Chapter News: December 2021
British Columbia College of Family Physicians (BCCFP)
BCCFP Members Invited to Respond to CPSBC Bylaw Change Recognizing Family Physicians as Specialists
This past spring the BCCFP launched a campaign raising awareness of family physicians’ training and certification as specialists in family medicine. As part of this work, we submitted a letter requesting that the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC (CPSBC) consider amending its bylaws in alignment with other regulatory Colleges across Canada so that family physicians in British Columbia who hold certification with the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) are recognized as “specialists in family medicine.”
In response, the CPSBC has approved amendments to Section 7-4 of its College Bylaws under the Health Professions Act. The proposed bylaw states: “Nothing in section 7-4(3) prevents a registrant who is a certificant of the CFPC from calling themselves a “specialist in family medicine” or a “family medicine specialist.”
The BCCFP sees the proposed amendment as a step in the right direction. However, we believe that using clearer, more affirming language would be in the best interest of family physicians and the public.
As such, in our response to the CPSBC, we have respectfully requested the following language be considered: “A family physician who is a registrant and certificant of the College of Family Physicians of Canada is designated as “a specialist in family medicine” or a “family medicine specialist.”
BCCFP members who are registrants of the CPSBC have the opportunity to provide comment on the proposed amendment until January 15, 2022.
Send emails to:
College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC
Attn: Registrar and CEO
Email: [email protected]
Ministry of Health
Director, Regulatory Initiatives
Professional Regulation and Oversight Branch
Email: [email protected]
Ontario College of Family Physicians (OCFP)
Join us virtually for the OCFP’s Family Medicine Summit 2022 (formerly known as ASA), featuring two live-stream days, January 28 and 29, 2022, and dozens of additional sessions, all available on-demand for six months (January 29th’s In the Spotlight keynote available for three months) – so you can learn with your colleagues and on your time.
Browse the program and register now at OCFPSummit.ca.
We were delighted to have the opportunity to celebrate the work of family doctors across the province at the OCFP Awards Ceremony on November 10, 2021. If you missed it, see the recording of the virtual ceremony and check out the ceremony program to learn about all recipients.
Quebec College of Family Physicians (CQMF)
QCFP Awards – The nomination period has begun
This is an ideal opportunity to showcase the outstanding work of our fellow family physicians. If your colleagues have done something to distinguish themselves, their accomplishments deserve to be recognized. We invite you to nominate them for one of our awards: Family Physician of the Year, Mentor of the Year, Award of Excellence or Early Career Award.
Learn more about the QCFP awards. The deadline for submitting nominations is February 28, 2022.
Family Medicine Residents
The initial period for submitting a PREM application ended recently. If you’re still thinking about the future and are in need of a sympathetic ear during this pivotal time in your career, discover JUMO, the QCFP’s online mentorship platform. Register or email for more information.
In the Media
The QCFP responded to the introduction of Bill 11, An Act to increase the supply of primary care services by general practitioners and to improve the management of that supply. It also spoke out about the Premier François Legault government’s intentions with respect to care.
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