OCFP eNews: December 2018
See the OCFP's Repsonse to the CPSO's Continuity of Care Policy

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) has concluded consultations on its draft umbrella Continuity of Care Policy , comprised of policies regarding availability and coverage, managing tests, transitions in care, and walk-in clinics.

To reflect the family physician perspective, and help shape our organizational response to the CPSO, we conducted our own consultation with members as well. Our thanks to all of you who shared your perspectives.
 
The OCFP’s response, submitted to the CPSO on Dec. 7, can be read  here
Attention: Rural Physicians
New offerings to support you in serving your communities
 
The Rural Medicine Initiative Network is part of the OCFP’s Collaborative Mentoring Networks supporting rural physicians to optimally address and manage a wide range of healthcare needs in their communities, including providing emergency care.
 
Learn about the Rural Medicine Initiative Network and get updates about The CARE Course and rural locums here .
The Rewards of Mentorship
A family physician shares how mentorship can enhance your practice

The third episode of our Family Docs: The Early Years Podcast is live and features a Q & A with OCFP Collaborative Mentoring Networks Clinical Lead, Dr. Arun Radhakrishnan. Hear how mentoring opportunities can be a powerful tool to improve and expand clinical practice.  

Interested in mentorship as either a mentor or mentee?
Opportunities exist in mental health, pain and addictions, palliative and end-of-life care, MAiD, rural medicine, leadership and early years in practice.
New Venue, More Exhibitors and Exciting Opportunities
For Learning and Networking

Mark your calendar - you don’t want to miss the OCFP’s 57th Annual Scientific Assembly (ASA) - Nov. 28-30, 2019 in Toronto. A ttend ASA and connect with your colleagues from across the province. Attracting more than 1,000 delegates, the ASA features high-quality, peer-reviewed and certified sessions to improve on clinica l practice, clinical research, family-centered care and system innovation. 

Interested in presenting at the conference? Find out how to submit an abstract .

Learn more about Ontario's premier family medicine conference. 
Just published!   Opioid Use Disorder Tool from CEP
Supporting you in screening, diagnosing and implementing opioid agonist therapy

The new Opioid Use Disorder Tool from the Centre for Effective Practice offers a step-by-step approach for initiating and maintaining opioid agonist therapy with buprenorphine-naloxone. The tool emphasizes a stigma-free, empathetic approach, and provides key tips and other practical resources to help navigate difficult conversations with patients about opioid misuse.
What tools and resources would you like to see?
Policy and Advocacy Updates
Keeping you abreast of key developments

Although the OCFP may be best known for our education and practice supports, last year’s member research revealed that you want us to play an active advocacy role too.
 
Read about key OCFP advocacy activities conducted over the past few months to champion your role and influence health reform.
 
As well, note several legislative changes of relevance to family doctors in these areas: fitness to drive; employee sick notes; and tax rules that may impact incorporated physicians.

Upcoming CPD Programs

Tools for Practice

Buprenorphine-Naloxone (Suboxone®) for Pharmaceutical Opioid Use Disorder
Clinical Question #223: Is buprenorphine (with or without naloxone) effective as maintenance therapy in pharmaceutical opioid use disorder?

Zoster Vaccine -   Is Newer Better Than the Old New?
Clinical Question #224: Is there a difference in efficacy between the new, recombinant (Shingrix®) and the live (Zostavax®) zoster vaccines?
CFPC’s Self Learning Program

How will you keep up to date with the latest medical research in 2019? Consider a subscription to the CFPC  Self Learning Program !  
 
Here is a sample question from the current issue:
 
Amitriptyline is effective in the prevention of migraines in children. True or False?

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