Council asked the Registrar’s Office to develop an educational resource for physicians engaged in cosmetic practice that incorporates all of the policies and guidelines that are relevant to cosmetic practice. The purpose of the education materials will be to summarize the College’s expectations for physicians who practise cosmetic medicine and to assist such physicians to provide appropriate care to their patients.
Council approved significant changes to the bylaw on Physician, and Medical Students with a Blood-borne Virus as well as a policy which gives guidance for physicians who perform or assist with exposure-prone procedures. The amended bylaws have been submitted to the Minister of Health for approval and the bylaw, and the amended policy, will come into effect when approved by the Minister. Members who provide or may provide exposure prone procedures are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with the bylaw and follow the recommendations. See full details in this issue
The fee schedule negotiated between the Government and the SMA requires the College to establish the requirements for physicians to bill at specialist rates. Usually that requires a physician to have achieved Royal College certification. It is possible that Royal College examinations may not be available in all specialties in the spring of 2021. The College amended its bylaws to state that physicians who complete their residency programs in 2021 but for whom the RCPS(C) examinations are not available, will be entitled to bill at specialty rates until an examination in their specialty becomes available.