Dialogue Volume 14 Issue 1 2018 - Page 10

FROM THE REGISTRAR’S DESK non-health sectors, in Canada and beyond. Organizations with a clearly defined public interest mandate involve laypersons in key con- versations for a number of reasons: it improves decision-making, enhances accountability and is paramount to sustained credibility and trust. Certainly, over the years, I have seen how the profession-public contribution enriches our work. By incorporating the opinions and observations borne of so many different life ex- periences into our decisions and processes, we create a more relevant organization. Combine public input with the essential clinical and pro- fessional expertise of physicians, and we have a model of regulation that better serves our man- date. Numerous examples exist of physicians and members of the public working closely to develop policy and initiatives that have had a deep and positive impact on patients’ lives. The College’s transparency initiative is an excellent example. I acknowledge that finding the right balance – the appropriate mix – of the public and the profession is, and may always be, a source of tension. Whatever term we use, the respon- We welcome your feedback on any issue raised in Dialogue. We reserve the right to edit letters for length and clarity. sibility of ‘self’ will require individual physi- cians to own their continued competence and accountability for their personal conduct. The responsibility of the ‘profession’ will require regulators to deliver programs and services with public and patient interests at the top of the list of considerations. The College has some significant challenges ahead, including: developing expectations to achieve better continuity of care for patients in a system that has its share of deficiencies; enhancing pain management and opioid prescribing for better patient outcomes; as well as addressing a host of legislative changes, gov- ernance reviews and operational pressures. I’m honoured to serve as the Interim Reg- istrar and seamlessly support the transition of Dr. Nancy Whitmore to the team. I am also optimistic about the College’s future, notwith- standing the significant challenges. Our focus will continue to be on exemplary leadership and balanced contributions from doctors and public members contributing to all levels of the CPSO, even as the terms used to describe this responsibility continue to evolve. MD Please send letters to: Elaine McNinch, Managing Editor Mailing address: College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario 80 College St, Toronto, ON, M5G 2E2 Fax: (416) 961-8035 Email: editor@cpso.on.ca 10 DIALOGUE ISSUE 1, 2018