Canadian Medical Association

Canadian Medical Association The Canadian Medical Association unites Canada’s physicians and physicians-in-training on national health and medical matters. The CMA is a national, voluntary association of physicians that advocates on behalf of its members and the public for access to high-quality health care.

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As the anti-vaccine messaging continues to escalate, the mounting protests are precluding access to much needed health c...
09/03/2021
Statement by the Canadian Medical Association and the Ontario Medical Association on bullying, attacks and violence against health workers

As the anti-vaccine messaging continues to escalate, the mounting protests are precluding access to much needed health care settings and demoralizing health care workers.

Our health care professionals have worked tirelessly to contain the spread of COVID-19 and continue to do so. But they have not signed up for bullying, attacks and violence, at the hands of those who do not subscribe to science or health advice.

The Canadian Medical Association & Ontario Medical Association strongly support their health care colleagues and deplore any and all online or in-person threats to the healthcare professionals. This is simply not acceptable.

Since the start of the pandemic, health care professionals have worked tirelessly to contain the spread of COVID-19, treat patients and help manage the public health response. We have confronted uncertainty, exposed ourselves to risks, and worked prolonged hours, weeks and months all in support of o...

Please join us in congratulating the 14 extraordinary recipients of this year’s CMA Awards, an annual program to recogni...
08/28/2021

Please join us in congratulating the 14 extraordinary recipients of this year’s CMA Awards, an annual program to recognize the people who have made exceptional contributions to health, health care, and the medical profession! About their work: https://bit.ly/38uYTDu 👏

Please join us in congratulating the 14 extraordinary recipients of this year’s CMA Awards, an annual program to recognize the people who have made exceptional contributions to health, health care, and the medical profession! About their work: https://bit.ly/38uYTDu 👏

As children and youth return to school, the CMA is urging governments, public health authorities and school boards to pr...
08/26/2021
Back to school: Step up vaccination rates and public health measures to keep children safe, says CMA

As children and youth return to school, the CMA is urging governments, public health authorities and school boards to prioritize students’ well-being to reduce community transmissions of COVID-19 and ensure a safe and sustained return to in-person learning.

The CMA strongly supports the adoption public health recommendations to mitigate transmission such as smaller class sizes, improved ventilation and use of masks in school. The CMA also urges all those who work or care for children to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible.

Read the full statement: https://bit.ly/3mB8CPu

When children and youth return to school in a few days, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is urging governments, public health authorities and school boards to prioritize the well-being of children and youth to reduce community transmissions and ensure a safe and sustained return to in-person l...

CMA President, Dr. Katharine Smart, on CTVPowerPlay discusses private/public "synergies" within universal health coverag...
08/25/2021

CMA President, Dr. Katharine Smart, on CTVPowerPlay discusses private/public "synergies" within universal health coverage. Watch here: https://bit.ly/3jgtJEF

CMA President, Dr. Katharine Smart, on CTVPowerPlay discusses private/public "synergies" within universal health coverage. Watch here: https://bit.ly/3jgtJEF

As the world continues to face the greatest public health crisis in generations, the CMA is urging federal political par...
08/24/2021
Election Policy Platform

As the world continues to face the greatest public health crisis in generations, the CMA is urging federal political parties and candidates to make health care an election priority.

Introducing Reframing Health, the CMA's four-pillar policy roadmap that calls on all political parties to make the following commitments to Canadians:
1️⃣ Lead an effective COVID-19 response
2️⃣ Build a health system for the future
3️⃣ Invest in the health care workforce
4️⃣ Commit to reconciliation and anti-racism

Learn more about Reframing Health this election: https://bit.ly/3DfhS1U

Make health policy a priority this election, including COVID-19 response, systems, workforce and committing to reconciliation and anti-racism.

Please welcome new CMA President, Dr. Katharine Smart! As a pediatrician, Dr. Smart views people’s health as children as...
08/23/2021
CMA Physician Changemaker Dr. Katharine Smart

Please welcome new CMA President, Dr. Katharine Smart!

As a pediatrician, Dr. Smart views people’s health as children as a key factor in their health outcomes throughout their life. “The biggest health disparities for anybody are always based in the social determinants of health,” she says.

Having identified access to care challenges in the North, the opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to children’s health spurred Dr. Smart to eventually move to Yukon, where she created a plan to build a new child health program. Today, this program boasts three full-time pediatricians, a 365-day-per-year call schedule, a pediatric and neonatal medevac program and a child psychiatrist.

