CMA GENERAL COUNCIL – 2015

The 148th Annual Meeting and General Council of the Canadian Medical Association was held in Halifax on August 23-26, 2015 and featured a number of resident doctors presenting, speaking at various sessions, and submitting delegate motions.

Here are the highlights:

RDoC and CFMS worked with the CMA to co-develop a learner-focused session on the topic of PGME capacity/HHR. Titled Building momentum for change in PG medical training system: matching output with practice opportunities, the session discussed key questions that will shape advocacy for expanded capacity in the post-medical training system, better information resources for medical students and residents and national coordination in alignment to with meet emerging population needs.

Presenters Dr. Melanie Béchard & Dr. Ashley Miller each presented for 10 minutes, followed by 30 minute General Council debate on the issues.

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Building Momentum for Change in the Postgraduate Medical Training System: Matching Output with Practice Opportunities by Dr. Ashley Miller
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Building Momentum for Change in the Postgraduate Medical Training System: Matching Output with Practice Opportunities by Dr. Melanie Bechard
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A delegate motion (DM 5-11) was submitted on the right of medical students and residents to vote in the election of their medical association representatives. Moved by Dr. Bryce Durafort and seconded Dr. Salina Teja, respectively, the motion stated that:

The Canadian Medical Association supports in principle the right of Canadian medical students and medical residents to vote in the election of their medical association representatives.

The motion was successfully passed by members of Council. RDoC is pleased with the unanimous support of the Canadian Medical Association. This represents an active commitment by the CMA to support the basic right of professional membership, and active participation in organized medicine to the future of the medical profession. It also engages a core demographic that is vital and relevant to the growth of medical associations and empowers a new generation of engaged learners at the earliest stages of their professional formation.

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RDoC submitted a delegate motion (DM 5-13) on accreditation. Moved by Dr. Salina Teja and seconded by Dr. Natasha Snelgrove, the motion was as follows, that:

The Canadian Medical Association affirms its support for the continued use of the arm’s-length, anonymous pre-accreditation survey as an integral component of the national system of accreditation for postgraduate medical education.

The motion was successfully passed by members of Council. RDoC is delighted with the support of this motion. We believe that this endorsement by CMA will help ensure a continued commitment that residents’ perspectives and concerns are accurately and adequately voiced in a safe and confidential manner during the postgraduate medical education (PGME) accreditation process.

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