DOCTALK 2021 - Volume 8 Issue 2.   Download full issue (PDF format)

 From the President & Registrar  
  Medical Misinformation - A Public Health Infodemic
May 2021

By: Dr. Olawale Franklin Igbekoyi, Council President

Medical misinformation is spreading rapidly within our current world and is a silent enemy against our efforts to deliver effective health care to our communities. It promotes potent opposition to our public health measures against the spread of diseases. Irrespective of our various convictions and personal biases, medical misinformation remains a common enemy, and we must work together to mitigate its damaging effect on our health care delivery systemsREAD MORE

 Legally Speaking
May 2021
By Sheila Torrance, CPSS Legal Counsel

Increased clarity on expectations for Medical Practice Coverage

While the previous version of the College policy “Medical Practice Coverage” established the College’s expectation that all physicians involved in direct patient care had an obligation to arrange for 24-hour coverage of patients currently under their care, it did not provide much guidance as to the scope of the expectations and the various components to be considered in ensuring appropriate practice coverage.  This article seeks to provide clarity to physicians on the matter.  READ MORE

Also in this issue:
A Shift in Approach to Screening, Reporting and Monitoring Blood-borne Viruses
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Addressing Quality of Care
May 2021
By Dr. Werner Oberholzer, Deputy Registrar

Malignant Pathology - Managing Test Results

The CPSS has recently dealt with two cases where malignant pathology results have been inadequately managed by physicians.  Given the potential serious ramifications of delayed management, we thought it may be helpful to remind physicians of their obligations when managing pathology results.


Also in this issue:
Physicians and the Duty to Report Physician Impairment 

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Practice Update
May 2021
Source: Nicole Bootsman, OATP Program

NEW Canadian Opioid Use Disorder Guideline

The*NEW* Canadian Opioid Use Disorder Guideline, Opioid Agonist therapy: A Synthesis of Canadian Guidelines for Treating Opioid Use Disorder is now available on the CPSS website!  

Great collaborative work was done on this project to ensure safe standards of practice across the country. We are especially proud of the support provided by our own CPSS Opioid Agonist Therapy Program staff.

See the CAMH website for more details on the project.

Also in this issue:
Practice Tools
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 Saskatchewan Physician Leaders    Senior Life Designation

May 2021

Nominations NOW OPEN for 2021

Nominate a colleague you admire
for the 2021 Kendel Award!

The Dr. Dennis A. Kendel Distinguished Service Award is a prestigious award presented to an individual (or group of individuals) who has made outstanding contributions in Saskatchewan to physician leadership and/or to physician engagement in quality improvements in healthcare.

The award is presented during a special annual banquet organized by the Council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan.

KENDEL AWARD Nominations
are open until September 30th of each year

Nomination packages are available in the
For Physicians -> Awards and Recognition
section of the College website
or by writing to


May 2021


Have you been licensed on a form of postgraduate licensure in Saskatchewan for 40 years or more?

You may be eligible for SENIOR LIFE DESIGNATION

If you have been licensed on a form of postgraduate licensure and practicing in Saskatchewan for 40 cumulative years or more, or if the only interruptions in your practice were for service in the armed forces or to take postgraduate training, and you have not yet received your Senior Life Designation, please let us know!

Physicians eligible to receive this designation are presented with an award at an official Council Banquet in November of each year (COVID restrictions permitting).


or call 306-244-7355


DocTalk Volume 8, Issue 2

 2021- College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan


Dr. Brian Brownbridge
Joanna Alexander (Public)
Dr. Karen Shaw (Ad hoc)
Dr. Werner Oberholzer
Caro Gareau
Alyssa Van Der Woude

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Caro Gareau
Dr. Werner Oberholzer
Sheila Torrance
Dr. Brian Brownbridge
Joanna Alexander
Alyssa Van Der Woude
Sue Waddington

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