OCFP eNews: March 2019

OCFP Leadership in Primary Care: Join Us March 25 in person or by webinar
'Connected Leadership for Greater Competence, Confidence & Capacity' now certified
Do you want to enhance your leadership skills and hear from local and international health system leaders, all while earning Mainpro+ credits? Don't miss out on 'Connected Leadership for Greater Competence, Confidence and Capacity', a one-day CPD event on March 25, 2019 hosted at the OHA Learning Centre in Toronto.
This inaugural event is a unique opportunity to engage with your colleagues through interactive sessions and facilitated conversations, exploring the concept of 'thinking together as leaders' and how it applies in practice.

Can't make it in person? We are pleased to offer the morning sessions as a FREE, certified webinar from 9 a.m. to noon! (Afternoon sessions are not available by webcast).

Morning Sessions include:

  • Exploring the Concept of the Patient Medical Home - Dr. Elizabeth Muggah, Assistant Professor, Director of Quality Improvement, Department of Family Medicine, Bruyere Academic FHT
  • Understanding the Provincial Context and What It Means For Primary Care - Dr. Reuben Devlin, Chair & Special Advisor of the Premier's Council on Improving Healthcare & Ending Hallway Medicine
  • Transformation Networks to Shape Change - Dr. Robert Varnam, Head of General Practice Development at NHS England

This event is part of the OCFP's Leadership in Primary Care Network. Participants are invited to join the network as a mentee and learn more through mentorship.

This one-credit-per-hour Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Ontario Chapter for up to 5.25 Mainpro+ credits.

Space is still available to attend in person and via webcast.
Register now to avoid missing out!
Do You Know This Family Doctor?
Nominate a colleague for the 2019 OCFP Awards

From Kenora to Cornwall, Pickle Lake to Windsor - once again it's time to showcase the amazing contributions Ontario's family doctors make every day.

Inspired by a family doctor from Ontario, who continuously goes above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of patients, their local community and/or the medical community? They could be the next Ontario Family Physician of the Year.

Maybe you know a family doctor who leads an interesting initiative, has improved clinical tools or has implemented an innovation over the past two years - if so, they could be a perfect candidate to nominate for an Award of Excellence.

Nominations will be accepted until April 8, 2019 .
Change Is Coming - What Does It Mean For You?
A message from Dr. Jennifer Young

In her latest President's Message, Dr. Jennifer Young addresses what we know so far about the coming changes from the Ontario government's health reform and how they may affect family doctors.

Dr. Young discusses what we still need to know and how we are supporting you - our Members - to ensure the essential role of family physicians is both recognized and reflected in the changes ahead.

Follow Dr. Young on Twitter @OCFP_President
2-Minutes, 2-Slides: New & Exciting Learning at ASA 2019
Submit your abstract by May 6, 2019

Have an interesting clinical case you'd like to share with your colleagues and peers? Submit your case and be part of ASA 2019 as a presenter in our new and interactive 2-Minutes, 2-Slides session.

Presenters are challenged to share a clinical insight in two-minutes, using only two slides. Cases will be selected to ensure a rich and varied session with practical takeaways that family physicians can apply to their practices.

To add to the fun, selected case submissions will compete against each other to be crowned The Best Case by attendees! Live polling will be used for this competitive and interactive session.

Think you're up to the challenge? Submit your 2-Minutes, 2-Slides abstract by May 6, 2019.

CMN Regional Meeting: Navigating Mental Health, Pain and Addiction
Presented by the OCFP Collaborative Mentoring Networks and Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant LHIN

Join us on  March 29, 2019  for this Mainpro+ certified Regional Meeting at the Best Western Hotel & Conference Centre in St. Catharines, focused on helping primary care clinicians care for patients with mental illness, opioid addiction and chronic pain. Learn about local community resources and practical applications to support you in delivering this complex care. 

Session topics Include:

  • Office-based buprenorphine for patients with opioid dependence
  • Medications for the treatment of alcohol use disorder (AUD) in primary care
  • Cannabis for pain
  • Non-pharmacological approaches to chronic non-cancer pain (CNCP)
  • Management of concurrent opioid use disorder (OUD) and CNCP
  • Adult attention deficit disorder (ADD)

This one-credit-per-hour Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Ontario Chapter for up to six (6) Mainpro+ credits.
This CPD session is FREE and open to all.
Register to attend by March 28, 2019 , as space is limited. 
Leading by Example: Tips on Becoming a Good Leader
Listen to the latest on leadership in Episode 4

In this fourth and final episode of  Family Docs: The Early Years Podcast OCFP Early Years in Practice Committee member, Dr. Jillie Retson, 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, and other tips on how best to lead.

Big White Wall and BounceBack Webinars - Now Certified!
Free psychotherapy services for adults and youth with mild to moderate depression and anxiety

A new series of accredited webinars on BounceBack and Big White Wall are now available for family physicians. Funded by the Government of Ontario and managed by the Ontario Telemedicine Network and Canadian Mental Health Association Ontario, these two free mental health services are available for adults and youth with depression and anxiety, and accessible from home.

Learn how these two evidence-based services can benefit your patients to help reduce mild to moderate depression and anxiety and improve overall well-being. This live webinar has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Ontario Chapter for up to one (1) Mainpro+ credit.

The webinars are offered at several dates/times. Learn more and register here for a date and time most convenient for you.
Upcoming CPD Programs
Kingston – Mar. 30, 2019
Tools for Practice Clinical Question #228:   How effective are antidepressants for treating depression in the elderly? Get the answer .

Tools for Practice Clinical Question #229: Are antispasmodics (including peppermint oil) effective in treating irritable bowel syndrome symptoms? Get the answer .
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:

Study on Low Back Pain in Primary Care
Recruiting in Toronto, Mississauga, Southwestern Ontario, Ottawa and Sudbury
Between April to July 2019, family doctors, physiotherapists, and chiropractors practising in Toronto, Mississauga, Southwestern Ontario, Ottawa and Sudbury will be sent letters inviting them to participate in a cohort study investigating the natural course and treatment of patients with low back pain in primary care in Ontario.

With low back pain being one of the most common complaints in primary care, it's important to obtain a clearer picture of its current course of treatment in our province.

The study is led by a team of investigators from Queen’s University and involves investigators from University of Ottawa, University of Toronto, Dalhousie University and University of Southern Denmark.

Watch for a postcard and letter of invitation from the study team with more details.
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