Thank you for considering me for a role on CMPA council. Like almost all physicians in Canada, I have been mostly a “passive” member of the CMPA since residency. But I am now passionate and eager to start playing an active role in furthering the CMPA in its vision and mission. Such a role dovetails perfectly with my career and expertise, as outlined below.
I have had longstanding involvement in bioethics and medico-legal matters. I have co-chaired the Bioethics Curriculum at the University of Calgary Cumming School of Medicine for the past 15 years. My MSc (Bioethics 2005) involved an exploration of industry-sponsored medical research and conflict of interest. Most recently, I have co-authored a new edition of a well-known textbook in bioethics, Doing Right: A Practical Guide to Ethics for Medical Trainees and Physicians (Oxford University Press, 2019). I have deep knowledge around many medicolegal issues, including informed consent, confidentiality/privacy, capacity, end of life issues, boundaries, reproductive issues, genomics, and ethical issues in social media. While I appreciate the role of council is primarily to support policy and administrative governance at the CMPA, I think my background in bioethics, as an educator, and as an administrator will prove useful to CMPA council.
As a physician with over 22 years of surgical experience, I would also bring to the CMPA council an intimate knowledge of front-line medical issues facing CMPA members, as well as a desire to learn and contribute to council. I am confident my judgment and communication skills will be an asset to council. I am also passionate about business and governance. And finally, as anyone working in the medical field knows, good medicine is grounded in a team approach and a culture of respect for one’s colleagues. This is a guiding principle of my life and it is how I would function on council.
If elected, I will work diligently to fulfil my role on council and subcommittees. I believe successful organizations must change and grow in order to remain effective and relevant. The CMPA is no different. I will bring to council new ideas, robust curiosity, and willingness to question the status quo. Thank you for your consideration
Professional Association of Residents and Interns of Ontario
Member of Council
Professional Association of Residents of Alberta (PARA)
Member of Executive
President of Executive
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
Resident representative on Accreditation Committee
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Colorectal Exam Committee
Founder Status in development of Certifying Exam in Colon and Rectal Surgery
University of Calgary
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery
University of Calgary, Cumming School of Medicine
Co-Chair Undergraduate Bioethics Course
Chair Medical Skills Course