Volume 6 | No. 5 | September / October 2018

Registrar’s message—addressing personal biases, racism and discrimination in medical practice

The very real fact that personal biases can affect patient care was highlighted recently at the College’s Education Day where First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Joe Gallagher, and FNHA Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Evan Adams, called on members of the medical profession to examine their own actions and behaviours when treating Indigenous patients.

Cannabis legalization: minor changes to College standard, and a reminder to physicians to practise without impairment

As of October 17, 2018, recreational use of cannabis will be legal in Canada. Accordingly, the College will make minor amendments to the current practice standard, Cannabis for Medical Purposes. Although federal laws have changed, few reliable published studies remain available on the medical benefits of cannabis and physicians must continue to take appropriate precautions when prescribing cannabis to patients for medical reasons. Proper assessment, documentation, and patient education remain imperative in ensuring that patients are using cannabis safely.

Notification of upcoming changes to MAiD reporting requirements

On November 1, 2018, the federal government will introduce new legal requirements for the reporting of Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) for monitoring purposes. Monitoring, oversight and reporting for MAiD will be administered by the BC Ministry of Health’s Medical Assistance in Dying Oversight Unit. The new requirements apply to physicians reporting both the provision of, and transfer of care for, MAiD.

EMRs and duplicates

Electronic medical records and prescribing controlled medications may pose challenges that can sometimes lead to prescription errors. Vigilance by prescribers and dispensers is important to ensure patient safety.

The College Connector is sent to every current registrant of the College. Decisions of the College on matters of standards and guidelines are contained in this publication. The College therefore assumes that each registrant is aware of these matters. Questions or comments about this publication should be directed to communications@cpsbc.ca.

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