Make your voice heard!
The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) aims to ensure its work efforts reflect the values and priorities of its members. When members respond to an ePanel survey, they help the CFPC better understand members' perspectives and help guide the College's decisions and planning.
What an ePanel entails
CFPC members can help influence the College's standards for training, certification, lifelong education, and high-quality health care by providing survey feedback.
When members sign up to receive the ePanel, the College guarantees:
- No more than six ePanel polls per year
- No more than 10 questions per poll
- To listen to members' opinions
- To share ePanel results and analysis
ePanel 2018: Certificates of Added Competence (CACs)
While maintaining our pride as family physicians and the generalists that we are trained to be, we acknowledge that the delivery of family medicine services is evolving. Certificates of Added Competence (CACs) provide a means of recognizing family physicians who have achieved a defined level of competence in certain domains of care, and a commitment to maintenance. In this ePanel, we asked participants their thoughts on CACs from the perspective of both CAC holders and non-CAC holders. Questions range from collaboration between CAC holders and non-CAC holders, opinions on CACs, and the direction the College should take on CACs.
ePanel 2017 #3: The Role of Family Physicians in Home Care
The final ePanel of 2017 asked respondents for their thoughts on the role of family physicians in home care.
ePanel 2017 #2: Quality Improvement and Data Readiness
Family physicians strive to deliver the highest quality of care to patients while also enhancing access to care, increasing efficiencies, and improving the experience for patients and care providers. Quality improvement (QI) provides a set of values and methods that can contribute to this. Evidence based on data derived from the realities of everyday practice contributes to practice improvements.
The College promotes and advances QI and uses data at the front lines of family medicine. It collaborates with key partners such as provincial Chapters, departments of family medicine, provincial governments, national bodies, and entities in other countries. The College adopts and adapts materials and tools that already exist, and develops new ones as required.
ePanel 2017 #1: Family Medicine Job Profile/Comprehensiveness
How family physicians define themselves depends on many variables including training, their understanding how family medicine is practised, community and patients' expectations of physicians, the needs of colleagues, and how physicians function within the clinical setting, to name a few. This survey asked members for their feedback on elements of comprehensiveness and continuity in care for training in family medicine.
ePanel 2016 #3: 2016 – Social Determinants of Health
ePanel 2016 #2: Mainpro+® Mobile App Survey
In 2016 the CFPC launched its new Mainpro+ (Maintenance of Proficiency) program—a system for reporting continuing professional development (CPD) credits. To help make credit reporting more convenient for users, the CFPC is investigating the creation of a dedicated Mainpro+ mobile application that would allow users to report credits on the go. We asked ePanel members for information on their credit reporting habits and feedback on features they would like to see in a mobile application.
ePanel 2016 #1: Same-Day and After-Hours Access
This ePanel surveyed physicians about the provision of same-day and after-hours access. Findings highlight the challenges and benefits of same-day and timely access as well as the perceptions of family physicians of their role.
ePanel 2015 #4: Mandatory Continuing Professional Development for Prescribing Opioids
At its November 2015 Board meeting, the CFPC discussed continuing professional development (CPD) for prescribing opioids. ePanel member feedback was critical in understanding how to approach this serious issue. The CFPC membership passed a motion that recognized opioid misuse as a major public health crisis and intent to collaborate with organizations, such as the regulatory bodies, to develop/accredit high-quality CPD programming in this area.
ePanel 2015 #3: Health Care and the Federal Election
ePanel 2015 #2: Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia
The public and health care professionals have significant discussions about physician-assisted suicide (PAS)/physician-assisted dying (PAD) and euthanasia, and there are more questions than answers with respect to the effect on family medicine. To aid the College in decisions related to this complex issue, the CFPC surveyed its membership.
ePanel 2015 #1: Relationship with Pharmaceutical Industry
This survey asked CFPC members for their opinions on the CFPC's relationship with the pharmaceutical industry. The College carefully and diligently manages its connections with the pharmaceutical industry. However, the College asked members how these relationships should be handled. Changing the College's working relationships with the pharmaceutical industry could affect current practices such as advertising in Canadian Family Physician (CFP), maintaining sponsorships and commercial exhibits at Family Medicine Forum (FMF) and Chapter Annual Scientific Assemblies (ASAs), and continuing to give MAINPRO® credits to educational programs developed with support from the pharmaceutical industry.