After an incredible General Council (the annual meeting of the Canadian Medical Association), it is now time for me to zip off to Bethesda, MD for Preventing Overdiagnosis.
Although I attended last year in Oxford, this will be my first time speaking at the conference; I have the fortune of working with Dr James Rickert (who challenges conflict of interest in orthopedics and puts the patient first) in order to present a workshop around some of the criticisms (and related solutions) for the Choosing Wisely campaign (at 11:30, Weds Sept 2nd).
I would say that I am Choosing Wisely's biggest fan, and biggest critic. I am looking forward to the opportunity to hear more thought from my peers about the campaign and what the next steps might entail. There is so much hope and opportunity with this initiative and it's a great time to strengthen it and to reach higher!
This conference will also be a great opportunity to reflect on the past couple of years and the progress that so many people have made, and to meet up with colleagues to hear about their planned work going forward. There will be quite a few curious and critical-thinking Canadians in attendance, including (I hear):
- Dr. Laurent Marcoux (former head of the Quebec Medical Association, one of the key developers of their Action Plan for Overdiagnosis)
- Dr. Roland Grad (researcher in family practice currently looking at harnessing infoPOEMs to identify low-value tests and treatments)
- Dr. Rita McCracken (finishing her PhD, an expert on polypharmacy/deprescribing in the elderly)
- Dr. Tracy Monk (humble yet highly effective champion and practicer of patient centered, evidence-based, and relationship-based care)
- Dr Alan Cassels (co-author of Selling Sickness and highly sensible drug policy researcher)
- Joanna Trimble (family member and advocate for confronting polypharmacy and sedative overuse in the elderly, at Is Your Mom On Drugs?)
- Dr. Danielle Martin (head of Canadian Doctors for Medicare and outspoken advocate for doing more with less)
- Dr Sacha Bhatia (chair of evaluation and can-do pioneer for Choosing Wisely Canada)
- Dr Jennifer Young (leader of the Don’t Just Do Something, Stand There workshop with the Ontario College of Family Practitioners)
And that is just the tip of the iceberg. The entire conference will be comprised of like-minded peers from around the world. I can't wait to get started tomorrow; see you there!!!