President’s Letter: Nov 2019

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President’s Letter: Nov 2019

President’s Letter: Nov 2019

Dear Colleagues,


During our first Physician Burdens engagement earlier this year, you told us about increasing demands that impact you, your practice, and in many cases, your health and well-being. Although that engagement was thorough and informative, we will be undertaking a second round of member engagement in order to fully address this important issue.


I am writing today to ask you to engage with us again, not because we didn’t get enoughinformation the first time, but because the issues you raised are so significant they reveal a need to dive deeper. Based on your initial feedback, our policy team developed proposed commitments and recommendations that we are hoping you will share your thoughts on.


Since the last engagement, our policy team researched and assessed possible solutions to determine feasibility, stakeholder appetite, and impact. Our objective is to use your input from both engagements to develop effective and actionable policy commitments and recommendations aimed at reducing or eliminating the burdens that can lead to physician stress and burnout. In short, our overall goal is to address these burdens with policy that supports doctors spending more of our time caring for our patients.


On November 7, you will receive an email with a direct link to the Physician Burdensengagement site and more information on how you can get involved. If you’re not alreadyregistered for the site, the process is easy and takes less than three minutes. I hope you will take this opportunity to have your say and contribute to this work.


As always, I am happy to hear your thoughts and answer your questions. You can e-mail me at




Dr Kathleen Ross

President, Doctors of BC