June 08, 2017   | Posted in:

Now online: College Connector Volume 5 | No. 3

May/June issue now available. Read it here

June 05, 2017   | Posted in:

College Bylaws Amendment: Methadone Maintenance Program

Effective June 5, 2017, sections 1-19, 9-2 and 9-3 of the College Bylaws have been amended.

These amendments repealed existing sections of the Bylaws that directed the former Methadone Maintenance Program.

With the establishment of the BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU), most components of the College’s former methadone program will transition to the centre, including authorizing exemptions to physicians who wish to prescribe methadone for opioid use disorder under section 56 of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. The BCCSU will assume full responsibility of the program effective June 5, 2017.

This transition will allow the College to focus its efforts on the enhanced monitoring of all prescriptions for medications that pose challenges to patient safety. The College will continue to recommend to the federal minister of health authorizations to physicians who wish to prescribe methadone for analgesia, and provide duplicate prescription pads through its usual ordering process.

April 18, 2017   | Posted in:

Disciplinary action re: Dr. Vu Ngoc Truong

Dr. Vu Ngoc Truong, a specialist in urology, has admitted to engaging in unprofessional conduct.

The full disciplinary action is available here.

April 06, 2017   | Posted in:

Disciplinary action re: Dr. Larry George Serelo

The College Discipline Committee has determined Dr. Larry George Serelo has engaged in unprofessional conduct.

The full disciplinary action is available here.

April 04, 2017   | Posted in:

Now online: College Connector Volume 5 | No. 2

March/April issue now available. Read it here

April 03, 2017   | Posted in:

2017 Elected Board of the College

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia is pleased to announce the results of the 2017 Board election. The following registrants have been elected to serve on the College Board for a four-year term beginning July 1, 2017.

District 1: Vancouver Island, South

  • Dr. Stephen G. Holland

District 3: Vancouver and Surrounding Area

  • Dr. Ronald R. Abrahams
  • Dr. Gurdeep Parhar

District 4: Fraser

  • Dr. Luay F. Dindo
District 7: Northern
  • Dr. Patrick D. Rowe

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

March 21, 2017   | Posted in:

Walk-in clinics – 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 of Physicians and Surgeons of BC'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.

For more information, please visit the Consultation page.

March 01, 2017   | Posted in:

College Bylaw Amendment: Section 10-1

On November 24, 2016, the College Board approved amendments to section 10-1 of the Bylaws made under the Health Professions Act, RSBC 1996, c.183.

As set out in the regulations for the practice of medicine, physicians are not permitted to dispense (sell) drugs to patients unless they have been authorized by the Board of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia. Any physician who has obtained authorization by the Board to dispense must follow the standards for dispensing practitioners as set by the College of Pharmacists of British Columbia. The proposed Bylaw amendment aligns with the College’s revised standard, Sale and Dispensing of Drugs by Physicians, which was approved by the Board on November 23, 2016.

For more information, please visit the Bylaw Amendments page.

The notification period for review and comment is now closed.

 

February 17, 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 to the Bylaws include: strengthening the role of facility medical directors, enhancing privileging and credentialing, separating the accreditation of new and existing facilities, and increasing public access to information.

For more information, please visit the Bylaw Amendments page.

The notification period for review and comment is now closed.
February 17, 2017   | Posted in:

Important notice regarding applications for registration during the spring and summer

Due to the heavy volume of applications expected from graduating residents over the next few months, the College has imposed the following timelines:  

  1. All new applicants who require registration and licensure for independent practice with an effective date of July 1, 2017 must submit their application prior to April 1, 2017.
    Note: This does not apply to UBC graduating residents. 
  2. Due to the timing for the availability of the documents required by the College, residents graduating from outside of British Columbia should expect to have their licence issued on or after July 10, 2017.
  3. Residents graduating from the University of British Columbia will be receiving information regarding the registration process from that institution and the College directly.

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