In this virtual session, keynote speaker Dr. Kwame McKenzie will share his insights on the causes of physician burnout and suggest ways to create a new medical culture that prioritizes physical and mental well-being and embraces equity and diversity.
He will be joined by occupational medicine expert Dr. Aditi Amin and patient advocate Michelle Hamilton-Page for a panel discussion on how to redesign health care environments so all physicians can truly thrive in training and practice.
The panel will be followed by a 30-minute Q&A session, moderated by journalist Althia Raj, and a series of small, 40-minute breakout sessions where participants will brainstorm on actions.
These ideas and insights will help inform the CMA’s future work.
Registration opens June 17.
Dr. Buchman practised family medicine for 22 years with a special interest in primary care cancer care, palliative care, HIV/AIDS, global health and social accountability. Dr. Buchman has served as president of both the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Ontario College of Family Physicians.
Althia is an Ottawa-based political journalist and a member of the CBC’s “At Issue” panel. She previously served as The Huffington Post Canada’s senior editorial manager and its Ottawa bureau chief from 2011 until its closure in March 2021.
Dr. McKenzie is a practising psychiatrist and CEO of the Wellesley Institute — a research and policy think tank in Toronto focused on improving health and health equity. He is also director of health equity at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. McKenzie convened a broad coalition of academics, clinicians and communities to draw attention to the inequitable impacts of the pandemic and the need to collect and use sociodemographic data.
As a policy advisor, clinician, educator and academic, Dr. McKenzie has worked across a broad spectrum to improve population health and health services for three decades.
Dr. Amin is a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada certified specialist in internal medicine and subspecialist in occupational medicine, practising in the Calgary area.
Her internal medicine work includes inpatient consultation and outpatient clinical work focusing on the diagnosis and management of complex chronic disease. In her occupational medicine practice, she works to help address the individual and systemic factors influencing workplace health and safety for workers, including health care professionals. Some of her current consulting roles in this field are with Alberta Health Services Workplace Health & Safety and the Calgary Police Service.
Michelle is a doctorate of social science candidate researching workplace cultures and the LGBTQ+ experience. This work has included a review of current and past research into the policies and practices in workplace environments that create inclusive cultures and increase equity for workers and clients.
As a digital strategy lead in the public health, hospital and NGO sectors for the past 15 years, Michelle has been involved in developing a public health communicable diseases e-notification and resource mobile application, a suite of social media platforms and strategies for allied health professionals, clients and families, and an evidence-based mobile application aimed at helping people cut back or quit drinking.