Complementary & Alternative Medicine

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In recent years, more patients have become interested in treatments not taught in medical school. As a physician, what should be your approach to these therapies? That’s the focus of the College’s Complementary & Alternative Medicine Standard of Practice. Here’s what you need to know. What is complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)? The College defines CAM as any therapy not …

Re-Entering Medical Practice or Changing Scope of Practice

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Taking a break from practice is not uncommon – illness, travel and family are just a few of the reasons why a physician might need time away. However, advancements in clinical practice never stop, and neither does our commitment to the career-long competence of our members. This Standard of Practice is about ensuring physicians have up-to-date knowledge and skills when …

Self-Reporting and Duty to Report Standards Revised

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The Self-Reporting to the College and Duty to Report a Colleague standards both deal with the sensitive issue of a physician who has a health condition which affects, or is reasonably likely to affect, his or her practice of medicine. In both of these standards, a fine balance must be struck between the need to protect patients and the need to …

Patient Records – Proof of Good Medical Practice

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A patient’s medical record serves three functions: To remind you of the care you provided to your patient. To enable someone else to step in and provide the appropriate care. To show diligence in the care provided, as required. While most physicians’ patient records are fine as a personal reminder, many do not meet the standard required for numbers 2 …