OCFP eNews: April 2019
Bringing CPD To You
By family physicians, for family physicians
The OCFP's educational programs are recognized for their high quality and relevance to family practice across the province. Check out our Spring 2019 lineup of workshops packed with practical learning, professional development and clinical leadership - by family physicians, for family physicians.

Ontario Health Teams - More Details, Where To Next?
A message from Dr. Jennifer Young

In her latest President's Message, Dr. Jennifer Young discusses the new Guidance Document for the Ontario Health Teams (OHTs), where to from here, and what it means for you in your practice.

Dr. Young reinforces that in this time of change and transition, what remains constant is the OCFP's commitment to the imperative that no practice - and subsequently no patient - is left behind.

Follow Dr. Young on Twitter @OCFP_President
Pulse on Family Medicine - Ontario Health Teams: What They Are & How To Get Involved

By now, you have likely heard about Ontario Health Teams (OHTs) and may be wondering if you should get involved.

In this special edition of Pulse on Family Medicine , we talk OHTs in depth and provide a comprehensive Q&A detailing what we know - from Bill 74 ( The People's Care Ac t) and new guidance on forming OHTs, to governance implications and how (and when) to get involved.

Mark Your Calendar for Ontario's Premier Family Medicine Conference
Annual Scientific Assembly 2019 | November 28-30 | Toronto

The dates are set and registration is coming soon - start planning now to ensure you can attend the Annual Scientific Assembly! Here's what makes the OCFP's ASA 2019 a must-attend conference for all family doctors in Ontario:

  • A program designed by family physicians, for family physicians. Past attendees report that ASA's evidence-based information and learnings can be applied to their practice immediately.

  • High-quality CPD delivered by leading experts. Our presenters are experts in their fields, and our dedicated Skills Day will offer workshops that are certified at the highest level.

  • Unbeatable variety and choice. More than 100 interactive sessions, hands-on skills workshops, and inspirational key note presentations by Dr. Sandy Buchman (president-elect, CMA) and Dr. Judith Belle Brown (award-winning family medicine researcher).

  • A culture fostering networking & collaboration. Long-standing tradition of camaraderie, plus numerous opportunities to meet like-minded colleagues from across the province.
Upcoming CPD Events from the Collaborative Mentoring Networks
Registration coming soon!

  • Palliative Care Webinar Series hosted by the OCFP in collaboration with the University of Toronto’s Joint Centre for Bioethics and the Ontario Palliative Care Network. Part 1 of 3: Dying at 'home': Caring for people facing structural vulnerabilities at end of life | June 6, 2019, 5:00-6:30 p.m. ET
  • Palliative and End-of-Life Care (PEOLC) & Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD): Regional Meeting in collaboration with North East LHIN and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine | June 14, 2019 - Sudbury

  • Collaborative Mental Health Network & Medical Mentoring for Addictions and Pain: Regional Meeting | with local collaboration in Champlain LHIN | June 21, 2019
Ontario Pain Management Updates
Helping your patients manage pain
Ontario Pain Management Resources (OPMR), an HQO-led partnership, offers a coordinated program of supports to help you manage your patients’ pain, including the appropriate use of opioids.

For family doctors across Ontario : as a partner of the OPMR, the OCFP helps promote the tools and resources available from select organizations across Ontario. Included among them is the OCFP’s mentorship program for non-urgent, case-based questions through our Medical Mentoring for Addictions and Pain Network .
For family doctors in the Hamilton-Niagara-Haldimand-Brand, North East and North West LHINs : OPMR has introduced the Opioid Prescribing Hotline , a new support for family doctors when delivering opioid-related care, including prescription, tapering, switching and withdrawals. You can access the Hotline between 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday to Friday by calling 1-866-939-6464. 
Tools for Practice
Tools for Practice Clinical Question #230:   In patients with mild persistent asthma, is intermittent use of inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) as effective as daily use? Get the answer .

Tools for Practice Clinical Question #231: Is ASA effective for reducing cardiovascular events in patients without pre-existing cardiovascular disease? 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:

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. Available in print and online formats, with a focus on information that impacts your practice, Self Learning is education that says with you.

See for yourself with this sample question from the latest issue:

Ketamine is equally effective as morphine for the treatment of acute pain in the emergency department. True or false?

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 OCFP 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.
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