Dialogue Volume 14 Issue 4 2018 - Page 18

REPORTS FROM COUNCIL Rationale for Rescission: Anabolic Steroids Under the Medicine Act, 1991, prescribing, dispensing or selling drugs for an improper purpose are acts of professional misconduct. Further, the College’s Prescribing Drugs pol- icy sets expectations that physicians prescribe drugs only where there is a clinical indication for doing so, based on a clinical assessment and other relevant information. It is commonly held by international and national anti-doping bodies, that prescribing, administering or assisting in the use of anabolic steroids, and other substances or methods prohibited in sport, without medical indication, is an improper purpose. As such physicians’ involve- ment in such activities will continue to be taken seriously by the College. Fetal Ultrasound for Non-Medical Reasons Health Canada, which regulates medical devices in Canada, has stated that the use of ultrasound for non-medical reasons is an unapproved use of this device. Additionally, the Canadian Associa- tion of Radiologists and the Society of Ob- stetricians and Gynecologists of Canada agree that while this technology is safe for diagnostic purposes, practitioners should reduce unneces- sary, potentially hazardous exposure. For these reasons, the College will continue to take seri- ously this matter and will investigate instances of unauthorized use of this device. MD New Academic Representative from Western Dr. Terri Paul Dr. Paul has published in the field of thyroid disease, osteoporosis and diabetes and is a consul- tant to the Scientific Advisory Board of the Osteoporosis Canada. She has been involved in medi- cal education and won The Douglas Bocking Award for excellence in medical teaching, a Schulich Educator Award of Excellence in Undergraduate teaching, as well as a Canadian Association for Medical Education Certificate of Merit. She is the former Associate Dean, Learner Equity and Wellness at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Paul replaces Dr. Barbara Lent, who served as Western’s academic representative for eight years. 18 DIALOGUE ISSUE 4, 2018 Council is pleased to announce that Dr. Terri Paul will be the new academic representative from Western University. Dr. Paul is a Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinol- ogy and Metabolism at Western and has a clinical practice at St. Joseph’s Health Care in London.