National Guideline Clearinghouse no longer available
The National Guideline Clearinghouse guideline database will no longer be available after July 16, 2018. Links to Canadian and British guideline sources may still be found on the Practice Guidelines page, and American guidelines may still be sourced through the Medline database. Registrants who require assistance finding practice guidelines may ask the College library to either conduct a search on particular topic, or provide online search instructions.
New Walk-in Clinic Patient Resource
A new resource outlining what patients can expect when visiting a walk-in clinic in BC has been published. To view this new resource, click here, or visit to the For the Public section of the College website.
Now online: College 2017/18 Annual Report
The College is pleased to announce that the 2017/18 Annual Report, audited financial statements and committee chair reports have been published on the College website. In addition to reporting on outcomes from the College’s core regulatory functions, including registration and complaints, the Annual Report describes the work done over the past fiscal year to develop a forward-thinking three-year strategic plan founded on a new mission statement—Serving the public by regulating physicians and surgeons—which more clearly defines the College’s unchanging purpose. And it illustrates the importance of collaboration with health partners to ensure BC patients receive care from qualified, competent physicians.
The reports are available here. An abbreviated web version of the 2017/18 Annual Report has also been published. Tell us what you think about this year's Annual Report by completing a brief survey here.
Audio Digest website address change
The website address to access Audio Digest lectures has changed to https://legacy.audio-digest.org. All links on the College library web page have been updated accordingly; however, users are advised to update their bookmarks on their browsers to reflect this change.
Audio Digest is a current awareness tool providing downloadable mp3 format lectures on trending or perennial medical topics. The College library subscribes to the family practice and internal medicine series, as well as the series for anesthesiology, emergency medicine, gastroenterology, obstetrics and gynecology, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, otorhinolaryngology, pediatrics, and psychiatry.
Scheduled update of College website
The College website will be undergoing a scheduled update on Friday, June 15 between 5:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., and on Saturday, June 16 between 8:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. During this time, registrants will not be able to make updates to their CPSID profile. Licence application and renewal forms will be offline. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.
Scheduled maintenance of College telephone lines
The College phone system will be undergoing a scheduled maintenance on Tuesday, June 12 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. During this time, the College phone lines will be unavailable. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.
Now online: College Connector Volume 6 | No. 3
May/June issue now available. Read it here.
Revised continuity of care practice standards published
The College recently held a consultation to gather stakeholder input on three practice standards that relate to continuity of care: Leaving Practice, Care Coverage Outside Regular Office Hours, and Ending the Patient-Physician Relationship. These practice standards were revised to reflect the feedback received from the consultation, and were subsequently approved by the Board.
These practice standards, released on June 4, 2018, can be found under the standards and guidelines section of the College website.
Revised Safe Prescribing of Opioids and Sedatives practice standard published
The revised Safe Prescribing of Opioids and Sedatives practice standard has now been published, after the College received and incorporated extensive feedback from physicians, representatives from patient support groups, key partners and members of the public.
This practice standard, released on June 4, 2018, can be found under the standards and guidelines section of the College website.
New Prescribing Methadone practice standard
To ensure that physicians in British Columbia continue to prescribe methadone in a safe and effective manner following the recent elimination of section 56(1) in federal policy, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia has finalized a new practice standard titled Prescribing Methadone. This standard, released on June 4, 2018, can be found under the standards and guidelines section of the College website.
The benefits of consulting the profession at large to gain feedback on this standard is well recognized by the College, and a consultation to assess how the Prescribing Methadone standard has been working in practice is planned for September 2018.