Message from the CEO

Being there for you during COVID-19

Photo of Lisa A. Calder

March 2021

As the CMPA’s CEO, my main goals are to be there for you, to modernize the CMPA, and to do so in a collaborative way.

When I see the ongoing impacts the COVID-19 pandemic is having on physicians, I’m even more committed to these goals.

Physicians in all areas are being affected by the pandemic. When I reflect on my clinical practice as an emergency physician, I can only imagine what the current challenges feel like for many of you, and I want to highlight the ways in which the CMPA is there for you.

We’ve created on online COVID-19 Hub to provide up-to-date information about critical issues such as virtual care, vaccines, and end-of-life care. The Hub also features new wellness resources and a section on advocacy. I know this latter topic has become a charged subject during the pandemic. I’m listening to many conversations about advocacy among physicians, and internally we continue to discuss how the CMPA can best support physician advocacy. Please reach out to one of our physician advisors if you have questions about advocacy or any other medico-legal issue.

Our recent 2020 Membership Survey has highlighted the need to modernize and give members new ways of interacting with us. In response, and as a first step, we’ve enhanced our member portal so that it offers a streamlined application process, with secure messaging tools coming this spring. Our eLearning activities, new Good Practices resources, and podcasts provide accessible safe care education. And through our subsidiary, Saegis, we offer programs such as Saegis Shield—online cybersecurity and privacy training and a critical resource as the healthcare system is experiencing increasing cyberattacks.

Through the 2020 Membership Survey, members also highlighted the need for a greater emphasis on equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). I am committed to leading the CMPA on this journey. We are striving to incorporate diverse backgrounds and insights across the CMPA at all levels, and working towards member services that are culturally safe, supportive, and reflective of our diverse membership.

My wish is that you all stay safe through this pandemic, and know that you can always reach out to the CMPA for compassionate peer-to-peer support at this unprecedented time.

Lisa A. Calder
MD, MSc, FRCPC