July 02, 2015   | Posted in:

2015 Elected Officers and Executive Committee

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia has announced its 2015 elected officers and Executive Committee effective July1, 2015.

The full media release is available here.

July 02, 2015   | Posted in: ,

Notification of reprimand re: Dr. Jamuna Lal Makhija

Dr. Jamuna Lal Makhija, a general practitioner, has admitted to breaching undertakings to cease performing and reading electrocardiograms in the management of his patients. Pursuant to section 36(1)(c) of the Health Professions Act, he has been formally reprimanded.

The full notification is available here.

June 23, 2015   | Posted in:

Regulators’ investigation into prescription fraud identifies 150 health professionals

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC and the College of Pharmacists of BC have each concluded separate investigations of prescription fraud in the Lower Mainland.

The investigations began in 2013 after both colleges became aware of allegations from a member of the public that she, and a relative with the same surname, had been the victims of an individual using their identities to obtain and fill multiple prescriptions for various narcotics. These allegations drew serious concern as the impersonator managed to obtain more than 250 prescriptions from multiple physicians and then filled those prescriptions at 34 different pharmacies from January 2007 to January 2013.

The full media release is available here.

May 28, 2015   | Posted in:

2015 Award of Excellence in Medical Practice

Every year the College Board, through a peer nominations process, recognizes outstanding physicians who have made an exceptional contribution to the practice of medicine in teaching, research, clinical practice, administration or health advocacy. The recipients are presented with an Award of Excellence in Medical Practice at the annual president’s dinner.

2015 award recipient: Peter L. Cooperberg, MD – Vancouver, BC

L to R: Dr. Peter L. Cooperberg, Dr. Lawrence C. Jewett (President)

The full media release is available here.

April 16, 2015   | Posted in:

College Bylaw Amendment

On January 30, 2015 and March 27, 2015, the College Board approved amendments to sections 1-16, 1-18, 1-19, 1-20, 1-22, 1-23, 1-24, and 1-27 and the creation of a new section, Part 9 of the Bylaws under the Health Professions Act, RSBC 1996, c.183 (HPA).

Through its Bylaws, the College has established activities that permit the assessment of the professional performance of a registrant. The current Bylaws require these committees to report to the Quality Assurance Committee (QAC) which in turn reports to the Board. To increase the Board’s oversight of these activities, the proposed amended Bylaws permit the QAC to meet in panels, and for each panel to report directly to the Board. The Ethics Committee will be repealed and its important responsibilities, including reviewing ethical standards and guidelines, will be incorporated into the Patient Relations Committee, which will report to the Board. The repositioning of the Ethics Committee responsibility to another committee of the Board more properly aligns with guidance to the profession on ethical and professional responsibilities as a non-quality assurance activity. 

The new section (Part 9) details the range of quality assurance activities that the College Board may direct any of the QAC panels to do, including the assessment of the professional performance of the registrant, as well as activities related to administration of the Methadone Maintenance Program and the review of prescribing of controlled drugs. All such activities will continue to be subject to important confidentiality provisions as set out in section 26.2 of the HPA

Lastly, the proposed amended Bylaws shift the responsibility to communicate information to the public regarding the complaints and disciplinary process from the Patient Relations Committee to the Inquiry Committee of the College. The responsibilities of the Inquiry Committee will also include reporting to the Board on disciplinary and complaint matters.

The Bylaws amendments have been posted for a 90-day notification period, giving College registrants and other interested parties the opportunity to review and comment.

For more information, please visit the Bylaw Amendments page.

The 90-day notification period for review and comment is now closed.


April 14, 2015   | Posted in:

2015 Elected Board of the College

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia is pleased to announce the results of the 2015 Board election. The following registrants have been elected to serve on the College Board for a four-year term beginning July 1, 2015.

District 2: Vancouver Island, Central and Northern

  • Dr. Gerrard A. Vaughan (by acclamation)

District 3: Vancouver and Surrounding Area

  • Dr. Bruce A. Fleming

District 4: Fraser

  • Dr. B. Anne Priestman

District 5: Thompson – Okanagan

  • Dr. Michael D. Carter

District 6: Kootenays

Dr. Lawrence C. Jewett (by acclamation)  

For more information about the Board of the College, go here.

March 20, 2015   | Posted in: ,

College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia granted a permanent injunction for the unlawful practice of medicine

On March 19, 2015, the BC Supreme Court granted an Order prohibiting Ms. Anita Fofie of Dermix Institute of Aesthetic Medicine at 1721 Davie Street, Vancouver, BC, from providing medical services she is not authorized to perform.

The full media release is available here.

March 12, 2015   | Posted in:

College Bylaw: Assessment Class of Registration

In support of the Practice Ready Assessment – British Columbia (PRA-BC) program, the College has amended sections 2-9, 2-40 to 2-43 and Schedule A of the Bylaws under the Health Professions Act, RSBC 1996, c.183 to include a new assessment class of registration.

February 06, 2015   | Posted in:

Statement from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia regarding the Supreme Court Ruling on physician-assisted death

Today’s decision by the Supreme Court of Canada on the issue of physician-assisted death will be carefully reviewed by the College to determine if any changes or modifications to existing professional standards or guidelines are required. The Court has suspended its declaration respecting the provisions of the Criminal Code for a period of one year in order to allow federal and provincial governments time to draft and consider any new legislative provisions.

The regulator’s role is to ensure that there is a balance between a patient’s right to make an informed decision and to access lawful services, and a physician’s right to hold values and beliefs which may require him/her to abstain from performing certain treatments or procedures.

The College’s current professional standard titled Access to Medical Care addresses this balance and states:

While physicians may make a personal choice not to provide a treatment or procedure based on their values and beliefs, the College expects them to provide patients with enough information and assistance to allow them to make informed choices for themselves. This includes advising patients that other physicians may be available to see them, or suggesting that the patient visit an alternate health-care provider. Where needed, physicians must offer assistance and must not abandon the patient.


January 29, 2015   | Posted in:

College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia granted an injunction to cease unlawful practice of medicine

On January 28, 2015 in the late afternoon, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia entered the premises of an individual’s business to conduct a search and to seize all items believed to be used by her in the unlicensed practice of medicine. Among the material found and seized were boxes and vials of injectable medication including abobotulinumtoxin A and Restylane® (containing hyaluronic acid), syringes, needles, and documents evidencing the individual’s unauthorized use of reserved titles.

The full media release is available here.


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