OTTAWA – Yesterday representatives of the Association of Faculties of Medicine (AFMC) held a successful meeting with Health Minister Rona Ambrose where they discussed health research, physician resource planning and AFMC’s central role in the selection and education of physicians throughout their careers.

“Our meeting was a great success, with discussion of interest in working together to develop public policy,” said Dr. Geneviève Moineau, President and CEO of AFMC. “As our faculties of medicine educate future physicians and are the hub of health research, the AFMC is uniquely positioned to  partner and collaborate with the federal government.”

Canada’s faculties of medicine reported $2.7 billion in research funding, representing 82.8% of total health research spending for all of Canada. Faculties of Medicine and their teaching hospitals account for 3.5% of GDP in Canada, they create more than 295,000 jobs – 1 in 60 jobs – throughout Canada and they generate more than $13.9 billion in government tax revenue.

“AFMC is looking forward to contributing its unique position in health research and medical education, and ensuring that we produce the right number, mix and distribution of physicians to meet societal needs,” concluded Dr. Hélène Boisjoly, Chair of AFMC Board of Director. “When it comes to excellence in health and healthcare for all Canadians, a national dialogue is crucial.”

August 28, 2014