Media Alert - The "Parliament of Canadian Medicine" to Gather in Nation's Capital

OTTAWA, Aug. 12, 2014 /CNW/ - Physicians from across Canada will converge at the Ottawa Convention Centre August 17 to 20 for the Canadian Medical Association's (CMA) 147th Annual Meeting and General Council. The conference is often called the "parliament of Canadian medicine" because it's where many of this country's doctors gather to discuss and debate policies and recommendations to address the health issues and concerns that matter to the nation.

Federal Health Minister, the Honorable Rona Ambrose will address General Council delegates as will the Leader of the official opposition, the Honorable Thomas Mulcair. Former Québec premier Jean Charest will speak at the Election 2015: CMA election readiness political session. A first this year, the CMA will be presented with the Canadian Forces Medallion for Distinguished Service.

On Monday, August 18 delegates will look at the importance of social responsibility in the medical profession.  Outcomes will ensure physicians are positioned for their appropriate role in a team-based approach and will look at any gaps in perceptions between public and physicians' views on the physician role in the health care system.

Later in the delegates will take part in an interactive discussion on marijuana for medical purposes featuring patient and physician perspectives on obstacles, challenges and other issues. Commentary by a regulator on regulation/licensing issues will be featured to increase understanding and enrich the patient/physician conversation.

On Tuesday, August 19, delegates will continue the debate on end-of-life care issues in Canada. Discussion outcomes will provide direction in forming CMA policy in this area.

The Media Guide to CMA's 2014 General Council is now available online at: It contains details on the program, the media services available, how to register, and more.

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 to serve and unite the physicians of Canada and be the national advocate, in partnership with the people of Canada, for the highest standards of health and health care 


SOURCE: Canadian Medical Association

For further information: Lucie Boileau, Senior Advisor, Communications and Public Outreach, Canadian Medical Association, Tel.: 613-731-8610 | 800-663-7336 ext. 1266, Aug. 17-20, 2014: 613-288-9558, Cell: 613.447.0866, ; Dominique Jolicoeur, Communications Officer, Canadian Medical Association, Tel.: 613-731-8610 | 800-663-7336 ext. 2038, Aug. 17-20, 2014: 613-288-9558, Cell: 613.809.5669,


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