We work with physicians, for Albertans.
That’s the pact we have with the province - in return for the privilege of self-regulation granted by legislation, Council recognizes its greatest responsibility is to the public.
As a non-physician, I’m tremendously impressed by the dedication of our physician members to this pact. All Council members are acutely aware the decisions we make are felt by every patient in Alberta, and work hard to find the right balance between Albertans’ right to competent, compassionate and ethical medical care and setting reasonable expectations for our members.
The wide-ranging topics Council considered this year included the College’s ongoing response to the opioid crisis, new tools to support quality in group practice, improved safety standards for medical and diagnostic facilities and a new partnership to advance professionalism in the healthcare workplace. Making health care better for Albertans is the common thread running through all.
This report, approved by Council, tells the story of how we made a difference in 2017.
Ms. Kate Wood Q.C
CPSA Council President
Public Members of Council
At its best, the practice of medicine is a partnership between physicians and their patients: When doctors understand their patients’ point of view they can provide better care, and that leads to better outcomes.
As the public’s representatives on Council, we help physicians, College staff and others see the view from the other side of the stethoscope. Discussions with our physician colleagues are mutually respectful, and the contributions of public members help shape every Council decision.
While representing patients is our most important role, we also bring extensive business, legal, governance, human resource and education expertise to our work on Council and Council committees.
We believe a strong public voice is essential to effective self-regulation and appreciate the opportunity to do this work on behalf of all Albertans.