OCFP eNews: January 2019
REMINDER! The 2019 ASA Call for Abstracts closes Feb. 11
The OCFP is proud to host the 57th Annual Scientific Assembly (ASA) from November 28-30, 2019 at the Beanfield Centre at Exhibition Place in Toronto. Planning to attend and have something to say about family medicine? Contribute to this year's scientific conference and your peers' learning by submitting an abstract for consideration.

We’re looking for abstracts in all areas of family medicine, with formats and topics including:
  • Rapid-fire sessions and talks
  • Skills-based workshops
  • New scientific research
  • Best practices
  • Treatments and tools in all areas of family medicine. 

New for 2019! We are pleased to add "Two-minutes Two-slides", a new interactive presentation format allowing multiple presenters to showcase an interesting clinical case in two minutes, with only two slides each.

Questions? Please contact the ASA Education Team at ocfpasa@ocfp.on.ca .
Family Medicine Matters
A Message from OCFP President Dr. Jennifer Young

Dr. Jennifer Young shares her thoughts on the Patient's Medical Home and Patient's Medical Neighbourhood as the ‘North Star’ for primary care, and how this vision addresses health system challenges such as access, patient experience and physician wellness (burnout).

Coming Soon: The 2019 OCFP Awards

Know a colleague who is a great family doctor and exemplifies the principles of family medicine? Then consider nominating them for an OCFP Award, celebrating family medicine and the vital contributions that Ontario’s family doctors make with their patients, communities and our healthcare system.
For 2019, our Awards program is accepting nominations for the two College of Family Physicians of Canada categories eligible for Ontario members: the Awards of Excellence and the Reg L. Perkin Award recognizing an outstanding family physician practicing in Ontario. The OCFP’s own Award categories (seven Regional Family Physicians, Resident, Teacher and Family Practice of the Year) are being redesigned and refreshed for 2020 to better reflect the breadth of innovation in family medicine today and the diversity of practice within our membership.

Watch for the Call for Nominations on February 1.
What Makes a Good Leader?
Discover more in the OCFP’s new podcast

In this fourth and final episode of Family Docs: The Early Years Podcast , OCFP Early Years in Practice Committee member, Dr. Jillie Reston, interviews Dr. Elaine Blau – a rural family doctor in Tobermory, Ont. – about the importance of leadership. Together they discuss the skills and qualities of a good leader, the importance of self-awareness, how family doctors can get involved, and other tips on how to lead.

Primary Care and Health System Change
Dr. Helen Bevan from the NHS shares her insights in webinar recording now available

It was a terrific turnout by members for The Change Foundation’s November webinar on Primary Care and Health System Change, held in collaboration with the OCFP and the Association of Family Health Teams of Ontario (AFHTO). The session was facilitated by globally recognized change leader Dr. Helen Bevan, Chief Transformation Officer for England’s National Health Service (NHS). If you missed it, the recording of this session is now available below.

Dr. Robert Varnam, who has led transformative primary care change in the NHS, and OCFP President Dr. Jennifer Young, Dr. Sarah Newbery and Dr. Rob Annis from Ontario, joined Dr. Bevan to share insights on system transformation, leading and responding to change, building relationships and maintaining momentum, and its applications in Ontario.
Building on this momentum, The Change Foundation has agreed to convene Ontario's first virtual primary care network to discuss health system change. The OCFP and AFHTO look forward to continuing to support the opportunity for future discussions and propelling system change.

Does joining a virtual community interest you? Click here .
Tools and Resources for Clinical Practice Needs Assessment Survey Now Open!
Help guide tool development

The Centre for Effective Practice is seeking your input on what tools family physicians need for clinical practice. The survey should take five minutes and responses will be anonymized. By participating in the
survey you will help ensure developed tools and resources are practical and relevant for you. The OCFP is a partner in this initiative.
Potential topics for tool development include:
  • Abdominal pain
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Care of the elderly
  • Diabetes management for complex patients
  • Musculoskeletal care
  • Women's health
  • ... and more

Reporting required by March 1, 2019 for 2018 health data privacy breaches

New rules within the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA) now require physicians, along with various other healthcare providers, to notify the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario about any health privacy breaches on an annual basis. The deadline to report any data breaches that occurred during the 2018 calendar year is Friday, March 1, 2019 .

Upcoming CPD Programs

Tools for Practice

Topical Capsaicin for Neuropathic and Osteoarthritis Pain: Maybe not so hot?
Clinical Question #225: What are the benefits and harms of topical capsaicin for neuropathic or osteoarthritis pain?

Two's Company, Three's a Crowd: Dual versus triple therapy post-PCI
Clinical Question #226: Should patients already on oral anticoagulation who undergo percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), receive one antiplatelet + one anticoagulant (dual therapy) or two antiplatelets + one anticoagulant (triple therapy)?
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