A Message from our Chair

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With help from donors like you, much has been accomplished in 2015.  However, there is much more which remains to be accomplished.  Thanks to our wonderful donors and supporters, the Canadian Medical Foundation (CMF) has been able to advance our programs and efforts in the areas of research, financial aid and medical outreach here in Canada and overseas; programs which serve and resonate with Canada’s physicians, at all stages of their careers.

We would like to thank those of you who have come forward, helped and shared your personal stories with us.

 Like the physicians and residents who were so overworked, and frequently finding themselves in such intense and distressful situations, that they experienced periods where they seriously considered taking their own life.

 Or the medical student from a first nations reserve, who overcame cultural and financial challenges, to make their dream of giving back to their community through medicine come true.

 And the surgeon who finds professional and personal fulfillment, by helping to address poverty and critical medical challenges that arose due to the earthquake disaster in Nepal.

With your help, the CMF does what we can to make a meaningful difference.

In 2015, CMF took further steps with its charitable programs and services. In addition to gifting 100% of the donations from generous donors like you, this year, we’ve forged several new agreements with many universities to expand bursary programs for needy and deserving medical students, with donations being matched, dollar-for-dollar. We’ve been able to raise much needed funding for the research and advancement of existing physician health programs across Canada, and we intend to develop minimum standards based on our research findings.  And we are proud to report that our medical outreach efforts will have helped countless individuals and families receive much needed medical attention.

As the calendar year comes to a close, many people choose the Holiday Season to make a meaningful gift to a cause they care about.   Please let the CMF be one of your charities of choice this year.

Will you consider a donation of $100, $250 or a leadership gift of $1000 or more?

 We are only able to make a difference in the lives of Canadian physicians inasmuch as physicians like you generously give.

Our sincere thanks go out to those who have and continue to donate to the CMF; again, it is these generous personal donations that allow us to perform our important work.

If you have not yet made a donation to the CMF, we urge you to please consider making one this year.  If every physician in Canada made even a small contribution to our ‘Every Physician’ campaign, we would have the resources to make dreams come true, to ensure that no physician goes to work without the proper supports, and to meaningfully address medical outreach challenges in Canada and overseas.

Please help us make a difference in the lives and health of Canada’s physicians, their families, and the Canadians we serve. Please give generously to the Canadian Medical Foundation.

Ruth Collins-NakaiThank you, and happy holidays!

Kindest regards,

Ruth Collins-Nakai

 

 

Dr. Ruth Collins-Nakai
Donor, Honoured Volunteer, Chair, Board of Trustees
Canadian Medical Foundation

P.S. – For more information on the CMF and our various programs and services, please visit us at www.medicalfoundation.ca.  In our Every Physician campaign, we are also looking for major donors who are willing to commit amounts over $10,000 over the next 2 to 3 years.

P.P.S. – For those of you interested in creating your own philanthropic platform, please ask about our “donor advised funds” (DAFs) wherein you create an endowment that can fund your personal legacy project going forward.

Canadian Medical Foundation Donor Advised Funds Assist with End of Year Giving

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It’s that time of year again when physicians are thinking about making their holiday gifts to charity and also considering end of year giving to offset their taxes.

Regardless of the motivation for end of year giving, the Canadian Medical Foundation’s (CMF’s) Donor Advised Fund Program can help!

CMF Donor Advaised Fund Program GuideCMF offers a DAF program which enables donors to create long-term charitable gifting plans in order to realize their charitable goals and further their philanthropic priorities. These long-term plans provide donors with the opportunity to make a meaningful gift now, but also enable donors with the ability to continue to give regularly to their desired charities well into the future, resulting in a greater philanthropic impact.

DAFs provide donors with the freedom to fund the charities most important to them with privacy and without administrative burden and high costs. The CMF manages annual disbursements from DAFs to the charities of choice, as well as all other administration required, freeing donors of any clerical hassles. Donors receive a tax receipt for their initial gift, advisories when their disbursements are made, and thank you letters from the recipients, if desired.

CMF can help physicians give wisely—in a manner that maximizes the benefits to them and their chosen charities and/or beneficiaries. As well, because CMF Donor Advised Funds are invested with MD Private Investment Counsel (MD PIC), making charitable contributions through the CMF DAF Program will help keep the funds in the CMA family.

For more information about the CMF’s Donor Advised Fund Program, please review our DAF Program Guide or contact CMF at info@cmf.ca or 613.520.7681 ext. 1, or at MD ext. 1120.

 

WMA Statement on Physicians Well-Being

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The World Medical Association Statement on Physicians Well-Being:

Physician well-being refers to the optimization of all factors affecting biological, psychological and social health and preventing or treating acute or chronic diseases experienced by physicians including mental illness, disabilities and injuries resulting from work hazards, occupational stress and burnout.

Click here for the complete World Medical Association Statement.

Dear Colleagues,

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As you may or may not know, the Canadian Medical Foundation (CMF) is the only charitable organization in Canada to focus solely on supporting the health and well-being of physicians at all stages of their careers. We believe that in order to have a strong health care system, we must support the men and women who deliver it, from medical students to residents, to early-mid-late career and even into retirement.

Recent research has shown that physicians in Canada are over-burdened and in far too many cases, pushed past their breaking point.  Physician burnout, addiction and early career departures prove to be a tremendous financial drain to the health care systems in Canada, often directly resulting in challenges for health care accessibility in many areas.

