Canadian Medical Association
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|Type||Organizations based in Canada with royal patronage|
|Purpose||advocate and public voice, educator and network|
|Headquarters||Ottawa, Ontario, Canada|
|more than 85,000 doctors and doctors in training|
|Dr. Granger Avery|
The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is a national, voluntary association of physicians and physicians-in-training. The CMA is a leader in engaging and serving physicians and is the national voice for the highest standards of health and health care. The CMA also provides leadership guidance to physicians, wealth management advice and knowledge products and services through its subsidiaries, MD Financial Management and JouleTM, respectively.
The CMA has over 85,000 members, making it the largest association of medical doctors in Canada. The CMA’s priority is to address the needs of Canadian physicians from medical school through residency, medical practice, and retirement. CMA members can access a wide range of services and benefits, including but not limited to clinical resources and wealth management.
The CMA also played a central role in the creation of the Registered Retirement Savings Plan in 1957. Today, its financial arm, MD Financial Management, administers more than $40 billion for CMA members and their families.
2017 marks the CMA’s 150th anniversary, which provides an opportunity for the association to showcase its history in the service of physicians and their patients. For more information, visit www.cma.ca/150.
Advocacy and awareness campaigns
The CMA advocates policies that support a healthy population and a vibrant medical profession. This advocacy is based on submissions to government, developing policies and conducting research.
The CMA Code of Ethics also contributes to advocacy and awareness campaigns by providing ethical guidance to Canada’s physicians. Focus areas include decision-making, consent, privacy, confidentiality, research and physician responsibilities.
For a listing of the CMA’s current advocacy priorities, please visit www.cma.ca/action.
Provincial and territorial medical associations
The provincial and territorial medical associations are autonomous divisions of the CMA, with responsibilities specific to their provincial and territorial jurisdictions. The divisions unite at the national level to more effectively handle issues common to all.
- Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association
- Ontario Medical Association
- Doctors of BC
- Doctors Manitoba
- Saskatchewan Medical Association
- Manitoba Medical Association
- New Brunswick Medical Association
- Québec Medical Association
- Doctors Nova Scotia
- Medical Society of PEI
- Northwest Territories Medical Association
- Yukon Medical Association
Affiliates, associated societies and observer organizations
Over 60 national specialty and special-interest physician organizations are affiliated or associated with the CMA. These special relationships respect each organization's autonomy while recognizing the goal of speaking with a common voice for greater issues that affect all physicians.
The Board of directors is the executive authority of the CMA. The Board is responsible for managing CMA affairs in accordance with the policies established by the CMA General Council. General Council is the governing body and legislative authority of the CMA. It's responsible for providing high-level policy guidance and direction to the organization in general, and the Board of directors in particular. It provides broad policy direction to the CMA via the debate, discussion and passage of motions at the CMA’s Annual Meeting each August.
The CMA's Annual Meeting includes a business session, open to all members, which considers business and matters referred by General Council. The General Council portion of the meeting includes scientific and educational sessions designed to promote the medical and related arts.
MD Financial Management is a wealth management firm wholly owned by the CMA. MD helps clients build wealth and capitalize on opportunities that ensure they meet their personal and professional goals. MD Financial Management includes MD Financial Management Inc., MD Management Limited, MD Private Trust Company, MD Life Insurance Company and MD Insurance Agency Limited.
Joule delivers information and knowledge products and services, including clinical tools such as DynaMed Plus, RxTx and POEMs. Joule also includes Physician Leadership Institute courses and the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ). The CMAJ is a peer-reviewed general medical journal that publishes original clinical research, commentaries, analyses, and reviews of clinical topics, health news, clinical-practice updates, and editorials.
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