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Table of Contents 3 Welcome to the College 4 Professionally-led regulation The system of self-regulation is based on the premise that the College must act first and foremost in the public interest – and our responsibilities are set out in provincial legislation. 5 Dialogue magazine Dialogue will cross your desk four times each year, bringing you new and revised College policies, updates on legislative changes that may affect your practice, and information about College programs. 6 College website Our site is a useful resource for physicians and the public. Bookmark www.cpso.on.ca for the latest news and information. 8 Answering your questions Our Physician Advisory Service answers thousands of calls every year from doctors just like you. Call us when you need our help at 1-800-268-7096 extension 606 or (416) 967-2606. 9 Annual membership renewal The membership fee and online renewal form for those in independent practice are due by June 1st every year – pay on time and avoid a late payment penalty. 11 The Practice Guide and College Policies The Practice Guide articulates the profession’s values and the principles of medical practice. It also organizes our policies within a principled framework. 19 Lifelong learning The College plays a leadership role in improving the quality of health care delivered by physicians through our assessment programs. 20 Help is available The Physician Health Program is a service of the Ontario Medical Association designed to assist Ontario physicians, residents and medical students who may be experiencing a wide range of problems.