Why maintaining my part-time clinical practice has been essential to my role as CEO

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January 29, 2019 | Author:
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Dear colleagues, As many know, I have been fortunate to be able to continue a part-time clinical practice in Hematology since coming to Ottawa in 2006 for my administrative-leadership appointment at the Royal College. In fact, this was also my experience when I served as the commissioner for Cancer Care Nova Scotia and when I […]

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Our work Down Under

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December 5, 2018 | Author:
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Dear colleagues, The Royal College has a history of working with our sister colleges in Australia and New Zealand. In fact, this relationship goes back many years starting as the Tripartite Alliance and growing to the Tri-nation Alliance. What is new and noteworthy is that, this fall, we signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to […]

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War and medicine

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November 8, 2018 | Author:
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Dear colleagues, War and medicine have a storied history. As Dr. Jonathan Larmonth Meakins, OC, FRCSC, a member of our History and Heritage Advisory Committee, said, “Wartime is a crucible in which major advances are made.” These include advances in the treatment of infectious diseases, wound management and therapies, skin grafting techniques and more. It […]

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Cannabis use guidelines: links to resources

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October 16, 2018 | Author:
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Dear colleagues, The legalization of cannabis comes into effect today. We’d like to share some resources that may help inform your knowledge and discussions with patients on this matter. Quick links Materials from the Public Health Agency of Canada & Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Government of Canada resources Provincial and territorial guidelines and […]

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Data is power in medical workforce planning (but context matters, too)

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September 25, 2018 | Author:
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Dear colleagues, Last month I attended the CMA’s inaugural Health Summit. I was quite taken with the meeting’s focus on the evolving and expanding role of data and technology in health care service and delivery. For many years, we have heard that “big data” will disrupt patient-physician relationships as we know them and repaint the […]

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Our 2018 Teasdale-Corti Humanitarian Award recipient is…

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August 13, 2018 | Author:
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Dear colleagues, World Humanitarian Day falls on August 19. What better time to announce this year’s recipient of the Royal College Teasdale-Corti Humanitarian Award? Without fail, I am impressed by the selflessness, unwavering commitment and heart for service that recipients of this award share. I hope you will take a few moments to learn more […]

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So, if I heard you correctly…

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July 31, 2018 | Author:
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Dear colleagues, I hope at this point in the summer, you have all had an opportunity to relax, unwind and disconnect — if only for a short time (or at least have imminent plans to do so). I’ve been using this quiet time to reflect and to think ahead to what we have in store […]

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Introducing our strategic plan: 2018-2020

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July 9, 2018 | Author:
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Dear colleagues, I know that you’re busy and may not have a lot of time to keep up with changes and activities at the Royal College, so let me assure you that the College is strong, committed and running well. We have now completed our new strategic plan to guide us for three years. To […]

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Are these pan-Canadian health organizations “fit for purpose”?

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May 30, 2018 | Author:
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Dear colleagues, Are you aware of the new federal report that outlines options for reshaping and revitalizing our pan-Canadian health care organizations? With combined budgets of over $350 million in 2017 — and impacts on care areas like mental health, substance use and cancer care — it’s important that our response to this report be […]

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Addressing complex patient care

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March 28, 2018 | Author:
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Dear colleagues, There are some things we know: new technologies (such as artificial intelligence) are impacting the medical profession, patients and how care is delivered; scopes of practice are evolving and innovative models of collaborative care are increasingly important to meet complex patient needs; barriers in access to specialist care remain an issue; and important […]

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