June 7, 2018
Here I am behind schedule again. In two days from now, you’ll receive this message from me and I’ve only just had time to sit, reflect and write what I can only hope is a thoughtful and interesting narrative.
I did not build in the time to do this over the last two weeks, but I’m not complaining. My work is fascinating, and I’m finding it easy to continue meeting a goal I set for myself early on in my medical career: pay attention and learn one new thing every day.
One thing I’ve learned is that the people working in our health care system are kind and considerate. Almost everyone I meet will ask, “How do you like your new job?”
The answer is that I love my new job. I love the fast pace, the support from colleagues across the province, and the opportunity to contribute to a new health care system that supports continuous quality improvement for our patients. It’s an honour and a privilege to be your Chief Medical Officer, and I’m grateful every day for the joy and satisfaction I receive in working with the physicians and staff in our health care system. It’s truly inspiring and energizing work.
The question about how I like my new job is usually followed by, “You must be very busy!”
I am, as I’m sure many of you are too. Here’s some of what has kept me busy these past two weeks.
The week ahead will also be inspiring and exciting. I see lots of upcoming opportunities to continue learning and growing as a leader and as a person. What I’m most looking forward to is my oldest child turning 18, officially becoming an adult. My family will pause, reflect and celebrate this milestone in her life and our lives together.
As always, I’d love to hear from you. What lessons have you learned about building in time to reflect and learn? Email me at
Dr. Susan Shaw
Chief Medical Officer