The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic – which gave rise to massive vaccination campaigns, threats against healthcare workers, and enormous demands on the healthcare system – made 2021 an incredibly challenging year.
We are proud to say that, against this difficult backdrop, the CMPA continued to assist physicians, contribute to safe medical care, and support the medical liability system. Here are a few highlights of what we accomplished last year.
As physicians entered the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, we were there with compassionate and expert support. We responded to over 24,000 advice calls and provided essential medico-legal advice through our COVID-19 Hub – which was accessed by 77% of our 105,000 members.
We helped you respond to unprecedented levels of workload, stress, and fatigue by increasing our focus on physician wellness – creating a new Physician Support and Wellness department, providing online wellness resources to over 23,000 visitors, and participating in the Ontario Medical Association’s Physician Distress and Suicide Taskforce.
We provided you with peace of mind by continuing to prudently manage our investments so that we were able to provide timely compensation to patients proven to have been injured as a result of negligent care (fault in Québec). Closing 2020 in a strong financial position allowed us to reduce member fees for 2021. With an ongoing strong financial position in 2021, you will see further fee reductions for 2022.
We continued to modernize the CMPA
The CMPA responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by continuing to modernize and expand our digital learning offerings, such as our Prepped for Practice workshop, which was offered at 17 Faculties of Medicine, and our eLearning activities, which were completed over 20,000 times.
We also looked for new and innovative ways to translate medico-legal data into insights that actively supported safe care. In 2021, we conducted innovative quantitative and qualitative analyses on issues such as sepsis, “never events”, and rural health; we published peer reviewed articles; and we continued to build the largest collection of physician medico-legal data in the world.
Given the racism and exclusion that occurs across the healthcare system, we committed to mitigating bias and inequity in the services we provide and in our own workplace. Working with the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion, we began the development of a long-term equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) strategy, provided Council members and CMPA leaders with EDI training, and engaged in listening and learning sessions with members and stakeholder groups.
We collaborated across the healthcare system
The CMPA regularly engages with medical regulatory authorities, healthcare leaders, and governments on matters that impact the lives of patients and physicians. In 2021, we created a new Strategic Engagement and Advocacy department, and continued to advocate for legislation that provides medico-legal protection to physicians delivering care during COVID-19, and for regulatory changes that remove barriers to practice and advance public health goals. We also partnered with stakeholders on national issues such as the healthcare human resource crisis and medical assistance in dying.
We are proud of the work the CMPA accomplished and the support we extended to our members in 2021. As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves and the healthcare environment changes, we will continue to look for new ways to be there for you, to modernize, and to collaborate.