I am a general paediatrician in Etobicoke, Ontario, and I am seeking your support to become a member of the CMPA council.
I have a perspective as a physician that would make me valuable to the diversity of the CMPA council. I came to medicine having studied liberal arts, with a focus in Economics, for my undergraduate degree. I then completed my medical education at UBC and my residency at Queen's, where I was chief resident. I am now five years into practice and am newly a mother to a six month old boy. As such, I have personal experience with the issues facing new physicians, female physicians, and physicians managing the issues around family planning and parental leaves. These demographics are generally underrepresented on CMPA council, and if elected I would strive to represent fairly these groups.
I am early in my career, but I have already practiced in a wide range of settings. I have done inpatient hospital work both in a tertiary centre and in a small Northern community. I have cared for outpatients at rural consultant clinics, as well as at a busy primary care clinic in Toronto. I thus appreciate how varied our jobs as physicians can be, and so as a council member, I will apply my experience to act according to our entire profession's interests.
As an early-career physician, my focus has been to gain clinical experience and to offer my patients the best possible care, but I have also been very active in medical education. I have been a small group tutor, student advisor and exam preceptor for Queen's medical school, and have frequently hosted clerks and residents in my clinics and on the inpatient service. I enjoy teaching for many reasons, not least because it improves medical care by investing in doctors. I see my involvement in the CMPA as an extension of my own core values - to provide excellent patient care and to support other physicians; these are also two of the CMPA's expressed mandates.
The CMPA offers an invaluable service to Canadian physicians. It would thus be my honour and privilege to serve on the CMPA council. Thank you for your consideration.