OCFP eNews: July 2018
Attention Early Career Physicians
New podcast series shares insight on work-life balance, transitioning to practice, and more
“Where do I turn for guidance and mentorship”, “how can I continue to hone my clinical, teaching, advocacy and leadership skills” … these are just some of the questions and challenges you may face in the early years of your practice. For members building their careers in family medicine, the OCFP has created   Family Docs: The Early Years   – a four-part podcast series to support you in achieving your personal and professional goals.
I n the debut episode, Drs. Britta Laslo and Corey Bricks, members of the OCFP’s Early Years in Practice Committee, speak with MD Financial Management consultant Saif Khan and HealthForceOntario regional advisor James Draper on the key considerations when building your practice.
Click here to hear what they have to say!
Healthy Sexuality
Evidence-based supports for you and your patients
Looking for current sexual education resources, recommendations and guidelines to support preventive care for your younger patients? The OCFP's Pediatric Preventive Care: Sex, Drugs and So Much More program builds on the evidence-based Greig Health Record - endorsed by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Canadian Paediatric Society - to help address common pediatric and adolescent health challenges seen in family practice. Click here to get more information or to register for upcoming sessions on this newly-certified, interactive Group Learning workshop.

For your patients, check out Sex & U , an award-winning educational website by The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) that provides trusted information on sexual and reproductive health. You can order posters and resources for your office as well.

As Ontario's sexual education curriculum is modified, the OCFP encourages the government to ensure through its consultations that it continues to reflect the best evidence available for new and emerging issues faced by children and youth.
Open for Consultation: CPSO Draft Continuity of Care policy
Coming soon: member consultation

Family physicians are drivers of cohesion and continuity in the healthcare system. Continuity occurs within episodes of care and over time, and encompasses dimensions of interpersonal relationships, maintenance of medical records and the organized flow of patient information.
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) has developed a draft Continuity of Care policy – to help inform the OCFP’s response, we will be reaching out to members in August and September for your feedback on the policy and its anticipated impact on day-to-day practice.
Stay tuned for an update on the OCFP's member consultation in your August eNews. In the meantime, you can learn more about the draft CPSO policy and respond directly to the CPSO by clicking  here , as well as join an OMA-led focus group where staff will summarize the policy and hear member feedback to shape its response. Email  COC@oma.org  to register for an OMA webinar on either July 25 or August 2 at noon.
Policy Reminders: Ontario’s New Government Revises OHIP+, Puts Proposed Changes to Immunization Reporting On Hold
As reported in last month’s eNews, the provincial government has amended  OHIP+  and halted the implementation of proposed changes to the  Immunization of School Pupils Act  (ISPA).
OHIP+ will now cover children and youth who do not have any private drug plan. Those with private insurance will have prescriptions covered through their plans first, and OHIP+ covering the remainder if on the formulary.

As well, implementation of proposed changes to the  Immunization of School Pupils Act  (ISPA) and regulations are on hold. The changes would have required family physicians to report immunizations provided to children for nine designated diseases to local public health units starting July 1, 2018.
Click here for more information.
Upcoming CPD Programs

Family Medicine Forum 2018 Update
Toronto - November 14 to 17

Registration is now open for the CFPC's Family Medicine Forum 2018 , taking place Nov. 14 to 17 in Toronto. Canada’s largest conference for family physicians offers 300+ educational sessions, exhibits and special events, including the OCFP's Annual Meeting of Members , the President's Installation , as well as the Honours and Awards celebration. The OCFP is also presenting the following workshops:

  • Mood Disorders: Advanced Strategies for Primary Care Physicians: Nov. 15
  • Pediatric Preventive Care: Sex, Drugs and So Much More: Nov. 15 
  • MSK Education: Joint Assessment Made Easy: Nov. 16
  • Adolescent Addictions (Primer in Youth Addiction Medicine): Nov. 16
  • Practising Wisely: Reducing Unnecessary Testing and Treatment: Nov. 17
  • Treating Poverty active learning workshop: Nov. 17
Click here to register or for more information.
OCFP Residents Committee Q&A Feature Series:
Dr. Mercedes Rodriguez

Dr. Mercedes Rodriguez is a family physician practising in Orangeville, Ontario. She sat down with our Residents Committee to discuss what inspired her to pursue family medicine, her clinical practice experiences, leadership work, and advice for residents. 

Click here to read her story.
CFPC’s Self Learning Program

The College of Family Physicians of Canada's Self Learning Program keeps you updated on the latest medical literature any time, anywhere - all while earning up to 30.0 Mainpro+® certified credits per year.

Learn more about this professional development offering that is created by family physicians for family physicians, and check out this sample question:

Maternal antidepressant use during pregnancy is associated with offspring intellectual disability after adjustment for confounding factors.

True or False? Get the answer
Tools for Practice

Clinical question #213: Smell This: Isopropyl alcohol for nausea/vomiting in the emergency department
Clinical Question:   Can inhaled isopropyl alcohol be used to treat nausea/vomiting in the emergency department?

Clinical question #214: Nerve-ous About Opioids? Treatment of neuropathic pain with opioids
Clinical Question: What are the risks and benefits of opioids for neuropathic pain?
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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