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.

https://www.cpsbc.ca/files/pdf/PSG-Access-to-Medical-Care.pdf

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.

January 05, 2015   | Posted in: ,

Disciplinary action re: Dr. Paul Eric Termansen

Dr. Paul Eric Termansen, a psychiatrist, has admitted to unprofessional conduct.

The full disciplinary action is available here.

December 29, 2014   | Posted in:

College Bylaws

Schedule A of the College Bylaws has been updated.

October 09, 2014   | Posted in:

College Bylaw Amendment

On September 25, 2014, in support of the Practice Ready Assessment – British Columbia (PRA-BC) pilot program, the College Board approved amendments to sections 2-9, 2-40 to 2-43 and Schedule A of the Bylaws under the Health Professions Act, RSBC 1996, c.183.

The substantive amendments are those set out in sections 2-40 to 2-43 which establish an assessment class of registration with the College for those applicants who have successfully completed a minimum of two years of postgraduate training in a foreign jurisdiction and are selected, through the PRA-BC pilot program, to undergo an assessment of competency prior to being considered for provisional registration with the College. The bylaw for assessment registration is consistent with the national registration standards and has been accepted by the Ministry.

For more information, please visit the Bylaw Amendments page.

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

 

September 19, 2014   | Posted in: ,

Disciplinary action re: Dr. Danilo R. Vargas

Dr. Danilo R. Vargas, a specialist, has admitted to violating professional boundaries.

The full disciplinary action is available here.

September 18, 2014   | Posted in:

College participates in public awareness campaign

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia, a member of Health Profession Regulators of BC, is pleased to participate in the public awareness campaign "Care Safe Trust." Over the next twelve months, Global TV will be airing a public service announcement.

September 16, 2014   | Posted in: ,

Disciplinary action re: Dr. Kazem Khazamipour

Dr. Kazem Khazamipour, a family physician, has admitted to engaging in unprofessional conduct.

The full disciplinary action is available here.

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