I am interested in the role of CMPA Council member as I believe at this point I'm my career I have much to share and offer in the way of experience, support and empathy in a variety of environments. I have been actively practicing O&G for almost 20 years, training in SK, working in both BC and Alberta and now as a locum in rural AB. I also have five years of experience working as an OB/Gyn in America at the beginning of my career. For the last 3 years I have been teaching the Advances in Labour and Risk Management course through the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologist which I have greatly enjoyed and has forced me to be aware of the continued advances in care and risks in providing Obstetrical care in Canada. I have also become a Clinical Associate with the University of Calgary Cummings School of Medicine and participated in clinical teaching of medical students in Calgary, which is a new and fun challenge at this point in my career. I sit as the Specialist Representative on the Steering Committee of the Alberta Medical Association Physician Locum Services. I also work for the Alberta Medical Association Physician and Family Support Program as an Assessment Physician taking calls from physicians and their family members in need of support. The later of these activities has made me acutely aware of the increases in stress and apprehension that pervades medical practice today.
I believe these opportunities that I have been fortunate enough to participate in give me a diverse and unique perspective, which would be beneficial as a CMPA Council member. I presume that my contributions to the Council will also include my perspectives regarding the challenges in being a female physician / surgeon, and the great changes in the medical environment over the past 25 years since receiving my MD. On the council I would hope my experience, willingness to participate, and my organizational and communication skills could be used as a resource to the members.
If elected I would like to be an active participant in all areas of Council responsibility including volunteering and being allocated to appropriate committee assignments, staying informed about issues concerning Alberta physicians and bringing forward issues of individual members when suitable. I would improve my knowledge of the Associations work and business environment and be an effective representative of the Association when call upon. I would unquestionably be a constructive and amiable team member.