Learn more about Dr. Smart's remarkable career as a pediatrician and health equity advocate in Yukon: https://bit.ly/2XOC3U3

It is a situation every physician dreads — treating a critically-ill patient and realizing the necessary medical resources are not available. For Whitehorse pediatrician Dr. Katharine Smart, working with marginalized groups in under-resourced communities has shaped her commitment to improving heal...

“The combination of the rapid rise of Delta variant-related cases and back-to-school for thousands of unvaccinated child...
08/18/2021
To protect our kids from COVID-19, we have to be grown-ups

“The combination of the rapid rise of Delta variant-related cases and back-to-school for thousands of unvaccinated children could yield our most challenging wave yet. Not only are thousands of children under 12 unvaccinated, but many who are tasked to care for our children choose to remain unprotected making themselves a transmission threat.”

Incoming CMA President, Dr. Katharine Smart, shares concerns about back-to-school amid rising cases of COVID-19: https://bit.ly/3iTXwCW

In a little more than two weeks, children from coast-to-coast-to-coast will start their new school year, donning school supplies and looking to reconnect with friends. As mother, I know the importance of this milestone for children and families. But as a pediatrician, I can’t help but worry about ...

#VirtualCare — fixing health care's front door.A survey conducted for Canada Health Infoway and the CMA revealed that 94...
08/11/2021
Majority of Canadian physicians planning to use virtual care post-pandemic

#VirtualCare — fixing health care's front door.

A survey conducted for Canada Health Infoway and the CMA revealed that 94% of Canadian physicians currently use virtual care, with almost all saying they will continue use post COVID-19 pandemic for its potential to increase access to health services.

However, work is still required to ensure quality of care and equitable access, with physicians responding that they believe some patients may need additional support to access virtual care.

Follow the link to learn more: https://bit.ly/37FVtMh

According to a recent survey conducted for Canada Health Infoway (Infoway) and the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), almost all Canadian physicians say they will continue to use virtual care after the pandemic, and 64 per cent say they will maintain or increase their use. The survey was conducted....

The impact of climate change on human health is accelerating at an alarming pace. The #ClimateCrisis is no longer a vagu...
08/10/2021
Urgent need to address the growing impact of climate change on Canadians’ health

The impact of climate change on human health is accelerating at an alarming pace. The #ClimateCrisis is no longer a vague future threat; it is here now, and its impacts are inequitably distributed.

Urgent action is needed if we are to mitigate this impact, which is why we are committing to be a full participant in the development and implementation of a comprehensive and robust plan to prevent further climate change and address the health consequences that are already affecting Canadians.

Read the full statement: https://bit.ly/3iyAbGM

The impact of climate change on human health is accelerating at an alarming pace. Urgent action is needed if we are to mitigate this impact. From extreme heat in Western Canada to wildfire-related evacuations and increased respiratory distress across the country, the climate crisis is no longer a va...

With mounting concerns over highly contagious COVID-19 variants and leveling-off vaccination rates across Canada, the Ca...
08/03/2021
CMA and CNA call for mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for health care workers

With mounting concerns over highly contagious COVID-19 variants and leveling-off vaccination rates across Canada, the Canadian Medical Association and the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA-AIIC) are joining the call for mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for health care workers as an additional measure to protect patients, the health workforce and health care system capacity.

As COVID-19 cases increase among unvaccinated Canadians, it is essential to double down on vaccination efforts. Higher rates of vaccination will reduce the burden of COVID-19 in our communities and bolster ongoing pandemic management efforts.

Access the full statement: https://bit.ly/2ViDRDP

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) and the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA), representing physicians and nurses across Canada, are joining the call for mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for health care workers.

07/28/2021

Guidance on what people in Canada can and cannot do after receiving one and two-doses of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine is evolving based on the current situation in Canada and may change as vaccination coverage increases and COVID-19 cases decrease.

Have questions about vaccination? Get answers from Canada's doctors: https://covidquestions.ca/

07/20/2021
Full Vaccination Against COVID-19

The COVID-19 vaccines approved by Health Canada require either one or two doses — significant protection against COVID-19 isn't developed until about two weeks after you've received the full series. Remember, for two-dose COVID-19 vaccines, the second dose of the vaccine is needed for the greatest protection.

Have questions about vaccination? Get answers from Canada's doctors: https://covidquestions.ca/

07/16/2021
Highlights from Session 2 of #CMAHealthSummit

The COVID-19 pandemic underscored that good health is about more than simply treating someone who is sick; factors such as race, gender, income level and housing are really what define people’s health.

