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Saturday education sessions

Saturday's sessions featured a keynote and small group discussions.

On Saturday, conference attendees had an opportunity to explore medical professionalism in greater detail. Keynote speaker Dr. Jeff Blackmer examined the future of medical professionalism in Canada, then participants were divided into small groups to discuss opportunities for growth in Nova Scotia.

Keynote address

Saturday’s keynote address, “Medical Professionalism at a Crossroads – What are the opportunities and next steps?” was delivered by Dr. Jeff Blackmer, vice president of medical professionalism at the Canadian Medical Association (CMA).

Dr. Blackmer previously served as the executive director of the CMA’s Office of Ethics, Professionalism and International Affairs and as the director of ethics for the World Medical Association (WMA) in Geneva. Dr. Blackmer continues as a global leader in medical ethics and professionalism by serving as an expert advisor to the World Health Organization, the WMA, the International Committee of the Red Cross and other international organizations. In addition, he has published and lectured extensively both nationally and internationally on various issues in medical ethics, and has written numerous national and global policies on medical ethics and professionalism.

Small group discussions

Following the keynote address, conference participants were divided into small groups and presented with real-world scenarios designed to explore challenges and opportunities for Doctors Nova Scotia and the CMA to support physicians in improving medical professionalism.

Live graphic recorder

The small group discussions was attended by a graphic recorder, who captured ideas, reflections and content in the form of a memorable graphic mural.

*Note: CME credits

The full conference was accredited by Dalhousie University CPD for eight hours of CME credits.

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