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I was lucky to have possibly the very best law professor for my medical negligence class during my Master’s degree. Ever since, the field of medico-legal aspects in our practice has been a passion of mine which I teach to our trainees. The following should convince you that I possess a vast amount of experience to help defend our common interests as a new member of the CMPA council.
My Master’s of Healthcare Quality Risk and Safety provided me with important tools to help navigate today’s complex healthcare system. Among others, I learned to use different process improvement methods to implement change and got a basic training in medical legal aspects during a fascinating semester of law class. I have always been interested in participating through different committees and projects that seek to improve our healthcare environment.
During residency, I was a member of the Pharmacy Safety Committee. Our role, at the time, was to review Accreditation Canada standards and ensure the compliance of the department with them. During my fellowship at SickKids Hospital, I reviewed critical care events that occurred in the perioperative setting and produced a summary and recommendations. My findings were presented at the annual Canadian Pediatric Anesthesia Society that year. Since I have become a staff member at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, I have been very actively involved in different committees that are involved in many aspects of our practice. I am a current member of the Perioperative Committee, the Medical, Dental and Pharmacy Evaluation Committee, the Competency by Design Committee overseen by our Residency Committee and the Vascular Access Committee. I regularly take the responsibility of Anesthesiologist in Charge and oversee the functioning of the anesthesia perioperative activities. I am also our Department’s Quality and Safety officer as well as our Medical Student coordinator. Finally, through the CAMTA group based in Edmonton, I have had the privilege to volunteer as a pediatric anesthesiologist and help provide orthopedic procedures to a needing community in Quito.
If those around me could speak on my behalf, they would say I am a hard-working and dedicated professional up for new challenges. I believe my diverse experience in our healthcare system (see long list above) makes me an ideal candidate on the CMPA Council. I hope to have convinced you as well.