When I joined the CPSA in January 1998 as an Assistant Registrar working in the Complaints department, I had no vision of becoming Registrar. Rather, I joined the College because of the opportunity to work with a high-functioning team that had a clear focus and commitment to ensuring good medical care for Albertans, and internal values and an ethic that matched my own.
I have never been disappointed in that decision.
While many of the people have changed, the commitment, values and work ethic that drew me here are as strong as ever.
We have accomplished a lot - revised and refreshed our strategic plan, moved from paper to digital records, created an online registration system, implemented practice readiness assessments, developed and begun using analytics in physician prescribing practices, refined our complaint processes, applied research methodologies in our competence arena, incorporated risk assessment in our work, engaged the profession with new communication tools, supported provincial and national partners on a variety of initiatives and contributed in many policy arenas, including medical assistance in dying, the use of marihuana for medical purposes, e-health and the opioid crisis.
I am very proud of our accomplishments and our continued commitment to ensuring Albertans receive safe and compassionate care from competent physicians.
As I prepare to leave this role, I am confident the dedicated and professional team I've been privileged to lead will be as great a support to my successor in ensuring the College continues to be a leader in medical regulation.