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Member Interest Groups Section (MIGS)

MIGS resources

  • Addiction Medicine

    Chair: Dr. Melissa Holowaty (Ontario)
    Vice Chair: Dr. David Martell (Nova Scotia)
    Resources developed by, endorsed by, or affiliated with the Addiction Medicine MIG:
    Year Title Description Links
    2020 Position Statement on Access to Opioid Agonist Treatment  

    Web page

    2020 Chronic non-cancer pain management and opioid resources Web page containing links to resources pertaining to chronic non-cancer pain management and opioid prescribing resources Web page
    2017 2017 Canadian Opioid Prescribing Guideline PDF poster detailing the key points of the 2017 Canadian Opioid Prescribing Guideline PDF
    2017

    Safe prescribing practices for addictive medications
    and management of
    substance use disorders in
    primary care: A pocket
    reference for primary care
    providers

    A quick-reference tool for primary care providers on implementing best practices for prescribing potentially addictive medications and managing substance use disorders PDF
  • Cancer Care

    Chair: Dr. Anna Wilkinson (Ontario)
    Vice Chair: Dr. Gen Chaput (Quebec)
    Resources developed by, endorsed by, or affiliated with the Cancer Care MIG:
    Year Title Description Links
    2019 Breast Cancer Survivorship Tool Tool designed to educate family physicians and empower their patients who have completed curative therapy for breast cancer to follow their own care Fillable PDF
  • Child and Adolescent Health

    Chair: Dr. Pierre-Paul Tellier (Quebec)
    Affiliated Conjoint Committee: Joint Action Committee on Child and Adolescent Health

    The Child and Adolescent Health Member Interest Group was established under the Section of Family Physicians with Special Interests or Focused Practices in 2011 (now known as the Member Interest Groups Section) and includes the work of the Joint Action Committee on Child and Adolescent Health (JACCAH), which was established in 1997.

    JACCAH is a conjoint committee that includes representation from the CFPC by the chair of the Child and Adolescent MIG and from the Canadian Paediatric Society.

    The shared objective of JACCAH is to ensure that children and adolescents receive the highest standard of medical care. To achieve this goal, these organizations have established a Joint Action Committee to initiate priorities for addressing the most urgent health needs of children and adolescents.

    The purpose of this Joint Action Committee is to provide a unified voice for both organizations.

    Resources developed by, endorsed by, or affiliated with the Child and Adolescent Health MIG and/or JACCAH:

    Year Title Description Links
    N/A Coming soon    
  • Chronic Pain

    Chair: Dr. Lori Montgomery (Alberta)
    Vice Chair: Dr. Karen Appel (Manitoba)
    Resources developed by, endorsed by, or affiliated with the Chronic Pain MIG:
    Year Title Description Links
    2019 “Managing opioid use disorder in primary care: PEER simplified guideline” Clinical practice guideline for a simplified approach to managing opioid use disorder in primary care CFP article
    2018 Medical Cannabinoids Guideline Summary Two-page infographic summary of simplified guideline for prescribing medical cannabinoids in primary care PDF
    2018 “Simplified guideline for prescribing medical cannabinoids in primary care”   CFP article
    2017 Chronic Pain and Opioid Resources Document with links to external resources and practice support (e.g., guidelines, clinical support/mentorship networks, courses, etc.) PDF
  • Dermatology

    Chair: Dr. Christie Freeman (Ontario)
    Vice Chair: Dr. Craig Crippen (British Columbia)
    Resources developed by, endorsed by, or affiliated with the Dermatology MIG:
    Year Title Description Links
    N/A Coming soon    
  • Developmental Disabilities

    Chair: Dr. Ian Casson (Northwest Territories)
    Vice Chair: Vacant—apply here!
    Resources developed by, endorsed by, or affiliated with the Developmental Disabilities MIG:
    Year Title Description Links
    2019 CFP Second special issue on primary care of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, focusing on care later in life   CFP supplement link
    2018 “Primary care of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities: 2018 consensus guidelines”   CFP article
    2018 CFP Special issue on primary care of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities   CFP supplement link
  • Emergency Medicine

