Dear GFT Colleague:
Welcome to the Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba. Academic clinicians are valued contributors to the care of patients, teaching of trainees, and as trailblazers of new knowledge.
I am writing to encourage you to join CTAM, the Clinical Teachers’ Association at the University of Manitoba.
CTAM serves to:
1. Protect academic and other rights for GFTs in Manitoba
2. Provide a common voice for GFTs in Manitoba
3. Fill an important gap in representation for GFTs in Manitoba
CTAM was formed in 2011 by GFTs for GFTs to serve as a voice for clinical faculty as we were one of only 3 academic medical centres in Canada without clinical faculty representation.
CTAM has an elected executive committee, and a voluntary GFT membership. Since its formation, the organization has been active in member, department, and faculty-‐level issues including GFT salary increases, provincial medical staff bylaw revisions, and review and feedback regarding the newly implemented GFT performance evaluations (for which a much-‐improved appeals process was approved following CTAM’s input). We work collaboratively with other organizations (e.g., Doctors Manitoba, the University of Manitoba Faculty Association) to address issues that are of concern to GFTs. You can learn more through our website ctammb.ca.
You are encouraged to join CTAM. Simply complete the attached member form and return it. Membership dues have been waived for all members, including new members, for the period July, 2016 to June, 2017. Whether or not you decide to join CTAM at this time, please consider providing your work contact information and an email address to CTAM (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org) so that we can keep you informed of developments relevant to GFTs. We work on behalf of all GFTs and endeavor to ensure all are well-‐informed. If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact me or any of the executive committee members (full information available on website).
You are also welcome to bring to CTAM any concerns that may arise.
Sadeesh Srinathan, CTAM President
Email: email@example.com; Telephone 204-‐787-‐3109
Who can Join CTAM?
Any Geographical Full Time (GFT) member of the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba, is eligible and welcome to join CTAM. The exceptions are those in a senior administrative role, which includes department heads, assistant and associate deans and the Faculty dean. You are encouraged to contact the CTAM President or any of the CTAM Executive directly or through the association’s email (firstname.lastname@example.org), if you have any questions or concerns.
How Do I Join CTAM?
To join CTAM, print and complete the membership form; return the signed form with dues of $100 to:
Dr. Sadeesh Srinathan
Health Sciences Centre
GE 604, 820 Sherbrook Street
Winnipeg, MB R3A 1R9
Why should I join CTAM?
As a GFT academic clinician with the Faculty of Health Sciences, it is important to ensure that any contract you sign with the University of Manitoba and Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (or equivalent) includes assurances of two-way accountability, fair processes, and protections of your rights, such as provisions for protection of academic freedom, intellectual property, termination, and dispute resolution mechanisms, as well as clearer delineation of conditions of your academic and clinical practice. Without such protections and processes, you are vulnerable in your work environment. Membership in CTAM ensures that you have a voice in determining the terms and conditions of your employment and contracts.
CTAM has an elected executive committee, and a vountary GFT membership. CTAM was formed in 2011 by GFTs for GFTs to serve as a voice for clinical faculty, as this medical school was one of only 3 academic medical centres in Canada where clinical faculty did not have any representation. Since that time the organization has been active in member, department, and faculty-level issues.
Our recent focus has included review and feedback regarding the newly implemented GFT performance evaluations, GFT salary increases, provincial medical staff bylaw revisions, and the Faculty of Health Sciences multi-faculty merger. A much improved appeals process was approved for the performance evaluations following CTAM’s input. We work collectively with other organizations (e.g., Doctors Manitoba, The University of Manitoba Faculty Association) to address issues that are of concern to GFTs.
Across Canada in other medical faculties, provincial medical associations and organizations parallel to CTAM have complementary roles: matters related to financial remuneration are negotiated by provincial medical associations, and representation for most other aspects of academic work are done through organizations such as CTAM.