Medical Practice Observation/Experience
The Council of the College has approved in principle a redrafted policy (formerly a guideline) “Medical Practice Observation / Experience” for the purpose of consultation.
The Council directed that the proposed amended policy be circulated to physicians and placed on the CPSS website to seek feedback from other interested parties including members of the public. The Council will consider the feedback received when it considers the policy at its meeting in late November.
This document is now a policy, rather than a guideline. The College has accepted the following statement in relation to policies:
Policies contain requirements set by the Council of the College to supplement the Act and Bylaws. Policies are formal positions of the College in relation to defined areas of practice with which members must comply. The Council also sets policies on registration, administration, and governance of the College.
The College Council approved the Guideline “Medical Practice Observation/Experience” in March 2017. When it reached its sunset date in the spring of 2022, the Council appointed a committee to consider the document and bring back its recommendations. In September 2022, the Council considered the committee’s report and approved in principle a number of amendments including the following:
- 1. The document is now a policy as opposed to a guideline, as it primarily establishes requirements with which physicians are expected to comply;
- 2. The format has been updated to make it more consistent with current CPSS policies and guidelines, including the addition of headings, relevant acronyms, and an “Other Resources” section;
- 3. The policy now includes a section specifically relating to medical students. This is intended to clarify the distinction between curricular and other clinical activities;
- 4. The various expectations have been grouped into categories according to time frame (i.e., requirements related to patient consent, requirements prior to allowing an observer to participate, requirements during an observer’s participation, etc.), and those under the supervising physician’s control (i.e., specific expectations of the supervising physicians as well as indirect expectations).
- 5. Some of the previous wording was rephrased to recognize that the College does not have any authority over individual unlicensed observers; therefore, it was not appropriate to set out specific expectations for the observers. Rather, these have been reframed as expectations for the supervising physician (the party over whom the College has jurisdiction).For example, ‘supervising physicians must not permit observers to…’.
The previous version of the guideline is accessible on the CPSS website here.
Click here for the amended policy as approved in principle.
The Council anticipates that it will consider feedback from
stakeholders, including members of the profession, at its meeting on November
25 and 26. The Council would like to hear from you!
If you have concerns with the proposed policy,
it would be helpful if you explain the reasons for those concerns.
How to Respond
In order for the College to consider feedback and correlate feedback for the Council in time for the next Council meeting, all feedback should be provided to the College no later than Friday, November 4, 2022.
Please complete the survey linked below. Feedback can also be provided to firstname.lastname@example.org.