Upcoming CPD
Assessment, Treatment and Follow-up of Osteoporosis and Falls

Preventative Care Visits for Children and Adolescents
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Updated Ontario Poverty Tool
The Centre for Effective Practice has updated its Ontario Poverty Tool to reflect changes to the Canadian and provincial child benefit programs.
54th Annual Scientific Assembly (ASA) Certificates Now Available
We would like to thank all delegates for helping to make ASA 2016 a success. If you have not already done so, please be sure to claim your certificates of attendance, which are are available for download through the ASA mobile app and
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Tools for Practice
Clinical Question #174: Does getting to target/higher doses of heart failure (HF) medications improve outcomes and/or increase side effects?
Clinical Question #175: Is chocolate consumption linked to health concerns like cardiovascular disease?
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Clinical Question #176: How effective are oseltamivir and zanamivir at decreasing post-exposure transmission of influenza?
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December 2016
Family Medicine Matters
A Message from OCFP President Dr. Glenn Brown
On Nov. 24, the OCFP welcomed Dr. Glenn Brown of Kingston, Ont. as our 2016-18 President. During his installation, Dr. Brown spoke about the role family physicians play in the health-care system and what their College is doing to support them.

The Doctor's Role in the Opioid Crisis 
A Live OTN Webcast: Thurs., Jan. 26 - noon to 1 p.m.
The coroner calls you on Monday morning and says three 16-year olds died with a bottle of hydromorphone and a box of fentanyl patches next to them. The bottle and box have your patient's and your name on it. You reflect on your care, can you rationalize your treatment?

Join addictions and pain treatment experts, Drs. Joel Bordman and Janel Gracey as they look at the opioid crisis and the family doctor's role in it. Learn how we got here and what health care providers can do when faced with a difficult clinical scenario.  

Members' Forum Highlights 

On Nov. 25, the OCFP Annual Members' Forum took place in Toronto, providing the opportunity for family physicians to interact with today's health-care leaders and learn how digital health technology is helping to support their practice and produce better health outcomes. While many audience questions were answered during the hour long discussion, there was not enough time to respond to all of them. Fortunately, our presenters were kind enough to provide responses to those that were left unaddressed.

Read the questions and responses here.
Medical Assistance in Dying Update

On Dec. 7, the provincial government introduced the Medical Assistance in Dying Statute Law Amendment Act, 2016, which seeks to provide clarity and legal protection for clinicians and patients navigating MAID. 
As well, to help family physicians better understand the process to be undertaken for the provision of MAID and to implement a consistent approach within Ontario, the Centre for Effective Practice in conjunction with the OCFP has developed a new resource. 
The Awards Go To . . . 
The OCFP Awards program celebrates the outstanding skill, knowledge and dedication of family doctors across Ontario. The 2016 award winners were recognized at a ceremony held during this year's Annual Scientific Assembly in Toronto. Congratulations to all of our winners, who represent the best of what family medicine is about.
Your 2016-17 Board of Directors

The 2016-17 Board of Directors was approved by members at the OCFP's Annual Meeting of Members on Nov. 24. We welcome new directors, Drs. Ahmed Jakda, Mekalai Kumanen and Elizabeth Muggah.  We also thank retiring Board members, Drs. John Brewer, Cathy Faulds and Art Kushner for their contributions to the OCFP and family medicine.

Meet the new board here
How Do We Better Prepare Ourselves to Support Our Geriatric Patients?
Guest blogger Dr. Samir Sinha, Director of Geriatrics, Sinai Health System and University Health Network and Architect of Ontario's Seniors Strategy, shares how OTN's Ontario Geriatrics Learning Centre offers free, practical, high-quality education in three topic areas - geriatric syndromes, common care issues and quality of life issues. 

Find out more.