February 07, 2017   | Posted in:

College Bylaw Amendment: Sections 1-9 and 9-3

With the establishment of the BC Centre for Substance Use (BCCSU), most components of the College’s current Methadone Maintenance 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 on June 5, 2017. To enable this change, the College is seeking to repeal the existing sections of the Bylaws that direct the Methadone Maintenance Program.

For more information, please visit the Bylaw Amendments page.

The notification period for review and comment is now closed.
January 10, 2017   | Posted in: ,

College warns public of a potential health risk following a search and seizure of a home in Delta

On December 20, 2016, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia was granted an order by the BC Supreme Court to enter and search a residence located at 10519 Modesto Place in Delta, BC where the College had reason to believe that Ms. Zhuo (Sabrina) Li was operating a business under the name of Sabrina Permanent Make-up Studio Inc., and providing cosmetic medical services which she is not qualified or legally authorized to perform. 

Read the full media release here. A backgrounder can be found here

January 09, 2017   | Posted in:

College Bylaws

Section 1-8 of the College Bylaws has been amended effective January 9, 2017. 

Section 1-8 of the Bylaws provides that only a registrant in good standing in the full, special, academic, or osteopathic classes of registration, who has a business address in the electoral district for which a vacancy on the Board exists, may stand for election to the Board. The amendment limits elected registrants to those registrants who are not a director or an officer of another organization that would result in a conflict of interest to the College. The revised section of the Bylaws lists the types of organizations that exist in British Columbia where a conflict of interest may arise.

January 03, 2017   | Posted in:

College Bylaws

Schedule A of the College Bylaws has been updated.

December 07, 2016   | Posted in:

Disciplinary action re: Dr. Jeannine Olszewski

The Discipline Committee of the College has determined Dr. Jeannine Olszewski, a family physician, engaged in professional misconduct and contravened sections 4-13(1(a), (b) and (c) of the Bylaws under the Health Professions Act.

The full disciplinary action is available here.

December 05, 2016   | Posted in:

Now online: College Connector Volume 4 | No. 6

November/December issue now available. Read it here.

November 08, 2016   | Posted in:

Hearing notification re: Dr. Linda Patry

The College will convene a hearing regarding Dr. Linda Patry on December 12, 2016.

The full hearing notification is available here.

October 27, 2016   | Posted in:

Disciplinary action re: Dr. Riaz Ahmad Sinawan

Dr. Riaz Ahmad Sinawan, a family physician, has admitted to engaging in unprofessional conduct.

The full disciplinary action is available here.

October 21, 2016   | Posted in:

Applicants requiring a new licence

Important notice to all applicants requiring a new licence with an effective date between December 23, 2016 to January 2, 2017: please be advised that you must apply for registration and licensure by November 2, 2016, and provide all required supporting documentation to the College (e.g. references, certificates of professional conduct) by December 7, 2016.

October 20, 2016   | Posted in: ,

Notification of reprimand re: Dr. Donald Albert Sander

Dr. Donald Albert Sander, a family physician, has acknowledged and admitted to engaging in unprofessional conduct by failing to comply with the College’s standard on the timely transfer of medical records to another physician.

The full notification is available here.


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