Dialogue Volume 14 Issue 1 2018 - Page 9

FROM THE REGISTRAR’S DESK Regulation in a changing world I Dan Faulkner Interim Registrar Today, public participation and engagement is not only critically important, but has become the norm in most aspects of our work t is a pleasure for me to serve as the Interim Registrar until early June, when Dr. Nancy Whitmore joins the organiza- tion as the new College Registrar and CEO. It is certainly a busy time at the College. As you read through the pages of this issue of Dialogue, you will see that Council has been active on a number of different matters dedicated to the issues of medical regulation and public protection. As examples, the College was pleased with the January decision of the Superior Court of Justice related to our Professional Obligations and Human Rights and Medical Assistance in Dying policies, a deci- sion that supports patient autonomy and access to medical services. We continue to actively work with partners to address the myriad of issues related to opioid prescribing, use and misuse. And internally, we are seeing unprecedented increases in public complaints and investiga- tions, putting stress on many parts of the organization. In my years of service as Deputy Registrar, I have witnessed the Col- lege withstand numerous complex challenges. Our capacity and ability to do so, is in large part related to the profession-public partnership that continues to build meaningful and sophisticated initiatives. In the last issue of Dialogue, Dr. Rocco Gerace reflected on his 16 years in the role as Registrar. He de- scribed the changing face of regula- tion as direct physician involvement and participation, working with members of the public to regulate the practice of medicine. Twenty- five years ago it was quite rare for the public to be involved in College work. Today, public participation and engagement is not only criti- cally important, but has become the norm in most aspects of our work. Members of the public participate in policy development, hear discipline cases, review assessment results and decide on the appropriate outcome in investigations. At the most recent meeting of Council, for example, the Continuity of Care and Closing a Medical Practice policies were discussed. Neither of these policies could sufficiently anticipate the needs of patients without listening to public input at every step in the policy development and approval process. Ontario is not alone; we are witnessing a transformation in professional regulation in health and ISSUE 1, 2018 DIALOGUE 9