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The College holds public engagement opportunities on an ongoing basis. We seek feedback on draft practice standards and professional guidelines, public communications, patient resources, and more.

Usually, we ask for feedback through short online surveys which are focused on a specific topic. The surveys take roughly five minutes to complete and are focused on your personal experiences and expectations of physicians and surgeons. We take the time to read every response and ensure all participants remain anonymous.

Current engagement opportunities

We invite you to participate in the surveys.

If you wish to call the College to share your feedback verbally or submit your feedback through another form of expression, such as art, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We can help facilitate your preferred method of communicating with us.

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Recent engagement opportunities

The College holds several public engagement opportunities every year. Here are the ten most recent engagements.

The previously titled Telemedicine practice standard was shared for extensive consultation, gathering feedback from 1,265 registrants (376 specialists and 889 family practitioners), 379 members of the public and numerous key health partners. The feedback received will be shared with the Patient Relations, Professional Standards and Ethics Committee to guide revisions to the practice standard and accompanying patient resource.

Closing date: November 27, 2020

The purpose of this consultation was to gather feedback from key stakeholders regarding appropriate use of social media and recordings of patients by physicians and surgeons.

A total of 216 physicians and surgeons shared their feedback on the draft Social Media and Photographic, Video and Audio Recording of Patients guidelines, while 54 members of the public shared their related perspectives and experiences.

The feedback received will help guide revisions to the guidelines and the development of a new patient resource.

Closing date: July 31, 2020

The purpose of this consultation was to gather feedback from the public on a new patient resource on sexual misconduct, as well as from physicians and surgeons on the draft Sexual Misconduct and Non-sexual Boundary Violations practice standards.

A total of 445 physicians and surgeons and 26 members of the public participated in this consultation. Members of the public provided helpful input on the clarity and appropriateness of the draft patient resource, including feedback on the chosen graphics.

The College will revise the patient resource and practice standards based on the survey results and after further discussion with the Patient Relations, Practices Standards and Ethics Committee.

Closing date: March 6, 2020

The purpose of this consultation was to gather feedback on the revisions made to the draft procedural pain management (PPM) standards following an initial consultation in 2019. This consultation addressed revisions made to:

  • Procedural Pain Management (core standards)
  • Procedural Pain Management – Emergency Cart
  • Procedural Pain ManagementUltrasound Modality
  • Procedural Pain Management – X-ray Modality

There were 79 participants in the online consultation, of which 76% identified as physicians, 16% identified as patients, and 8% identified as other.

The feedback from this consultation was used to guide further revisions to the draft standards. More information and the final approved version of the standards can be found here.

Closing date: November 26, 2019

The purpose of this consultation was to gather feedback from members of the public and physicians to help guide revisions to the College’s Complementary and Alternative Therapies practice standard.

A total of 523 physicians and 506 members of the public participated in the consultation. Of the public participants, 27% identified that they had been prescribed a complementary or alternative therapy by their physician. While some felt that their physician provided them with enough information, others felt that their physician did not explain the therapy appropriately before recommending it. Common themes from the written feedback highlighted the importance of patient education, obtaining proper informed consent and conducting on-going patient assessments to evaluate the effectiveness of the therapy.

The feedback gathered will be shared with the Patient Relations, Professional Standards and Ethics Committee and used to help draft a revised standard.

Closing date: September 4, 2019

The purpose of this consultation was to gather feedback from the public and physicians to help guide revisions to the College’s Independent Medical Examinations draft practice standard.

A total of 107 physicians and 21 members of the public participated in this consultation. Of the 21 public participants, 13 identified as having undergone an independent medical examination (IME). While some members of the public felt that the physician conducting the IME did so appropriately, others felt that the physician did not explain the process well enough, offered biased opinions, or treated them without compassion.

The feedback gathered will be shared with the Patient Relations, Professional Standards and Ethics Committee and used to help strengthen the draft standard.

Closing date: June 4, 2019

This consultation gathered feedback from 313 physicians and 20 members of the public.

The goal of this consultation was to assess public perspectives and experiences related to physicians’ advertising practices, and to gather feedback from physicians on the core standard principles.

Based on the responses received during this consultation, a new practice standard will be drafted then brought back to the College’s Patient Relations, Practice Standards and Ethics Committee for review.

Closing date: May 27, 2019

The purpose of this consultation was to gather feedback on the College’s draft procedural pain management accreditation standards:

  • Procedural Pain Management (core standards)
  • Procedural Pain Management – Emergency Cart
  • Procedural Pain Management – Ultrasound Modality
  • Procedural Pain Management – X-ray Modality

There were 554 participants in the online consultation, of which, 268 identified as patients. In addition to the online consultation many written letters and emails were received.

The feedback gathered from this consultation will be used to help guide further revisions to the draft standards before they are shared in a second consultation.

Closing date: April 30, 2019

The purpose of this consultation was to gather feedback on the College’s Charging Fees to Patients practice standard, which combined principles from two previously existing guidelines: Annual Fees to Patients and Missed Appointments.

A total of 310 physicians and 44 members of the public participated in this consultation. The public respondents provided insight into their past experiences; while some felt that their physician charged them an appropriate fee, others felt that they were charged a fee for inappropriate reasons and without adequate communication. Public participants also expressed that physicians should consider the patient’s ability to pay before charging a fee.

The feedback gathered will be shared with the Patient Relations, Professional Standards and Ethics Committee and used to help guide further revisions to the draft standard.

Closing date: January 31, 2019

The purpose of this consultation was to gather feedback on the College’s Conflict of Interest practice standard which was revised to include principles from the existing Conflict of Interest Arising from Clinical Research professional guideline, as well as new sections outlining conflict of interest as it relates to a physician’s relationship with industry and education.

A total of 109 physicians and 54 members of the public participated in this consultation. The main theme from public feedback was the desire for transparency; patients want their doctors to be up-front with them, and appreciate having full disclosure about any industry relationships their physician may have.

The College will further revise the Conflict of Interest standard based on the input received, and will seek approval from the Board to publish the revised version

Closing date: November 2, 2018

This consultation was held to gather input from physicians and the public on two practice standards related to medicine and commerce: Sale and Dispensing of Drugs by Physicians, and Promotion and Sale of Products.

Feedback was gathered from a total of 144 participants. Results from the consultation will be shared with the Patient Relations, Professional Standards and Ethics (PRPSE) committee who will review the practice standards on November 21, 2018.