I am very interested and excited to submit my application for the CMPA council. I think the CMPA performs a vital function for Canadian physicians both in protecting them from legal actions; but more importantly in proactively promoting safe practice and care. It is this proactive approach that I find most enticing about the work of the CMPA.
I would bring years of medical practice and leadership experience to this role. I have experience making hard decisions and weighing multiple competing interests; and I work well on committees. I have additional education which could be of benefit on the council.
I have been a medical oncologist for 29 years and began my practice in London Ontario, and then moved to BC. Since arriving in Kelowna, I have held progressive leadership roles and recently completed a term as the VP of Systemic Therapy at the BC Cancer Agency (BCCA). In this position close to 150 physicians reported up through me at the BCCA. I dealt with credentialing matters, complaints against physicians, disciplinary issues, and leadership recruiting. I was also the VP of Quality for a short time; in that role, I was responsible for the safety and quality of all care at the Cancer Agency. I worked closely with all the programs and MAC to not only address safety issues, but also to proactively improve quality.
At the BCCA, as the VP Systemic Therapy, I managed the $250 million cancer drug budget which funds all cancer drugs. As the executive in charge of this budget, I made the final decisions about what new cancer drug programs were launched in BC each year. Decisions I made had to be centred around getting the most value for all the patients of BC and managing this budget involved weighing trade-offs between strong patient/physician demand with affordability and value for money. I think this work, and my ongoing role in cancer drug reviews has taught me how to balance multiple interests and still make difficult decisions.
I value life-long learning and in the last 10 years have completed both an MBA and a master’s in health care quality, I think this training would be valuable on council. I have experience working on National committees and can work well and respectfully with others. If I am the successful applicant I would come prepared to meetings and be ready to express my point of view, but would consider other perspectives with an open mind. I pledge to work hard and strive to be a good colleague and member of council.