CFPC, CPSO amend EM policy after rural physicians input

After receiving feedback from the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada, as well as individual rural physicians from across the country, the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) revised its new policy “Expectations of Physicians Not Certified in Emergency Medicine Intending to Include Emergency Medicine as Part of Their Rural Practice – Changing Scope of Practice Process.” The revised policy reflects the many conversations that highlighted the contributions of family physicians already engaged in emergency medicine work in small and rural communities.

In this revision, the CPSO and CFPC have clarified that family physicians already engaged in emergency medicine work prior to the establishment of the document, along with Family Medicine graduates trained in Canadian Residency programs will not be subject to the requirements outlined in the policy.

Thank you to all who advocated in support of rural family physicians and residents who provide essential critical care services in small and rural communities throughout Ontario. The respectful dialogue and quick adaptation of the suggested revisions was  greatly appreciated by all.

 Read the revised document now