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How to Treat Stigma

Reading time: 8 minutes The Mental Health Commission of Canada has reported that many people with mental health problems experience some of the most deeply felt stigma from front-line health-care professionals. We take a closer look in our Doc Talk Column.

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.

A Sensitive, Deliberate Approach to Draping

Reading time: 3 minutes A new video demonstrates proper draping and gowning techniques in order to minimize misunderstandings between physician and patient.

Giving Physicians the Tools They Need

Reading time: 5 minutes Several health system agencies have developed initiatives that give physicians the access to information they need in order to make informed, rational prescribing decisions. We profile several of the initiatives here.

Keeping Cool When Patients Get Hot

Reading time: 7 minutes Violent episodes are a big problem in healthcare settings. In a world where code whites are increasingly common, how do you crack the code to reduce or prevent incidents of aggressive or violent behaviour?

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.

The Safe Administration of Medication is Critical

Reading time: 2 minutes Transmission of blood-borne pathogens can occur from unsafe and improper medication administration by injection and infusion. To ensure that physicians are using medications appropriately, Public Health Ontario has developed some FAQs about medication administration.

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.