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What do Family Doctors do?
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Family doctor with patient combo, Norman Rockwell painting and photoDr Carmen Eadie, Vancouver BC, Sep 4, 2022.

The biggest problem with being a Family Doctor is that no one knows exactly what we do. We are involved in so many aspects of a person’s life that the lens is not clear to other people.

Dr Ian McWhinney, Canada's "Founding Father of Family Medicine"
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Photo of Dr Ian R. McWhinneyDr Ian R. McWhinney was an English physician and academic who moved to the University of Western Ontario as the first chair of family medicine in Canada where he started the country's first Department of Family Medicine in 1968. He became known in Canada and around the world as the "Father of Family Medicine".

He published over 100 articles during his lifetime and is well known for his influential book, Textbook of Family Medicine. The opening chapter, The Origins of Family Medicine, provides a brief history of medicine including the emergence and need for Family Medicine.

Are band-aids the right Rx to save family medicine?
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band-aid solutionThe $118 million announced consisting of $75 million new money plus redistribution of existing funds as a "stabilization fund" is an interim measure, a one-time handout over 4 months October 2022 to Jan. 31st, 2023, to help family physicians (FP) in the community, both longitudinal practices and walk-in clinics with overhead costs to keep their doors open until January 2023. This first step is intended to buy more time for the government and DoBC to develop a "new payment model" that will be introduced and implemented. According to DoBC President's letter, the new model will be based on compensation determined by a number of factors including time, patient encounters, and attachments/complexity.

Open letter to the President and President Elect of the CMA
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Dear Dr. Smart and Dr. Lafontaine,

Firstly, let us congratulate you, Dr. Smart, on your advocacy for Canadians and Canadian physicians over the past year.  You have spoken well and kindly, placing the issues besetting health care in Canada before Canadians and the Federal government with admirable clarity.

And having known you for many years Dr. Lafontaine, we have great confidence that you will continue this essential advocacy.

Canadian Medical Association 2022 AGM is fast approaching
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2022 CMA AGM bannerThe Canadian Medical Association (CMA) 2022 AGM is fast approaching. It is to be a virtual event held on Sunday, August 21. There is still time to register until Tuesday, August 16.

What will this year's AGM be like? There have been several posts and comments by physician colleagues on the pages of Doclounge sharing thoughts on issues pertaining to the CMA and the upcoming AGM. Does the Annual Report lack important details? Why are there no detailed minutes from the last AGM for review and approval? Are new proposed Bylaw changes good or bad and why so little discussion?

CMA - 4 - 2022 AGM
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As the CMA AGM is upcoming - quickly - I have been marshalling my thoughts...

The last thought about CMA AGM's

The 2022 CMA AGM is Sunday August 21 2022 at 8am Pacific time. One does have to be a member to attend:  must join or renew their memberships with the CMA before 5 pm PacificTime on Tues., Aug. 16.  Non-members can observe... I encourage you to join, register, and vote. https://na.eventscloud.com/ereg/index.php?eventid=678394&

CMA - 3 - 2021 AGM
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As the CMA AGM for 2022 is upcoming shortly, .....

I have been trying to recall the events of the AGM from last year. (I have to record this for myself, otherwise I can't remember - everything seems to take 10 minutes to come out of long-term storage these days.) Here it is - a long wade if you are interested.  I may have remembered incorrectly or inadvertently made errors - corrections and comments are welcome.

CMA - 2 - 2022 pre-AGM Information Session
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The AGM of the CMA is Sunday Aug 21st. I guess we are all not concerned about meetings on Sunday anymore.

I thought I'd try to prepare myself this year, hence I signed up for one of two "CMA's pre-Annual General Meeting (AGM) information sessions" 90 minutes on a Monday afternoon. About 2 pages of attendees (? 50 people) of whom many appeared to be CMA staff and board. Chair was a CMA staffer who did a much better job than the physician chair of the 2021 AGM.

CMA - 1 - 2022 - Annual Report and Details
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As you know there are lots of interesting things going on at the CMA. I was trying to prepare myself for the AGM.

Congratulations Dr Granger Avery named to Order of Canada
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Dr Granger AveryCongratulations to Dr Granger Avery who has been named to the Order of Canada. 

Dr Avery is an exemplary physician and visionary who has made a positive impact as a medical leader to improve health care for Canadians.

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