Medical Assistance in Dying: To reflect the changes in the legal and clinical landscape of medical assistance in dying (MAiD), the Committee on Ethics MAiD sub-committee developed a new policy to replace the CMA Policy on Euthanasia and Assisted Death based on relevant considerations and the CMA’s principles-based recommendations. These recommendations were the product of extensive consultation with CMA members and medical and health stakeholders. The new policy reflects substantive changes in policy and practice, clearly articulates the CMA’s balanced approach to the implementation of assistance in dying and the CMA’s position on conscientious objection and conscientious participation, and provides a resource for physicians to identify what the CMA considers to be relevant foundational considerations and physician duties arising from the legalization of medical assistance in dying.

Advance Care Planning: The revised policy reflects new developments in policy and practice, advocates for supervisory guidelines that will assist in the education and competency of medical learners engaging in advanced care planning, and allows for a dynamic response to changes in the legal and policy landscape by acknowledging ongoing debate.

Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing (DTC-GT): The new policy provides a resource for physicians regarding the clinical utility and limitations of genetic testing services, and on how to manage the unique challenges posed by these tests. It provides leadership to effect policy change by addressing the evidence and accountability gap in DTC-GT, and advocates for regulations based on legislation recently passed in Canada. The new policy was developed with the collaboration of the Canadian College of Medical Geneticists.

Third-Party Forms: The work on the new Third-Party Forms policy was overseen by the CMA Federal Forms Working Group established following a General Council motion in 2015. The revised policy integrates CMA’s policy on sick notes (Short-Term Illness Certificate) with the previous policy on third-party forms and identifies the role for physicians, patients and third parties relating to form requests.

The MD NextStep Award is back!

MD Financial Management is celebrating physicians who are transitioning into practice. If you’re starting practice in 2017 — or know someone who is — encourage them to share how they’re taking their #MDnextstep! MD will be giving away $45,000 in prizes to help new-in-practice physicians.

Upcoming events in your province or territory

Date Event City Province Details
20-JulyResident Tax SeminarCalgaryAlta.Seminar
20-JulyIMG Session 4TorontoOnt.Seminar
22-JulyNaval Appreciation EventQuebecQue.Networking
25-JulyUofC Rockyview R1 AHDCalgaryAlta.Seminar
27-JulyResident Orientation McGillMontrealQue.Seminar
28-JulyResident Orientation UlavalQuebecQue.Seminar
2-AugResident Tax SeminarVancouverB.C.Seminar
4-AugResident Orientation Sherbrooke and UdeMSherbrookeQue.Seminar
5-AugImpact Montreal GameMontrealQue.Networking
9-AugResident Tax SeminarEdmontonAlta.Seminar
9-AugPMC UMF DrummondvilleDrummondvilleQue.Seminar
13-AugUdeM Student Biking EventMontrealQue.Seminar
17-AugExterne1 UdeMMontrealQue.Seminar
23-AugStudent Orientation McGillMontrealQue.Seminar
23-AugUofT Internal Med Talk PGY4TorontoOnt.Seminar
1-SepUofA Student OrientationEdmontonAlta.Networking
1-SepUBC Student OrientationVancouverB.C.Networking
8-SepPMC SherbrookeSherbrookeQue.Seminar
10-SepLife After MedicineEdmontonAlta.Seminar

To find out more contact Rebecca Ryan.