    Chair: Dr. John Foote (Ontario)
    Vice Chair: Dr. Jock Murray (Nova Scotia)
    Resources developed by, endorsed by, or affiliated with the Emergency Medicine MIG:
    Year Title Description Links
    N/A Coming Soon    
  • Enhanced Surgical Skills

    Chair: Dr. Brian Geller (Saskatchewan)
    Vice Chair: Dr. Ryan Falk (Northwest Territories)
    Resources developed by, endorsed by, or affiliated with the Enhanced Surgical Skills MIG:
    Year Title Description Links
    2015 Enhanced Surgical Skills playlist YouTube playlist of videos demonstrating surgical procedures curated by the ESS MIG Chair YouTube
  • Family Practice Anesthesia

    Chair: Dr. Vaibhav Kamble (Ontario)
    Affiliated conjoint committee: Collaborative Advisory Group for General and Family Practice Anesthesia (CAGA)

    The Family Practice Anesthesia MIG was established under the Section of Family Physicians with Special Interests or Focused Practices in 2011 (now known as the Member Interest Groups Section) and includes the work of the Collaborative Advisory Group for General and Family Practice Anesthesia (CAGA). CAGA facilitates discussions and communication between the CFPC, the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada, and the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society about issues relevant to members. The chair of the Family Practice Anesthesia MIG serves as the CFPC representative on CAGA.

    Resources developed by, endorsed by, or affiliated with the Family Practice Anesthesia MIG and/or CAGA:
    Year Title Description Links
    N/A Coming soon    
  • Global Health

    Chair: Dr. Archna Gupta (Ontario)
    Vice Chair: Dr. Catherine Ji (Ontario)
    Resources developed by, endorsed by, or affiliated with the Global Health MIG:
    Year Title Description Links
    2017 “Practicing family medicine in a new world order” Article from several members of the Global Health MIG and colleagues CFP article
  • Health Care of the Elderly

    Chair: Dr. Sidney Feldman (Ontario)
    Vice Chair: Vacant—apply here!
    Resources developed by, endorsed by, or affiliated with the Health Care of the Elderly MIG:
    Year Title Description Links
    2017 Clinical Snippet: Rapid Screening Tools for Dementia and Depression A brief overview of rapid screening tools available to family physicians to assist with patients who may present with depression and dementia PDF
    2017 Clinical Snippet: Driving Retirement A brief overview of discussions with patients and their families about driving retirement PDF
  • Hospital Medicine

    Chair: Dr. Ben Schiff (Quebec)
    Vice Chair: Dr. Sahil Jain (British Columbia)
    Resources developed by, endorsed by, or affiliated with the Hospital Medicine MIG:
    Year Title Description Links
    N/A Coming soon    
  • Maternity and Newborn Care

    Chair: Dr. William Ehman (British Columbia)
    Vice Chair: Dr. Kate Miller (British Columbia)
    Resources developed by, endorsed by, or affiliated with the Maternity and Newborn Care MIG:
    Year Title Description Links
    2017 Priority Topics and Key Features for the Assessment of Competence in Intrapartum and Perinatal Care Document outlines what to assess to determine competence in intrapartum and perinatal care for family medicine using the CFPC’s traditional approach of developing priority topics, procedures, and key features PDF
  • Mental Health

    Chair: Dr. Patricia Mirwaldt (British Columbia)
    Affiliated conjoint committee: Collaborative Working Group on Shared Mental Health Care (CWGSMHC)

    The Mental Health Member Interest Group (MIG) represents the interests of all CFPC members providing mental health care, including those for whom this is part of their broad scope family practice and those with a special interest or focused practice.

    The Mental Health MIG was established under the Section of Family Physicians with Special Interests or Focused Practices (SIFP) in 2010—now known as the Member Interest Groups Section—and includes the work of the Collaborative Working Group on Shared Mental Health Care (CWGSMHC), which was established in 1997. The CWGSMHC is a conjoint committee that includes representation from the CFPC and the Canadian Psychiatric Association. The chair of the Mental Health MIG serves as the CFPC representative on the CWGSMHC.

    The shared objective of the CWGSMHC is to work collaboratively to enhance the quality of health care for all Canadians with mental illness or emotional problems. Its members continue to implement strategies identified in “The Evolution of Collaborative Mental Health Care in Canada: A Shared Vision for the Future,” their 2011 CPA/CFPC position paper.

