***Update – Conference and COVID-19***
Dear CAP-ACP Members and Friends,
As the COVID-19 global crisis continues to unfold in the coming weeks and months, it is vitally important to us that our members and stakeholders are safe, and that we ensure we do all we can to not put anyone at risk. We also appreciate the very significant and important work you all are doing.
We have made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel the 2020 Annual Scientific Conference planned for June 6-9 in Halifax Nova Scotia. Please ensure that you cancel your hotel accommodations. All abstracts are being withdrawn and will be returned for submission to another event or to the 2021 conference.
We are very proud of the excellent program we had created and hope to be able to reprise this in the future. The CAP-ACP appreciates the incredible amount of work that went into planning this year’s meeting from the planning committee, partner organizations, invited speakers, abstract authors and industry supporters, and thank them for their efforts.
Thank you to the planning committee and all those who have literally donated hundreds of hours of volunteer time to set up what was to be an outstanding meeting. Dr. Catherine Streutker, Dr. Monalisa Sur, the executive, members at large, pathologists’ assistants, resident representatives, and our amazing local organizing committee co-chairs from Halifax, Drs. Penny Barnes and Allam Shawwa. I would also like to thank Events & Management Plus Inc (our Secretariat) who are providing excellent logistical support for our organization as we navigate through these difficult times. We are excited to announce that we will be returning to Halifax, July 7, 2022. Our conference in 2021 will be proceeding as planned for Saskatoon and 2023 will be in Gatineau, QC.
This is of course, dependent upon our return to face to face interactions.
Whether at work, working from home or deployed to other areas of healthcare, stay safe and be well.
Dr. Catherine Ross, President CAP-ACP
MD’s coverage of COVID-19
Thank you to all physicians for taking care of Canada in these extraordinary times.
The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and measures to control it are changing by the minute. Financial markets are reacting to the ongoing pandemic and will likely be volatile for the foreseeable future.
Here’s the latest advice and updates from MD Financial Management.
MD Financial Management provides financial products and services, the MD Family of Funds and investment counselling services through the MD Group of Companies. For a detailed list of these companies, visit md.ca.
Scotiabank continues to monitor the COVID-19 crisis and, as it evolves, remains committed to providing physician customers with the support they need. Scotiabank has introduced flexible measures to help alleviate the financial hardship physicians may experience as a result of COVID-19. These include payment deferrals for mortgages, auto loans, credit cards and lines of credit. To learn more about these support measures, visit Scotiabank.com. Additionally, Scotiabank announced that starting April 13 physicians, nurses, paramedics and other healthcare personnel will receive front-of-the-line service. They will be prioritized by contact centre teams, who will support frontline medical staff with their banking needs and ensure they receive the dedicated service they deserve.
Canada Emergency Business Account
The federal government introduced significant economic measures to help Canadians manage the financial impact of the pandemic. These include the Canada Emergency Business Account, which will provide qualifying business customers with access — via their business bank accounts — to a $40,000 line of credit with 0% interest and no minimum monthly principal payments until December 31, 2022. To learn more about how to apply, visit the COVID-19 FAQs for Business Banking on Scotiabank.com.
Physician Banking Program Benefits
The Scotiabank Healthcare+ Physician Banking Program provides exclusive banking benefits to all Canadian physicians. These benefits may offer timely value during this challenging period:
Prime minus 0.25% on unsecured personal line of credit (up to $400,000), home equity line of credit and student line of credit (up to $350,000 and a two-year grace period post-graduation for repayment)
Monthly fee waiver on business operating accounts and personal chequing accounts
Annual fee waiver on select personal and business credit cards
Flexible mortgage solution with preferred physician rates and miss-a-payment option
MD Financial Management continues to develop content and provide advice specific to physicians. Please see this cash-flow planning article that includes practical tips and specifics on Scotiabank offers that you are welcome to share with your members. This article is available in English and French.
We continue to update content on our dedicated COVID-19 page. Some articles of interest include: