March 2021
April 2021 exam postponed
The College has made the difficult decision to postpone the exam scheduled for April 10, 2021. At this time, we cannot confirm a new date, but we continue to monitor the situation. We do not plan to defer this exam to September 2021; the exam will be re-scheduled as soon as is reasonably possible. When the exam is re-scheduled, we will follow up with all applicants to give them ample time to prepare.
A note on COVID-19 vaccinations
As the provincial government begins to roll-out vaccinations across Ontario, health professionals are being prioritized based on the important work they are doing.

Each public health unit is developing its own vaccine distribution plan. The College is currently working with public health units to distribute vaccine booking information to kinesiologists. Public health units are contacting the College individually to distribute information on their behalf, and we expect this process to continue for several weeks. 
There's still time to register for our practice webinar!
The College is hosting a webinar tonight, Thursday, March 25 from 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. on practising during COVID-19. This webinar will cover important considerations for practising during the pandemic, and there will be plenty of time to answer your questions. Can't make the time? A recording will be posted on our YouTube channel.
Reminder: Keep your information up-to-date
Has your email address or telephone number changed? Did you recently change jobs or home addresses? If so, you must update you information with the College within 30 days of the change.

Your information is available on the Public Register of Kinesiologists. Having up-to-date employment information is important information for members of the public who may be looking for an R.Kin. The College primarily communicates via email, so it's important that you have an active email on file that you check regularly. Occasionally, we may need to telephone or mail information to you, so it is important that your contact information is current. You can see the information we have on file by logging in to your account.
What you need to know about upcoming privacy changes
As a regulated health professional, it is important to understand your obligations under the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA). Updates were made to PHIPA, along with amendments coming into effect in the future, that kinesiologists need to know.

Key updates:

  • Health Information Custodians (HICs) will be required to establish and monitor an audit log for any electronic health records. The log must keep track of who accesses which parts of a patient’s/client's records and when, to prevent snooping or other privacy breaches.
  • HICs using electronic health records will have to provide patients/clients access to an electronic version of their records to allow for patient/client portability of their records.
  • The Information and Privacy Commissioner (IPC) has been given significant additional powers, including increased access to information from HICs (e.g., access to the electronic health record audit log), the ability to impose administrative financial penalties for non-compliance with PHIPA and doubling of fines for offences under PHIPA.

In the event of any significant privacy breaches, you must notify the IPC immediately and you are required to file an annual statistical report with the IPC outlining all privacy breaches.
Starting your own practice? Remember these tips.
The College is receiving more questions from R.Kins who are looking to start their own practice. While we cannot provide specific advice on the pros and cons of starting a business or specific financial and/or legal advice, we've developed a helpful checklist of considerations as they relate to your registration with the College. If you have any questions, contact Danielle Lawrence, Practice Advisor, at danielle.lawrence@coko.ca.
Volunteer for a virtual PPA!
In spring 2021, the College will resume peer and practice assessments (PPAs).

PPA is a legislated quality assurance program requirement and a key function of the College’s regulatory mandate. It’s an educational, structured interview conducted by a trained peer assessor that assesses kinesiologists’ knowledge, skill and judgement. It also helps kinesiologists identify areas of strength and opportunities for improvement within their practice.

How you can help

The College is looking for volunteers to pilot the virtual PPA format this spring. This pilot involves a video conference with a trained peer assessor that will be no more than three hours. There will be a patient/client record review component, but the format will be compressed. You will self-assess your record keeping with one patient/client record against a checklist before the pilot, then discuss your record keeping with the assessor during the interview.

The pilot is an opportunity to provide the College with feedback on whether the instructions and support for navigating the file sharing platform and Zoom were adequate, identify pain points and suggest revisions to enhance the process for the next cycle.

If you're interested in this opportunity, email Lara Thacker, Director of Quality Assurance, at lara.thacker@coko.ca.
2019/2020 Annual Report released
The College is pleased to present its 2019/2020 Annual Report. As part of its regulatory role, the College must produce and submit an annual report to the Minister of Health each year. The report highlights the College's achievements, provides statistics and information on registered kinesiologists, and includes audited financial statements.
March 2021 Council highlights
Council, the College's board of directors, met on March 1, 2021. Council meetings are open to the public and meeting materials are available on the College website. The College publishes summaries of all meetings, and you can read the latest summary by clicking below.
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