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About CMF

The Canadian Medical Forum brings together leaders of Canada’s major national medical organizations to discuss issues of priority to physicians, their patients, and the Canadian health care system.

The CMF is a forum for consultation, relationship and consensus building, strategy development and joint action where appropriate.

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National Collaboration

Foster an enhanced understanding and appreciation of one another’s organizations and their positions on relevant issues and achieve consensus among the members on cross-cutting issues in medicine.

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Strategy Development

Develop strategy by prioritizing issues where collective strategies and actions would be beneficial and develop strategies in defined areas.

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Joint Action

Undertake joint action by implementing collective projects, issue joint position statements, carry out other collaborative actions and speak with a united voice, where appropriate and required and having an opportunity to review and be signatories on all CMF documents.

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Improving Healthcare

Build relationships and concensus with the goal of improving health care in the Canadian system. This involves identifying relevant issues and policies of common interest and concern that would benefit from CMF discussion and potential collective action and informing and sharing perspectives with one another related to the above matters.

The Forum Structure

Our organizational chart outlines the structure of our forum and its working groups.

Terms of Reference

Our terms of reference define the goals and objectives to achieve our mandate.

Our History

A look into the history of the CMF.

1990 — 1993

The Canadian Medical Forum was formed in 1990.

The first Chair of the CMF was Dr. Don Wilson, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

1999 — 2002

Task Force on Physician Supply in Canada

The CMF established a Task Force to assist stakeholders to make timely and strategic decisions to address Physician Supply in Canada.

2002 — 2005

Common PGY-1

The CMF worked on solutions towards relieving the demands of early career decision making, enhancing the flexibility to move between postgraduate training programs, and, improving the opportunities for more generalist training including the implementation of a common PGY-1.

2006 — 2009

Task Force Two

The CMF mandated Task Force Two to examine issues including distribution of physicians and alternative health care delivery models which may impact the physician supply.

2012 — 2016

Future of the Medical Profession

The CMF established a plan for the medical profession to to effectively improve health care outcomes, improve the care experience for patients and families, and to sustain publicly funded universal health care in Canada.

2016 — 2020

Evolving Role of the Physician

The CMF organizations established a vision for the physician of the future.

2020 — 2022

Healthcare Challenges of the Pandemic

The CMF advocated for action to address challenges in healthcare during the pandemic including the need for appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare providers and sharing information on mandatory vaccinations.

Our Members

The CMF has 13 Member organizations and 2 Observer organizations.

Member Meetings

The CMF meets six times per year with one of those meetings attended by the full CMF (CEOs/Executive Directors/Equivalents and Presidents). 

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Dr. E. Ann Collins

Current Chair
Canadian Medical Forum

Dr. E. Ann Collins is a family physician in Fredericton, New Brunswick. She graduated from Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Medicine in 1985 and has been serving patients in Fredericton for over 30 years. Her practice included office, hospital, emergency room and nursing home care. She also taught Family Medicine residents for over twenty years. Dr. Collins brings expertise in governance, public policy, and leadership, as well as extensive experience in the health care sector.

Dr. Collins contributes actively to her community. She was a member of the Board of Directors for the New Brunswick Medical Society from 1999 to 2010, serving as Chair of the Board of Directors from 2005 to 2010. She was a member of the Canadian Medical Association Board of Directors from 2013 to 2022, serving as President in 2020-2021. She has also served as Chair of the Board of Governors of St. Thomas University and is currently Medical director with the Chalmers Foundation.

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December 1, 2021

Past Chairs

The Canadian Medical Forum was formed in 1990 and historically, the Presidents and CEOs of the member organizations have selected the Chair by a majority vote.

Consideration is given to ensure that the chair rotates through CMF member organizations. The Chair is selected for an initial term of two (2) years, after which the term is renewable once or extended once up to a maximum of two (2) additional years.

The Chairs (and their nominating organizations) have been:

Dr. F. Gigi Osler
Canadian Medical Association

Dr. Cecil Rorabeck
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

Dr. James Rourke
Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada

Dr. Ruth Wilson
College of Family Physicians of Canada

Dr. Dana Hanson
Canadian Federation of Medical Students & Canadian Association of Internes and Residents

Dr. Peter Barrett
Canadian Medical Association

Dr. Nick Busing
College of Family Physicians of Canada

Dr. Douglas Courtemanche
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

Dr. Jock Murray
Association of Canadian Medical Colleges

Dr. Don Wilson
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

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Member & Observer


Association of the Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC)

AFMC is the academic partnership of Canada’s faculties of medicine. Through our collective leadership and advocacy, we will achieve excellence in education, research and care for the health of all Canadians.

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Black Physicians of Canada (BPC)

Uniting, supporting, amplifying and empowering Black physicians, physicians-in-training, and the Black community in what is now known as Canada

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Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS)

We are an organization representing over 9,000 medical students from 15 Canadian medical student societies from coast to coast. We represent medical students to the public, to the federal government, and to national and international medical organizations.


Canadian Forces Health Services (CFHS)

The Canadian Forces Health Services operate the military health system in support of the Canadian Armed Forces’ members and its mission.

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Canadian Medical Association (CMA)

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is leading a national movement of physicians who believe in a better future of health. Our goal is a more sustainable, accessible health system and a new culture of medicine that champions equity, diversity and inclusion.


Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA)

The CMPA assists Canadian doctors with medico-legal matters related to their practice, compensates patients injured from negligent medical care (fault in Québec), and advises on safe care.

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College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC)

Leading family medicine to improving the health of all people in Canada by setting standards for education, certifying, advocating for family doctors, and honouring the patient-physician relationship.


Fédération médicale étudiante du Québec (FMÉQ)

The Fédération médicale étudiante du Québec represents and defends the interests of the 4000 medical students of Quebec in educational, political, social, and wellness matters.

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Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada (FMRAC)

The Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada provides a national structure for the 13 provincial and territorial medical regulatory authorities to:

  1. Present and pursue issues of common concern and interest; and,
  2. Share, consider and develop positions on such matters.
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HealthCareCAN (HCC)

HealthCareCAN is the national voice of healthcare organizations, hospitals and academic health research institutions across Canada, delivering high-quality products and services to members in support of health system innovation and transformation.

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Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada (IPAC)

The Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada (IPAC) supports Indigenous physicians, residents and medical students, advancing the health of Indigenous lands, nations, communities, and individuals.

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Medical Council of Canada (MCC)

The MCC helps sustain public confidence in physicians in Canada, through nationally adopted standardized assessments and evaluates the suitability of IMGs for practice in Canada.

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Resident Doctors of Canada (RDoC)

Resident Doctors of Canada (RDoC) is the national resident voice and catalyst for solutions for the best possible resident training experience.

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Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC)

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada sets the highest standards for specialty medical education in Canada. We also support lifelong learning for specialist physicians and promote sound health policy.

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Society of Rural Physicians of Canada (SRPC)

The Society of Rural Physicians of Canada is the national voice of Canadian rural physicians. Our Vision: excellent health care close to home for all rural Canadians.

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