Dialogue Volume 11 Issue 1 2015 - Page 40

practice partner Staying on top of CPD requirements College Registrar, Dr. Rocco Gerace, says plenty of opportunities available for MDs in non-clinical roles Y ou work in the insurance industry as a medical director. You spend most of your day analyzing the medical records of applicants to determine insurance risk and to evaluate life and disability claims. So when you meet up with your old friends from medical school and the conversation turns to the different ways to keep current with medical knowledge, you stay silent. After all, it has been five years since you saw your last patient, so the requirements of continuing professional development (CPD) don’t apply to you… Or so you think. The fact is that all physicians licensed to practise medicine in Ontario are required to participate in CPD and track their credits with a recognized CPD tracking organization (see sidebar). The requirement, enshrined in regulation in 2011, applies regardless of whether the physician has a busy clinical practice, has voluntarily retired (but wishes to keep a certificate of registration), is primarily engaged in non-clinical work or has restricted his or her medical practice to surgical assisting. It is imperative that all registered physicians maintain competency and track their CPD, said Dr. Rocco 40 Gerace, College Registrar. Take the earlier example of the physician who works for the insurance company, he says. This doctor is reviewing clinical files and making important decisions that will significantly affect peoples’ lives. “It is irrelevant as to whether a patient is actually sitting across from him. The company hired him because he is a doctor. He is being paid to be a doctor. And to do his job properly, he needs to stay on top of current knowledge,” he said. Physicians are required to stay on top of all kinds of knowledge – not just clinical. The CanMEDS and CanMEDS-FM Competency frameworks, used by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) and the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), respectively, organize the broad knowledge, skills and abilities that physicians need into seven physician roles: Medical Expert, Communicator, Collaborator, Manager, Health Advocate, Scholar and Professional. Physicians who are not involved in clinical photo: D.W. Dorken Focus on Continuing Professional Development Dialogue Issue 1, 2015 Issue1_15.indd 40 2015-03-19 11:18 AM