I believe that our profession is better for supporting diverse thinking, treating each other well and showing leadership across the healthcare space. My Presidency would focus on:
- Leadership. Physicians are inherent leaders in the health care system. We need more who are willing to step up, from every background. Sponsorship and promotion of people and ideas that our not like ours makes our profession strong. I will ensure this happens.
- The ability to adapt. Doctors are beleaguered and buffeted by waves of change. We need to channel our energy into productive leadership. We’re either at the table, or we’re on the menu. I want to be part of the conversation on behalf of the profession, showcasing our shared values and a modern view of the Association.
- Professionalism. We should promote a medical culture with less bullying and more support. This is done by walking the talk. I have not, and will not, tolerate the belittling of one group of physicians to make another look stronger. I will stand up to incivility and raise up those who are under attack. I will defend the right of all to have an opinion on policy and practice and work constantly to translate ideas building bridges between us.
- Taking care of each other. We need to focus on physician health and the concept of career wellness. Being connected to our careers via the strong relationship we have with patients and each other is a certain path to recreating the joy we felt when we were accepted into medical school. I will start and nurture conversations that bring forth an optimistic view. I will promote a culture that connects, not isolates. I will provoke the CMA to think creatively in finding permanent fixes for the issues that face us every day producing feelings of burnout. I want our jobs to be seen as adding to our lives, not taking away from them. I will work endlessly toward these efforts as President.
Policy Posts – Diversity, Inclusion and Support
- A CMA President who Understands Learners: Solutions to the Problems!
In this post I want to tell you a story. It is one that talks about my values, where I put my energy and how that matters. As I run [… read more]
- Four questions answered in HealthyDebate.ca
1) Parents who don’t want to have their children immunized are… …as deserving of our care as anyone else. Of course, we ought to emphasize the personal and public benefits [… read more]
- The Emphasis on Patient Centredness: Benefit or Not?
The benefit of increasing emphasis on patient-centredness is obvious: improvement in health outcomes we see when patients are true partners in decisions made in their care. It is impossible for [… read more]
- What about Physician Burnout?
I am mindful that physician burnout is a serious problem today. It leads to loss of empathy and fatigue, errors and poorer quality of care. The causes of burnout are [… read more]
I am surprised during the course of this campaign how many people have told me they have never voted for a CMA President. I started to wonder why. How does [… read more]
- Professionalism and Civility in Medicine
This year, we have been forced to examine professionalism in medicine like never before Civility (or lack of civility) has been called out in the media, by our regulatory College [… read more]
- My Promise to Medical Students, Residents and New Graduates
Supporting Medical Students, Residents and New-in-Practice Physicians is incredibly important to me. I have a long history of being by your side in my teaching practice, bolstering your OMSA leaders [… read more]
- Trust in the Era of Accountability
It’s amazing to watch a conversation evolve. Over the past month I have had some great feedback from physicians, nurses and patients about medical professionalism and the concept of physician [… read more]
- Optimism in Leadership
Recently a physician colleague shared that in his opinion, “as usual”, I was “overly cheerful and optimistic”. His comment got me thinking. Could this be true? When conveying a complex message or [… read more]