    Resources developed by, endorsed by, or affiliated with the Mental Health MIG and/or the CWGSMHC:
    Year Title Description Links
    2018 Best Advice guide: Recovery-Oriented Mental Health and Addiction Care in the Patient’s Medical Home Provides guidance to family physicians and their teams offering mental health and addiction treatment services using a recovery-oriented approach

    Web page

    Full PDF

    Summary guide PDF

    N/A CFPC/CPA Collaborative Mental Health Care Awards Highlight important work being done in in Canada to improve access to effective mental health care, enhance mental health service delivery, and increase family physicians’ capacity to identify and meet the mental health care needs of their patients Web page
  • Occupational Medicine

    Chair: Dr. Joel Andersen (Ontario)
    Vice Chair: Dr. Burton McCann (Nova Scotia)
    Resources developed by, endorsed by, or affiliated with the Occupational Medicine MIG:
    Year Title Description Links
    2020 Clinical Snippet: Handling patient requests for accommodation at work related to the COVID-19 pandemic   PDF
  • Palliative Care

    Chair: Dr. David Henderson (Nova Scotia)
    Vice Chair: Dr. Charlie Chen (Ontario)
    Resources developed by, endorsed by, or affiliated with the Palliative Care MIG:
    Year Title Description Links
    2018 Speak Up! Advance Care Planning Infographic Developed in collaboration with Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association to increase awareness among family physicians about advance care planning and help start conversations with patients about this subject PDF
  • Prison Health

    Chair: Dr. Fiona Kouyoumdjian (Ontario)
    Vice Chair: Dr. Claire Bodkin (Ontario)
    Resources developed by, endorsed by, or affiliated with the Prison Health MIG:
    Year Title Description Links
    2020 Position Statement on Access to Opioid Agonist Treatment  

    Web page

    PDF (Information release)

  • Respiratory Medicine

    Chair: Vacant—apply here!
    Vice Chair: Vacant—apply here!
    Resources developed by, endorsed by, or affiliated with the Respiratory Medicine MIG:
    Year Title Description Links
    N/A Coming soon    
  • Sport and Exercise Medicine

    Chair: Dr. Pierre Frémont (Quebec)
    Vice Chair: Vacant—apply here!
    Resources developed by, endorsed by, or affiliated with the Sport and Exercise Medicine MIG:
    Year Title Description Links
    2019 Position Statement: Physical Activity Assessment and Counselling: A key determinant of health for every Canadian   PDF
    2017 Joint Position Statement: The Role of Family Physicians and Physicians with Added Competencies in Sport and Exercise Medicine in a Public Health Approach to Concussions   PDF

What's new

February 2020 MiGroups: Powered by members

 

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Over 2,500 members are active on MiGroups, a secure networking platform that connects Member Interest Groups Section (MIGS) members with similar interests.

Each of our Section’s 19 Member Interest Groups (MIGs) has a virtual community on MiGroups to discuss clinical cases, share files, view events, and more!

Check out these examples:

The Health Care of the Elderly MIG uses MiGroups to ask clinical questions and contribute to discussions posted on interest-specific forums:

The Prison Health MIG shares files and documents to support colleagues and keep each other up to date:

All MIGS members can use MiGroups to access conferences and CPD events tailored to clinical interests:

[MiGroups] has emerged as the most useful communication tool that I have used to engage members of the Emergency Medicine community at the CFPC. Over 700 individual members have signed up to receive notifications relating to clinical tools and policy changes which directly affect them.
  — John R. Foote, BSc, MD, CCFP (EM)
  Chair, Emergency Medicine Member Interest Group

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Who we are

Member Interest Groups (MIGs) link CFPC members across Canada who have similar practice interests to foster professional peer connections and to explore/address issues that affect family medicine.

The Member Interest Groups Section (MIGS) is designed to support the College of Family Physicians of Canada’s (CFPC’s) dedication to providing a professional home for family physicians across a diversity of clinical and non-clinical interests and practice types. Currently the Section comprises 19 different member interest groups (MIGs). Established by family physicians for family physicians, MIGs link members with similar practice interests to share information, make connections, and develop and access practice supports and educational material.

