President's Message

Dr. Marie-Dominique Beaulieu

The end of summer – a great time to meet with colleagues

The end of the summer proved very busy with a trip to Shanghai, at the invitation of the Chinese Medical Association, to present information about the Triple C Curriculum and the CFPC’s certification process. Upon our return we were pleased to host a meeting with our colleagues from the American Academy of Family Practice (AAFP) and participate in the Canadian Medical Association’s (CMA) General Council meeting, in Calgary. I would like to tell you a little more about this last activity.

The theme of the CMA’s annual meeting was “Canada’s Physicians: Leadership in Changing Times.” A number of issues were addressed, including end-of-life care. I shared our position on this issue with our colleagues from the CMA’s GP Forum. Also discussed was the medical profession’s contribution to the sustainability of the health care system by showing leadership in the optimal use of resources. The “Choosing Wisely” initiative, launched in the United States a few years ago, generated considerable interest. We had had the opportunity to discuss this initiative with our AAFP colleagues, who were very actively involved in it. Lastly, I had the honour of participating in the installation of the CMA’s new President, Dr. Louis Hugo Francescutti. We wish him every success throughout his term of office. Of course, it was impossible to be in Calgary without thinking about the flooding the population has endured. Despite these recent hardships, the Calgarians welcomed us with their proverbial warmth and good humour. 

Marie-Dominique Beaulieu, MD, MSc, CCFP, FCFP

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