November 17, 2017   | Posted in:

Scheduled service disruption

The College website will be undergoing a scheduled service update on Sunday, November 19, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

During this time, registrants will not be able to make changes to their College profile (e.g. address change). The online physician directory and library services may experience brief outages throughout the day. 

November 07, 2017   | Posted in:

Notification of consultation

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia is inviting feedback on a revised practice standard: Safe Prescribing of Drugs with Potential for Misuse/Diversion.

The College’s practice standards address key areas of medical practice, and respond to existing or emerging issues and topics that are relevant to the College’s mandate of public protection.

As an important step in developing or revising practice standards, the College seeks feedback from physicians, the public and other partners on proposed drafts to assess whether they are clear, concise, and effectively outline the College’s expectations of physicians on the subject.

To participate, please visit the Consultation page.

October 30, 2017   | Posted in:

Notification of reprimand re: Sam Gharbi

Dr. Sam Gharbi, a specialist in internal medicine, has been has been formally reprimanded pursuant to section 36(1)(c) of the Health Professions Act.

The full notification is available here.

October 13, 2017   | Posted in:

Notification of Bylaw Amendment – Sections 1-27, 3-4, 3-5(5), 7-1 and 8-1

The College Board approved amendments to sections 1-27, 3-4, 3-5(5), 7-1 and 8-1 of the Bylaws made under the Health Professions Act, RSBC 1996, c.183 (HPA).

For more information, please visit the Bylaw Amendments page.

October 04, 2017   | Posted in:

Now online: College Connector Volume 5 | No. 5

September/October issue now available. Read it here.

September 08, 2017   | Posted in:

Notification of Bylaw Amendment – Complaint Handling and Discipline

On January 27, 2017, the College Board approved amendments to Part 4, Section A of the Bylaws under the Health Professions Act, RSBC 1996, c.183. (HPA).

The current Bylaw provides that, where a Discipline Committee panel by a unanimous or majority report makes a finding under sections 39(1)(a) to (e) of the HPA, the Board, in a separate hearing, will consider the issue of punishment and costs under section 39(2) to (8) of the HPA. Having a separate body consider the penalty in relation to a matter that was heard by the Discipline Committee results in a duplication of effort and delay. The proposed Bylaw amendments provide that the Discipline Committee panel that hears the matter also determines penalty at a separate hearing overseen by that same panel, which is in keeping with the HPA and the practice of other professional regulators. 

For more information, please visit the Bylaw Amendments page.

August 31, 2017   | Posted in:

Notification of Bylaw Amendment – Non-Hospital Medical and Surgical Facilities Program

In 2016, the College Board set out a strategic direction for the revision of the Non-Hospital Medical and Surgical Facilities Program Bylaws. The focus of the revisions includes: strengthening the role of the facility medical directors, enhancing continuity of care, separating the accreditation of new and existing facilities, and increasing public access to information.

In February 2017, the College posted the proposed amended Bylaws on its website giving registrants and other interested parties the opportunity to review and comment. The feedback received during the consultation period was comprehensive and constructive, leading to further changes and clarification.

While most of the changes are minor, involving language edits to increase clarity in certain sections, two are considered substantive.

For more information, please visit the Bylaw Amendments page.

The notification period for review and comment is now closed.

 

August 29, 2017   | Posted in:

Phone system maintenance

The College phone system will be undergoing a scheduled maintenance on Tuesday, August 29 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. During this time, the College phone and fax lines will be unavailable. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

August 28, 2017   | Posted in:

Patient experiences with referrals to specialists – share your experience

The College is partnering with PlaceSpeak to engage with members of the public on topics that are relevant to them as patients in British Columbia.

This current consultation focuses on patient experiences with referrals to specialists. The College's guideline, Expectations of the Relationship between the Primary Care/Consulting Physician and Consultant Physician, outlines expectations of effective interactions between referring physicians and specialists during the referral process. In revising the guideline, the College is seeking input from patients who are directly involved in and affected by the referral process. The feedback the College receives will be valuable in providing greater clarity to the medical profession on what is considered acceptable practice and conduct in ensuring a patient-centred, effective referral process.

For more information, please visit the Consultation page.

August 09, 2017   | Posted in:

Scheduled power outage

The College will be experiencing a scheduled power outage on August 9, 2017 from 12 midnight to 6 a.m.

The College website will not be available during this time. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

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