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‘I felt welcomed’: 25 patients attend the CMA’s first-ever Health Summit

Patients from across Canada meet at the CMA’s inaugural Health Summit in Winnipeg In a convention hall filled with hundreds of physicians, Jeannie Gurr makes her way to microphone #4. When it’s her turn, the retired teacher asks a panel of health care leaders what can be done to improve health literacy, especially in schools. […]

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Brainstorming for better health: Open Dialogue draws hundreds of Summit participants

 A participant shares her ideas at an Open Dialogue session during the CMA’s inaugural Health Summit in Winnipeg What happens when you gather together hundreds of physicians, policy-makers and patients, and give them a big problem to solve? That was the design for the Open Dialogue sessions at the CMA Health Summit. Described as “participant-driven […]

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“As physicians, we’re accountable for making our system better”: reflections on the Health Summit from a first-time CMA Ambassador

  As I face the reality of medical school resuming, I am taking a break from learning the innervations of the brachial plexus to reflect on four incredible days of learning at the CMA Health Summit in Winnipeg. Disruptive innovation for a healthier future was the central theme of the Health Summit. As a first-time […]

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Healthcare system needs to catch up to the requirements of the Google Generation

New CMA report addresses growing healthcare generation gap driven by tech-savvy Canadians 18-34 New findings released by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) show that young adults between 18 and 34 are frequent users of the healthcare system with a self-reported average of 11 or more visits to a doctor each year.  The Google Generation is […]

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25 patients to attend inaugural Health Summit

As part of the CMA’s ongoing commitment to the patient perspective, 25 patients are being sponsored to attend the Health Summit in Winnipeg this August. Hundreds of applications were received from patients across Canada; each was carefully assessed using a series of criteria including the relevance of lived experience, interest in health care issues and […]

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Tara Kiran

Innovative approaches to improving health equity

“Is it working the same for all people?” That’s the question Dr. Tara Kiran asks herself often as a physician and a researcher on quality of care. On many days, the answer is no. “When we do research, we often want to understand what the quality of care is on average. But we also know […]

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Judith John

Finding innovation in patient-centred care

Judith John is someone who knows her way around a hospital. She spent many years working in hospitals as a senior communications executive, first at Toronto’s Mount Sinai and later, the Hospital for Sick Children. Then in 2009, John had a brain tumour that hemorrhaged. And she began to see another side of the hospital […]

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Alika Lafontaine

Shifting thinking about Indigenous health

When Dr. Alika Lafontaine talks about innovation in Indigenous health, he doesn’t talk about biotech, digital health or new medical technologies. Instead, he talks about shifting mindsets. “I think one of the most innovative things we could do is move beyond just talking about equity and equality, to actually articulating what that looks like.” Listing […]

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Philip Edgcumbe

How to build an innovation mindset

“Innovation can come from unexpected places,” proclaims Philip Edgcumbe. And as an inventor, engineer, medical student, PhD graduate and recent lead developer of the Alzheimer’s XPRIZE, he speaks from experience. As a student in the MD/Phd program at the University of British Columbia, where he is pursuing a medical degree and has completed his PhD […]

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Zayna Khayat

Bold ideas about how to future-proof health care

Zayna Khayat has spent her career imagining the future of health. Yet after a year in the Netherlands, working as “Innovation Sherpa in Chief” at the REShape Health Innovation Centre, she returned to Canada in January with a fresh perspective on what that future could look like. “I can’t unsee what I have seen.” explains […]

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