Committees

Discipline

The Discipline Committee hears matters of professional misconduct or incompetence.

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The Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee, after conducting an investigation, refer allegations to the Discipline Committee. A discipline panel is comprised of at least three members – two must be public members and one must be a physician member of Council. Panels are usually made up of four or five members.

If the panel finds that the physician has committed an act of professional misconduct or is incompetent, it can make an Order directing the Registrar to:

  • revoke the physician’s certificate of registration
  • suspend the physician’s certificate, and/or
  • impose specified terms, conditions or limitations on the physician’s certificate.

If the panel finds the physician has committed an act of professional misconduct, it can also make an Order:

  • requiring the physician to appear before the panel to be reprimanded
  • requiring the physician to pay a fine of not more than $35,000 to the Minister of Finance, and
  • if the act of professional misconduct was the sexual abuse of a patient, requiring the physician to reimburse the College for funding provided for the patient for counselling and therapy, and requiring the physician to post security to guarantee payment.

If the panel finds the physician has committed an act of professional misconduct by sexually abusing a patient, the panel must:

  • reprimand the physician, and
  • revoke the physician’s certificate if the sexual abuse consisted of or included certain acts.

In an appropriate case, the panel may also require the physician to pay all or part of the legal, investigation and hearing costs and expenses. The Discipline Commitee also hears applications for reinstatement and motions to vary prior orders of the Committee. 

Rules of Procedure of the Discipline Committee

RÈGLES DE PROCÉDURE DU COMITÉ DE DISCIPLINE

Practice Direction: Request for Adjournment of Discipline Hearings

INSTRUCTIONS RELATIVES À LA PRATIQUE DEMANDE D'AJOURNEMENT DES AUDIENCES DISCIPLINAIRES

Practice Direction: Case Management

INSTRUCTIONS RELATIVES À LA PRATIQUE GESTION DES INSTANCES

Education

The Education Committee reviews and makes recommendations to Council on matters of medical education in the province.

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The Committee is responsible for:

  • reviewing the undergraduate studies at faculties of medicine in Ontario and encouraging curriculum enhancement
  • monitoring and sustaining the level and quality of Ontario postgraduate programs of medical education, and
  • reviewing the Ontario continuing medical education programs.

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Executive

The mandate of the Executive Committee, as defined in the legislation, is to serve as the decision-making body of the College in between regular meetings of Council, and to report on these actions to the Council at subsequent Council meetings.

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In acting on Council’s behalf in between Council meetings, the Executive monitors and reviews policy issues under development and operational issues of significance.

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Finance

The Finance Committee is responsible for reviewing the financial affairs of the College and reporting directly to Council. It reviews such matters as investment policy, control of assets, the auditor's report and the College's overall financial position.

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Fitness To Practise

The Fitness to Practise Committee conducts hearings of allegations concerning a physician's capacity to practise medicine that are referred by an incapacity inquiry panel of the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee.

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A Fitness to Practise panel is comprised of at least three members, and one member must be a public member of Council.

If the panel finds that the physician is incapacitated it can make an Order directing the Registrar to:

  • revoke the physician’s certificate of registration
  • suspend the physician’s certificate, and/or
  • impose specified terms, conditions or limitations on the physician’s certificate.

The College makes every effort to carefully balance the physician’s rights with the protection of the public. The Fitness to Practise Committee also hears applications for reinstatement and motions to vary prior orders of the Committee.

Rules of Procedure of the Fitness to Practise Committee PDF

RÈGLES DE PROCÉDURE DU COMITÉ D'APTITUDE PROFESSIONNELLEPDF

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Governance

The Governance Committee has two main tasks – implementing governance policy recommendations and fulfilling the functions of the former Nominations Committee.

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The Committee’s responsibilities include monitoring the governance process adopted by Council, and reporting annually to Council on the extent to which the governance process is being followed.

The Governance Committee also recommends to Council potential changes to the governance process, and oversees the nominations process.

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Inquiries, Complaints and Reports

The Inquiries, Complaints and Reports (ICR) Committee oversees all investigations into physicians' care and conduct, including public complaints investigations, Registrar's investigations, and inquiries into a physician's capacity to practise.

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The ICR Committee may be called upon to provide investigative direction to staff, and is required to dispose of investigations with a decision. Examples of decisions of the ICR Committee may include:

  • cautioning the physician in writing or in person;
  • referring allegations of professional misconduct or incompetence to the Discipline Committee;
  • referring potential incapacity concerns to the Fitness to Practise Committee;
  • requiring a physician to complete specified education or remediation program; or
  • taking any other action the Committee feels is appropriate and which is consistent with the relevant legislation.

A quorum of the ICR Committee consists of three members, including at least one public member of Council.

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Methadone

The Methadone Committee was established to oversee a program to improve the quality and accessibility of methadone maintenance in the treatment of opioid dependence. The College actively manages the practice of methadone prescribing as a formal partner with the Mental Health and Addictions Branch of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. The program receives full funding for the methadone registry, staff, physician assessment and other activities.

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Outreach

The Outreach Committee works with the Policy and Communications department to deliver outreach initiatives to:

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  • help develop major communications and outreach initiatives to the profession and the public
  • assist in the development of major communications and government relations activities, and
  • develop plans to deliver on the communications and outreach-related components of the College’s strategic plan.

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Patient Relations

The Patient Relations Committee oversees a program that includes measures for preventing or dealing with sexual abuse of patients by physicians.

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These measures, set out in the legislation, include:

  • educational requirements for physicians
  • guidelines for the conduct of physicians with their patients
  • training for the College’s staff, and
  • the provision of information to the public.

The Committee is also responsible for administering a program of funding for therapy and counselling for persons who, while patients, were sexually abused by physicians.

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Premises Inspection

The Premises Inspection Committee is responsible for administering and governing the Collge's premises inspection program. The duties of the Committee are set out in the College's General By-law, and include:

  • ensuring appropriate individuals are appointed to perform inspections and re-inspections;
  • ensuring adequate inspections and reinspections are undertaken and completed;
  • reviewing premises inspection reports and other material and determining whether premises pass, pass with conditions or fail an inspection.

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Quality Assurance

The Quality Assurance Committee develops, establishes and maintains programs and standards of practice to assure the quality of practice of the profession and standards of knowledge and skill, and programs to promote continuing competence among physicians.

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Registration

The Registration Committee reviews the applications of physicians who wish to become members of the College, but who do not fulfill the requirements for the issuance of a certificate of registration.

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After considering an application, the Registration Committee may make an Order directing the Registrar to issue a certificate of registration; to issue a certificate of registration with terms, conditions and limitations; or to refuse to issue a certificate of registration.

Orders of the Registration Committee may be appealed to the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board, and an Order of the Board may be appealed further to the Divisional Court of Ontario.

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