In today’s message you will find:

Tomorrow: Health Care Town Hall

Join us tomorrow (Wednesday) at 7PM for a Town Hall with PC Leader Heather Stefanson, NDP Leader Wab Kinew, and Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont. We know health care is top of mind during this provincial election for physicians, and the general public, and it can be difficult to learn more about each party leader’s plans for health care. That’s why we have organized a town hall to hear directly from the leaders of Manitoba’s three main parties about the current state of our health care system as well as their vision and plans to improve it.

You will also hear perspectives from physicians including our President Dr. Michael Boroditsky and Past President Dr. Candace Bradshaw. The event will be moderated by 680 CJOB’s Richard Cloutier. We’ve received hundreds of questions, which we are collating and grouping together to ask the top each leader about the top issues being raised by physicians and the public. 

Event Details:

Thursday: Last Call for Direct Deposit

Thursday (by noon) is your last chance to submit your banking information for an expedited and convenient deposit of your $21,000 Special Retention Payment. This one-time payment is open to all physicians holding a license with CPSM and membership with Doctors Manitoba as of ratification day (August 14). You can still claim an expedited payment by logging in to the Member Portal and adding your banking information for direct deposit. Eligible physicians who have not signed up for direct deposit will be sent a cheque in the mail at the end of September. 

If you believe you should be eligible but have not received a notice by next week, please contact us at membership@​doctorsmanitoba.​ca.

It’s also time to renew your annual Doctors Manitoba membership. Your fees have been frozen at last year’s rate to avoid an increase while our members face escalating costs and inflation from other sources. 

Friday: New Remuneration Details

Watch your email on Friday for an special newsletter focused on new and enhanced remuneration details that will take effect on October 1. This is when many of the new and increased remuneration negotiated under the new Physician Services Agreement (PSA) take effect. The new PSA will bring in many new tariffs to support physicians as well as apply market adjustments to existing tariffs and alternate funded agreements. 

We have also planned two webinars to help you make the most of new remuneration and funding tools to support your practice as they become available on October 1. Both sessions are open to all physicians and medical learners, as well as physicians’ staff (e.g. managers and administrative support). 

Webinar for Family Medicine and Primary Care

Webinar for Specialty and Hospital Care

You will be able to submit questions when registering, and ask live during the webinars. Both sessions will also be available for on-demand streaming 

Saturday: Join us for Special Reconciliation Kairos Blanket Event

On Saturday from 9am to 12pm Doctors Manitoba is offering a unique event for members to mark Truth and Reconciliation Day called a virtual Kairos Blanket Exercise. We are offering this event at no cost to Manitoba’s physicians, residents, and medical students. Registration Now Open!

This event revisits the shared history of Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples of Canada and is an opportunity to mark the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, together. Facilitated by Braving the Healing. Register Now!

You can mark the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in other ways on Saturday too. Check out our summary of concrete actions you can take, from learning more, attending an event, displaying your support, and what you can do in your practice. 

Monday: A day in lieu?

While the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is not yet an official statutory holiday in Manitoba, the province has indicated it will be handled like last year. For physician remuneration, that means the day will be recognized as a designated holiday with after hours premiums and holiday rates. Because September 30 falls on a Saturday this year, Monday, October 2 will be considered the designated holiday. See this bulletin on the Manitoba Health site for more information. 

We understand the health system will be open on Oct 2 with normal weekday operations for patient services. Physicians practicing in private clinics can choose to remain open, and staff in private clinics are neither entitled to the day off nor additional pay. Physicians practicing in private clinics face the challenge of balancing their patients’ needs with employee expectations and possible criticism for remaining open. Ultimately, this decision is at the discretion of clinic management. 

Doctors Manitoba will close our office on October 2, like many employers, to mark the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and to encourage our employees learn more about the history of residential schools in Canada and the lasting impact this has on our society.

