The Patient Perspective Needs to be Heard at the Planning Table

Reading time: 2 minutes The unique knowledge and experiences of patients and families must be incorporated into how health-care policies, programs and decisions are designed and implemented, said Julie Drury, chair of the province’s Patient and Family Advisory Council.

Opioid Prescribing

Reading time: 6 minutes Dr. Steve Bodley, past president of the CPSO, discusses legacy patients, guidelines and the importance of patient buy-in.

Women in Medicine

Reading time: 5 minutes The number of female physicians will outnumber their male counterparts by 2030, projects a College report that has analyzed physician demographics in Ontario.

Close Up – Chief Medical Advisor

Reading time: 5 minutes Dr. Sheila Laredo is leading the College’s team of Medical Advisors, a group of doctors who have become more tightly integrated in the work of the College. We spoke to Dr. Laredo about how she and her team members are being used to best effect within medical regulation.

New Process Offers Effective Resolution

Reading time: 2 minutes When the College receives a complaint, we always review it carefully before deciding how to proceed. If the matter appears to be a low-risk concern, our new Alternative Dispute Resolution process may be the most suitable process.

Striving for Balance

Reading time: 4 minutes How much regulatory force is actually needed to achieve a desired effect? That is the question posed by a framework recently adopted by the College.

Appropriate Training Required to Assess Patients Who Want Sex Reassignment Surgery

Reading time: 2 minutes Physicians are reminded that they must have the appropriate training in WPATH standards of care in order to assess patients for sex reassignment surgery.

Legislation Defines Patient for Purposes of Sexual Abuse

Reading time: 8 minutes On May 1, 2018, a number of amendments to the Regulated Health Professions Act were brought into force. Also, three sets of regulations were enacted. In particular, physicians should be aware of the definition of a patient as it pertains to sexual abuse allegations.