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Retrospective of 2018

In 2018, the CMA achieved significant milestones towards fulfilling the vision for its strategic plan — CMA 2020.

We hosted our first-ever CMA Health Summit in Winnipeg, welcoming more than 700 participants, and we co-hosted the International Conference on Physician Health in Toronto, engaging with more than 500 physicians and stakeholders on the critical issue of physician burnout. In the lead up to the conference, the CMA announced the creation of a new position, a dedicated vice-president of physician health and wellness, and released the findings of an in-depth survey on health and well-being within the profession.

Engagement was central to our work this year. We created our first-ever patient advisory group after reviewing more than 500 applications from interested candidates. Demand a Plan, our patient-engagement campaign in support of a national seniors’ care strategy, reached a milestone of 70,000 supporters. The CMA developed a web-based public information campaign on cannabis, including a youth-targeted video describing the risks. We launched new platforms to strengthen our connections with members and stakeholders, and our communities of interest are engaging online on issues that matter. Our newly redesigned website,, delivers relevant and timely information our members want and need.

Fuelled by so many touch points with our members and stakeholders, we pursued our policy and advocacy agenda to address issues facing the medical profession and to improve the health of Canadians.