President's message

 

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. 

 Ms. Kate Wood, CPSA Council President

Ms. Kate Wood, CPSA Council President

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. 

At its best, the practice of medicine is a partnership between physicians and their patients.

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.

 Left to right: Ms. Cathy MacDonald, Ms. Levonne Louie (Nov-Dec), Ms. Margaret Munsch, Ms. Kate Wood (Council President) | Missing: Ms. Janet Blayone (Jan-Oct)

Left to right: Ms. Cathy MacDonald, Ms. Levonne Louie (Nov-Dec), Ms. Margaret Munsch, Ms. Kate Wood (Council President) | Missing: Ms. Janet Blayone (Jan-Oct)

 

 

Registrar's Message

 

Alberta’s doctors are as good as any in the world; the strength of our profession comes from the integrity and commitment of every one of our 11,000+ regulated members.

I joined the College first and foremost to help the team build on the great work they’re doing. This report highlights some of that work, from bending the curve on opioid prescribing to a broader focus on providing physicians with more data to support them in improving their practices. 

  Dr. Scott McLeod & the CPSA Leadership Team.  Left to right: Dr. Jeremy Beach, Mr. David Kay, Dr. Susan Ulan, Dr. Scott McLeod (Registrar), Dr. Karen Mazurek (Deputy Registrar), Dr. Michael Caffaro.  See the CPSA Organizational Chart.

Dr. Scott McLeod & the CPSA Leadership Team. Left to right: Dr. Jeremy Beach, Mr. David Kay, Dr. Susan Ulan, Dr. Scott McLeod (Registrar), Dr. Karen Mazurek (Deputy Registrar), Dr. Michael Caffaro. See the CPSA Organizational Chart.

I’m also excited about the chance to help the College and the profession meet new challenges. We face greater scrutiny than ever, driven by demands that physicians be more accountable for their quality of care and use of resources. The Auditor General of Alberta highlighted those issues in his report last year, “Better Healthcare for Albertans.” The report didn’t make specific recommendations, but articulated a growing sense in government and among the public that medicine as a self-regulated profession needs to change with the times. 

Alberta’s doctors are as good as any in the world; the strength of our profession comes from the integrity and commitment of every one of our 11,000+ regulated members.
— Dr. Scott McLeod, CPSA Registrar

Physicians need to work with the rest of the health system more closely, make more frequent and better use of clinical information, measure our practices more and use data to improve. Are we up to the challenge, as a profession and as a regulator? Absolutely we are. 

Alberta’s doctors are as good as any in the world; the strength of our profession comes from the integrity and commitment of every one of our 11,000+ regulated members. And I believe self-regulation is a strength of our publicly funded healthcare system; it helps maintain public confidence by assuring patients their doctor puts their interests first. 

But self-regulation doesn’t mean freedom from accountability. We depend on the trust of patients and the public; we need to earn that trust every day by serving patients better, in our own practices and with all our partners.

 

Dr. Scott McLeod
CPSA Registrar