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The Occupational Medicine Program Committee was established under the Section of Communities of Practice in Family Medicine (CPFM) in 2012.

The CPFM Program in Occupational Medicine seeks to promote the quality of knowledge and competency of Canadian family physicians in the area of occupational health. Occupational health concerns itself with:

  • The anticipation, recognition, and control of hazards to the health of working people
  • The prevention of worked-induced diseases and injuries
  • The promotion of the overall health in the workforce
  • The enhanced productivity of the Canadian workforce

Responsibilities of the Committee

The Occupational Medicine Program Committee, a Member Interest Groups Section (MIGS), is responsible for discussion and recommendations related to these College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) activities:

  • Communications and networking among members involved in occupational medicine
  • Development of CFPC policies and/or positions related to patient care and the practice needs/environment of members involved in occupational medicine
  • Advocacy on behalf of the members involved in the occupational medicine
  • Identification of areas in need of certified CPD programs related to occupational medicine

Occupational Medicine Program Committee Terms of Reference

Occupational Medicine Program Committee membership



Dr. Joel Andersen, Ontario

Vice Chair

Dr. D. Burton McCann, Nova Scotia


Dr. Douglas Hamm, Academic, British Columbia

Dr. Ronald Gorsche, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba

Dr. Serge Blier, Military Medicine Observer, Ontario

Dr. Nikhil Rajaram, OEMAC Observer, Ontario

Dr. Martine Baillargeon, OMSOC Observer, Quebec

Dr. Brent Woolfrom, Veteran’s Health Observer

Dr. Sonia Sylvain, Quebec

Dr. Andrea Burry, Atlantic

Dr. Alfredo Tura, British Columbia

The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) staff

Dr. Victor Ng, Associate Director, Programs and Practice Support

Supported by the Programs and Practice Support Department

Contact the Occupational Medicine Committee with any questions or comments at [email protected]


The Occupational Medicine Program Committee provides these relevant  web resources, papers and clinical practice guidelines for those who have a special interest in occupational medicine.*

*Disclaimer: Most of the materials on this site have come from external sources. The CFPC is not responsible for the accuracy, or reliability of application of these materials. Users wishing to verify this information should consult directly with the identified sources. The information on this site does not necessarily reflect the policies or views of the CFPC.


Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety

Medical fitness for aviation

Institut de recherché Robert-Sauvé en santé et sécurité du travail (IRSST)

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Occupational and Environmental Medical Association of Canada

Canadian Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Association

Position Statements

Occupational and Environmental Medicine Association of Canada - Position Statement on Cannabis Use and Safety-Sensitive Work 

Training programs

Foundation Course in Occupational Medicine: University of Alberta program certified by the CFPC and the Alberta Chapter for Mainpro+® certified credits; now available in Alberta, Northern Ontario, and the Maritimes

McGill Faculty of Medicine: Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health

Medical College of Wisconsin Master of Public Health program


Accommodation Works!: Canadian Human Rights Commission Workplace Accommodation Tool

Best Advice Guide: Communities of Practice in the Patient’s Medical Home

Short-Term Illness Certificate
Ottawa, ON: Canadian Medical Association (CMA) Policy; 2011.

Clinical Snippets

The Medical Benefits of Work
McCann DB. Occupational Medicine Committee Clinical Snippet. The College of Family Physicians of Canada. January 2016.

Making sick notes work for you and your patient
Occupational Medicine Committee Clinical Snippet, The Family Physician’s Role in Return-to-Work. The College of Family Physicians of Canada. March 2016.

Taking an Occupational History
Occupational Medicine Committee Clinical Snippet. The College of Family Physicians of Canada. August 2016.

Concussion in the Workplace
Occupational Medicine Committee Clinical Snippet. The College of Family Physicians of Canada. December 2016.


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