A Plan to Move Forward

Reading time: 4 minutes To help organizations develop policies that meet the needs of patients and health-care professionals, a team of researchers put forward recommendations to respond to biased patients.

Virtual Care

Reading time: 3 minutes As patients and physicians try to find new footing in a post-pandemic world, a new draft policy specifically providing guidance on virtual care is ready for consultation.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy

Reading time: 3 minutes A policy regulating the use of complementary or alternative medicine states the higher the potential risk to the patient for a particular treatment, the higher the level of evidence required.

Treating Patient Bias

Reading time: 16 minutes CPSO’s mandate is to regulate physicians in the public interest, but there are good reasons within our role as an advocate for quality patient care to be concerned when patients target physicians with abuse.

Your Unvaccinated Patients

Reading time: 3 minutes CPSO reminds physicians that patients cannot be denied access to in-person care if they are unvaccinated or don’t have a recent negative COVID-19 test result.

The Launch of the Discipline Tribunal

Reading time: 5 minutes Effective September 1, 2021, the CPSO Discipline Committee became the Ontario Physicians and Surgeons Discipline Tribunal (OPSDT) — a move that better signals its neutrality and independence from the College.

A Beautiful Death

Reading time: 10 minutes For many people with terminal and life-threatening illnesses, there’s no place like home. We interview several doctors who dedicate themselves to making their patient’s last wish come true.

The Ontario Patient Ombudsman

Reading time: 5 minutes As an office of ‘last resort,’ the Patient Ombudsman only deals with complaints that patients or their families have already tried to resolve somewhere else. Since COVID-19, the office has never been busier.

Responding to MCC Decision

Reading time: 2 minutes Following the Medical Council of Canada’s decision to discontinue one of its qualifying examinations, CPSO Council passed, in principle, a registration policy to address the new landscape.

Election Results

Reading time: 4 minutes An election in Districts 6,7, 8 and 9 saw the return of three incumbents. We also welcome two new members to the Council table.

New Council Members

Reading time: 2 minutes The College is pleased to welcome Ms. Lucy Becker and Dr. Andrea Lum to Council. Ms. Becker is a public member and Dr. Lum is the academic representative from Western University.

Virtual Care and Post-Pandemic Practice

Reading time: 2 minutes A survey of 2,100 Canadian physicians found most intend to keep virtual care as a component of their post-pandemic practice — nearly a quarter expect to increase its use, while 4 in 10 expect it to remain the same.