Volume 3 | No. 6 | November / December 2015

Registrar's message

Many of you will have completed the survey distributed to all registrants on November 16 regarding conscientious objection to providing care as it relates to physician-assisted dying (PAD). The College continues to review the many thoughtful responses and concerns.

Physician health and safety-sensitive positions

Most registrants are aware of their statutory duty under the Health Professions Act to notify the College when they “on reasonable and probable grounds, believe(s) that the continued practice of a designated health profession by the other person might constitute a danger to the public.” What is sometimes forgotten is that underlying this legal requirement is the founding ethical principle of not practising medicine when not well enough to do so.

Anesthesiologists in non-hospital facilities now part of PPEP

The College has once again expanded its Physician Practice Enhancement Program (PPEP) by engaging anesthesiologists for assessments. This expansion, which is aimed at anesthesiologists working in a non-hospital setting, is in accordance with a 2014 strategic priority set by the Board to broaden the program to include additional specialists, similar to that of other colleges across Canada.

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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