Paul Anthony Farnan

MB, BCh, FCFP, FASAM, ABAM

Paul Anthony Farnan

West Vancouver, British Columbia
Occupational and Addiction Medicine

Area 1, Division A — Generalists
(BRITISH COLUMBIA AND YUKON)

Candidate statement

The CMPA occupies a unique position in safeguarding, on behalf of members, that there is an effective and reliable medical liability system. Nearly 100,000 physicians can practise medicine confident in the knowledge that when negligent errors have occurred, their patients will be reasonably compensated. CMPA is also in a position to contribute to safe medical care by understanding risk management and the evolving educational needs of Canadian physicians, while advocating for system improvement that can contribute to safer medical care.

I have a deep passion for what the CMPA stands for and I also believe in strong stewardship. I have had the privilege of being your representative on CMPA Council for the last six years, while also serving on several CMPA committees. I have had the opportunity to witness first hand the commitment of purpose, exceptional work by dedicated management and staff, as well as committed Council members; all aimed at protecting Canadian physicians from litigation while at the same time ensuring that the integrity of physicians is safeguarded.

In my diverse work experience over the years I have had the opportunity to interact with many different groups of physicians, which has allowed me to hear their concerns and the problems they face on a daily basis. The healthcare landscape continues to change rapidly and I regularly hear about pressures of resource limitations and strain on the healthcare system that can potentially contribute to adverse outcomes for patients through no fault of the physician. I hear of increasing stress and burnout even when physicians are not even involved in civil litigation, college or hospital complaints. This is very disquieting.

To continue to do its important work the CMPA must be well acquainted with and empathetic to the multiple challenges faced by our members in caring for patients and the healthcare delivery settings that they work in. As well as being forward-looking and innovative for the future the Association, it will be increasingly important for the CMPA to find ways to meet the evolving needs of members and to demonstrate support in newer challenging areas such as when individual physicians find their integrity threatened eg in press and social media.

I have the passion, ability and time to serve as your representative and am seeking your support and the vote that will allow me to continue to represent the physicians of British Columbia and the Yukon as a member of CMPA Council.

Practice Appointments

Imperial Hospital, Imperial, Saskatchewan

Active Staff
1986-1989

Private medical practice, Prince George, BC

Family, occupational and addiction medicine practice
1989-2002

University Hospital of Northern British Columbia, Prince George

Active Staff
1989-2002

University of British Columbia, Department of Family Practice

Clinical Associate Professor
1995-2018

Prince George Regional Hospital, Prince George

Medical Director Addiction Medicine
1995-2002

Physician Health Program of British Columbia

Executive Director
2002-2007

Canadian Medical Association - Joule

Faculty member
2004-2019

HealthQuest Occupational Health Corporation

Partner
2007-2014

IMA Solutions Medical Clinic

Medical Consultant
2014-2019

Professional Appointments

British Columbia Medical Association

Member
1989-
Member, Addictive diseases committee
2006-2006

Canadian Medical Association

Member
1989-

College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia

Member
1989-

College of Family Physicians of Canada

Member and Fellow
1991-

Society of General practitioners of British Columbia

Elected regional representative to the board
1996-2001

Occupational and Environmental Medical Association of Canada

Member
1996-

Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine

Certificant
2002-

American Society of Addiction Medicine

Certificant
2002-

American Association of Medical Review Officers

Certificant
2005-

Canadian Medical Association's Centre for Physician Health and Well-being

Member Expert Advisory Committee
2003-2011

American Board of Addiction Medicine

Board certifed Diplomate
2009-

Canadian Pain Society

Member
2011-

CMPA Appointments

Council
2013-2019
Executive Committee
2015-2018
Extent of Assistance Committee
2014-2019
Legal Services Committee
2014-2015
Member and Stakeholder Relations Committee
2018-2019
Research, Education and Risk Management Committee
2013-2015



Election contact information

Email: drfarnan@telus.net
Phone: 778 847 2214 (cell)