Peers Supporting Peers

Reading time: 7 minutes The good news is the peer support program at Western University is, by all measures, a success. The bad news is that its success is an indication of how many physicians are in distress.

Beyond Medical Expertise: Navigating Stressful Patient Interactions

Reading time: 4 minutes Communications is a critical skill for a physician, but it isn’t always easy — especially under the constraints of an under-resourced, over-stretched system that is taxing everyone’s nerves.

Resource Stewardship Focus of Student-run Campaign

Reading time: 6 minutes Physician ordering behaviours originate in medical education. That is why a student-run grassroots organization decided to spread the word of Choosing Wisely.

New QI Enhanced Option an Alternative to Peer Assessment

Reading time: 2 minutes CPSO now provides an alternative path for physicians aged 70-74 to update and meet their quality requirements without undergoing a peer assessment.

Recommendations from Coroner Following Hospital Suicides

Reading time: 3 minutes We share recommendation from the Coroner’s Office for system changes after several patients died by suicide while hospitalized, on a pass or shortly after discharge.

Patient Selection for OHPs

Reading time: 4 minutes We developed 10 standards for Out-of-Hospital Premises, including a standard to help physicians determine a patient’s suitability for those procedures performed in OHPs.

Communication Dos and Don’ts

Reading time: 5 minutes Many of the complaints received by the College relate to physician communication. We put forward some suggestions for reducing the risk of receiving such a complaint.

Managing Uncertainty

Reading time: 9 minutes How can diagnostic uncertainty be managed to promote patient and clinician well-being? We address that question in this installment of Doc Talk.

Adopt Least Restraint Principles

Reading time: 5 minutes Following the accidental hanging of an elderly patient, health care teams are urged to adopt least restraint principles to avoid accidental asphyxia.

New Language for Clinician Distress

Reading time: 4 minutes More physicians are using the term “moral injury” to describe their distress as it acknowledges something larger is at play than just burnout, locating the source in system dysfunction.

Antipsychotic Use Rose During Pandemic

Reading time: 5 minutes Before the pandemic, antipsychotic prescribing was on a steady decline. Recent data, however, show prescribing rates have increased in several provinces, including Ontario.

Tap Into Your Team’s Superpowers

Reading time: 5 minutes When health care professionals work together, it can foster healthier patients, happier professionals and more efficient health care operations, says Dr. Brian Goldman.