Conference Topics

Please find below a list of the 2020 National Conference’s plenaries, special presentations and workshops.

Plenary Sessions 

Plenary 1: Burnout and Resilience

David Levy

Attendees will be able to:

Assess and identify burnout in self and others.

Be able to recognize the effects of burnout.

Have knowledge to make recommendations for helping those experiencing burnout. 

Plenary 2: Keys to “Transforming Doctors to Transform the World” – Lessons Learned Over 25 Years

David Stevens

Attendees will be able to:

Relate the principles of good governance and management.

Know the steps of strategic planning

Enhance their leadership skills.

Plenary 3: Why Don’t I Have More Self Control?

David Levy

Attendees will be able to:

Identify the origin of self-control/willpower.

Recognize what causes self-control to diminish.

Implement options to increase self-control. 

Plenary 4: Spiritual Leadership: Cultivating Resilience & Hope in a Complex World

Cheryl Ann Beals, PhD

Attendees will be able to:

See how to integrate faith and practice.

Increase self-awareness and God awareness.

Deepen their experience of the presence of God.

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

Special Presentation: Conscience & Assisted Suicide

Larry Worthen

Attendees will be able to:

Understand the current status of conscience rights in Canada.

Advocate for the conscience rights of healthcare professionals in Canada.

Celebration Banquet: Sufficient Courage

David Stevens

Attendees will be able to:

 Take appropriate risks.

Be willing to fail.

Be willing to pay the price of leadership.Get fired up about things.

Special Presentation: CMDA in the Next Generation

Attendees will be able to:

Understand CMDA Canada’s strategic plan.

Recognize the role they play as individual members and leaders in their area.

WORKSHOPS

A. Soul Care: Spiritual Nurture for the Doctor’s and Dentist’s  Soul

Cheryl Ann Beals

 Attendees will be able to:

Increase self-awareness and God awareness.

Explore soul care and self care.

Deepen their experience of the presence of God.

B. Health System Redesign for Participatory Servanthood

Doug Kayler

Attendees will be able to:

Recognize the organizational flaw in the healthcare system that hampers practicing physicians and dentists, our patients, and the governments and bureaucracies that manage the system.

Review Scripture for insights into designing the organizational structure best suited to healthcare.

Apply this covenantal model of healthcare organization for participatory servanthood.

C. Relational Wisdom in Practice: Building Relationship – Incorporating Self, Other, and God Awareness

Michelle Korvemaker

 Attendees will be able to:

Understand an overview of Ken Sande’s Relational Wisdom 360 course.

Discuss ways to apply Relational Wisdom principles with patients.

Discuss ways to apply Relational Wisdom principles with colleagues.

D. How to Stay in Control of Your Finances

Guillaume Langelier

Attendees will be able to:

Understand current economic issues.

Plan their retirement effectively.

Understand the exponential effect of giving.

E. The Pornography Plague: the How, Why, and What to be Done

T. K. Fenske

Attendees will be able to:

Understand the addiction pathway of pornography.

Review detrimental health effects of pornography consumption.

Address means of breaking this behavioral addiction.

F.  Unspoken Truths About Cannabis: Myths and Reality

Antoine Kanamugire

Attendees will be able to:

Identify the risks associated with cannabis for adolescents and adults.

Understand the different chemical components found in cannabis such as THC and CBD and their impacts on mental and physical health.

Recognize myths and reality surrounding cannabis usage.

G. When Relating to Others is Draining 

David Levy

Attendees will be able to:

Diagnose and assess a challenging style of relating. 

Explain how difficult relationships can affect us physically and emotionally.

Recommend tools to help move toward healthy, respectful relationships. 

H. From “Professionalism Lost” to Joy

Gene Rudd

Attendees will be able to:

Explain what makes the traditional professions different from other careers.

Understand the factors that undermined professionalism.

Become aware of the state of dissatisfaction among healthcare professionals and the liability that creates for quality of care.

Explore the possibilities of changing the direction of these trends in your own life via a change in the relationship with patients and the healthcare system.   

I. How Spirituality Can be Helpful in Medical Administration

Marianne Lemay

Attendees will be able to:

Understand the root causes of problems that arise in day to day administration. 

Recognize what the literature says about medical administration and spirituality.

Recognize how different values will play an impact while trying to solve a conflict. 

J.The Gift of Forgiveness

David Levy

Attendees will be able to:

Understand the negative health consequences of bitterness and resentment.

Recognize the symptoms of bitterness and resentment.

Recommend tools to assist the forgiveness process. 

K. The Expansion of Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide in Canada – Are Children Next? 

Paul Saba

Attendees will be able to:

Update on the history of euthanasia and assisted suicide in Canada. 

History of euthanasia and assisted suicide in the world. 

Dangers and risks of euthanasia and assisted suicide.

Alternatives to end of life care. 

L. We Shall Overcome in All Our Ways

Sylvie Cadet & Jean Robespierre Cadet

Reflect on the Christian mission in society in our age.

Learn to make a difference as believers.

Recognize how Christ can use us.

M. The Benefits of Spirituality : How Belief Affects Biopsychosocial Well-being

Patrick Dupuis

Attendees will be able to:

Explore spiritual care in the context of medical clinical research and scientific  academic literature.

Provide a clinical research review of the benefits of spirituality on patient health.

Identify spiritual distress in patients and provide practical information to improve patient spiritual well-being.

N. Advanced Care Planning

Catherine Ferrier

Attendees will be able to:

Explain and apply principles of end of life decision making.

Engage with patients to facilitate advance care planning and goals of care decisions.

G. Is Life Supposed to be Difficult? 

David Levy

Attendees will be able to:

Assess and explain their current view of the past.

Assess and explain their current view of the future.

Identify and manage negativity in their lives. 

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