REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwired - May 9, 2014) - Saskatoon family physician Dr. Dalibor Slavik was elected the 48th president of the Saskatchewan Medical Association (SMA) at the SMA's spring Representative Assembly in Regina on May 9. He succeeds Gull Lake family physician Dr. Clare Kozroski.
One of Dr. Slavik's early goals as president is to see the completion of the fee-for-service contract. Other important items on his list are advancing the Choosing Wisely Canada campaign to help doctors and patients engage in more effective tests and treatments, continued negotiations of the non-fee-for-service contracts, the creation of a new SMA strategic plan and the recruitment of a new CEO.
"Physician engagement remains a key pillar of moving health care delivery forward in the province," says Dr. Slavik. "With transformation efforts underway, I feel strongly that the province's doctors can work together to make positive changes to the way we practice in order to enhance patient care in a fiscally responsible way."
Dr. Slavik was born in the former Czechoslovakia, moving to South Africa with his family at the age of eight. After graduating from the University of Pretoria in 1984, he served in the military as a medical officer for two years before joining a family practice in Nylstroom. A natural leader, Dr. Slavik shared the duties of district surgeon and was superintendent at the local hospital for three years. In 1994, Dr. Slavik made the move to Canada where he worked as a family physician and senior medical officer in Botwood, Newfoundland. Three years later he moved to the prairies to join Saskatoon East Family Physicians, where he still practices today.
Outside of family practice, Dr. Slavik is also an accomplished physician leader. He serves on several SMA committees, and is an elected delegate to the Representative Assembly of the SMA in addition to his appointment as an executive on the SMA board. He also serves as a board member of the Saskatchewan chapter of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) and is the Saskatchewan representative to the National Committee on Continuing Professional Development of the CFPC.