Important information regarding opioid prescribing

College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta CPSA, Medical Matters, Messenger 21 Comments

There has been recent media activity in Alberta about concerns from chronic pain patients and access to opioids. The messaging has stated that CPSA prevents or discourages physicians from prescribing opioids. We have also heard that some physicians have stopped prescribing opioids or have refused to treat patients with chronic pain, because they are afraid of losing their licence to …

Emotional intelligence in clinical practice

College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta CPSA, Latest News Archive, Medical Matters, Messenger 18 Comments

Last month, I had the privilege of spending a couple evenings talking to some of Alberta’s medical and surgical residents about physician leadership. I left each of those discussions invigorated by their interest, enthusiasm and passion for being future healthcare leaders. Times like this fill me with confidence that the future of the medical profession is in good hands. However, …

Election season is still upon us!

College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta CPSA, Latest News Archive, Medical Matters, Messenger 2 Comments

It may seem early to start talking about the 2019 CPSA Council Election, but it’s coming sooner than people realize. In fact, this year we will be putting out the call for nominations earlier than in previous years. That is why our Council President, Dr. John Bradley, and I are reaching out to you now about this year’s Council Election, …

When is it safe to practise medicine?

College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta CPSA, Latest News Archive, Medical Matters, Messenger 25 Comments

It is with great excitement that I share some very important direction the College received from the CPSA Council on March 1, 2019. With Council’s support, the College will pursue a better understanding of how we can improve patient safety by exploring how concepts like physician impairment, specifically due to fatigue, can impact the delivery of safe health care. More …