It was concluded in session 2 of #CMAHealthSummit, which joined keynote speaker Dr. Jane Philpott, panelists Dr. Naheed Dosani and Nicole Nickerson, and CMA President-Elect Dr. Katharine Smart, that to achieve health equity in Canada, we need to redefine what makes us healthy.

Register for the third and final health summit session on August 22: https://bit.ly/3vHwYIw

Math isn't for everyone, but vaccines are. When the outcome equals to more fun this summer, we can all be mathematicians...
07/12/2021

Math isn't for everyone, but vaccines are. When the outcome equals to more fun this summer, we can all be mathematicians!

#VaccinesWork, let's keep this progress going Canada!

Math isn't for everyone, but vaccines are. When the outcome equals to more fun this summer, we can all be mathematicians!

#VaccinesWork, let's keep this progress going Canada!

On June 17, the second session of the #CMAHealthSummit series addressed how lessons learned from pandemic experiences ca...
07/09/2021
“Let’s not go back into our silos:” CMA Health Summit session focuses on lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic

On June 17, the second session of the #CMAHealthSummit series addressed how lessons learned from pandemic experiences can inform how to effectively recovery with a commitment to health equity.

The key takeaway from this virtual event: the way we define health care has to fundamentally change. This means shifting from a reactive hospital-based system to one that integrates social supports like housing, food security, mental health and more.

In case you missed it, you can read more about the session here: https://bit.ly/3dUcmq3

Registration for the third, and final, session of the Health Summit series on August 22 is now open: https://bit.ly/3xrP4Qf

The way we define health care has to fundamentally change, shifting from a reactive hospital-based system to one that integrates social supports such as housing, food security, mental health access and more. This was one of the key takeaways from physicians, medical learners, policy-makers and patie...

In this stunning visual representation of pandemic experiences from inside the ER and ICU, Calgary-based physician Dr. H...
07/08/2021
Calgary physician-photographer documents COVID response

In this stunning visual representation of pandemic experiences from inside the ER and ICU, Calgary-based physician Dr. Heather Patterson captures perspectives of both Canadian health care professionals and patients.

In a video podcast by the Alberta Medical Association, Dr. Patterson discusses the project and its impact: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFtnqGzLXiE&t=434s

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Heather Patterson has taken on the laudable task of documenting the effects of the pandemic on medical staff and patients. ...

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, Canadian NFL player, saw the positive impact of COVID-19 vaccines while working in long-term ca...
07/06/2021

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, Canadian NFL player, saw the positive impact of COVID-19 vaccines while working in long-term care to help fight COVID-19. Duvernay-Tardif expressed that he is confident that receiving his vaccination will help him safely return to the things he loves.

More on the story: https://bit.ly/3wKi1pZ

Photo credit: Vincent Ethier

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, Canadian NFL player, saw the positive impact of COVID-19 vaccines while working in long-term care to help fight COVID-19. Duvernay-Tardif expressed that he is confident that receiving his vaccination will help him safely return to the things he loves.

More on the story: https://bit.ly/3wKi1pZ

Photo credit: Vincent Ethier

As this school year comes to an end for teachers, school administrators, and students alike, let us recognize the tremen...
06/23/2021

As this school year comes to an end for teachers, school administrators, and students alike, let us recognize the tremendous dedication and courage that has been demonstrated in overcoming the many challenges imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic throughout this past year.

To a better year ahead! 👏👏👏

As this school year comes to an end for teachers, school administrators, and students alike, let us recognize the tremendous dedication and courage that has been demonstrated in overcoming the many challenges imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic throughout this past year.

To a better year ahead! 👏👏👏

Premiering today, The Unforgotten is a film exploring the health and well-being of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis acros...
06/22/2021
The Unforgotten, a film about Indigenous health - The Unforgotten

Premiering today, The Unforgotten is a film exploring the health and well-being of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis across five stages of life. Through stories rich in visuals, poetry and music, the film shines a light on systemic racism, the impacts of colonialism, and the ongoing trauma experienced by Indigenous peoples. The Unforgotten was created by BUILD. Films and Networked Health, with funding and support from the Canadian Medical Association.

Content advisory: this film depicts racism experienced by Indigenous peoples and may trigger strong negative thoughts or feelings. Support is available through: Hope for Wellness Help Line 1-855-242-3310, Residential School Crisis Line 1-866-925-4419 or Crisis Services Canada 1-833-456-4566

Visit the website to watch the film and explore the educational resources: https://theunforgotten.cma.ca/

A five-part film exploring the health and well-being of Indigenous peoples living in Canada.

