Pain Assessment Resources

Chronic pain can be one of the most challenging and frustrating presentations in primary care; it is rarely treated to the full satisfaction of either provider or patient. The process is much more likely to be successful if it has included a good diagnostic workup and therapeutic trials; however, reframing the classic expectation in the [...]

Physician Practice Enhancement Program

Download: Viva Care - PPEP Assessment Task Force Viva Care Medical Group would like to prepare all of our physicians of the CPSBC Physician Practice Enhancement Program that is rolling out across BC. The Physician Practice Enhancement Program (PPEP) is a collegial program with three distinct components designed to proactively assess and educate physicians to ensure [...]

Physician Telehealth Consultation Guide

Download: Viva Care MD Telehealth Consultation Guide Introduction Traditional delivery of primary care takes place in a face-to-face transaction between provider and patient. In telehealth, however, the transaction is 'filtered' by the distance and technology. The potential problem of filtered communication in a telehealth encounter was examined from a human factors perspective. Patients with and without [...]

Physicians – How to Retire Guide

Retirement looks different for everyone. For some, retirement might include traveling the world, golfing, or spending time with grandchildren. For others, hobbies or volunteering might be appealing. Or, like many physicians, perhaps continuing to work part-time is a more realistic goal. Have you thought about what your retirement will look like? Whatever your goals, a [...]

Osteoporosis in Late Stage Chronic Kidney Disease

Osteoporosis is a skeletal condition characterized by reduced bone volume, bone quality, and increased fragility, leading to an increased risk of fractures.1,2,3 Traditionally, osteoporosis has been diagnosed either by the presence of a fragility fracture or solely on bone mineral density (BMD) in the absence of a fragility fracture. Osteoporosis Canada (OC) now recognizes [...]

Requirements for International Medical Graduates (IMGs)

International Medical Graduates (IMGs) who meet the postgraduate training requirements of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia (the College) may be eligible for a provisional licence to practise medicine in British Columbia. Applicants must have a medical degree plus two years accredited and approved postgraduate training with a basic core of 44 weeks consisting [...]

National pharmacare has large support across Canada

Nearly one-quarter of Canadians say they or someone in their home can’t afford prescribed drugs and are splitting pills and skipping doses to make the medicine go further – or not renewing or even filling prescriptions, according to a new poll. In addition, 36 per cent of the Canadians surveyed reported they have friends or [...]

Misperceptions – Updated Standard Regarding Walk-in Clinics

Debunking misperceptions about the updated standard regarding walk-in clinics College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia: Registrar's message Misperception 1: The standard is new To ensure quality of care in all practice settings in British Columbia, this past June the Executive Committee approved an amended professional standard entitled Walk-in, Urgent Care and Multi-physician Clinics. Contrary [...]

Walk-in clinics in B.C. told to offer continuing care to patients

The walk-in or urgent care clinic that you visited just once is obliged to be your “medical home” if that’s what you need and want, according to new standards set by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC. Formerly, there was an expectation that such clinics became your primary care clinic of record after [...]

Ending the Patient-Physician Relationship

College’s Position The decision to end a patient-physician relationship should be based on a thoughtful review of the reasons for doing so and having given the patient reasonable notice of the decision. Communicate your decision and the reasons for your decision clearly and non- judgmentally to the patient, preferably in person. Follow the initial communication [...]