Dialogue Volume 14 Issue 4 2018 - Page 13

INTRODUCING The Many Perspectives of Dr. Poldre The experiences gained from his various roles will inform Dr. Peeter Poldre’s year as President D Q&A anticipated, others that were unexpected. In fact, one of the few constants at the College has been change. But that is a good thing – it is important to evolve and be on an arc of continuous improvement. So yes, while it is a very busy time, I am excited by the prospect of continuing to find better ways of protecting the public and helping physicians be the best that they can be. r. Peeter Poldre has had a long and distinguished career in medicine, working as a clinician, a teacher and administrator. And as of this past De- cember, he added President of this College to his list of achievements. For the past 30 years, he has been a consultant- hematologist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and is currently a Professor Emeritus of Medicine at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. He served for eight years as Sunnybrook's Vice President Medical Professional Practice. Recently we had an opportunity to speak to Dr. Poldre. Is there a specific change that most excites you? A: I’m optimistic that a revised complaints process will help the College devote resources to the relatively small number of physicians who are practising at significant risk to patient care. You are becoming President of the College at a time when we have several initiatives underway. How does it feel to come into this role at a time of such considerable change? A: I have been a member of this Council for nearly seven years and during that time, I have seen previous Presidents deal with an array of new challenges, some that were Why is right touch regulation a good fit for this College? A: Right touch regulation is a concept that captures the need for proportion. It recognizes that the College must balance its resources with the risk it is trying to mitigate with regulation, if indeed regulation is needed at all in a particular instance. ISSUE 4, 2018 DIALOGUE 13