On this #IndigenousPeoplesDay, CMA President, Dr. Ann Collins, reflects on harm done. Read on: https://bit.ly/35GzNyI
06/21/2021

On this #IndigenousPeoplesDay, CMA President, Dr. Ann Collins, reflects on harm done. Read on: https://bit.ly/35GzNyI

On this #IndigenousPeoplesDay, CMA President, Dr. Ann Collins, reflects on harm done. Read on: https://bit.ly/35GzNyI

Today we celebrate the resilience, courage and dedication of the fathers, and father figures, who have been working dili...
06/20/2021

Today we celebrate the resilience, courage and dedication of the fathers, and father figures, who have been working diligently on the frontlines to support #CDNhealth throughout the pandemic. Thank you for all that you continue to do. Happy #FathersDay.

📸 Dr. Cyrus McEachern

Canadian NFL player Laurent Duvernay-Tardif made headlines last year when he chose to opt out of playing in the 2020 sea...
06/08/2021

Canadian NFL player Laurent Duvernay-Tardif made headlines last year when he chose to opt out of playing in the 2020 season to instead help fight COVID-19 in long-term care (LTC). Seeing how the COVID-19 vaccines were a gamechanger in LTC gave him hope.

For more on his experience: https://bit.ly/3wKi1pZ

Canadian NFL player Laurent Duvernay-Tardif made headlines last year when he chose to opt out of playing in the 2020 season to instead help fight COVID-19 in long-term care (LTC). Seeing how the COVID-19 vaccines were a gamechanger in LTC gave him hope.

For more on his experience: https://bit.ly/3wKi1pZ

Let's keep this progress going, Canada, and continue rolling up those sleeves 🎉💪We've come a long way with respect to fi...
06/04/2021
Canada now among top countries for 1st doses of COVID-19 vaccines. So how high can we go? | CBC News

Let's keep this progress going, Canada, and continue rolling up those sleeves 🎉💪

We've come a long way with respect to first doses, but with COVID-19 variants on the rise, there is still work to be done.

After lagging behind other countries in the early months of vaccination, Canada is now among the leaders when it comes to the percentage of the population vaccinated against COVID-19 with at least one dose. But the next steps could get harder.

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Excellent survey, but will anything change that guarantees that all seniors deserve to be cared for properly.
Can you please update me on your mental health advocacy. The only er specially dedicated for menral health at ottawa royal hospital was closed down. Shame. Thanks.
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Question about the lifting restrictions for fully vaccinated travelers: How can the one-shot vector-based vaccine Janssen COVID-19 vaccine with a 70% efficacy in preventing transmission against a mix of Alpha, Beta, Gamma variants and the likelihood of 33% effectiveness against the Delta variant can substitute for a negative COVID-19 test on day 8 and the necessary week of quarantine before that? (Data about transmission prevention derived from US CDC website: 268/384=70%). In real world data against the more transmittable Delta variant, mRNA vaccines and the AstraZeneca vector-based vaccine exhibited only 33% effectiveness in preventing symptomatic infection. With a similar vector (adenovirus) based technology, we can expect Janssen vaccine to possess roughly the same efficacy. Allowing a person who took a vaccine with roughly 33% effectiveness against symptomatic infection with Delta variant skips monitored quarantine in the most important 1st week and the test on day 8 is not based on sound science and invites disaster to the population. Note: It is expected that the effectiveness to prevent transmission are lower than 33% for all those mentioned vaccines (mRNA, AZ and Janssen) after one dose and before 2nd dose. https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/news/2021/06/government-of-canadas-first-phase-to-easing-border-measures-for-travellers-entering-canada3.html
A team of researchers at Saarland University in Germany led by Martina Sester, professor of transplantation and infectious immunology, has spent the past few weeks studying the immune response of 250 people to vaccinations against COVID-19 with agents from Astrazeneca and Biontech. It found that those who had received a dose of Vaxzevira (Astrazeneca) at their first vaccination and a dose of Comirnaty (Biontech) at their second vaccination had the best immune response. In this case, the body’s immune response was even slightly higher than after two doses of the Biontech vaccine.
In light of the discovery of the children in Kamloops and the horrible way the indigenous people of Canada have been treated I would like to suggest that the CMA use some of the funds they have obtained from the sale of MD Management to create an ongoing program to help those people. A real program in the communities, one that really gets out there and every penny goes to the people. We have the money...
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