1. I am interested in this role because I am looking to impact fellow members in a meaningful way. I believe strong member engagement in the governance of the Association is a key element in the CMPA’s success.
2. I will bring dedication, commitment and innovation to my role on council. As an emergency physician, I have become more resilient, and able to face challenges which arise in the moderate to high risk environment which I practice. I have worked in a variety of practice settings including: tertiary care academic centres, urban community hospitals, as well as many rural and northern Ontario community sites. The latter has enabled me to manage complex medical and social issues with sometimes limited resources and to gain insight into the challenges of our healthcare system. I problem solve everyday in my medical work, with patients and colleagues alike, and would bring strong communication skills and leadership to this role. Recently I implemented a quality improvement project to reduce wait times in my Emergency Department which had a great impact on our hospital funding, patient satisfaction and overall team morale. Through this process, I was awarded a large hospital grant and was named Research Director of the Department of Emergency Medicine. In addition, my work as a Medical Officer of Health at Health Canada, enabled me to become literate in government policies pertaining to occupational health and travel medicine and to manage international health concerns (such as Ebola). I am fluently bilingual which I believe would be a strong asset to Council in representing members across Canada.
3. If elected, I will focus on member engagement. I believe that 'every voice counts' and I would like to make sure this message is received to the membership. Physician wellness is a key area which has become more popular in recent years. I feel passionate that physicians discuss issues of burnout openly and have relevant resources to utilize if needed. Despite medicine being a very rewarding career, our current healthcare system has many challenges. Therefore, in the face of adversity, physicians need to feel adequately supported from the CMPA. An initial action plan would include a needs assessment of the membership and a review with senior council members regarding strategies which have worked and not worked for physician engagement and wellness.
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