OMA Section on Primary Care Mental Health Annual General Meeting and Educational Session

Section on Primary Care Mental Health: Annual General Meeting – May 26,

 May 26th, 2016

OMA Office – 150 Bloor Street West, Suite 900, Toronto

 7:00 to 8:00pm:  Section Annual General Meeting

 OMA Section on Primary Care Mental Health Executive:

Dr. Michael Paré (Chair of Section), Dr. Harold Pupko, Dr. Muriel van Lierop, Dr. Harry Zeit, Dr. David Cree, Dr. James Whyte, Dr. Anne Shaw, Dr. Gunilla Likwornik

 OMA Section on Primary Care Mental Health Education Committee:

Dr. Harry Zeit (Chair of Committee), Dr. Aube Kurtz, Dr. Harold Pupko, Dr. Samuel Lai, Dr. James Whyte, Dr. Michael Paré

 Not all members of the Executive or Education Committee may be present at this year’s Section AGM.


A light dinner will be provided.


Award presentation:

We are pleased to report that we will be presenting an OMA Service Award for Dr. David Cree. 

Please RSVP for this meeting via e-mail to Heather Malcolm at the OMA:  heather.malcolm@oma.org.

 8:00 – 9:30pm: Teaching Sessions

8:00 – 8:45pm  Providing Trauma Informed Primary Care

Speakers: Dr. Sheryl Spithoff and/or Ms. Leslie Molnar


1. Understand the link between trauma and mental health problems/ substance use disorders

2. Screen appropriately for interpersonal trauma

3. Find trauma therapy resources in their own community

 Dr. Sheryl Spithoff is a family physician and addiction medicine physician at Women’s College Hospital and a lecturer at the University of Toronto. She is currently completing her masters and has an appointment at Women’s College Hospital Research Institute. Her research interests include the primary care management of addictions, equitable access to care, and health policy.

 Ms. Leslie Molnar BSW, MSW, RSW, has been working as a clinical social worker/psychotherapist at Women’s College Hospital since 2011 having graduated with her MSW degree from the University of Toronto in 2010. She works in the General Psychiatry/Mental Health in Medicine program. This is aprogram that offers outpatient assessment to women and men with a broad spectrum of mental health issues and disorders.

 8:45 – 9:30pm            Current & Upcoming Potential Changes to Regulation

Speaker: Ms. Ada Maxwell-Alleyne


1. Review of regulations regarding the CPSO’s policy on sexual abuse

2. Possible changes to the complaint process

3. Accountability and changes to Regulated Health Professionals Act

 Ms. Ada Maxwell-Alleyne, Acting Director of Health Policy at the Ontario Medical Association. At the OMA, Ms. Maxwell-Alleyne provides advice to the organization and physicians on regulatory and legislative issues, scopes of practice and interprofessional care. Ms. Maxwell-Alleyne is a lawyer by training and before joining the OMA she worked at a large Toronto law firm where she focused on health law and professional liability. She holds degrees from Harvard University, University of Toronto and Dalhousie University.