OCFP eNews: October 2018
Family Physicians Deserve to be Valued
 
The OCFP is dedicated to supporting you so you can thrive in your profession, best care for your patients and play a leading role in shaping the future of Ontario’s healthcare system. Despite your commitment to family medicine and why you became a family physician, we know that these are trying times for the profession and challenging times may lie ahead. Yet, we know this is also a key moment to re-assert the value of the breadth and scope of your role in the health system. Without you, there is no system and you cannot be replaced. We know this and we will make sure others do too.

New Reporting Obligations for MAiD
New Federal reporting requirements for clinicians starting Nov. 1, 2018
 
Whether you are providing medical assistance in dying (MAiD) or not, new federal regulations are taking effect Nov. 1, 2018 that may impact you. If you receive a patient request for MAiD in writing, it will trigger  mandatory reporting requirements in most circumstances .
 
The OCFP participated in a call with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and Health Canada last week to get an update about the new requirements. This presentation is included below. We recognize the added administrative pressure for reporting on your current workload. As well, questions remain about the new reporting requirements, including whether physicians will be remunerated. 
 
We welcome any questions or concerns you may have about the new regulations as you review and implement them in your practice.
 
The Health Canada link provides detail on the scenarios that require additional reporting, timelines for reporting, and penalties for failing to provide this information.  


We are working closely with the OMA to clarify certain aspects of the regulation for family physicians, and will keep you informed as new information becomes available.
Oct. 17 Cannabis Legalization: Supports for Your Practice
New non-medical cannabis resource available from CEP

With the legalization of cannabis this week, the Centre for Effective Practice has launched a non-medical cannabis resource to support primary care providers in discussions with patients, available here .

For further help in managing patient care issues related to non-medical and medical cannabinoid use, we have compiled a list of resources that can be found on our website . We will continue to update this list with educational offerings and clinical tools as more information becomes available. 

You're Invited To Our Annual Meeting of Members
 
The OCFP will host its 56th Annual Meeting of Members on Wednesday, Nov. 14, during the Family Medicine Forum in Toronto. Agenda items will include Director and Officer elections, presentation of Audited Financial Statements and reports from the President and CEO. The agenda and proxy will be posted by October 24, 2018 on the OCFP website .

Celebrating Excellence in Family Medicine
2018 OCFP President’s Installation and Awards Ceremony
 
Join us on Wednesday, Nov. 14, in Toronto for the 2018 President’s Installation and Awards Ceremony as we officially welcome Dr. Jennifer Young as the OCFP's 62nd president, and celebrate excellence among Ontario's family doctors in community and medical leadership, outstanding contributions in teaching and exceptional teamwork.

Can't attend in person? We're pleased to offer this event via livestream , courtesy of OTN (Ontario Telemedicine Network).

Join the OCFP's Clinical Tools Advisory Committee

Do you have a passion for evidence-based resources in family medicine? Do you enjoy applying new tools to answer your burning clinical questions?

We're seeking family doctors with an interest in clinical resources to join our new  Clinical Tools Advisory Committee .   If you think this role is for you, we encourage you to apply.
Looking After You
A family physician shares tips and info to help you stay connected to your patients and practice

In our second episode of Family Docs: The Early Years Podcast , Dr. Alexis Pizale of the OCFP's Early Years in Practice Steering Committee speaks with mindfulness expert Dr. Alison Kelford about physician burnout, how to foster wellness and guides listeners in a 3-minute mindfulness exercise.

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