June 06, 2016   | Posted in:

College issues new standard on medical assistance in dying

The College has released a new standard for BC physicians who choose to provide, or conscientiously object to medical assistance in dying.

The standard can be found here, while a document containing FAQs can be found here.

June 01, 2016   | Posted in: ,

College Board adopts new professional standard on safe prescribing to address public health emergency related to opioid overdoses

At its recent meeting, the Board of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC adopted a new professional standard, Safe Prescribing of Drugs with Potential for Misuse/Diversion, to assist physicians with the challenging task of prescribing opioids, benzodiazepines and other medications.

The full media release is available here. A backgrounder can be found here.

May 25, 2016   | Posted in:

College Bylaw Amendment: Section 2-8

On April 1, 2016, the College Board approved amendments to section 2-8 of the Bylaws under the Health Professions Act, RSBC 1996, c.183.

Prior to March 2016, the quality assurance and practice assessments department was responsible for ensuring that registrants are current in clinical practice in accordance with section 2-8 of the Bylaws. Since that time, there has been a realignment of responsibilities and effective March 2016, the registration department of the College has assumed this role. Moreover, it was identified that there is a need for a clear appeal mechanism for those registrants who are not satisfied with a decision made under section 2-8. Given that these decisions regarding a registrant’s currency in clinical practice are made by the registrar of the College pursuant to section 2-8(2), it is preferable that any requests for review of such decisions be directed to the Board.

For more information, please visit the Bylaw Amendments page.

The 90-day notification period for review and comment is now closed.
May 10, 2016   | Posted in:

Register now for the 2016 Education Day and Annual General Meeting

When duty calls: legal and professional obligations in medical practice

Date: Friday, September 30, 2016
Location: Vancouver Convention Centre, 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver

The College receives many calls from physicians seeking advice about their legal and professional obligations in specific circumstances. Failure to act according to the law can have a serious negative impact on patients and their families and put physicians in legal and regulatory jeopardy. This year’s program will focus on operationalizing physicians’ statutory and other ethical duties to care for and protect at-risk children, seniors, impaired health professionals, the gravely ill, and other vulnerable groups.

For more information about the plenary and workshop topics and presenters, and program and registration, click here

April 25, 2016   | Posted in:

Disciplinary action re: Dr. Roy Alan Brown

Dr. Roy Alan Brown, a family physician, has admitted to engaging in unprofessional conduct.

The full disciplinary action is available here.

April 05, 2016   | Posted in:

College Board endorses the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

At its recent meeting, the College Board endorsed the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, and directed that the College review and update its own prescribing principles to reflect the 12 recommendations contained in the document.

The full media release is available here.

March 31, 2016   | Posted in:

Now online: College Connector Volume 4 | No. 2

March/April issue now available. Read it here.

March 18, 2016   | Posted in:

Professionalism In Medical Practice workshop to take place this fall

Led by internationally recognized experts, this interactive workshop will provide physicians with the tools to recognize and safely navigate everyday challenges, while taking care of themselves and their patients.

Professionalism In Medical Practice: Avoiding the Pitfalls will take place from Friday, October 21, 2016 to Saturday, October 22, 2016. Register before September 1, 2016 to receive an early-bird rate. For more details, click here.

February 24, 2016   | Posted in:

2016 dates announced for Methadone 101/Hospitalist Workshop

The Methadone 101/Hospitalist Workshop is presented by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia as an introductory workshop in the use of methadone for the treatment of opioid dependence and in the provision of methadone prescribing for hospital patients (both for analgesia and opioid dependence).

Register now for the upcoming one-day workshop, to be held on April 30, 2016 and October 1, 2016.

February 05, 2016   | Posted in:

Now online: College Connector Volume 4 | No. 1

January/February 2016 issue now available. Read it here.

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