Volume 8 | No. 1 | January / February 2020

Family physicians must make reasonable efforts to ensure patients have access to cervical cancer screening

The College encounters inadequate screening for cervical cancer in several settings. It may be a complaint describing tragic circumstances—advanced cancer at diagnosis and a fatal outcome. Sometimes in the course of a practice investigation it comes to light that Pap smears were not being done.  

Two new assessment standards on emergency preparedness for internal medicine specialists and pediatricians

The Physician Practice Enhancement Program develops assessment standards to address key areas that impact a clinical office. The primary goals in developing the standards are to document best practices, requirements and recommendations expected by the College; make information more accessible; make the implementation process easier; and promote consistency across community-based practices.

Guidance document for medical peer review in diagnostic imaging

To assist facilities with meeting the medical peer review standards, the Diagnostic Accreditation Program (DAP) facilitated a Medical Peer Review Advisory Committee on November 18, 2019 with diverse physician representation from diagnostic imaging facilities across the province. The purpose of the committee was to develop additional guidance on the medical peer review standards and develop tools facilities could adopt. 

New policy – major renovations for reasons of maintenance or restoration

The proper operation and maintenance of a non-hospital facility is essential to the safe and effective delivery of health-care services. A new policy addresses the physical design requirements for facilities undergoing major renovations for reasons of maintenance or restoration following significant structure damage (e.g. from flood or fire).

Alternatives to Google

Everyone uses Google. Patients bring preconceived ideas about their clinical conditions based on results from Google searches, changing the physician-patient dyad into an information triangle. So too do physicians use Google searches in their clinical practice. Unfortunately, health information on the internet is frequently unreliable and inaccurate. What’s better?

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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