March 01, 2018   | Posted in:

Important notice regarding applications for registration during the spring and summer

Due to the high volume of applications expected from graduating residents over the next few months, the following timelines for registration and licensure are in place:
  1. A new applicant who requires registration and licensure for independent practice with an effective date of July 1, 2018 must submit their application prior to April 1, 2018
    Note: this does not apply to UBC graduating residents 
  2. Due to the availability of the documents required by the College, residents graduating from outside British Columbia can expect to have their licence issued on or after July 9, 2018
  3. Resident graduating from UBC will be receiving information regarding the registration process from UBC and the College directly. 
February 26, 2018   | Posted in:

Disciplinary action re: Dr. Lyn Melvina Killick

Dr. Lyn Melvina Killick, a psychiatrist, admitted to engaging in unprofessional conduct.

The full notification is available here.

February 09, 2018   | Posted in:

Now online: College Connector Volume 6 | No. 1

January/February issue now available. Read it here.

February 06, 2018   | Posted in:

New Bylaws: Complaint Handling and Discipline

Part 4, Section A of the Bylaws under the Health Professions Act (HPA) has been amended and updated. The amended bylaw provides that the Discipline Committee panel who makes a finding under sections 39(1)(a) to (e) of the HPA will also determine penalty at a separate hearing.

The new Bylaws are in effect February 6, 2018.

February 05, 2018   | Posted in:

Website maintenance on February 5

Please be advised that the College website will be undergoing a scheduled service update on Monday, February 5, 2018 from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. During this time, registrants will not be able to make updates to their profiles, or access renewal tasks. Access to the online physician directory and library may be intermittent.  

January 26, 2018   | Posted in:

Website maintenance on January 27

Please be advised that the College website will be undergoing a scheduled service update on Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. During this time, registrants will not be able to make updates to their profiles, or access renewal tasks. Access to the online physician directory and library may be intermittent.  

January 18, 2018   | Posted in: ,

New reprocessing requirements for ultrasound probes

Community-based physicians using ultrasound probes that come into contact with mucosal membranes, and those used for needle guidance in an aseptic field, are required to implement the Provincial Infection Control Network of BC’s (PICNet) Recommendations for Cleaning and Disinfection in Medical Ultrasound to Prevent Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Transmission, which include using an oxidizing-based high-level disinfectant with label claims for non-enveloped viruses.  
 
The Ministry of Health has directed that PICNet’s recommendations must be implemented as soon as possible and no later than July 31, 2018. The ministry has also confirmed that PICNet’s recommendations do not include colonoscopes and other reusable medical devices at this time.   
 
Questions regarding the ministry’s requirement to implement the PICNet recommendations can be directed to the following College programs:
  • Physician Office Medical Device Reprocessing Assessments (POMDRA)
  • Diagnostic Accreditation Program (DAP)
  • Non-Hospital Medical and Surgical Facilities Accreditation Program (NHMSFAP)
To help physicians implement the recommendations in their practice, the College has published Reprocessing Requirements for Ultrasound Probes, which can be found here
January 02, 2018   | Posted in:

New Bylaws and related policies in effect for the College’s Non-Hospital Medical and Surgical Facilities Accreditation Program

The College Bylaws have been amended and updated.

Part 5, section A of the Bylaws and related policies for the Non-Hospital Medical and Surgical Facilities Accreditation Program are now in effect (as of December 30, 2017). The Bylaws apply to all non-hospital and medical surgical facilities in BC.

Schedule A has also been updated (as of January 1, 2018).

December 12, 2017   | Posted in:

Disciplinary action re: Dr. Nima Rabbani Farani

Dr. Nima Rabbani Farani, a surgical assistant, has admitted to engaging in unprofessional conduct.

The full disciplinary action is available here.

December 06, 2017   | Posted in:

Now online: College Connector Volume 5 | No. 6

November/December issue now available. Read it here.

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