Council Update

February 26, 2013

Council Award; New Consultation and Updates; A new way to connect; District Election Enhancements; GPPA now a CPD Tracking Organization

Mar 01, 2013

Dr. Jason Frank receives Council AwardDr. Frank Council Award Feb 13

Dr. Jason Frank, an emergency room physician at the Ottawa Hospital and an architect of medical education, was presented with a Council Award at the February meeting.

Dr. Frank, Director, Specialty Education, Strategy and Standards, at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada has played a pivotal role in the evolution of specialty medical training in Canada and around the world, said his colleague, Dr. Kenneth Harris. "I have no doubt that he will continue to shape the role of the physician into the future," he said.

Dr. Jolanta Karpinski, Interim Dean in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa, added, "Despite the hectic and stressful environment of the emergency department, I have never seen Dr. Frank be anything but the consummate professional in his interactions with patients, students, residents, staff and colleagues. I've also observed his clear delight in his family and his ability to maintain that priority despite the demands of his two full-time jobs."

New Consultation and Updates

Making public information more readily accessible

Council is proposing that more physician-specific information be added to the College website to enhance transparency to the public. Such information would include information that is already available to the public, but is not posted online. This includes notices of hearing and hearing status of Discipline Committee proceedings, reinstatement decisions, and information regarding the transfer of records.

Council also supported circulating the proposed by-law amendments that are required to add these categories of information to the website.

Please visit our website for more information about the by-law amendments under consideration and to provide your feedback.

Dr. Eric Stanton, President of the College, said it is important for physicians to understand that the information that we are contemplating posting is already available on request. "This is public information. This step would simply make the information easier to access."

This initiative is part of the first phase of a multi-phase Transparency Project and primarily focused on accessibility of information and effective public education.

OHP/IHF Fee Model consultation continues until March 15th

At its December meeting, Council proposed a fee model applicable to out-of-hospital premises and independent health facilities (OHPs and IHFs) for circulation and feedback. Earlier, the College sought the expertise of consulting firm Deloitte to help it review and establish a pricing strategy.

The proposed fee model took the following into account:

  • the fees levied by similar programs
  • significant work with College staff
  • feedback from internal committees

The proposed fee model is posted on the College website and available for comments until March 15, 2013.

Telemedicine Policy Review

The College's Telemedicine policy is currently under review.

At its meeting, Council had an opportunity to learn about the telemedicine programs and services offered by the Ontario Telemedicine Network, and discuss some of the key issues that will be contemplated during the policy review process.

The session was introduced by Dr. Joel Kirsh, chair of the Telemedicine policy working group. Dr. Kirsh provided Council with an overview of how telemedicine has changed in the five years since the original policy was developed, and indicated the importance of having the revised policy reflect current practices and take into account new developments in the area of telemedicine.

We will let you know when the consultation on the revised draft policy is open.

A new way to connect

The College has entered the Twitterverse

The College's recent adoption of Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and other social media tools was part of Council discussion. Council agreed that these tools will help create open and engaging dialogue with the membership, other health-care stakeholders, and the general public.

Our Twitter handle is @cpso_ca. We look forward to connecting with you. Click on the links on this update and like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Please read more about our social media activities in the next issue of Dialogue.

District Election Enhancements

Council has approved two by-law amendments to improve the district election nomination procedure.

One of the amendments will decrease the number of nominators needed for a candidate for election as a Council member from 15 physicians to five. The requirement for 15 nominators was seen to be onerous particularly on physicians practising in smaller communities and settings and inconsistent with practices in other jurisdictions.

The second by-law amendment stipulates that to be eligible to nominate a candidate, the nominator must be eligible to vote in the district for which he or she is nominating the candidate.

GPPA now a CPD Tracking Organization

Council has approved the General Practice Psychotherapy Association (GPPA) as a tracking organization for continuing professional development (CPD) for its physician members.

The amended Quality Assurance regulation requires physicians to participate in a program of CPD that meets the requirements set by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or the College of Family Physicians of Canada. The regulation allows for an alternative for physicians who wish to complete their CPD requirements with organizations other than the two national bodies. The GPPA is the first alternative tracking organization approved by the College.

The GPPA's approval as a third pathway tracking organization has three conditions:

  • GPPA's status be reviewed every three years;
  • GPPA to provide its Annual Report to the Education Committee, which must have an update of CPD initiatives;
  • GPPA to meet evolving CFPC criteria regarding required hours and credits.

Tracking of educational credits through GPPA will be restricted to GPPA members only, of which there are approximately 225.