OCFP eNews: August 2017
Ontario Boosts Support for the OCFP's Collaborative Mentoring Networks

Among recently announced measures to help those affected by the opioid crisis

Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Dr. Eric Hoskins and Chief Medical Officer Dr. David Williams announced on August 29th a series of measures to help address the challenges facing those affected by the opioid crisis. The new commitments include expansion of the Ministry's long-standing support for the OCFP’s mentorship program for family physicians in primary care.

“Family physicians play a pivotal role in helping patients manage chronic pain and opioids are only one aspect of a comprehensive pain management strategy,” says Arun Radhakrishnan, a family physician in Ottawa and Clinical Lead of the Collaborative Mentoring Networks. "The OCFP is grateful for the expanded funding for the Collaborative Mentoring Networks, which are providing tangible support for family physicians to improve their capacity and confidence in managing increasingly complex patients in primary care.”

For more than 15 years, the Collaborative Mentoring Networks have helped address identified needs in the health system by linking family physician Mentees with Mentors in collaborative relationships to enhance the delivery of care in mental health, and addictions and pain. The enhanced support for the Networks will help the OCFP and its partners expand capacity of family physicians and other primary care providers in managing the patient-care issues in addiction and pain, and mental health, as well as the emerging needs in palliative care, medical assistance in dying, and rural emergency medicine. 

Dr. Cheryl Wagner with patient Mary Murray
Curiosity, Collaboration and Continuity: The Fine Points of Family Medicine 

Before there was the Internet, and before coordinated local, and even global, efforts became the norm for frightening infectious diseases, there was Dr. Cheryl Wagner and a handful of her colleagues serving, perhaps unknowingly, as role models for the power of collaboration in family medicine.

Dr. Wagner, recognized as an OCFP Family Physician of the Year in 2016, was one of a handful of family physicians three decades ago working with HIV/AIDS patients in Canada’s largest city.
Tools for Practice 

Clinical question #192: Bringing Up the Best Evidence: Ondansetron in nausea/vomiting of pregnancy

What are the benefits and risks of ondansetron for nausea and vomiting of pregnancy?

Clinical question #193: Riboflavin for Migraine Prophylaxis: Something "2-B" excited about?

Does daily riboflavin (vitamin B2) prevent migraines?
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Vector-Borne Diseases

Public Health Ontario has published a new report to summarize the 2016 data on the vectors that transmit West Nile virus, eastern equine encephalitis virus and Lyme disease in Ontario.

Key findings highlighted in Vector-Borne Diseases: 2016 Summary Report include increases in West Nile virus positive mosquito pools over the past two years and in the number of black-legged ticks submitted to PHO in 2016 over 2015, and Ontario's recording of the first-ever human case of EEEV reported in Canada.The report does not include human data, which is available on the PHO website through the Infectious Diseases Query tool and Reportable Disease Trends in Ontario.
Grow Your Family with a Family Physician , one of many resources focused on women's health available through the OCFP website.
Women's Health
Did you know you can access many resources and tools focused on women's health through the OCFP website? We have highlighted a selection below. For more, we encourage you to visit our Clinical Tools and Resources, Bulletin Board and CPD Programs pages.

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Dr. Peter Kuling
Dr. Jobin Varughese
New Practising Wisely Co-Chairs

The OCFP is pleased to welcome Dr. Peter Kuling and Dr. Jobin Varughese as the new co-chairs of the OCFP's Practising Wisely continuing professional development program.

Dr. Kuling is a practising family physician and Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, University of Ottawa. As a faculty member of both the Canadian Medical Association Physician Leadership Institute and the OCFP, he delivers a range of leadership and best practice programs. More about Dr. Peter Kuling.

Dr. Varughese's comprehensive family medicine practice includes office-based sub-acute and long-term care medicine. As well as being an OCFP faculty member for Practising Wisely, he is a course facilitator for Pallium Canada's Learning Essential Appraoches to Palliative Care (LEAP). More about Dr. Jobin Varughese .

Practising Wisely is designed to help family physicians identify opportunities to reduce unnecessary testing and treatment using the latest evidence and tools to support shared decision making. The program is certified for the highest level of certification available under Mainpro+.
Learn more and register for Practising Wisely Day , a special ASA 2017 pre-conference event.

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Upcoming Changes to ColonCancerCheck Program

Cancer Care Ontario will be switching from the guaiac fecal occult blood test (gFOBT) to the fecal immunochemical test (FIT) for colorectal cancer screening in 2018.

For more information, including a series of updated FAQs, please visit the FIT Resource Hub.
Osteoporosis: High-Quality Learning – Certified, Free and Accessible Online

Learn more about preventive management and diagnostic techniques for osteoporosis in this high-quality resource, developed through a collaboration of the OCFP, McMaster University, Osteoporosis Canada and other experts.

The program is free of charge and certified by the CFPC and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
Upcoming CPD Workshops and Events

Assessment Treatment and Follow-Up of Osteoporosis and Falls : Guelph, Oct. 28, 2017; Brampton, Dec. 8, 2017; Ottawa, Jan.9, 2018; Toronto, Jan.12, 2018


Treating Poverty : Toronto (ASA), Nov.25, 2017

Interested in sharing your certified CPD with OCFP members? Contact us to discuss collaboration opportunities.
On the Bulletin Board
Check the Board often! The OCFP Bulletin Board  is updated regularly to include recent reports, upcoming events and new opportunities for physician participation. 

Recently added:
  • Minister of Health and Long-Term Care letter on tick-borne diseases
  • Access to wait time information from Health Quality Ontario
  • Cancer Care Ontario's FIT hub for ColonCancerCheck information
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