Dear CFA member, H.E.L.P Participant and clinic attendee:
This week's Cardiac Rehabilitation Zoom meeting is Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 7:00 pm EST. COVID-19 Update and Zoom Group Support Session.
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 Topic to be announced.
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 NO CLINIC ZOOM, CLINIC CLOSED, Happy St. Patrick’s Day, celebrate safely online!
Wednesday, March 24, 2021: Microbiome; The Gut-Brain connection
Dear Clinic friends:
On Wednesday, March 3rd, (yes, hoorah! we made it into March!) Dr. Schaman will be holding his regular zoom call at 7 p.m. and the night’s focus will be on a COVID-19 Update. We then will have an opportunity to introduce ourselves to our colleagues on the call. There will be a few suggested guidelines in order to facilitate the meeting, all of which are to help with the Group Support part of the Clinic’s program. After Dr. Schaman does his COVID-19 presentation, Brian Skerrett will facilitate the introductions, assisted by Bob McCorkindale. Dr. Schaman, Melissa, Meghan and CFA president Mike Whitmore will also be on hand to help the session go smoothly.
Here’s what you need to know about the introductions:
1. You will have the opportunity to introduce yourself to the group, but if you do not wish to speak, you can just say "Pass".
2. We will have to keep it brief in order to have room for all on the call. No more than 2 minutes.
3. An opportunity to fill in a poll during this Zoom meeting will be offered to get your opinion on options for these group support sessions. We will offer technical support to assist you with this.
Following are optional suggestions for your introductory remarks. Pick and choose what you feel comfortable with:
1. Your name and where you live.
2. How you came to be involved with the clinic…perhaps what your original connection with Dr. Schaman was.
3. Where you grew up.
4. Some information about your family.
5. What your work is or was, and possibly what your interests were or are.
6. And only if you wish to comment, what you tend to struggle with, either related to your health, mental and physical, or related to the pandemic.
With such a short amount of time, it is important to keep your remarks brief, so all that is needed are some basics. It is not a time to make statements about what a wonderful and good and successful person you are, although we are sure you are. 😉 Let's just stick to some humble facts. In future sessions, we will get to know each other much better and have the chance to go a bit deeper.
A final note is a request for you to make a special effort to listen well to the introductions by our fellow patients/colleagues.
Although not mandatory, I encourage you to turn your camera on for our zoom class as I believe seeing and being seen is an important aspect of our online support, especially once we open the class to discussion and socializing after the lecture or presentation component. We encourage you to ask questions, however, we would like to try to keep the questions to the topic of the presentation first, saving additional input for after we have discussed the current topic.
If you have not already done so, please read the information highlighted at the bottom of this email regarding Zoom. By clicking on the Zoom link and joining in the call, you are acknowledging that you have read and agree to the Virtual Health Care Risk Statement, highlighted in yellow below.
To join in the Zoom call, click on this Invitation Link:
As always I encourage you to ask not what you can do to minimize or obviate the pandemic guidelines. Ask rather "what else can I do" to improve my chances and that of my family, community, and country! Together, apart, we will find a way forward. Stay Home!
For more information on COVID-19 vaccination in Ontario click here.
Thank you for doing your part in this crisis. Staying home, no visitors, and doing everything possible to not spread this virus is your heroic contribution. Current provincial guidelines are here.
Look after yourself, no one else will! Stay home, stay safe!
Note: this week's zoom invitation link is the same as last week. I am planning to have one zoom meeting per week on Wednesday evenings at 7 pm. continuing through 2021.
If anyone has never used Zoom, it is generally quite user-friendly. If you click on the above link it will open the Zoom app and take you right to the meeting “Waiting Room.” from which you will be admitted into the meeting. If there should be a bit of a delay, please be patient. If you have trouble with this link, close the zoom app and close the browser window and then try the link again.
For those who have never used Zoom, the app should automatically load after clicking the above link. By following the instructions, you will be admitted into the waiting room and then into the meeting. All of this should work with a smart phone, a tablet, or computer. I understand there is even a way to join the meeting by telephone.
There is a second way of linking into the video meeting, involving a meeting ID and passcode. You have to have the zoom app already on your computer or device to be able to enter these. They are: meeting ID: 895 9603 5621 and passcode: 053849 Again, I expect none of you will need these numbers, as the long link above should be all you need.
Clinic Zoom classes and meetings may be under the umbrella of virtual care. The OMA and CMPA require that you be aware of the following:
“Virtual Care has some inherent privacy and security risks that your health information may be intercepted or unintentionally disclosed. We want to make sure you understand this before we proceed. In order to improve privacy and confidentiality, you should also take steps to participate in Virtual Care in a private setting, use an encrypted email service if available, and you should not use an employer’s or someone else’s computer/device as they may be able to access your information.
If you want more information, please check the [website/confirmation email/etc.]. If it is determined you require a physical exam you may still need to be assessed in person. You should also understand that virtual care is not a substitute for attending the Emergency Department if urgent care is needed. If you continue, you consent to the use of electronic communication to provide you with care, are you ok to continue?"
COVID-19 is placing stress on Canada’s public health system. Our clinic is starting to offer virtual care to make sure that we can continue to care for our patients safely and effectively. This means that we will be using electronic communications for some patient visits rather than asking patients to come into our clinic. Some of these technologies are provided by the Province. Others have been provided by vendors such as Google, or Apple to help make discussions with your care provider as easy as possible during these difficult times. Many health concerns can be addressed with virtual care alone, but in some cases your doctor may ask you to visit a hospital or other health-care facility, if necessary, for a physical examination.
We do our best to make sure that any information you give to us during virtual care visits is private and secure, but no electronic communications tools (such as audio, video, email, text) are ever completely secure. There is an increased security risk that your health information may be intercepted or disclosed to third parties when using such electronic communications tools. To help us keep your information safe and secure, you can:
- Understand that electronic communications (such as audio, video, email, text) you receive are not secure in the same way as a private appointment in an exam room.
- Use a private computer/device (i.e., not an employer's or third party's computer/device), secure accounts, and a secure internet connection. For example, using a personal and encrypted email account is more secure than an unencrypted email account, and your access to the Internet on your home network will generally be more secure than an open guest Wi-Fi connection.
You should also understand that virtual care is not a substitute for in-person communication or clinical examinations, where appropriate, or for going to an Emergency Department when needed (including for any urgent care that may be required).
If you are concerned about using electronic communications for virtual care, you can ask our office to attempt to arrange a potential alternative. However, please note that visiting a health care provider in person comes with a higher risk of coming into contact with COVID-19 and the possibility of spreading the virus.
By providing your information, you agree to let us collect, use, or disclose your personal health information through video, audio, email, or text communications (while following applicable privacy laws) to provide you with care. In particular, the following means of electronic communication may be used: audiotelephone (landline and/or cellular service, VOIP etc.), video (including Zoom, Skype, Facetime, etc.), email, text.
Dr. John P. Schaman has been practicing cardiac rehabilitation and sports medicine at his Breslau clinic, the Ontario Aerobics Centre since 1978.
1010 Hopewell Creek Rd
Breslau, Ontario, N0B 1M0
Phone (519) 648 2252
Fax (519) 648 3686
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