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Thank you for considering me for a second term on CMPA council. The CMPA plays not only a fundamental role in providing physicians with medico-legal defense and indemnification, it also plays a critical role in physician well-being and education. Its importance cannot be overstated. Over the past three years I have expanded my knowledge and understanding of the CMPA and its mission enormously. If re-elected, I will continue to ensure the CMPA remains there for physicians, committed to defending them and looking out for their well-being. I will work with the CMPA to address new medico-legal risks as well as assisting it in adapting to a changing governance and legal environment.
Along with an increasing expertise in governance and medico-legal matters, I bring to the CMPA council a strong background in medical ethics and teaching. I have co-chaired the Ethics 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 medico-legal issues which affect physicians. While I appreciate the role of council is primarily to develop policy and administrative governance at the CMPA, I think my background in bioethics, education and administration will continue to be a valuable resource to the CMPA.
As far as diversity is concerned, I bring unique and thoughtful perspectives to many issues and a deep openness and humility to understand alternative viewpoints.
As a physician with over 25 years of surgical experience, I also bring to the CMPA council an intimate knowledge of front-line medical issues facing CMPA members. I am confident my judgment and communication skills are an asset to council. And finally, as anyone working in the medical field knows, good medicine is grounded in a team approach and a culture of respect for all members of the team. This is a guiding principle of my life, and it is how I function on council.
The past three years working with the CMPA has taught me just how critical and central the CMPA is for physicians. If re-elected, I will continue 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 continue to bring to council new ideas, robust curiosity, and willingness to question the status quo. Thank you for your consideration.
University of Calgary, Cumming School of Medicine
Chair Medical Skills Course
Co-Chair Undergraduate Bioethics Course
University of Calgary
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Colorectal Exam Committee
Founder Status in development of Certifying Exam in Colon and Rectal Surgery
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
Professional Association of Residents and Interns of Ontario
Member of Council