Michael’s Hospital – Toronto’s downtown trauma centre. Toronto Argonauts Head Athletic Therapist Dave Wright commented, “We are very pleased to have a renowned sports physician caring for our players and coaches. Dr. Rindlisbacher is a trusted sports health professional who will play a pivotal role within the Argonauts’ medical staff. We look forward to working with Dr. Rindlisbacher in keeping our players healthy and on the field so that they can be ready to play at their best and win another Grey Cup title for Toronto.” More information about Cleveland Clinic Canada is available online at http://www.clevelandclinic.ca . Further information about the Toronto Argonauts Football Club is available at http://www.argonauts.ca . About Sports Health at Cleveland Clinic Canada Cleveland Clinic Canada’s comprehensive Sports Health Program is designed to meet the medical, nutritional and fitness needs of recreational and professional athletes, as well as individuals who experience muscle and joint pain. Their experts work to enhance both performance and health-related fitness for recreational and elite athletes. The multidisciplinary team includes Sports and Exercise Medicine specialists, Orthopedic Surgeons, Sports/Orthopedic Physiotherapists, Chiropractors, Osteopaths, Registered Massage Therapists, Exercise Physiologists, and Registered Sports Dieticians. Cleveland Clinic Canadaspecialistsalso hold credentials withmany of Toronto’s teaching hospitals, including Women’s College Hospital, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and St.
The Canadian medical profession is facing major upheaval
Patients (and payers) are demanding more patient- and family-centred care and a lot less paternalism. Care is shifting out of hospitals, the traditional power base for specialist physicians, and into the community. The traditional family physician in solo practice is disappearing and being replaced by clinics staffed by multidisciplinary teams. (Where doctors will still play an essential role, lets not forget.) Along with the recognition that the sands are shifting is a fair bit of grumbling, especially from older docs (there is a striking generation gap in the practice of medicine that is rarely talked about). Dr. Francescutti told his colleagues to embrace rather than resist change, for the good of patients. He even urged them to consider some radical ideas. Wouldnt it be great if there were no patients? the CMA president said. We need to have that conversation. By this, he means that physicians should not just sit back and treat disease; they have to put much more effort into prevention and, in particular, use their influence to get governments and the public to address the root causes of disease, the so-called socio-economic determinants of health. (His predecessor as CMA president, Anna Reid, also made this her rallying cry.) That means advocating for early childhood education, social housing, decent wages and the like, not just more health spending. Dr. Francescutti referred, at length, to the wake-up call to the profession delivered last year by Governor-General David Johnston. In a memorable speech to the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Mr. Johnston reminded doctors that they are a party to a social contract, one that grants them status and privilege, but in return entails an obligation to serve the public good. In 2013, the public good requires that Canadian physicians embrace a fundamental transformation of the health system and that they advocate passionately for the changes patient-centred care, a shift to the community and tackling social inequities even if they will, as a profession, pay a price for doing so.