National Physicians' Day

April 30, 2024 |

First, I would like to thank each of you for the tremendous impact you have on the health and well-being of our communities.

Over the past few years, we have seen a steady increase in physician workloads and pressures. Stress, burnout, and depression have emerged as significant challenges that demand our attention. Your health and ability to practice safely are essential and it concerns me to see these issues impact those who dedicate their lives to caring for others.

Despite these challenges, you continue to practice compassionately because that is the essence of being a physician. However, we cannot overlook the well-being of the medical profession. Addressing these challenges requires a collaborative effort shared with other stakeholders.

One of the most pressing needs of the medical profession is support for our own health and well-being and resources to help alleviate the workload. Your health is essential not only for your own sake but also for the patients who rely on your care.  

As regulators, our primary role lies in serving the public’s interest. The public is best served by a coordinated healthcare system. In overseeing the registration, quality assurance, and accountability of the profession, we are dedicated to ensuring the profession is equipped to handle the diverse healthcare needs of Manitobans.

Here are some highlights from the areas we are focusing on:

Recruitment and Retention

We are collaborating with the government to ensure that recruitment efforts align with established requirements that uphold the high standards for competence and conduct expected of those who practice medicine in Manitoba.

While the government's recruitment targets may be achievable, efforts should not stop there. We are working with the government and other stakeholders to retain physicians in our province.

Retention begins with demonstrating that Manitoba is a rewarding place to practice medicine. In a recent focus group with physicians who relocated to the province to practice, we heard they enjoy Manitoba for many reasons, but coordinated efforts between the system, regulators, and other stakeholders are required to enhance retention.

This week, I hosted a meeting in Winnipeg with the Registrars from Medical Regulatory Authorities across Western Canada. While each province has its strengths and challenges, we all share the goal of having an adequate supply of physicians to ensure accessible medical care for everyone.

Team-Based Care

Recognizing the significance of team-based care, we, as physicians ourselves, acknowledge its vital role in breaking down barriers to healthcare and enhancing services for all Manitobans.

In Manitoba, Clinical Assistants (ClAs) and Physician Assistants (PAs), along with other health care professionals are integral to the provision of team-based care, which allows all members of the team to practice to the maximum of their scope.

CPSM expresses appreciation for your unwavering dedication to your patients. Your contributions are invaluable, and we are grateful for the impact you make each and every day.

Best Regards, 

Dr. Anna Ziomek

Registrar and CEO