Information for new members of the medical profession
On behalf of Council, I would like to welcome you to the medical profession in Ontario. Congratulations and best wishes in your medical career.
The privilege to self-regulate is given to the profession by society on the understanding that we will exercise our authority in the public interest. In fact, the College is a professionally-led organization working in partnership with the public.
To find out more, please have a look at our publication for new members, Welcome to the College, which provides information to assist you in getting to know us. If you read just one College publication, this would be an excellent choice.
We hope that this is the beginning of a positive, career-long relationship.
Quick Links to information for new members
The Practice Guide articulates the profession’s values and the principles of medical practice; provides assistance to the profession in determining its specific duties and the reasons for those duties; and organizes the existing policies of the College within a principled framework.
College Policies outline more specific guidance on issues and are grounded in the values, principles and duties of medical professionalism articulated in the Practice Guide. They also reflect relevant legal requirements found in legislation, regulation and by-laws. See sidebar for the twelve most accessed policies.
Dialogue magazine will cross your desk four times each year, bringing you policy and regulatory updates that affect the practice of medicine.
The Public Register includes your name and details about your qualifications, practice location, registration history, hospital(s) where you have privileges, and other information that the College is mandated to collect and make available to the public.
College members are permitted to establish a professional incorporation and practice medicine through their corporation. Applications forms and further information are available under Incorporation Issuance and Renewal.
All physicians in Ontario are required to participate in Continuing Professional Development that includes a self-assessment component and that meets the requirements for CPD set by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) or the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC). Each year, physicians are required to provide to the College proof of their participation in a CPD program offered by the RCPSC; CFPC; or an alternative CPD program that has been approved by the College.
Our physician and facility assessment programs have reviewed more than 10,000 physicians during the past 30 years and have precipitated improvements to individual behaviours and practices. Our goal is to assess every physician every 10 years. If you intend to perform procedures at an out-of-hopsital premises, you must notify the College using this online form.
Our Physician Advisory Service answers thousands of calls every year from doctors just like you. Call us when you need our help at 1-800-268-7096 ext. 606 or 416-967-2606. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org