As we step forward early in this new year, MD Financial Management (MD) is fortunate to have many connections within the physician community. Our commitment to physicians and to understanding their realities has enabled us to truly appreciate the measure of what physicians have faced in the past 10 months and are still facing. The MD Physician Council is part of this overall commitment to truly knowing and meeting physicians’ needs. The Council represents a unique source of insight, one that has allowed us to focus this year’s strategy toward the actions that are going to have the greatest impact for physicians and their families.
We are immensely grateful to the MD Physician Council members, nine physicians from across Canada, for offering their time despite working through the COVID-19 pandemic.
At the tail end of 2020, the Council met again to discuss issues facing physicians and where we can provide ongoing support. I had the opportunity to explain some of MD’s strategy for this next year in our December Council meeting and was honoured to hear their valuable feedback on the evolution of our digital platform, our intersections with Scotiabank, our educational initiatives, our Advisor–client relationships, our financial planning advice and strategy and any other issues.
A portion of our agenda during each meeting is reserved for an open forum to discuss what is going on in the physician community. This is always such a valuable conversation. Our Council noted that there are feelings of isolation among many physicians now in this world of quarantines, remote patient care and virtual communications among colleagues. This knowledge reinforces our intention to offer a choice of in-person or virtual meetings when safe to do so, but also the need to stay in touch in the present to provide support, where and however possible, as the pandemic continues to take a toll.
Our Council ensures that MD stays rooted in its overarching goal of always keeping the precise needs of physicians in direct line of sight. MD will continue charting a course to support both financial and health-and-wellness initiatives through key partnerships, and in general lean into all areas that can have the biggest positive impact on physicians — a base of solutions that has grown thanks to our union with Scotiabank.
That’s how we are stepping forward at this time — not trying to spread ourselves too thin across many different initiatives, but diving deep into the ones that can provide the greatest opportunities, benefit and relief to our clients.
Should you have feedback, questions or ideas to share, please contact your MD Advisor* and feel free to reach out directly to our MD Physician Council at MDPhysicianCouncil@md.ca.
Wishing you health and good fortune in 2021.
* MD Advisor refers to an MD Management Limited Financial Consultant or Investment Advisor (in Quebec), or an MD Private Investment Counsel Portfolio Manager.