All CFPC members are encouraged to affiliate with at least one MIG that connects with their clinical work and interests. Currently over 10,000 CFPC members have expressed an interest in topics represented by one of the 19 MIGs. The updated MIGS structure and technological enhancements provide greater opportunities for members to regularly connect, collaborate, and work with colleagues across the country. These will also allow for the creation of new groups.

The MIGS supports CFPC members in their practices by:
  • Providing a professional home for family physicians across a diversity of practice types and across clinical and non-clinical interests
  • Connecting members with similar practice interests across Canada to share information, learn, develop, and access practice-related resources
  • Creating, contributing to, and delivering educational programs ranging from undergraduate medical education to continuing professional development, clinical resources, and guidelines
  • Helping to inform and assist the CFPC’s advocacy efforts

Sign up

Log in to your membership profile and indicate which MIGs are of interest to you. There will be no added fees or other requirements expected of you to become part of this College activity. You will receive a welcome email inviting you to sign up for MiGroups and be added to contact list to receive our newsletter and other important information.

Frequently asked questions

  • What is MIGS? Why does this group exist within the CFPC?

    MIGS is the short form for the Member Interest Groups Section. This Section reflects that family medicine is dedicated to comprehensive care and that family physicians will have different skill sets and interests and will work in communities with different needs.

    The Section is made up of different Member Interest Groups (MIGs) that connect family physicians who work within or have a strong interest in one or more specific areas of practice. The MIGs help to:
    • Develop and provide education, both to physicians who identify as belonging to a community of practice and to the broader membership (including residents and medical students)
    • Give Section members a powerful voice in national and international discussions
    • Advocate for system changes to support physicians who work within an area of practice
    • Support College members in their day-to-day practices
    • Facilitate communication and increase engagement among College members who have similar practice interests
  • What are the current Member Interest Groups (MIGs)?

    Currently, there are 19 recognized MIGs.
     
  • How do the MIGs serve me?

    • By building networks of members within these domains of practice to enable communication and to share information
    • By developing policies relevant to these areas of practice
    • By advocating on behalf of family physicians who include the area of care in their practices
    • By recommending and developing continuing professional development activities, including for the Annual Scientific

    Assembly program at Family Medicine Forum

    • By serving as a resource for the Section of Teachers regarding core content for the family medicine residency curriculum
    • By assisting with practice support tools and policies to enhance the practice life of members
  • How do I sign up?

    There are a few ways you can register to become a member of a MIG:
    • Indicate your area of interest on your CFPC membership renewal form
    • Sign-up sheets are available at the CFPC booth at FMF
    • Send an email indicating your areas of interest to [email protected]
  • How do I create a new MIG?

    If you are interested in creating a new MIG, please email your intent to the Manager of Practice Support Programs at [email protected]. We will then provide you with an application to form a working party. The MIGS Staff and Council Executive will review your application to determine whether the MIG is eligible to move forward in the application process. If the MIG is deemed eligible, CFPC staff would be provided to assist with the next steps, which includes the completion of a MIGS application.
     
  • What’s the difference—or the connection—between the MIGS and CACs?

    There is no direct link between Certificates of Added Competence (CACs) and the MIGS. A CAC is a certificate issued in recognition of specific competencies in a domain of care. The MIGS is a much broader entity: a home within the College for all those physicians who belong to an identifiable member interest group. The MIGS recognizes 19 interest groups, seven of which happen to match areas that have already been approved for CACs.

    You do not have to possess a CAC to be part of a MIG, nor do you have to belong to a MIG to hold a CAC. Read more about CACs.
     

Contact us

  1. You can reach the MIGS team at [email protected].
  2. Contact the CFPC by phone at (905) 629-0900 or 1-800-387-6197 and ask for the MIGS team.

MIGS team

  • Victor Ng, MD, CCFP (EM), MSc, MHPE – Associate Director
  • Allan Grill, MD, CCFP, MPH – Physician Advisor, MIGS
  • Lily Oeur – Manager, Programs and Practice Support
  • Stephanie Truelove, PhD – Assistant Manager
  • André Girouard – Engagement Coordinator, MIGS
  • Rowena Symss – Coordinator, MIGS
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