2018 CMPA Annual Report: A year of innovation and collaboration

Published August 2019

The CMPA’s 2018 Annual Report is a wide-ranging retrospective of a year in which the CMPA worked to empower better healthcare by assisting physicians, contributing to safe medical care, and supporting the medical-liability system.  Throughout 2018, the Association continued to deliver the education, advice and assistance that is valued by our 100,000 members, and adapt our services with the evolving needs of Canadian physicians.

As members of CMPA Council, Dr. Fredrykka Rinaldi and Dr. Claude Mercier have helped guide many of the innovative initiatives described in the 2018 Annual Report.

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Dr. Fredrykka Rinaldi
Medicine Hat, Alberta

Dr. Rinaldi, a family physician in Medicine Hat, Alberta, and council member since 2008 notes, “When I look at the Annual Report, one of the things that strikes me is how the CMPA is changing to better support our members. The Member Support Program (MSP), for example, channels resources where they’re needed most, through individualized education plans and compassionate support for members who are experiencing increasing or reoccurring medical-legal difficulties. The program allows us to understand member needs and find supportive solutions. Combined with the CMPA’s education programs and the services offered by our subsidiary Saegis, the MSP is an impactful way to really help members who are encountering difficulties with their pattern of practice.”

Additionally, the CMPA has successfully expanded the reach of its safe medical care education, delivering more than 300 practice improvement sessions to over 18,000 physicians and other healthcare professionals in 2018. Early-career physicians are seeing more benefits of CMPA membership through the Resident Symposium program, which offers these physicians the opportunity to gain valuable risk reduction knowledge that will benefit them and their patients for years to come.

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Dr. Claude Mercier
Montréal, Québec

Dr. Mercier, a pediatric neurosurgeon in Montréal, Québec, and council member for the past five years, has been influential in providing strategic guidance to the CMPA’s work in healthcare safety. Having been on the Safe Medical Care Committee of council for several years, he is excited by the CMPA’s increasing engagement with trainees. “By 2020, the CMPA’s Resident Symposium will be a staple in every residency program in the country, ensuring that all residents understand and can address key medical-legal considerations from the start of their careers,” he says.

Partnership and collaboration have also been a hallmark of the CMPA’s activities throughout 2018. The CMPA’s subsidiary, Saegis, partnered with Surgical Safety Technologies (SST) to launch the SafeOR™ program. Bringing together the technology of the Operating Room Black Box® with solutions-oriented risk management assistance, this collaboration strives to improve safety in surgical operating rooms across Canada.

As Dr. Mercier sums up, “The Annual Report highlights how the CMPA is to be involved at all levels of the system to improve the environment in which our members practise and our patients are cared for.”

“From launching the SafeOR™ program to partnering with the Healthcare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada (HIROC) and the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) in Salus Global to support safer obstetrical care, I am proud of everything we accomplished in 2018,” adds Dr. Rinaldi.

Interested in learning more? Read the 2018 CMPA Annual Report here.

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