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Information for Physicians

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This is most certainly a difficult and challenging time — especially for each of you within the Ontario healthcare community.

The CPSO’s expectation during a public health emergency is that physicians act in the best interests of their patients and support the provision of care directly or, where necessary, indirectly by supporting their colleagues and the larger system in responding to the emergency.

More than ever, it is important for the healthcare system to collaborate to meet the challenges we see today and the days ahead. This is a constantly evolving situation, and it will be essential for you to stay informed regarding appropriate practices from various system partners. We will continue to work collectively to provide the best guidance available, and support you through this challenging and uncertain period.

Key Updates and Resources

  • We have assembled answers to some of the more frequent questions we’re hearing from physicians and continue to update them as new questions arise, including guidance regarding the right mix of in-person and virtual care, to make sure patients’ health care needs are being served.
  • In an effort to help meet the increased demands on the healthcare system, we are providing an expedited process for a Short Duration Certificate for applicants, which provides for a supervised license for a period of 30 days.
  • We are also working closely with our colleagues across the country to expedite the registration of interprovincial applicants.
  • Please do not forget to take care of yourself, we recognize the unprecedented levels of burnout physicians are facing, if you’re seeking help the Ontario Medical Association Physician Health Program is available 24\7 at 1-800-851-6606
  • CPSO continues to review its registration policies, reducing barriers for foreign-trained physicians and updating pathways for registration in Ontario