Dialogue Volume 13 Issue 3 2017 - Page 20

POLICY Ensuring Physician Competence During Practice Transitions Consultation for policy that articulates expectations for MDs who wish to change scope of practice, re-enter practice T he College wants your feedback on its proposed updates to a policy that affects physicians who wish to change their scope of practice or re-enter practice after being away from clinical practice for several years. The new draft policy – titled Ensuring Competence: Changing Scope of Practice and/or Re- entering Practice – maintains the current policy requirement that physicians report to the College and participate in a College process to ensure that they have the necessary competence to assume a different scope of practice or to return to clinical practice. The draft combines two current policies related to these issues. Below are four things to know about the new draft: years, when: • P  hysicians intend to re-enter practice and have not been engaged in practice for a period of two consecu- tive years or more; and • P  hysicians intend to return to a scope of practice in which they have not practised for two consecutive years or more. 2 No longer captures physicians in part-time practice (physicians who have practised less than six months in the preceding five-year period). 3 Describes what constitutes a significant change in scope of practice and provides examples of scope changes. 4 Clarifies that physicians must report their intention to the College prior to changing scope of practice and/or re-entering practice. Visit our website at www.cpso.on.ca to read the draft policy and provide your comments. 20 DIALOGUE ISSUE 3, 2017 1 Changes the reporting requirement from three to two