Pembroke FP becomes College President

Reading time: 7 minutes Dr. Judith Plante, a family physician from Pembroke, explains why she decided to become involved with the College and her plans for the year ahead.

Implicit Bias in Health Care

Reading time: 9 minutes By its nature, implicit bias is unconscious. This makes it hard to capture and confront. But when implicit bias plays out in the provision of health-care, it can have life-altering consequences.

Advertising Policy Approved

Reading time: 4 minutes Our new advertising policy aims to act as a one-stop resource for physicians, capturing all legal and professional obligations in one place.

Making Patients Partners in their Care

Reading time: 2 minutes A new guidebook — co-created with patients and caregivers — recognizes and supports the important and growing role that patients can play in facilitating their care.

Treating Root Causes, Not Symptoms

Reading time: 13 minutes How does anti-Indigenous racism come into play in health care? What biases might emerge? And how can doctors make a meaningful impact on health care equity?

Safer Supply Prescribing

Reading time: 5 minutes With the pandemic further exacerbating the risks and potential for harm among patients with opioid use disorder, many stakeholders have advocated for safer supply prescribing.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Reading time: 3 minutes We are consulting on a policy that aims to strike the right balance between protecting patients from harm, while respecting patient autonomy to choose non-conventional medical treatment.

Trauma Surgeon an Advocate for Safer Gun Laws

Reading time: 6 minutes Dr. Najma Ahmed’s experiences as a trauma surgeon have shaped her advocacy for safer gun laws in Canada. We present her with an award for her work on behalf of patients and the public.

Are You Hearing Your Patients’ Stories?

Reading time: 7 minutes Listening skills are critical for the sake of a patient’s storytelling. Especially when patients are working their way to reveal their underlying or unexpected agendas.

Courtesy Calls

Reading time: 2 minutes The College has made close to 500 courtesy calls to physicians about low risk, non-clinical matters since we began the practice in early 2019.

When Patients Leave Hospital Against Medical Advice

Reading time: 4 minutes What are a physician’s obligations when a patient leaves the hospital against medical advice? We present guidance from several resources.

Clear Communication in High-risk Transitions

Reading time: 5 minutes A review into the homicide of a woman by her elderly husband revealed missed opportunities for communication between police, hospital clinical staff, and home care providers.