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CPSO/CFPC Joint Statement - Revised Guidance for Emergency Medicine in Rural Practice

June 18, 2018
After working closely with the CFPC, and hearing from many family physicians, the CPSO is amending its document: Expectations of Physicians Not Certified in Emergency Medicine Intending to Include Emergency Medicine As Part of Their Rural Practice - Changing Scope of Practice Process. The expectations document will recognize the experience family physicians receive in urban emergency departments as meeting the necessary criteria to include emergency medicine in a rural practice; including new graduates of a family medicine residency program. 


Read the full joint statement as well as the revised guidance document and FAQs here:  

What Family Physicians Need to Know About the New Immunization Reporting Requirements Starting July 1, 2018

June 15, 2018
Recent changes to the Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA) and regulations will require family physicians to report immunizations provided to children for nine designated diseases, to local public health units beginning on July 1, 2018.

The OCFP and other member-based organizations have heard many concerns from family physicians about how these new reporting requirements will impact workload. We, and other associations, have shared those concerns and expressed the need for timely implementation-specific detail, better coordination and consistent messages from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), Public Health Ontario, and public health units. 

As we await more and clearer information on reporting to public health, we encourage all members to continue to provide immunizations and choose the reporting method most appropriate for their practice. 

Click here to read more.

OCFP, CFPC and SRPC Respond to the CPSO's Guidance for Emergency Medicine in Rural Practice

June 6, 2018

In April 2018, the OCFP and CFPC published a Letter to Members about the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) document: Expectations of Physicians Not Certified in Emergency Medicine Intending to Include Emergency Medicine As Part of Their Rural Practice - Changing Scope of Practice Process

On June 6, the OCFP, CPFC and the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada (SRPC) issued a formal response to the CPSO's guidelines. Read our three-point statement here: 


OCFP/CFPC Letter to Members: CPSO's Guidance for Emergency Medicine in Rural Practice

April 24, 2018

Members have expressed concerns about the recently released College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) guidance document: Expectations of Physicians Not Certified in Emergency Medicine Intending to include Emergency Medicine as part of their Rural Practice - Changing Scope of Practice Process. The OCFP and the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) continue to champion the high-quality training of family physicians, as well as the value of a generalist scope of practice and training that includes emergency care. This is reflected by the OCFP’s feedback to the CPSO during its consultations in Spring 2017. We will continue to engage the CPSO’s leadership on this matter to share your concerns and ensure an unwavering focus on the best possible patient care.

Family Medicine Matters Blog

The Family Medicine Matters blog features articles discussing current topics. Members are invited to share their perspectives and ideas and engage in a dialogue.

Rallying to Save Lives

In the aftermath of a horrific crash that saw eight badly injured patients rushed to the hospital's ER, the inspiring response of the town's physician community has earned the respect of many. In this letter to his colleagues, the CGMH's chief of staff, Dr. Michael Lisi, expresses his heartfelt admiration and appreciation.
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What's Up in Family Medicine

Periodically the OCFP features articles with information, tools and resources that can support family physicians in their practices. Click here for a full list of articles.

Members' Forum Highlights

The OCFP's 2017 Members' Forum focused on supports for family physicians in Managing Pain and Addressing Opioids. Taking place in Toronto on Nov. 24, the event featured a panel of leading experts from across the health system, to share the latest information on these crucial issues. 

See the presentation slides.

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More and more, the OCFP is shaping our website to keep members aware of our activities and those of others. We welcome suggestions for article topics, online resources and tools that would be of interest to our members. Please email suggestions to newsletter_ocfp@cfpc.ca.