OCFP eNews: September 2017
Register now for Ontario's premier family medicine conference.
For a limited time, special room rates at Toronto's historic Fairmont Royal York Hotel are available to ASA delegates.
"I enjoy attending the ASA and make it a point to do so every year. There is a great positive energy at the conference – enthusiasm is high, people are engaged and we get great opportunities to re-connect as colleagues.
As well as being a delegate, I am proud to also be a presenter. The ASA’s exhibit hall and sponsorship criteria help ensure the information is evidence-based, and presenters are not affected by conflicts of interest or even perceived conflicts of interest."
Dr. Henry Chapeskie
Family Physician
Thorndale, Ontario
Supports Available to Help Patients with Pain Management

The OCFP is committed to supporting family physicians in the multi-pronged approach needed to care for patients living with chronic pain.

The OCFP and other partners have been working on a joint table led by Health Quality Ontario (HQO) to ensure supports and resources are available, and providing input into HQO’s pending release of opioid-specific Primary Care Practice Reports. Please see the most recent communication from HQO which provides an article on Partnered Supports for Helping Patients Manage Pain .

The OCFP is also collaborating with the Association of Family Health Teams of Ontario and the Ontario Medical Association's Section on General and Family Practice to raise awareness of the programs and tools available to family doctors and to strengthen the potential value of the new Primary Care Practice Reports for quality improvement.

Watch your inbox in the next few weeks for a special update and resources from the OCFP on this developing issue.
New Resource for Physicians to Share Information with Patients with Opioid Addiction or Dependence
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) has published a handbook for physicians to share information on treatment for opioid addiction with clients and their families.  Making the Choice, Making It Work - Treatment for Opioid Addiction  is a guide for people who are considering treatment for opioid addiction, and for those who are already taking opioid agonist therapy.

Families and friends may also find it valuable for understanding what their loved ones are experiencing, and how to best offer their support. CAMH has also published a short form of the book in brochure format,  Opioid Agonist Therapy: Information for Clients .

For a limited time and while supplies last, OCFP members may  order copies of the book and brochure at no cost.
OCFP Membership Survey

Earlier this year, the OCFP surveyed members to gather input on a range of important topics, and we are pleased to share a first summary with key highlights of what you told us. Thank you for taking the time to share your perspectives. This feedback is valuable as we develop programs and resources that best meet your needs and those of your patients.

We look forward to sharing more about the survey in future editions of OCFP eNews. In the meantime, please feel free to contact us with any questions.
View and download the survey Infographic. [PDF]
OCFP Annual Meeting of Members

The OCFP will host its 55 th Annual Meeting of Members (AMM) on Thursday, November 23, 2017 at the Annual Scientific Assembly (ASA). The agenda, with proxy form, will be posted on November 2 on the OCFP website ; items will include Director and Officer elections, presentation of Audited Financial Statements and reports from the President and CEO.

OCFP Annual Meeting of Members
November 23, 2017
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 pm.
Ballroom, Royal York Hotel
100 Front Street West, Toronto
Tools for Practice 

Clinical question #194: Needed for Eye and Brain Development? Omega-3s in infant formula
Does adding omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids to infant formula improve brain and eye development in healthy, full-term infants?

Clinical question #195: Shooting the Breeze on Supervised Injection Sites
Do supervised injection sites (SIS) reduce mortality, hospitalizations, ambulance calls, or disease transmission?
CIHR Completes Review

A review of the 2017 Canadian Guideline for Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) found the development process for the Guideline to be scientifically rigorous and concluded that the Guideline provides unbiased, evidence-based guidance to clinicians on opioid prescribing practice that is aligned with international comparators.

F ollowing publication of the Guideline earlier this year, t he Federal Minister of Health requested a review to address concerns about potential conflicts of interest.The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) is a member of the Pan-Canadian Collaborative on Education for Improved Opioid Prescribing which supported release of the Guideline.
Not by Default: Family Medicine as a Calling

Dr. Michael Malek believes being a family physician is a calling, a conscious choice that's not to be made lightly. He followed in the footsteps of his father, Dr. David Malek, and recalls tagging along on his father's hospital rounds and witnessing his strong devotion to his patients.

