The goal of promoting high quality health care is achieved by encouraging and supporting high standards of continuing medical/professional education. The Ontario College of Family Physicians believes more can be achieved by providing its CME/CPD programs to all Family Physicians and other health care professionals across the province. The Ontario College of Family Physicians (OCFP) has developed and is currently developing a number of programs and initiatives for our members to further increase their skills and knowledge in family medicine. For more information on these initiatives, click on the titles below.
Peer Presenter Programs
Beginning in 1992, the OCFP has developed various Peer Presenter Programs on a wide variety of topics, from Physician Stress to Healthy Child Development. These programs aim to deliver quality CME for family physicians by family physicians.
Collaborative Mental Health Care Network Mainpro® C Program
This program links family physicians from across the province with a GP Psychotherapist and Psychiatrist mentor in a collaborative relationship to support easy access to case-by-case support and ongoing continuing professional development regarding mental health care. The program is supported by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
"Saving the Brain" Collaborative Stroke Care Network Mainpro® C Program
“Saving the Brain” Collaborative Stroke Care Network is a collaborative effort to bring the Family Physician the tools and support they need to enhance their ability to deliver primary and secondary stroke prevention programs and quality care for post-acute stroke patients. The network links a specialist mentor with the Family Physician mentee and provides guiding advice for the family physician. This is not a referral service, but an opportunity for FPs to learn from specialists in stroke care.
Healthy Child Development Mainpro® C Program
Stemming from the Healthy Child Development Peer Presenter Program, this program provides an educational forum for family physicians, nurse practitioners, midwives, public health nurses and other health care professionals to develop strategies and support healthcare professionals in their communities to better meet the needs of pregnant women, infants and young children. This program is supported by the Integrated Services for Children Division of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
Insulin Use and Titration
Endocrinologists, diabetes educators and family doctors are working together to provide onsite education in family practices, to demonstrate to the practice team how to start insulin in Type II Diabetes for patients whose diet, exercise and oral medications have failed to lower their glucose levels to acceptable limits. Mentorship following the onsite education program ensures that the family physicians and the practice team continue to develop skills in the advance management of diabetes. The “Insulin Prescription” is a well-regarded practice tool developed specifically by members of this Mentorship program.
18 Month Well Baby Visit
The OCFP has been the lead organization in a research project aimed at establishing the 18 Month Well Baby Visit as a key milestone in the development of a healthy child.
To view our 18 Month Well Baby Project results and to access the routine Baby Record (Ontario Version), the Nipissing District Development Screen, the 18 Month Flow Chart, and all of our reports on the 18 Month Well Baby Visit - CLICK HERE
Alzheimer Physician Education Training Strategy
This program is a comprehensive medical education program on Alzheimer Disease and Related Dementias. The program incorporates a number of initiatives and is supported by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
This project includes the development of an evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine website for healthcare professionals. This website is an excellent resource for family physicians on Complementary and Alternative Medicine including information on adverse drug reactions of various Complementary Medicine. This project was supported by the Change Foundation and the Richard Ivey Foundation.
HIV/AIDS Mentorship Program
This program provides family physicians who wish to incorporate HIV/AIDS patients into their family practice with a five day mentorship. This program includes didactic presentations and hands on experience.
Osteoporosis & Falls Prevention Program
A Peer Presenter CME program has been developed in the area of Osteoporosis and Falls Prevention. Peer Presenters are available to facilitate educational sessions in your community. This project is funded by the Ontario Women's Health Council.
Research Education Program
This program was developed in recognition of the need to support the education of community-based family physicians to acquire the basics of research methodology. The OCFP supports the delivery of this program.
Violence Against Women Program
A Mainpro® C program has been developed in the area of domestic and spousal abuse. This comprehensive, multi facet program will assist healthcare professionals through information sharing and will overcome barriers by supporting the use of effective practice tools and patient education material. Peer Presenters are available to facilitate educational sessions in your community. Funding is provided by the Ontario Women's Health Council.
Benign Uterine Conditions Initiative
The Benign Uterine Conditions Initiative is a collaborative effort to bring healthcare providers and trainees practical and evidence-based education and information on such key topics as: endometriosis, fibroids, abnormal uterine bleeding, chronic pelvic pain and pelvic organ prolapse, as well as information regarding investigations, medications, and other management options for these conditions.
Blood Pressure Action Plan
The Blood Pressure Action Plan™ is a personalized, risk assessment tool customized to help patients make realistic, healthy lifestyle changes. It's free, easy-to-use and confidential.
This initiative was developed by the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario in partnership with the Ontario College of Family Physicians with funding from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
Accessing the Blood Pressure Action Plan™ is easy for patients - just visit www.heartandstroke.ca.
Over 45,000 Ontarians have already completed the Blood Pressure Action Plan™ or Heart & Stroke Risk Assessment™!
Healthcare providers can order free promotional fliers, brochures or patient referral pads to promote the Blood Pressure Action Plan™ at www.heartandstroke.ca/hypertension or call 1-888-473-4636.