DOCTALK 2021 - Volume 8 Issue 2
May 2021
May 2021
By Dr. Olawale Igbekoyi, CPSS Council President

Council last met on the 19 and 20 of March 2021.  The next Council meeting is scheduled for the 18 and 19 of June 2021.
Meetings are now all held virtually through Webex. 
Agendas and E
xecutive Summaries with information about the content of the open portion of Council meetings are available here.
Cosmetic Clinics

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.

 Physicians with Blood-borne Virus - Changes to expectations

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

 NEW - Social Media Guideline

Council approved a new guideline on social media use by physicians . Members are expected to familiarize themselves with the College’s expectations on behaving ethically, professionally and responsibly in every social media interaction.
 RCPSC Examinations and Specialist Billing

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. 

 Council Education on Best Meeting Practices

To assist with future deliberations of Council, Council Members received an education session on Robert’s Rules of Order. Thanks to an excellent presentation by Bryan Salte, Senior Legal Counsel, Councillors are now equipped with the skills to navigate through Council proceedings while providing an opportunity for all members to have their voice heard. 

    Dr. Olawale Franklin Igbekoyi is President (2021) of the Council of the College of Physicians  and Surgeons of Saskatchewan and a Family Physician practicing in Rosetown.