Seeking Member Input to Address Physician-CPSO Concerns, New Ontario Health Team Webinars
Seeking Member Input to Address Physician-CPSO Concerns, New Ontario Health Team Webinars
June 6, 2019
President's Update

Dear Colleagues:

The OMA has been working to build a stronger, more collaborative relationship with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.

The Board and staff – notably our Economics, Policy and Research team led by Dr. Jim Wright – is facilitating regular two-way communications between the OMA and the College that is allowing us to explore areas of mutual interest or concern, and also to provide an early warning system to tackle potential problems before they reach a point of contention.

The OMA’s CPSO Task Force is doing great work on behalf of all physicians in Ontario. This member driven task force has been reviewing College policies and procedures around complaints and investigation to identify stressors impacting physicians who are subject to a CPSO complaint, and find ways that we can work to mitigate these stressors, and provide support to affected members.

Over the last year, the CPSO has made progress to improve many of the procedures the OMA has identified as problematic, for example, an improved complaints intake process and the introduction of an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program. The CPSO has also acknowledged that many of their policies are hard to read/understand:

Still, we know there are still many areas of significant concern to physicians as it relates to the CPSO.

To help us identify and understand these areas and generate possible solutions, the OMA Task Force is seeking your input.

Today, you and all members across the province will receive an email invitation with a direct link to a confidential survey about the CPSO. This is a completely anonymous survey and the results are not identifiable, so please share your views and suggestions openly.

The input from this survey will be used to inform a report and recommendations to the College and we’ll report back to members about the survey findings once everything is compiled.

Your opinion matters and we want to hear from you. So please watch for the survey link in your email, and we’ll be sure to send out reminders.

New Ontario Health Team Webinars, June 10-11

We continue to hear great interest and some apprehension from members about Ontario Health Teams (OHTs). The government received more than 150 applications for OHTs, and the OMA is committed to supporting members throughout this transformation.

To this end, the OMA will be hosting two new interactive online information webinars – Monday, June 10 and Tuesday, June 11 both from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. – to provide updates on what we’ve learned to date, how the OMA is advising government and working with stakeholders, and to answer member questions.

To register in advance, please click on the links below:

Monday, June 10, 2019 at 7:00 pm Eastern Time (US and Canada) https://oma.zoom.us/webinar/register/aa078df9361aeab14ac87b605f06faf5

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 7:00 pm Eastern Time (US and Canada) https://oma.zoom.us/webinar/register/8e8f0eef3e52ef93d746f627e8486654

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about how to join the webinar and how to submit your questions.

To learn more about OHTs, please visit the OMA’s OHT resource page here. For questions about OHTs, email OMA_OHT@oma.org

Ontario’s Doctors Rock!

Sohail Gandhi President, Ontario Medical Association