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As we approach the end of the year, I’d like to take this time to reflect on 2021 and the impact it had on the medical profession. The beginning of the year came with a mix of thoughts and emotions. The future was certainly a bit blurry, considering the uncertain relationship between our profession and the government; however, I think many of us were expecting 2021 to be a vast improvement over 2020—especially with the optimism of the new COVID-19 vaccines.
Unfortunately, 2021 ended up being incredibly difficult for many. The third and fourth waves not only came with high work demands, but they also brought a social narrative that made the work undoubtedly harder. Hospital protests and threats to physicians only added to the rising stress levels in the profession.
Not only did we hear dissatisfaction and anger from a vocal minority of Albertans, we also had a small number of physicians adding to that narrative. I know this was discouraging for many of you. I also suspect you wish CPSA could have done more to intervene, but I hope everyone can appreciate that, for good reason, regulation is not a fast process. We have, however, adapted to be more responsive.
There is no disputing the challenging year we faced; however, despite the threats, anger, increased workload and uncertain government relationship, the vast majority of Alberta physicians acted professionally and appropriately—even during some of the most challenging times. This is something to be very proud of.
Although, as the registrar, I often hear about the physicians that aren’t living up to the profession’s expectations, I also have the opportunity to witness physicians doing incredible things. I see physicians providing high quality, professional care in extremely challenging conditions. I see physicians standing up against racism and discrimination and I see physicians taking on challenging leadership roles, even though these roles often mean more work and less pay. It’s often our first instinct to focus on all the negative, but as we look around, it’s easy to see the incredible talent and professionalism we have here in Alberta. You should be incredibly proud of the work you’ve done.
In closing, the CPSA team and I would like to thank you for being there for all Albertans. Your dedication and professionalism are greatly appreciated, and not without notice! I wish everyone all the best in 2022!
|Want to connect with your CPSA Council President and CPSA Registrar?
Join Dr. Louis Hugo Francescutti and Dr. Scott McLeod for a virtual Q&A Dec. 15 at noon! This 45-minute session is your chance to ask questions about CPSA and learn more about some of CPSA’s ongoing initiatives.