It will take time to improve the arduous working conditions for physicians in Canada, to understand and address these stressors head-on, and set an example for properly balanced and productive lives.  The CMF is working collaboratively to identify and address the many unique issues and obstacles which Canadian physicians face.

I’m writing today to encourage you to make a significant gift. A gift which will make a difference and support charitable programs/services focused on physician health and well-being.  Please support the Canadian Medical Foundation (CMF) today.

Will you consider a donation of $100, $250 or a leadership gift of $1000 or more?

As you consider providing much needed charitable support to the CMF, let me explain where your donation would go.

The CMF is presently seeking support for the development of “best practice” standards for physician support programs nationwide.  This effort is one of many, and will ensure that all physicians in Canada will have timely access to effective physician health programs wherever they may be – from coast to coast to coast.

Please, while it is still fresh in your mind, consider sending your gift to the Canadian Medical Foundation. Every day, a colleague of ours struggles with health or well-being issues. You can help by supporting the Canadian Medical Foundation’s “Every Physician” campaign today.

Please help us make a meaningful difference in the lives and health of Canada’s physicians, their families, and the Canadians we serve. Please give generously to the Canadian Medical Foundation.  Thank you!

Kindest regards,

RCN

 

Dr. Ruth Collins-Nakai
Donor, Honoured Volunteer, Chair, Board of Trustees
Canadian Medical Foundation

P.S. –  For more information on the CMF and our various programs and services, please visit us at www.medicalfoundation.ca.  In our Every Physician campaign, we are also looking for major donors who are willing to commit amounts over $10,000 over the next 2 to 3 years.

P.P.S – Thanks to an annual grant we receive, every single dollar of your donation will go towards the CMF’s charitable programs and in many cases is matched, dollar-for-dollar.

P.P.P.S. – For those of you interested in creating your own philanthropic platform, please ask about our “donor advised funds” wherein you create an endowment that can fund your personal legacy project going forward.

 

The Dr. Muzumdar Fund

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Today is the anniversary of the founding of the Canadian Association of Physicians with Disabilities (CAPD).  The Canadian Association of Physicians with Disabilities was founded by Dr. Ashok Muzumdar in the year 2000, to bring awareness to the issues which physicians with disabilities in Canada face, to strengthen the community of physicians with disabilities in Canada and to be actively engaged in influencing policies which affect all people with disabilities (to name a few). In this regard, the CAPD has done much meaningful work over the years to advance the goals and objectives which it set out to accomplish over a decade ago.

Dr. Muzumdar FundOn November 30, 2012, Dr. Muzumdar tragically passed away in his sleep.  His untimely death was felt by many in the community which he helped to bring together and unite for the common causes addressed by the CAPD.  In hopes of honouring the great work of Dr. Muzumdar, the CAPD is currently seeking to gather enough funds to establish an endowed bursary in his name.  This bursary will be specifically designated for aspiring physicians in Canada with disabilities, who are in need of financial assistance with their education in the field of medicine.

The Canadian Medical Foundation (CMF) and the CAPD are working together on this effort; with a portion of funds raised also going to support the CMF’s Every Physician Campaign.  With your support, we hope to realize our goal of honouring Dr. Muzumdar with this much needed student bursary fund.  In successfully honouring Dr. Muzumdar, we will also be contributing to a stronger physician base in Canada, and inherently, a better health care system for all Canadians.

Dr. Muzumdar was a man who truly cared about his patients. This bursary would enable his compassionate and caring nature to carry on, by supporting deserving medical students in need.  Please support this cause, and give what you can today.  Thank You!

To make a donation to the Dr. Muzumdar Bursary Fund, simply click on the link below to the Donate Now page on the CMF website: https://www.beanstream.com/secure/TheCanadianMedicalFoundation/1_cmf_form_en.asp
*And please select “Donation to the Dr. Muzumdar Fund” as the donation type.

Kind regards,

Lee Gould
CEO, Canadian Medical Foundation

and

Vera Krejcik
President, Canadian Association of Physicians with Disabilities

Physician Health Facts?

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Did You Know These Physician Health Facts?

  • One out of every 10 physicians will become dependent on psychoactive drugs or alcohol.
  • Up to 50% of physicians report anxiety, sleeplessness or depression (significantly higher than in other professions).
  • Physician burnout is associated with low job satisfaction, decreased mental health and decreased quality of patient care.
  • Physician burnout in Canada is estimated to cost the health care system hundreds of thousands of dollars annually.
  • The suicide rate for physicians is twice that of the general population. The suicide rate of physicians’ wives is higher than the rate for wives of any other professional group.
  • Approximately 40% of female and 27% of male medical students and residents experience pronounced symptoms of anxiety or depression.
  • One out of every 100 physicians will become a narcotics addict.
  • Medical residents are 5 times more likely to use sleeping pills, stimulants or other drugs compared to controls.
  • Physicians under the age of 45 consistently indicate that their most toxic stressor is the struggle with work/family imbalance and its effect on home life.

These are only a few of the reasons why physician health is a primary focus of the Canadian Medical Foundation.

Learn about our efforts to advance physician health and well-being here.

Learn how you can join us in improving the health and well-being of Canada’s physicians here.

Works Cited

  1. Carolyn S. Dewa, P. J. (2004). An Estimate of the Cost of Burnout on Early Retirement and Reduction in Clinical Hours of Practicing Physicians in Canada.
  2. Colbourn-Smith, M. (2010). Primary Prevention Resources and Programs for Physicians in Canada.