Volume 3 | No. 4 | July / August 2015

Registrar's message

Debunking misperceptions about the updated standard regarding walk-in clinics

Recent revisions to a professional standard, and subsequent media attention, have resulted in many misperceptions amongst registrants about what’s expected in a walk-in clinic setting. The following article attempts to correct those misperceptions and clarify the principles contained in the standard. Physicians who work in a walk-in clinic or multi-physician clinic are encouraged to keep reading.

Notification of 2015 Education Day and Annual General Meeting

The College has added more presenters for this year’s Education Day, which will focus on effective communication—a core competency for medical practice. The speakers, workshops and case studies will provide physicians with a better understanding of how they can navigate their way through difficult and emotional conversations with both their patients and peers.

Methadone prescribers must pay attention to patients at risk for methadone toxicity and QT prolongation

The Methadone Maintenance Committee, which oversees the College’s Methadone Maintenance Program, often reviews coroner’s cases where toxicology reports suggest that poor prescribing may have played a role in a patient’s death. One area of concern is the risk of QT prolongation.

Working towards the provincial goal of 100% hand hygiene compliance

In 2012, the Ministry of Health published the Best Practice Guidelines for Hand Hygiene in All Healthcare Settings which set out the minimum provincial expectations for hand hygiene including requirements for auditing, reporting and quality assurance. The Ministry’s long-term provincial goal is 100% hand hygiene compliance in all care settings, including non-hospital facilities.

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.


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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