Member Interest Groups Section (MIGS)
MiGroups: Powered by members
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
Check out MiGroups to stay on the pulse of what’s new for family physicians and add your voice to our vibrant community. Sign up today!
The Power of Peer Networking and Collaboration
More than 100 College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) members gathered over lunch at FMF 2019 to swap ideas, make connections, and learn about the incredible work of the Member Interest Groups Section (MIGS). The packed room was buzzing with energy as participants caught up with old friends and met new colleagues.
The MIGS is the largest of the CFPC’s five Sections. With 19 (and counting) different Member Interest Groups (MIGs), the Section supports members in their practice and provides a community where like-minded physicians from across Canada can connect. Every year the Section hosts a networking fair at FMF for members to learn about the work being driven by their peers and the CFPC to support their professional area of interests. This year’s event had the highest attendance yet and generated a record number of registrations of new MIGS members.
In 2019 the Section adopted the new MIGS name and a set of recommendations to more accurately reflect its renewed purpose. The FMF networking event offered a great opportunity to share information about these exciting changes, including work under way to reconfigure the Section’s 19 program committees to MIGs, and the new MiGroups online platform where peers can connect to ask questions and share ideas and practice support resources.
The MIGS did more than just networking at FMF—MIGS members contributed nearly 40 clinical sessions on a wide range of topics. One of these sessions was the high-impact Emergency Medicine Resident Simulation Showcase. Five teams of family medicine residents from Canadian residency programs managed complex clinical cases in front of faculty judges and a large audience. Another session focused on advance care planning (ACP). The enhanced clinical session was designed to equip family physicians with the tools and resources to initiate critical ACP discussions. Both sessions received excellent feedback!
It is exciting to look ahead and anticipate the impact of the redesigned MIGS. If you have not already signed up, don’t delay! You can participate in as many groups as you like, it just depends on your interests and schedule.
You can find information about the MIGS and links to each of its groups at www.cfpc.ca/migs, along with periodic updates about changes to the Section. To join MiGroups or to ask a question, please contact us at [email protected].
Position Statement on Physical Activity
Created by our Sport and Exercise Medicine Program Committee, the 2019 position statement on physical activity provides an up-to-date, evidence-based message from the CFPC to the people of Canada regarding physical activity. It emphasizes physical activity as one of the most important health measures that family physicians can integrate into practice, as well as discuss and monitor with patients.
Background of the Member Interest Groups Section
In June 2019 the Section of Communities of Practice in Family Medicine began transitioning to become the Member Interest Groups Section (MIGS). This concluded a 16-month review process that was designed to guide the expansion of the Section beyond the 19 programs and 10,000 members it currently supports.
The strategic review undertaken—which involved extensive consultations with committee members, CFPC physician leaders, CFPC staff, and external organizations—highlighted the need for greater awareness of the Section and a broader mandate. Redesigning the Section allows the CFPC to address the wide and evolving interests of our members and to continue supporting members in a modern online community.
The Section’s new name marks the first stage of this transition. Input from CFPC members who currently participate on the Section’s committees drove the selection of the name, as our goal is to have it represent what the redesigned Section offers to members.
The Member Interest Groups Section (MIGS) comprises a number of programs, each of which addresses a particular area of special interest of our members.
These programs cover a range of areas that members have asked us to include—be they part of their comprehensive care practices or in some cases major or full-time commitments. The CFPC remains committed to comprehensive continuing care.
Family physicians with special interests are those family doctors with traditional comprehensive continuing care family practices who act as the personal physicians for their patients and whose practices include one or more areas of special interest as integrated parts of the broad scope of services they provide.
Family physicians with focused practices are those family doctors with a commitment to one or more specific clinical areas as major part-time or full-time components of their practices.
- Addiction Medicine Program Committee
- Cancer Care Program Committee
- Child and Adolescent Health Program Committee
- Chronic Pain Program Committee
- Collaborative Advisory Group for General and Family Practice Anesthesia (CAGA)
- Dermatology Program Committee
- Developmental Disabilities Program Committee
- Emergency Medicine Program Committee
- Enhanced Surgical Skills Program Committee
- Global Health Program Committee
- Health Care of the Elderly Program Committee
- Hospital Medicine Program Committee
- Maternity and Newborn Care Program Committee
- Mental Health Program Committee
- Occupational Medicine Program Committee
- Palliative Care Program Committee
- Prison Health Program Committee
- Respiratory Medicine Program Committee
- Sport and Exercise Medicine Program Committee
All you have to do to get started is go to your membership profile where you can indicate which program or programs are of interest to you. There will be no added fees or other requirements expected of you to become part of this College activity. We will pass your name on to the programs, so that you may be included in future networking opportunities and future communications.
Who we are
Each program in the MIGS will have a community to focus on the following areas:
- Assists with the development of evidence-informed College of Family Physician of Canada (CFPC) policies related to the needs and/or environment of family physicians practising in this domain
- Consults on policies and positions related to patient care in family medicine
- Maintains ongoing and timely communications with members who are interested in the same clinical/practice area
- Explores opportunities to engage members in College work as it relates to the area of interest
- Examines opportunities for networking among members with the same areas of interest
- Advocates for physicians in the domain of practice in the CFPC as it relates to their areas of practice and within the scope of the CFPC
- Supports health advocacy initiatives within the area of interest
Education and scholarship
- Provides advice on educational standards and learning objectives in undergraduate and postgraduate education pertaining to the relevant clinical domain
- Assists with research projects as they relate to the area of interest
Continuing professional development
- Assists with the development and dissemination of continuing professional development programs related to the given area of special interest, both for those with a special interest and those with a general clinical focus
- Participates annually in Family Medicine Forum
- Develops practice supports to assist family physicians in providing care to patients with conditions relevant to the clinical domain
The program committees welcome input and feedback through ongoing communication with interested members. In addition to electronic interaction, program participants can meet with colleagues who share the same practice interests at the College’s annual Family Medicine Forum.
If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].
The MIGS newsletter has a new look!
The newsletter features easy-to-navigate updates from the MIGS communities, including news about featured projects and initiatives. The newsletter is published twice a year.
If you would like to subscribe, please email [email protected].
February 2017 committee newsletters
Winter 2016 committee newsletters
Summer 2015 committee news
If you are interested in exploring the opportunity to establish a Program in the MIGS please contact Ms. Lily Oeur, Manager, Practice Support Programs.
For a one page summary of the College’s vision about the MIGS, read the CFP article "Better supporting your practice".
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 communities of practice that connect family physicians who work within or have a strong interest in one or more specific communities of practice. These MIGS communities 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 a community of practice
- Support College members in their day to day practice
- Facilitate communication and increase engagement among College members who identify with a community of practice
What are the current MIGS areas?
Currently, there are 19 recognized Member Interest Groups (MIGS).
How do the MIGS Programs 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 CPD 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 MIGS Program:
- Sign-up sheets are available at the CFPC booth at FMF
- Indicate your area of interest on your CFPC membership renewal form
- Send an email indicating your areas of interest to [email protected].
How do I create a new Member Interest Group?
If you are interested in creating a new Member Interest Group (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 completion of a MIGS application.
What’s the difference—or the connection—between the MIGS and CACs?
There is no direct link between CACs and the MIGS. A CAC is a certificate of 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 community of practice. The MIGS recognizes 19 interest groups, five of which happen to be in areas that are already approved for certificates of added competence.
You do not have to possess a CAC to be part of a community of practice, nor do you have to belong to a MIG to gain and hold a CAC.
Read more about CACs.