From the CEO

Physicians have a unique vantage point from which we can see issues from both the patient perspective and the healthcare system level. It’s not surprising, then, that we often act as advocates for patients while also being called upon to champion improvements in the delivery of Canadian healthcare generally.

The advocacy role of physicians is the topic of the information session that is part of this year’s CMPA Annual Meeting, being held August 23rd in Québec City. Entitled, “The physician voice: Empowering better healthcare,” the session will feature a superb panel of speakers that will examine the challenges physicians face when advocating in today’s complex healthcare environment. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage in discussions about the medical-legal issues related to advocacy and gain insight into techniques and best practices to advocate successfully. A fulsome understanding of the healthcare environment, thoughtful planning, and impactful messaging are some of the keys to success in advocacy.

The business meeting precedes the information session, to which CMPA members are also welcome. This year’s meeting promises to be especially interesting as the CMPA launches a new line of services for members, hospitals, and health authorities aimed at improving the safety of the environments within which our members practise. CMPA members may rest assured that, as we introduce these new products and services, the CMPA’s trusted medical liability protection services and education offerings will not be affected. You will hear more about the new service offerings later this summer.

Through the CMPA’s membership surveys, many of you have indicated that you want access to additional programs and services that meet your evolving needs. We believe the new complementary services will address your emerging requirements and those of the institutions in which you practise—at the same high quality you trust the CMPA to deliver. As healthcare delivery undergoes more change, we are committed to ensuring you can continue to practise medicine with the knowledge and confidence that the CMPA stands ready to assist you.

I believe both segments of this year’s annual meeting will be valuable for you, and I look forward to seeing many of you in Québec City. As usual, a webcast of both segments of the annual meeting will be posted on the CMPA website, giving all of our members the opportunity to know more about the CMPA—including how your membership fees are set, how we provide cost-effective liability protection, and what we’re doing to plan for the future.

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this issue of Perspective and that its insights will be beneficial for your medical practice.

Hartley Stern, MD, FRCSC, FACS