OCFP eNews: September 2018
CPSO Continuity of Care Draft Policy
Have your say: consultation open for input until Oct. 15
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) is accepting input on its draft umbrella  Continuity of Care   Policy , comprised of policies regarding  availability and coverage, managing tests, transitions in care, and walk-in clinics .

The OCFP is leading its own consultation efforts and we want to hear from you. Given the anticipated impact on your day-to-day practice, this is an important opportunity to share your views.

Your feedback on any of the content in these policies will be used to shape the OCFP’s organizational response to the CPSO from a family physician perspective.

How to have your say by October 15:

  1. Read the key areas highlighted by OCFP staff
  2. Review the full CPSO policy drafts and a 'primer' for each policy
  3. Complete the consultation survey
Feeling Burnt Out in Your Job?
A family physician shares tips and info to help you stay connected to your patients and practice

In our second episode of Family Docs: The Early Years Podcast , Dr. Alexis Pizale of the OCFP's Early Years in Practice Steering Committee speaks with mindfulness expert Dr. Alison Kelford about some of the common reasons for physician burnout, as well as how to foster wellness and self-care within an often demanding job.

Participate in a 3-minute mindfulness exercise and learn how mindfulness can help with patient interactions, analytical thinking, decision-making, and being comfortable with uncertainty.
Cannabinoids: Stay Tuned

With cannabis set to become legal in Canada on Oct. 17, the OCFP is committed to supporting you in managing patient care issues related to its use. See below for some current resources on medicinal cannabis, and keep an eye out for educational offerings and clinical tools regarding non-medicinal cannabis use in the coming weeks.

Current resources:

Seeking Information or Guidance in Palliative and End-of-Life Care or Medical Assistance in Dying?
OCFP launches two new communities of practice to help you manage these challenging clinical areas
The OCFP's Collaborative Mentoring Networks (CMN) have launched new online spaces to support care in two complex practice areas: Palliative and End-of-Life Care (PEOLC)   and  Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD).
The PEOLC and MAiD Communities of Practice facilitate access to clinical-area experts and case-based support, and are available to all Ontario physicians, pharmacists and nurse practitioners.

Email us with your questions at: ocfpmentoring@ocfp.on.ca
Trauma at a Tiny Hospital: Hospital News
OCFP Rural Medicine Initiative and The CARE Course featured

When an ATV accident sent a critically-injured patient to a tiny emergency room on Ontario's Bruce Peninsula, Lion's Head Hospital was ready. Just two months earlier, the hospital hosted The Comprehensive Approaches to Rural Emergencies (CARE) Course -- a two-day emergency medicine course designed for healthcare practitioners in remote areas. Part of an OCFP pilot run through our Rural Medicine Initiative Network, staff at Lion's Head Hospital credit The CARE Course training as instrumental in achieving a positive patient outcome.
Upcoming CPD Programs

Tools for Practice

Clinical question #217: Pneumonia Vaccine for Adults: Is the efficacy as effective as the effort?
Clinical Question: How effective is the pneumococcal vaccine in preventing pneumonia or other clinically important outcomes in adults?

Clinical question #218: CPAP-Breath of life, or just hot air?
Clinical Question: Does continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) reduce cardiovascular disease (CVD) or mortality in patients with obstructive sleep apnea?
Family Medicine Forum 2018 Update
Toronto - November 14 to 17, 2018

The CFPC's Family Medicine Forum 2018 is the largest conference for family doctors in Canada, offering 300+ educational sessions, exhibits and special events.

During FMF on Nov. 14, the OCFP will host our  Annual Meeting of Members President's Installation , as well as the  Honours and Awards celebration. The OCFP is also presenting a number of workshops including Treating Poverty, Pediatric Preventive Care and Practising Wisely ! Learn more about these sessions:
CFPC’s Self Learning Program

The College of Family Physicians of Canada's Self Learning Program keeps you updated on the latest medical literature, and you can earn up to 30 Mainpro+® certified credits per year. The program is available in print and online. Check out this sample question from the latest issue:

Which one of the following statements about acute pyelonephritis is false?

  1. Few cases of cystitis progress to pyelonephritis.
  2. It can be an appropriate presumptive diagnosis in the absence of voiding symptoms.
  3. Urine culture uropathogen counts may be lower in the presence of extreme urine acidification.
  4. Nitrofurantoin is an appropriate therapy.
Be sure to check the updated OCFP Bulletin Board   regularly for new resources, opportunities and professional development events for family physicians. Get the latest updates including:

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