MD CM, CCFP FCFP, is the President of Doctors of BC (formerly the British Columbia Medical Association.) and a clinical assistant professor at the University of British Columbia.
He is the founder and staff supervisor of the Narrative Medicine Student Interest Group that teaches UBC students how to write in order to improve their communication and medical art skills and he has published quality improvement success stories in several countries.

Topic: What we talk about when we talk about quality?

We all have an idea of what innovation looks like and the changes it will bring. So how do we reconcile the different futures that we all envisage? In this keynote address, Dr. Cadesky will summarize the work we have to do and they ways we can do it.
About Doctors of BC – A Brief History
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Doctors of BC was founded in January 1900 as the BC Medical Association with Dr R.E. McKechnie, a surgeon from Nanaimo, as President. The Association was founded on two primary principles; the first to guard and strengthen economic security and second to promote education so that the best medical minds had a forum to share the knowledge of the profession. Membership was open to BC doctors with an annual fee of just $2.00. The first annual meeting was held in August of 1900.
The association has had a rich and storied history. Dr Brad Fritz, who has been a Doctors of BC Board member for nearly 40 years, has written a short history of Doctors of BC since 1965, when BC’s first government-sponsored medicare program was introduced. Based on many interviews and exhaustive research, The BCMA, Then and Now: A Selected History from 1965 to Doctors of BC tells many of the colourful stories that illustrate how the association became what it is today.
With the Strategic Plan implemented in January 2014, the Association sets forth clear goals that will see us do the work they’ve always done but also places a greater emphasis on achieving quality patient care by promoting engagement, collaboration, and physician leadership. With these goals in mind, the Association took on a new name—Doctors of BC. The new name defines who the Association represents and works for—the doctors of BC. When doctors work both together and collaboratively with health care partners, they can make a meaningful difference.