Physician Leadership Practical Skills Series

Leadership is the act of inspiring and empowering others and requires a skill set like any other practice area. Doctors Manitoba is pleased to present a selection of webinars and workshops designed to assist physicians and medical learners increase their awareness and comfort levels in this critical aspect of practice. Topics include Boundaries, Relational Awareness, Lessons Learned from Complaints, and more. No cost to attend. Sign up for one, or all five, from October 26 – March 4. Register Now!

Doctors Manitoba Book Club: Book Announcement!

The Doctors Manitoba Physician Health and Wellness committee is excited to invite you to an opportunity for building connection and community in medicine. Thank you to all members who voted for the next reading. For our third virtual book club Q + A, we will be reading the Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition Yellowface” by R.F Kuang. This will be a chance for the group to discuss the book and share thoughts. Event and registration details to follow soon! Email Cynthia Okojie at cokojie@​doctorsmanitoba.​ca for more details.

CancerCare News

  • The Provincial Cancer Care Conference, hosted by CancerCare Manitoba runs from October 12 – 13, and healthcare professionals can still register this week! Interested people can attend for one portion, or the entire conference, and interested healthcare professionals can learn more about the event by going to the CCMB webpage for the event. From there they can see the current agenda for the event, as well as review the learning objectives for the sessions. Register here before October 3 2023.
  • The fall issue of CancerTalk is available here.

Other Upcoming Events

Fall is filling up with events and professional development workshops and courses. Whether you’re looking to expand your knowledge, increase your awareness, or build leadership skills, we have many sessions planned!

Events can always be found on our website in the events calendar. If you have an event you’d like to share with members and have included in our calendar, forward all the information to general@​doctorsmanitoba.​ca.

Women in Medicine Retreat (Nov 3 – 5, Gimli) — This retreat, focusing on wellness and professional development, is open to practicing women physicians and residents. An initiative led by Dr. Astrid Guenther, the agenda includes Cultivating Self-Compassion to Heal from Shame (3.5 CME), yoga, mindfulness, networking, and is fully catered. For more information, contact astridsantin@​gmail.​com by October 13 (limited spots available).

Unraveling the Threads of Colonization and Racism in Manitoba’s Healthcare — September 28 6:30 – 8pm

Session 5 in our Leadership for Equity Series aims to empower physicians with a deeper comprehension of the intricate intersections between historical legacies, healthcare delivery, and the imperative for transformative change in support of health equity for Indigenous populations in Manitoba. It will explore the historical underpinnings of colonization and Indigenous-specific racism within the healthcare system, highlighting their enduring influence on the health of Indigenous communities. The session will emphasize the importance of physicians, as leaders in the healthcare system, learning to recognize the subtle yet impactful manifestations of these issues in healthcare and carrying this into application of practical strategies for fostering anti-racist and decolonizing practices. 

Learning Objectives:

1. Gain insight into the historical background of colonization and racism within Manitoba’s healthcare system and how this continues to impact the health of Indigenous peoples.
2. Develop the ability to identify and understand how colonization and racism manifest in healthcare practices.
3. Acquire strategies to promote anti-racist and decolonizing approaches as leaders in healthcare settings.

Register now!

Save the date for upcoming sessions in the series:

  • October 24 – Kimani Paul-Emile, PhD

Bug Day — Mark your calendars for the 2023 27th Annual Bug Day! — October 17 7:55am-4pm — Held Virtually.

Interested in the prevention and control of communicable diseases, and health issues in the community or healthcare setting? Bug Day is for you! Nationally and internationally recognized experts will present timely topics in infectious diseases and public health at Manitoba’s largest healthcare education event. Held every year during National Infection Prevention & Control Week, Bug Day is streamed online – it’s FREE, accredited, and you’re invited!

The program is accredited for physicians and can be used for continuing education purposes by other health care workers. There is no charge, but you must register to attend the live sessions. You can make a donation directly to the HSC Foundation Bug Day fund. Click here to visit the donation page. This donation page will automatically generate a confirmation email and a tax receipt. Register here.

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