DebatePanel Session Friday, May 29 — Day 1  4:15-5:15 pm

2030: Medicine – a calling or a job?

Moderator: Rollie Nichol MD, MBA, FCFP, CEC, CCPE

Associate Chief Medical Officer,Alberta Health Services, Calgary, Alberta


Panelists: Sandy Buchman MD CCFP (PC) FCFP, President, Canadian Medical Association/Association Médicale Canadienne, Freeman Family Chair in Palliative Care, North York General Hospital, Associate Professor Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto • Melanie Bechard, BSc (Hons), MD, FRCPC, Paediatric Emergency Medicine PGY5, University of Ottawa • Victor Do, MD Candidate (2020), University of Alberta, President, Canadian Federation of Medical Students • Susan Shaw, MD, FRCPC, Chief Medical Officer, Saskatchewan Health Authority


Some argue that medicine has always been and will continue to be a calling, not a job.  Most physicians always knew that they wanted to be a doctor and care for others. Medicine is changing rapidly and delivery systems are accelerating exponentially.  Issues such as diversity and equity, physician burnout, patient satisfaction, unfamiliar technology, limited funding and sustainability of an increasingly failing healthcare system are in the news daily.  Fast forward to 2030: will new candidates to medical schools apply because they always wanted to be doctors, as professionals, or will they enter medicine for other reasons, perhaps as technologists doing their job?  Join our debate to see what our distinguished panel members have to say. Learning Objectives • Identify issues that are changing our healthcare system

• Reflect on why you became a doctor • Examine the VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous) future of medicine • (Re)Define the role of physicians

Rollie Nichol MD, MBA, FCFP, CEC, CCPE


Dr Rollie Nichol, a family physician for 39+ years, is focused on the evolution of our healthcare system to one characterized by its friendliness, effectiveness, and sustainability. Dr. Nichol wishes to leverage his experience in leadership (AMA president, Mental Health executive), management (MBA and progressive roles in AHS), collaboration (AMA, CPSA, AH) and coaching (CEC) to assist the next generation of health leaders. A current interest is the use of narrative in professional and leadership development and facilitating a deep understanding of the patient experience. His coaching presence has been characterized as creating a safe, thoughtful and creative atmosphere.

Sandy Buchman Dr. Sandy Buchman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto and practices palliative medicine providing home based palliative and end of life care with the Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care, Sinai Health System in Toronto. He also serves as a palliative care physician through the Palliative Care and Education for the Homeless (PEACH) program out of Inner City Health Associates in Toronto. He practiced comprehensive Family Medicine for many years with special interest in Primary Care Cancer Care, Palliative Care, HIV/AIDS and Global Health - including volunteer experiences in South America and Africa. He currently serves as the Medical Lead for a group working to build a new Residential Hospice (Neshama Hospice) in Toronto. His academic interests include the Integration of Primary Care/Cancer Care, Primary Care/Palliative Care and the Social Accountability of Medicine. He chairs the Primary Care Committee of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer and the Social Accountability Committee of the College of Family Physicians of Canada. He was President of the College of Family Physicians of Canada in 2011-2012 and the Ontario College of Family Physicians in 2005-2006.  Top

Melanie Bechard, BSc (Hons), MD, FRCPC, Paediatric Emergency Medicine PGY5, University of Ottawa Dr. Melanie Bechard is a Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellow at the University of Ottawa. She is a proud alumna of the inaugural class of the Mississauga Academy of Medicine and graduated from the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine as a Cody Silver Medalist in 2015. Dr. Bechard completed Pediatrics Residency at the University of Toronto. Having served on the Boards of the Canadian Federation of Medical Students, the Canadian Medical Association, Canadian Doctors for Medicare, and Resident Doctors of Canada (including a term as President), Dr. Bechard is a passionate advocate for healthy public policy.


Victor Do, MD Candidate (2020), University of Alberta, President, Canadian Federation of Medical Students. Victor Do is a 4th year medical student (class 2020) at the University of Alberta. He is currently the President of the Canadian Federation of Medical Students. He previously served on the CFMS board as Western Regional Director, Director of Student Affairs and Executive Vice-President. Victor has a strong interest in leadership development for medical trainees. His advocacy focuses have centered on physician and learner health and wellbeing. He believes that creating health promoting learning and working environments requires engaged physician leaders. The CFMS also believes that continuing to develop and create a vibrant health profession which is socially accountable and meets the needs of Canadians requires medical training to evolve to further promote leadership and advocacy.  Victor looks forward to engaging with conference attendees to continue this important work and conversation. Top

Susan Shaw, MD, FRCPC, Chief Medical Officer, Saskatchewan Health Authority Dr. Susan Shaw balances a rewarding career in Critical Care Medicine and Anesthesiology with clinical and system improvement work at the local, regional and provincial level in Saskatchewan. She has been a successful department head, a physician leader with the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative and co-lead of the former Saskatoon Health Region's Safer Every Day Breakthrough Initiative. Prior to joining the Saskatchewan Health Authority, Dr. Shaw worked with the Saskatchewan Medical Association as Director of Physician Advocacy and Leadership.

Dr. Shaw is currently board chair for the Saskatchewan Health Quality Council and is looked to as a leader in patient-centred care, physician leadership, continuous improvement and large scale change.  Top

updated March 13,  2020