Volume 3 | No. 2 | March / April 2015

Registrar's message

Guard against the risk of creating an impression that you are facilitating the unauthorized practice of medicine

The BC Supreme Court recently granted an Order prohibiting an unlicensed individual from injecting prescription medication for the purpose of cosmetic enhancements. While this is the first time the College has gone to court over the unauthorized practice of medicine, it may not be the last as injectable product becomes increasingly available, and stories of botched procedures continue to make headlines. 

Announcing the launch of the province's first-ever practice ready assessment for internationally trained family physicians

The province’s new practice ready assessment program is an intense, comprehensive and rigorous competency-based assessment to determine if a candidate is ready to safely enter family practice in the provisional class of registration under sponsorship and supervision.

After-hours coverage is a professional and legal obligation

Physicians may assign on-call coverage to groups of physicians or to local emergency departments if all parties have agreed to this arrangement in advance. It is not appropriate to leave a message for patients telling them to go to an emergency department for after-hours, non-urgent care if this has not been arranged with and agreed to by the physicians in the emergency department.

Cultural competency—Canada’s history and today’s physician

Creating a culturally safe space in a practice empowers patients to participate more effectively in the patient-physician relationship where the desired outcome is that patients access care sooner, and adhere to treatment plans that are specifically designed to improve their health (National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health, 2013).

Guest submission by Nadine Caron, MD, MPH, FRCSC; Jennifer Mackie, MSc; Leslie Varley; Cheryl Ward; Evan Adams, MD, MPH

Updates from the Non-Hospital Medical and Surgical Facilities Program

Medical directors and physicians are encouraged to keep informed by reading the following three important updates from the Non-Hospital Medical and Surgical Facilities Program:

  • Bilateral simultaneous cataract surgery not allowed in a non-hospital setting
  • Abdominoplasty complication rate benchmarks
  • New infection prevention and control advisor joins program team

New or updated professional standards and guidelines

The College develops Professional Standards and Guidelines to assist physicians in meeting high standards of medical practice and conduct. The topics addressed focus on specific issues that are relevant to the practice of medicine. Physicians are encouraged to become familiar with the College's Professional Standards and Guidelines. The Professional Standards and Guidelines are reviewed regularly and may be updated over time.


A word from the College library

The College library now provides online access to a drug-drug interaction checker, Lexi-Interact, which is part of a larger online information resource called e-Therapeutics+. e-Therapeutics+ includes the CPS (compendium of pharmaceuticals and specialties), Therapeutic Choices, Lexi-Interact, and patient information.

The College Connector is sent to every current registrant of the College. Decisions of the College on matters of standards and guidelines are contained in this publication. The College therefore assumes that each registrant is aware of these matters. Questions or comments about this publication should be directed to communications@cpsbc.ca.

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