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Canada is forced to rely on other countries for vaccines. We need the ability to produce our own.

A year into the pandemic, the demand for vaccines far exceeds its availability.  Decision makers are faced with the challenge of distributing rationed supplies to achieve maximum benefit. With the inability to produce our own vaccine, we are left relying on other countries, and we continue to yo-yo between various levels of lockdown and stay-at-home…


Anesthesiologists – Champions of Health and Safety

Anesthesiologists are Medical Doctors with a minimum of five years speciality training in Anesthesia after completing four years of Medical School. They champion your safety before, during and after an operation and play key roles in many other areas of the hospital and patient care. Anesthesiologists assess and medically optimize patients in the pre-operative clinic before an…


Education – What’s the Future Norm?

Parents have had a taste of virtual learning and most are now looking forward to when kids are back in their traditional classrooms. The impact of closures has been academically significant on high school and post-secondary students where assessments matter as they plan for their future.  The closures have also been difficult for parents of…


Happy Doctor’s Day 2020

Dear Colleagues, This Doctor’s Day your Professional Staff Executive would like to thank you for your tremendous courage and commitment while caring for patients during the COVID19 pandemic. We feel a real sense of pride for how doctors have united to navigate this crisis. To those in direct contact with COVID19 patients, those providing remote…


Social Media as an Influential Tool for Physicians

For many of us, social media is something we may feel we can’t fit into our already busy schedules. But as I’ve come to discover, it’s because physicians are so busy that we need to embrace this powerful tool. By leveraging social media, we can join each other and hundreds of other doctors in sharing…


Do Medical/Professional Staff Associations Have Influence?

Dear colleagues: What is the Medical/Professional Staff Association (MSA/PSA), and does it have any real influence?  Within hospitals this is not an uncommon question.  Doctors often reach out to the MSA on issues related to hospital policy and process and when they need an avenue to voice their concerns. Medical Staff Associations are a sub…


How can doctors influence their work environment?

Dear Colleagues, Are you frustrated by something in your work environment?  Can you do anything about it?  Is it hopeless? Doctors continue to be impacted by a tremendous amount of change in healthcare at Federal, Provincial and local levels. Decisions influence the delivery of patient care with sometimes little, or late input from those in…


July THP PSA President’s Letter

Dear colleagues:  My name is Rohit Kumar and for the next year I will be your President of the Professional Staff Association. I will be joined by a motivated PSA leadership team that includes Drs. Nick Scampoli (CVH-Emerg), Catherine Grenier (MH-Emerg), and our newest member Milan Barboza (CVH-Medicine). We are committed to representing your interests,…


Spring 2019 OMA Update

Spring OMA council took place on May 3-5 in Ottawa and the predominant theme was that of organizational renewal and an improved member focus. The new CEO, Allan O’Dette is leading the charge with the new mission, vision and values and his focus on membership, mandate, management and modernizing the OMA.To meet compliance with the…


Anesthesia Section Delegate (2019)

Thank you for taking the time to consider my nomination to represent you as an Anesthesia section delegate. This year I will be the Vice-Chair of our section and will continue to work closely with the new section Chair and rest of the Executive to represent your best interests. These are important and challenging times for our profession…