Up against the Alberta government’s biosimilar policy
Last November, Dr. Panaccione met with health minister Tyler Shandro to urge him not to switch from the current provincial coverage of a biologics group of treatment drugs for patients with IBD to coverage of a cheaper, alternative medication (biosimilars).
“Through social and traditional media, I’ve tried to educate and advocate against the Alberta government’s biosimilar policy,” says Dr. Panaccione. “It may have gone ahead, but we’re committed to continuing to study it: how this policy impacts patients not only physically, but emotionally and psychologically. We want to inform the province, the country and the rest of world about the impact of such a policy.”
Cummings School of Medicine: Open door policy
It’s evident that Dr. Panaccione and his admissions staff are equally dedicated to the welfare of another community: the U of C’s incoming medical students. In his role as director of admissions with the Cumming School of Medicine (2,550 students and 511 full-time faculty), Dr. Panaccione carries on the school’s mandate – established by Dr. Ian Walker, former director of admissions – of diversity, equity and social accountability.
“We’re proud of our efforts to constantly look at ways to increase diversity within the admissions process,” explains Dr. Panaccione. “We’re always open to opportunities to make the admissions process easier, better and more inclusive. There should be equal opportunity to pursue a career in medicine.”
The Cumming School of Medicine’s mission and vision of social accountability is exemplified by the student-run clinic for Calgary’s under-served populations.
Introducing … Dr. Remo Panaccione
Years in practice
There is no better privilege than to be able to serve your fellow human. There are not many jobs or careers you can have where you can go to bed at night and say, “Today I did the right thing.”
Mantra/philosophy of life
Be thankful for those who help to get you there ... wherever “there” may be.
About Shine A Light
Initiated by Dr. Alison Clarke during her 2018-19 term as president, AMA’s Shine A Light program recognizes and celebrates the special physicians of Alberta who, in their “everyday” practices, demonstrate an unwavering commitment to caring for their patients; to ensuring that their patients receive top quality, coordinated care; to seeking patient-centered ways to improve the delivery of health care in Alberta; and to always seeing the people in their patients.
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