The following sessions are free to participate in, and easy-to-access using your PC, smartphone or tablet. Register today for those that interest you!

OCFP President's Opening Remarks and Keynote Address
Without Compassion There is No Healthcare
November 23, 2017
9 - 10:15 a.m.

The 21st century is already characterized by profound discussions about what health professionals are and should be. Unprecedented levels of burnout, depression and substance abuse among clinicians are coupled with growing demands for equitable, safe and compassionate care - the delivery of which is more often systems-based than under the control of individual clinicians.

Simultaneously the explosion of technological advances including computers that increasingly solve problems and display forms of empathy, challenges us to question what a health professional of the future will be.

This presentation argues that while healthcare will continue to be underpinned by cognitive skills and technical prowess, it is an anchor in humanism and compassion that will prove the value of the (human) health professional of the future.

OCFP Awards Ceremony
November 23, 2017
6:30 - 8 p.m.

Join us to celebrate with the 2017 OCFP Award winners, including the Family Practice of the Year, Resident of the Year and Ontario Family Physician of the Year.

OCFP Members’ Forum
Managing Pain & Addressing Opioids – Supports for Family Physicians
November 24, 2017
12 - 1 p.m.

The growing concern and changing expectations around the use of opioids raises critical and difficult questions for family physicians about how they can best provide high-quality, safe and compassionate care to their patients living with chronic pain, and deliver that care without creating unintended consequences. Panelists from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Health Quality Ontario, Family Physician leaders, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and Centre for Effective Practice will provide updates that will contribute to:

  • Gaining insight about the provincial opioid strategy and the MSK strategy, how they are connected, and how they address pain management and the opioid crisis
  • Understanding the regulatory College’s strategy and expectations regarding opioids
  • Learning about new and emerging supports and resources, how they can be accessed and how they can help family physicians caring for their patients living with chronic pain

The panel includes:
  • Moderator: Dr. Dr. Arun Radhakrishnan, Clinical Lead, CMN
  • Dr. David Kaplan, HQO Primary Care Quality Lead
  • Lee Fairclough, Vice President, Quality Improvement, Health Quality Ontario
  • Maureen Boon, Director, Strategy, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
  • Dr. Frank Martino, Past President and clinical lead on the MSK strategy
  • Fredrika Scarth, Director, Health Quality Ontario Liaison Branch, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
  • Tupper Bean, Executive Director, Centre for Effective Practice