Read more about Dr. Malek,an OCFP Family Physician of the Year in 2016 - his work caring for patients and what he teaches younger doctors and would-be family doctors about avoiding burnout.
The OCFP is proud to be a partner of Change Day Ontario, part of a growing grassroots social movement that empowers individuals and teams to consider and do one thing that will improve compassionate quality care.

Change Day reminds us that we can make a difference through acts of change, big and small. It all starts with a pledge. Go to changedayontario.ca to make a pledge and join us in turning pledges into action.

Palliative Care Quality Standard - Share Your Feedback

The Ontario Palliative Care Network and Health Quality Ontario are working to develop a quality standard for palliative care.

This quality standard focuses on palliative care for adults with progressive, life-limited illness, their families, and their caregivers, and addresses palliative care provided in all settings, including primary care, home and community care, hospice, long-term care, and acute care.
Share your feedback by October 12.
Collaborative Mentoring Networks Annual Conference
November 24 - 25, 2017, Fairmont Royal York, Toronto

The 2017 CMN Annual Conference will take place in Toronto on Friday November 24 and Saturday November 25, in conjunction with the OCFP's ASA.

The CMN Annual Conference offers case-based learning opportunities , including the latest on evidence-based resources, the opportunity to engage one-on-one with Mentors, and interactive workshops focused on practical skills for managing complex care issues in mental health, addictions and pain . Space is limited for this certified program .

Register now for the CMN Annual Conference (Mentees)
Want to be a Mentee in the OCFP's Collaborative Mentoring Networks?

Complete and submit the application form (below) or email us for more information:
Upcoming CPD Workshops and Events

Advances in Labour and Risk Management (ALARM) - Best practices for intrapartum and immediate postpartum care: Offered by the College of Family Physicians and the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada.

Brampton - Dec. 8, 2017; Ottawa - Jan.9, 2018; Toronto - Jan.12, 2018

Osteoporosis : Free, certified online course developed through a collaboration of the OCFP, McMaster University, Osteoporosis Canada and other experts

Treating Poverty : Toronto (ASA) - Nov.25, 2017
Poverty is a significant and reversible risk factor for poor health ... but it's not always easy for family doctors to recognize the signs.

In a special ASA 2017 post-conference event taki ng place on November 25, 2017 , this practical, active learning workshop develops relevant clinical skills, a deeper understanding of the federal and provincial income security systems, and other resources to help family doctors treat poverty.
Vaccine Sciences Symposium 2017
Public Health Ontario will hold its 4 th Vaccine Sciences Symposium on November 15, 2017 in Toronto. The Symposium will bring together health care professionals to examine current and emerging immunization research, share diverse perspectives and connect with colleagues across Ontario.
Environmental and Occupational Health Pearls: Mould
Clinical information and resources from Public Health Ontario on matters relating to environmental and occupational health. 

This edition considers questions about mould for family physicians: where mould is found, common health effects and how it can be avoided.
On the Bulletin Board
The OCFP  Bulletin Board  is updated regularly to include recent reports, upcoming events and new opportunities for physician participation. 
 Recently added.
  • AFHTO 2017 Conference: Improving Primary Care Together. The program will highlight how to make the most of opportunities and minimize challenges to improve health, health care and value.
  • Call for Applications - TUTOR-PHC 2018 Intake Year. Transdisciplinary Understandings and Training on Research - Primary Health Care is a one-year, pan-Canadian research capacity building program.
Ontario College of Family Physicians | 400 University Avenue, Suite 2100 | Toronto, ON M5G 1S5
| 416-867-9646 | Fax: 416-867-9990 |newsletter_ocfp@ocfp.on.ca |