Media Advisory - CMA heads to Québec City for its 150th General Council and Annual Meeting

OTTAWA, Aug. 11, 2017 /CNW/ - From August 20-23, physicians from across Canada will come together to celebrate the innovation, influence and history of the Canadian Medical Association. For the CMA's 150th anniversary, General Council is being brought back to Quebec City where 164 physicians originally came together to create the country's first national medical association.

A number of issues will be discussed over the four day meeting, including, but not limited to: medical professionalism, the ongoing opioids crisis, the future of the profession and medical aid in dying. Federal Minister of Health Dr. Jane Philpott will also be in attendance and addressing her colleagues on day two.  Members of the media are invited to attend the following sessions that may be of interest. Please note that these sessions may change:

Sunday, August 20

  • Registration starts at 8:00 a.m.
  • Session:Taking action on the CMA Code of Ethics for the 21st century (3:15 – 4:45 p.m.)

Monday, August 21

  • Federal Minister of Health to address General Council (10:40 – 11:15 a.m.)
  • Ahead of its time: 150th anniversary (6:30 p.m.)

Tuesday, August 22

  • President Dr. Granger Avery speaks to General Council (11:40 – 12:05 p.m.)
  • Session:Physicians facing Canada's opioid crisis (1:30 – 3:10 p.m.)
  • Installation of 150th CMA President, Dr. Laurent Marcoux (3:30 – 4:05 p.m.)
  • Celebrating the profession: CMA Awards Gala (6:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, August 23

  • Session: Medical Assistance in Dying: where do we go from here? (8:00 – 8:45 a.m.)
  • Dr. Laurent Marcoux media availability (10 a.m.)

Members of the media must register and can do so onsite or online by emailing Live feeds will be available for television networks. Details are available upon request.

The Canadian Medical Association unites 85,000 physicians on national health and medical matters. Formed in Quebec City in 1867, the CMA's rich history of advocacy led to some of Canada's most important health policy changes. As we look to the future, the CMA will focus on advocating for a healthy population and a vibrant profession.


SOURCE Canadian Medical Association

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