Welcome Message

As winter sets in and the canal freezes, let us set our sights (and smells) towards spring tulips, galleries. Museums and the abundant parks along the canal of our Nation’s Capital.

Join us May 29-June1 for the 67th CAPM&R Annual Scientific Meeting at the Hilton Lac Leamy in Ottawa-Gatineau.

Cher(e)s collègues, nous sommes vos voisins, c’est pas loin, la conférence a lieu à Gatineau. Nous espérons que la conférence, située entre l’Ontario et le Québec, encouragera la participation des francophones. Nous espérons vous voir!

The 2019 conference will focus on how CAPMR moving towards a role of education, advocacy and innovation. Our annual gathering is increasingly relevant as we share ideas, mentor trainees and promote research excellence. Plus, our meeting is a lot of fun! I love that our CMA President Dr. Gigi Osler commented that she had never seen a group of doctors laughing and hugging and just happy to see each other as when we all traveled from Vancouver to Whitehorse. That display of affection powerfully demonstrates the comradery we have for one another in our specialty.

As physiatry continues to move to the forefront in terms of exposure and interest from trainees it is fitting that our local scientific committee has chosen the theme
“Innovation and Competence in the Nation’s Capital: Together at Last”. The Ottawa Local Organizing Committee has planned a workshop on state-of-the-art care of the neurologically-impaired upper extremity, a symposium on breakthroughs in the care of people with Neuromuscular Diseases, an update on PM&R and Competency-Based Medical Education, and coverage of a variety of innovative topics during Rehabilitation Update. The Special Interest Groups sessions and Scientific Program are sure to be full of innovative discussions; look for more details as the program develops.

A reminder to all CAPM&R runners, want-to-be runners, or walkers that you are all invited to participate with us (and 30,000 others!) in Ottawa Race Weekend (May 25-26) to raise awareness and funds for the CPRDF (register at runottawa.ca and email Scott once you have; swiebe@toh.ca). Or come tour Ottawa by foot or bicycle; the Hotel Lac Leamy is nearby Gatineau Park and over 800 kilometres of interconnected hiking and biking trails. And since the CAPM&R is the friendliest specialty society in Canada, there will be the usual slate of opportunities for socializing, including the CPRDF fundraiser at an Ottawa landmark and the annual dinner with live entertainment!

Look out for information on registration and abstract submission, coming soon!


Scott Wiebe, LOC Chair
Paul Winston, President