OCFP eNews: November 2018
Update: CPSO Continuity of Care Policies
Shaping our response through your feedback

As noted in our August and September editions of eNews, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) is accepting input until December 9, 2018, on its draft umbrella Continuity of Care Policy , comprised of policies regarding  availability and coverage, managing tests, transitions in care, and walk-in clinics .
The OCFP recently closed its own consultation efforts on the draft CPSO policies, and we thank all of you who provided feedback. Given the anticipated impact of these policies on your day-to-day practice, it was an important opportunity to share your views. Your feedback will shape the OCFP’s organizational response to the CPSO from a family physician perspective.
Please be on the lookout for our official response in your next eNews. In the meantime, click here to read the OCFP’s high-level perspective.
Free Webinar - Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines
Addressing recreational use with your patients

Join Drs. Jonathan Bertram and Bernard Le Foll on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. for a free webinar exploring recommendations from the  Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines  to address specific health risks associated with recreational cannabis use.

With special focus on the continuum of health interventions for cannabis, learn more about:
  • Evidence around harms and benefits.
  • Tips to support open dialogue with patients.
  • Talking points for conveying key facts and addressing common misconceptions.
  • Addressing specific health conditions and special populations.
  • Step-by-step approaches to screening for problematic cannabis use and cannabis use disorder.

This webinar has been developed by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. The OCFP is pleased to provide logistical support to enable its online delivery.
The OCFP Welcomes Dr. Jennifer Young as its 62nd President
On Nov. 14, Dr. Jennifer Young of Collingwood, Ont., officially became the OCFP's 62nd president for the term of 2018-2020.

In her installation remarks, Dr. Young shared her views of family medicine, hopes for the future, and how she’ll approach her new role.

The OCFP also welcomes the 2018-19 Board of Directors, who will work alongside Dr. Young over the coming year.

Celebrating Excellence in Family Medicine
OCFP Awards spotlight doctors providing excellent care
The 2018 OCFP Awards program recognizes family doctors across the province, and the vital work they do to keep Ontarians healthy. Awards were bestowed at the Nov. 14 ceremony held during this year's Family Medicine Forum in Toronto.

Our thanks to all of the nominators who took the time to make submissions on behalf of your peers and colleagues. All of the nominees are compelling examples of the dedication and talents within family medicine.

More than 25 family physicians were honoured in six categories at this year's ceremony. As we salute these deserving awardees, we also recognize the culture of excellence that exists in our profession, and the family members, practice partners, health teams, and others who support and enable the delivery of compassionate and high-quality care for all Ontarians.
Featured Video: Letter of Gratitude
A family's tribute to their family physican

In August 2018, the OCFP received a letter from a family in Kingston, Ont., expressing gratitude for the innumerable ways their family physician cared for their loved one, especially in his last months of life.

At the OCFP, we know that this family's story is just one of the countless examples of how family physicians go above and beyond for their patients - family doctors are truly a trusted partner for a lifetime of health.

Get By With A Little Help from Your Peers
Examining how mentorship can enhance your practice

In our third episode of Family Docs: The Early Years Podcast , OCFP Early Years in Practice Committee members, Dr. Suzie Lotimer and Dr. Jobin Varughese, speak with the OCFP Collaborative Mentoring Networks Clinical Lead, Dr. Arun Radhakrishnan about how mentoring opportunities can be a powerful tool to improve and expand clinical practice.  

Tangible Support for Complex Patient Care
Join the Collaborative Mentoring Networks today
The Collaborative Mentoring Networks offer practical support to gain confidence in managing complex challenges in primary care, including mental health, palliative and end-of-life care, medical assistance in dying, chronic pain and addictions, rural medicine and early years in practice.
Use the Join Now button to see all available Networks and sign up, or get more information on the OCFP website or by emailing us at ocfpmentoring@ocfp.on.ca .
The OCFP gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
Tools for Practice

Location, Location, Location: Treating patients with opioid use disorder in primary care
Clinical Question #221: How well is opioid agonist therapy managed in primary care?

Does this patient taking prescription opioids have opioid use disorder?
Clinical Question #222: What is the best tool to help identify patients with prescription opioid use disorder?
Earn Mainpro+ Credits While Reading Tools for Practice
Earn up to 70 certified credits with a GoMainpro subscription
GoMainpro is an online learning platform where you can earn up to 70 certified credits for Alberta College of Family Physicians' (ACFP) Tools for Practice and event video libraries. Simply read a Tools for Practice article or watch a video and reflect on your learning experience and earn credits.

As a benefit to active OCFP members, the OCFP has worked with the ACFP to offer you an opportunity to purchase an annual GoMainpro subscription for $75 (regularly $150/yr). Use the OCFP member* promo code: ON293 and save!

CFPC’s Self Learning Program

The College of Family Physicians of Canada's  Self Learning Program   keeps you updated on the latest medical literature, and you can earn up to 30 Mainpro+® certified credits per year. The program is available in print and online. Check out this sample question from the latest issue:
True or false? In individuals with uncontrolled hypertension, titration of medication based on self-monitoring of home blood pressure improves systolic blood pressure readings at 12 months as compared to titration guided by clinic blood pressure readings.
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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