Media Alert - Climate change, drug shortages and immunization featured on the opening day of CMA's 149th Annual Meeting

VANCOUVER, Aug. 22, 2016 /CNW/ - The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) opens its 149th Annual Meeting and General Council today in Vancouver with sessions on climate change, drug shortages and immunization.

Key highlights for Mon. Aug. 22:
9:10 am9:55 am PDT
Keynote address: Health consequences of climate change
Dr. James Orbinski, humanitarian practitioner, advocate and former President of Doctors Without Borders

11:15 am12:00 pm PDT
Committee on Ethics: Update and Q&A on medical assistance in dying

12:30 pm PDT
Media briefing
Room Oak 2

Reporters may participate by teleconference by dialing 1-877-234-4610; code: 7962151#. Members of the media attending in person are asked to register at the media office upon arrival at the Westin Bayshore (room Cypress 1).

A live feed will be available for key sessions as well as for live hits from the Westin Bayshore. A PEGAD has been left with the Vancouver TOC (604-663‑5439) for all CDN broadcasters to pick up HD-SDI circuit number S-99994. Pre-bookings are encouraged.

3:20 pm4:40 pm PDT
Concurrent education sessions:

  • Drug shortages: causes, prevention and mitigation
  • Immunization, vaccine hesitancy and the role of the physician

For the full daily schedule, please visit

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 83,000 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.


SOURCE Canadian Medical Association

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For further information: For registration information or to schedule an interview, please contact: CMA Media Relations:, 613-806-1865


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