OCFP eNews: March 2018
Celebrate the Great Work of Family Physicians in Ontario
Do your colleague's clinical skills and dedication to family medicine inspire you?

Do you know a family practice, community teacher or resident contributing to excellence in our profession?

Don't wait - there are just three weeks left to make a submission to the 2018 OCFP Awards and showcase the vital work of these deserving family physicians and teams!
The OCFP's first ever Sharing Tools for Excellence in Practice conference brings together clinical leaders to focus on areas of care identified as most challenging by family physicians. Learn about the latest evidence-based, relevant findings to apply in practice and address the needs of your patients in the following clinical areas:

Cardiology | Dermatology | Mental Health | Musculoskeletal Health | Pain and Palliative Care

This program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Ontario Chapter for up to 6.0 certified Group Learning credits.

Early-bird rates available until Friday April 6, 2018.

** Join us on June 14 for the OCFP's popular certified pre-conference workshops -
Call for Members - ASA Planning Committee
You could help program Ontario's premier family medicine conference

With a long history of excellence in medical education, the OCFP's Annual Scientific Assembly (ASA) is Ontario's premier family medicine conference. ASA attracts more than 1,000 delegates and features high-quality, peer-reviewed and certified sessions to help improve clinical practice, clinical research, family-centred care and system innovation.

If you would like to contribute your skills and knowledge to developing the scientific program for the ASA, we encourage you learn more about this role.
Prescribing Income
Poverty represents a significant and reversible risk factor for poor health. Learn how you can help.

From screening for poverty, to encouraging low-income patients to file their tax returns and unlock relevant programs and resources, learn how you can "prescribe income" to help some of your most vulnerable patients.

Upcoming CPD Workshops and Events

  • Musculoskeletal Education: Joint Assessment Made Easy: Toronto - April 21, 2018: Ottawa - June 14, 2018 (STEP pre-conference)

  • Practising Wisely: Reducing Unnecessary Testing and Treatment: Toronto - April 21, 2018 and Toronto - April 24, 2018

OTN Webcast - Improving Primary Care for People with Spinal Cord Injury and other Physical Disabilities in Ontario

This OTN Professional Learning Series event will explore the healthcare barriers faced by people with spinal cord injury and other physical disabilities in Ontario, and the support and resources available to family doctors in Ontario to improve access to primary care for patients.

The webcast takes place Tuesday, March 27 from 12-1 p.m. ET.

This Self-Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Ontario Chapter for up to 1 Mainpro+ credit.
Tools for Practice

Clinical question #205: What are the best methods for decreasing immunization pain in young children?

Clinical question #206: What are the benefits and harms of antipsychotics for agitation in dementia?
Caring for Unattached and Marginalized Patients
As part of its Innovation in Primary Care series, t he College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) has just published " Caring for Unattached and Marginalized Patients ," which focuses on caring for these patients across a range of social circumstances.

Case studies are featured from Alberta, British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario, and Quebec.

The series supports collaboration and learning among Chapters and among family physicians across the country by sharing local approaches to health care that are working well.
Revised MAID Resource from CEP
Revision reflects established legislation and services in Ontario

The recently revised Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) Resource from the Centre for Effective Practice (CEP) summarizes legislative requirements and presents them in a logical, sequential order to support clinicians with the provision of MAID.

New Ontario Chapter Rep for National Committee on CPD

The OCFP is pleased to announce Dr. Erica Weinberg as the Ontario Chapter representative to the National Committee on Continuing Professional Development (NCCPD).

Dr. Weinberg is a general practitioner who has worked in palliative care and pain management in Toronto for more than 20 years. An active participant in continuing medical education, she is a graduate of the University of Toronto's Faculty of Medicine and also holds a BSc, an MSc and an MPhil in chemistry from Queen's University and the University of Sussex.

The Ontario Chapter representative to the NCCPD brings the provincial perspective to, and serves as as a liaison between, the OCFP and the national organization to help ensure leadership in continuing professional development.
Current Evidence, Best Practices
Free Academic Detailing service now available

The Centre for Effective Practice (CEP) is offering a free academic detailing   service that brings together licensed Ontario pharmacists and interested family physicians for one-on-one educational outreach visits, tailored to physicians’ expressed interests. The first visit focuses on supporting interested family physicians with the management of patients living with chronic non-cancer pain. The program is offered initially in six LHINs, with planned expansion to additional areas in coming months.
Interactive Opioid Tool – 2017 data now available
Public Health Ontario's Interactive Opioid Tool has been updated with 2017 data and includes monthly data for emergency department visits, hospitalizations and deaths.
The Interactive Opioid Tool allows users to explore the most recent opioid-related morbidity and mortality data. Results can be viewed by public health unit, local health integration network, age, sex, and in some cases, drug type. See the opioid-related harms resource page for additional information.
Be sure to check the OCFP Bulletin Board  regularly for new resources, opportunities and professional development events for family physicians. Here are two items recently added to the OCFP Bulletin Board:

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