Monthly Archives: March 2015

Anesthesiology – Locum – Immediately

Job ID: 930

Location PE, Canada Placement Locum
Start Date 2015/03/01

CanAm’s client is seeking a locum Anaesthetist to start immediatley, for up to 4 months, or any reasonable period that you can be available…?

This locum opportunity may be just the right ‘change-of-gears’ you are looking for…!

The Hospital, located in Atlantic Canada is a 110 bed regional hospital with an 8 bed ICU that provides specialty services in Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Anesthesia, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Pediatrics, ENT and Psychiatry.

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Family Medicine / GP Cannabinoid Therapy for Pain Management Solution

Job ID: 933

Location Toronto, ON, Canada Placement Permanent
Start Date 2015/04/01

Canada’s first referral only clinic that specialises in Cannabinoid Therapy for Pain Management Solution.

A state of the art research based Medical Clinic are seeking physicians who are interested in research while providing effective treatment for chronic and serious conditions through the use of prescription cannabinoids and herbal cannabis.

Full and Part-time Physicians Needed – Toronto and GTA

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New push for straight talk between doctors, patients about end-of-life care

Lauran Neergaard, The Associated Press
Published Monday, March 23, 2015 12:26PM EDT

WASHINGTON — Dr. Angelo Volandes remembers performing rib-cracking CPR on a frail elderly man dying of lung cancer, a vivid example of an end-of-life dilemma: Because his patient never said if he wanted aggressive care as his body shut down, the hospital had to try. He died days later.

Years later, the Harvard Medical School researcher now tries to spur conversations about what care patients want during life’s final chapter through videos that illustrate different options.

“This is about patient empowerment,” said Volandes, who describes his program in a new book aptly titled “The Conversation”.

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Canadian hospitals profiting from foreign patients raises questions of ethics

Could a for-profit sector that allows foreign patients to be cared for in Canadian hospitals be the financial cure for this country’s cash-strapped universal health care system?

That is the question being posed by a series of programs that have taken place, or continue to operate in Canadian hospitals.

Critics think that treating medical tourists for cash will open the door to a two-tiered system and are calling for a ban on the practise. Others say the money could benefit the system as a whole.

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Questions raised about for-profit DoctorCare Accessing Patient Records

Susannah Hendricks is still rattled by the call. It came out of the blue and the for-profit company on the other end seemed to have access to her private health information.

The caller from Doctor-Care Inc. urged her to attend a session with a dietitian, suggesting she had risk factors for diabetes and high cholesterol.

It turns out the firm has carved out a surprising business niche, working for physicians, contacting their patients and taking a cut of the hundreds of millions of dollars in incentive payments the Ontario government offers doctors to encourage various types of preventive health care.

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College of Family Physicians of Canada – Finally – issues Social Determinants of Health Guide for MDs

This practical guide provides family physicians with concrete steps on how to consider and improve patients’ social determinants of health (SDoH). The document provides a background on the social determinants of health, and a practical component with suggested clinical, community, and population-level interventions.

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Introducing our refreshed Canadian Royal College Strategic Plan, 2015-2017

Last October, Royal College Council approved a refreshed strategic plan that outlines our key result areas (KRAs) for 2015-2017:

  1. Competent physicians
  2. Health, health care and health systems
  3. Innovation, research and scholarship
  4. Value of Fellowship
  5. International outreach
  6. Responsible stewardship

These KRAs should be recognizable to most members, as KRAs one through five were the basis of our strategic plan for 2012-2014. Our new strategic plan builds on those familiar core areas, and adds KRA 6 – Responsible stewardship.

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Tax guide available for Canadian Medical Association members

Reprinted from CMA – Article by  Pat Rich

The Canadian Medical Association has updated its taxation guide for members for the current year.

Tax Tips for the Physician and Physician in Training is a popular guide prepared annually by Dr. Brian Cummings, a well-known physician consultant on financial matters.

“One of the most significant expenses you will incur during your professional career will be taxes — specifically, federal and provincial income taxes,” writes Cummings in the introduction to the guide. “For 2014, up to 50% of your taxable income could be paid in the form of income taxes. As such, it is prudent to avail yourself of all available deductions and tax credits to minimize taxes payable and maximize your cash flow and financial position.”

Cummings starts with an overview of the February 2014 federal budget, and notes that it did not change personal or corporate tax rates but focused on providing targeted and affordable measures, as well as tightening perceived tax loopholes.

In addition to general tax advice, Cummings also deals with issues specific to physicians-in-training, such as the CaRMS (Canadian Residency Matching Services) applicant registration fees and the final-year medical student bursary.

Cummings concludes by noting, “like medicine, tax law is frequently complex and often requires the involvement of qualified professional advisors, such as a tax accountant and/or tax lawyer.”

While the 34-page guide is comprehensive and covers an extensive list of topics, Cummings cautions the information is intended for discussion and educational purposes only. He says members should “customize their personal action plans to best fit their personal and professional aspirations.”

Members are also advised to consult with professional advisors to ensure that all their specific needs are met.

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Dr. Chris Simpson President, CMA responds to Minister’s Announcement supporting IMGs

Reprinted From CMA Newsletter

Ottawa, March 13, 2015 – The Canadian Medical Association welcomes today’s announcement by Health Minister Rona Ambrose on financial support to bring internationally educated professionals into Canadian health workforce.

The CMA fully supports bringing into practice qualified internationally medical graduates (IMGs) already in Canada. Canada has historically benefited from a steady flow of IMGs to our country. In fact, close to one-quarter of all physicians in Canada are IMGs.

However, the CMA cautions that while IMGs may be seen as a key strategy to addressing shortages in Canada, actively recruiting from developing countries is not an acceptable solution to our physician shortage. Canada must strive for greater self-sufficiency in the education and training of physicians.

Serious challenges in health human resources persist. Despite changing shifting demographics, it has been almost four decades since the completion of a national study of physician requirements. The CMA is ready to work with policymakers to help create a panCanadian approach to ensure our country has adequate health human resources in support of a sustainable health care system.

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is the national voice of Canadian physicians. Founded in 1867, the CMA is a voluntary professional organization representing more than 80,000 of Canada’s physicians and comprising 12 provincial and territorial medical associations and 60 national medical organizations. CMA’s mission is helping physicians care for patients. The CMA will be the leader in engaging and serving physicians and be the national voice for the highest standards for health and health care.

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For further information, contact:

Lucie Boileau, Senior Advisor Communications and Public Outreach

Canadian Medical Association

Email: Tel: 613-731-8610 ext. 1266 Cell: 613-447-0866


Nurse Practitioners Soon Able to Discharge Patients from Hospitals

March 24, 2015

Government has amended the Hospitals Act to allow nurse practitioners to discharge patients from hospitals.

The amended regulations will also allow registered nurses to assess, treat and release some patients in emergency departments and collaborative emergency centres.

Currently, only physicians, midwives and dentists can release patients from hospitals. Nurse practitioners and registered nurses can assess and treat patients, but can’t discharge them, even though they are educated and licensed to do so.

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