OCFP eNews: January 2018
OCFP's Strategic Plan: Have Your Say
Earlier this week, all members received a brief survey about the OCFP's Strategic Plan to help shape the direction of your College over the next three years and beyond.

If you haven't already done so, please take a few minutes now to complete this short Strategic Planning Survey ( less than 10 minutes) and help ensure we continue to provide the programs and resources that are most important to you as family physicians in Ontario.

The survey will be open until January 22, 2018 and the new Strategic Plan will be available in April 2018.
Want to improve your capacity and confidence in caring for complex patients?
Learn how you can be a Mentee or Mentor in the Collaborative Mentoring Networks .
Mental health, pain and addictions
Tangible Support in Managing Complex Patient Care Issues

The OCFP's Collaborative Mental Health Network (CMHN) and Medical Mentoring for Addictions and Pain (MMAP) Network link family physicians with specialists and focused-practice physicians in collaborative relationships to enhance the delivery of complex care. A unique approach to professional development, the Networks offer the highest level of certification under Mainpro+.
Osteoarthritis Tool

A recently launched Osteoarthritis Tool is available to help family physicians and other healthcare providers caring for patients who present with symptoms of this common, treatable, chronic illness.

The Tool was developed jointly by the College of Family Physicians of Canada, the Arthritis Alliance of Canada and the Centre for Effective Practice. Access the tool now to help:

  • identify, assess and monitor osteoarthritis
  • equip patients for high-quality self management
  • recommend specific non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic therapies
Know a colleague who exemplifies the principles of family medicine?
Stay tuned! OCFP Awards nominations are opening soon

The OCFP Awards Program celebrates the outstanding skill, knowledge and dedication of family doctors across Ontario - the individuals and teams who exemplify the vital work family doctors do to help keep Ontarians healthy. Watch for the Call for Nominations on January 31.

IPAC in Community Clinics and Offices

Public Health Ontario has updated its list of frequently asked questions about Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) lapses in community settings.The update includes a new section on office design/facilities and additional guidance on reprocessing and sterilizers.

For additional information about IPAC lapses and other clinical office practices, check out the following PHO resources or contact PHO at ipac@oahpp.ca.

Don't miss the opportunity to pilot this valuable tool
DI-App: Decision-Aid for Common Clinical Issues

DI-App ( Diagnostic Imaging Appropriateness) supports physicians in caring for patients with conditions we see everyday in practice. Currently, DI-App comprises four imaging pathways – low back pain, knee pain, headache and symptoms suggestive of TIA/stroke – and recommends the type and timing of imaging that may be indicated, alternatives to imaging, and more.

Learn more and register for the just-launched DI-App pilot program.
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OHIP+ Children and Youth Pharmacare

As of January 1, 2018, OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare covers all drugs currently funded through the Ontario Drug Benefit (ODB) program, for children and youth aged 24 years and under who are OHIP-insured. OHIP+ recipients will have eligible medications covered at no cost. This includes drugs listed on the ODB Formulary and additional drugs eligible for funding through the Exceptional Access Program (EAP), if the individual qualifies.

Family physicians may send questions and sign up to receive current information and regular updates about OHIP+ from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care by emailing OHIPplus@ontario.ca.
Upcoming CPD Workshops and Events

  • Insomnia Beyond the Basics:Thunder Bay - Feb. 7, 2018
  • Musculoskeletal Education: Joint Assessment Made Easy: Toronto - Jan. 29, 2018
  • Osteoporosis: Assessment Treatment and Follow-Up of Osteoporosis and Falls: Kingston - March 5, 2018
  • Practising Wisely: Reducing Unnecessary Testing and TreatmentOttawa - March 2, 2018
  • Advances in Labour and Risk Management (ALARM) - Best practices for intrapartum and immediate postpartum care: Offered by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada.- ongoing

Tools for Practice

Clinical question #200: What are the harms associated with medical cannabinoid therapy? 

Clinical question #201: Besides pain, are medical cannabinoids effective for other conditions? 
Updated Opioid Manager now available

The Opioid Manager was developed by the Centre for Effective Practice as a clinical tool to support primary care providers in managing opioid prescription for patients who experience chronic non-cancer pain. Drs. Radhakrishnan and Silveira are Mentors in the OCFP Collaborative Mentoring Networks, and Dr. Furlan is an active contributor and collaborator with the Networks.

The updated Opioid Manager includes feedback from end users and recommendations from the 2017 Canadian Guideline for Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain .
Want Practical Clinical Tools?
Here's your chance to share what you'd like to see.

Wish you had a tool that could improve your in-office capacity to assess a concussion? Or maybe you're looking for resources to better support palliative/end-of-life care for your patients?

To learn which areas and topics are most important to you in your day-to-day practice, the  Centre for Effective Practice (CEP) is conducting a five-minute survey. Results will help inform development, in collaboration with the OCFP, of a series of tools and resources to support primary care providers. The survey is open until February 1 and your input will be anonymous.
Environmental and occupational health pearl
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

In this edition of Public Health Ontario's environmental and occupational health pearls, get answers to common questions about carbon monoxide poisoning - a risk that is most prevalent in winter months.


Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) would like your input as it develops an ECHO for concussion that would address many aspects of concussion care. In an interactive and case-based format, the Concussion ECHO would connect primary care practitioners across Ontario with community healthcare providers with clinical experience and knowledge of concussion.

short survey   will help assess the needs of family physician providers and support development of the proposed CME accredited curriculum.

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