Practising Wisely

Practising Wisely: Reducing Unnecessary Testing and Treatment is a suite of new continuing professional development opportunities for primary care providers. Structured in a modular format, it's available in just the right dose:

  • A 90-minute presentation to get you and your colleagues talking and acting against "too much medicine." (Module 1)
  • A half-day case-based small-group workshop (Module 1 and 2 or 3 or 4)
  • A full-day deep dive (Modules 1-4)

Participants will identify opportunities to "practise wisely", with a focus on reducing over-prescribing, over-imaging, over-screening and over-monitoring using the latest evidence and tools from diverse sources. This workshop aligns closely with the Choosing Wisely Canada (CWC) campaign to implement good healthcare stewardship and avoid over-medicalization.

The program centres on case studies and incorporates individual reflection and group work. It helps participants to build communication skills to guide their patients through the shift from seeking sickness to enhancing health.

After active engagement in this program, participants will be better able to:

• Identify opportunities to reduce “too much medicine”
• Access and assess reliable, renewing online resources
• Integrate relevant evidence into individual patient care
• Communicate and build consensus with patients to reduce over-medicalization.


Module One
We examine the harms and drivers of too much medicine and introduce a four-step approach to applying evidence to patient care with a focus on low back pain and ovarian cysts.

Module Two
Reliable, renewing online resources are put to work to support practice change. Cases centering on proton pump inhibitors and statins for primary prevention are the focus.

Module Three
Cancer screening is the topic here as participants differentiate risks and integrate relevant evidence into individual patient-care supported by shared decision-making.

Module Four
Evolving the annual physical exam to become a periodic health review personalized for each patient is a key element of this module. Poly pharmacy in the elderly and over-monitoring for diabetes are addressed as well.


Dr. Jennifer Young

Find out more about the  Practising Wisely program in this Q&A with Course Director, Dr. Jennifer Young

Would you like to host a session? Contact us at Practising Wisely. We'd love to hear from you.

Visit our Continuing Professional Development section to find out about other excellent programs from the OCFP.