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Entering professional practice: Resources

Entering professional practice is an exciting time for new specialists. The following resources were developed by the Royal College and many other leading health care organizations to help you during this transition.

General information

Transitioning from residency into practice: What do residents need to know? Download this five-minute podcast, featuring Dr. Jocelyn Lockyer, PhD, associate dean of continuing medical education at the universities of Calgary and Alberta.

CMA’s New in Practice guide: Published by the Canadian Medical Association, the New in Practice guide provides a concise overview of the information residents need to start their practice.

CPSO’s The Practice Guide: This guide from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario is  applicable to all physicians. It provides an overview of the principles of medical practice and a physician’s duties, and lists supplementary resources.

Clinical and professional development resources

Royal College CPD Educator Network: Fourteen continuing professional development (CPD) educators across Canada support Fellows and Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program participants in understanding the philosophy, framework and requirements of the MOC Program.

Royal College learning in practice database: This online database gives you quick access to a variety of resources designed to enhance your learning, including point of care tools, journals, tutorials and more.

MOC Program Guide: The Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program Guide provides a quick overview of the program, what you need to know, how to use the MAINPORT ePortfolio and how to get started.

List of approved CPD activities: For quick reference, see this list of activities approved under Section 1 (Group Learning) and Section 3 (Assessment) of the Royal College’s MOC Program.

Guide to Enhancing Referrals and Consultations: Developed by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Royal College, this guide provides advice on improving referrals and consultations between physicians.

Lifelong learning booklets: These booklets provide physicians and health care teams with tools for developing the particular skills that create good lifelong learners.

Safety Competencies framework: Developed by the Canadian Patient Safety Institute, this is a practical framework for health care professionals.

Clinical practice guidelines: Access a variety of practice guidelines produced for your specialty by Canadian medical or health organizations, professional societies and others:

CASPR Job Board: This website provides links to all provincial physician job boards across Canada.

drcareers.ca: This website is the CMA’s career centre for physicians.

Billing information

Billing guides:

CMA New in Practice guide/Medical Billing: Self-employed physicians have traditionally been paid primarily on a fee-for-service (FFS) basis, but reimbursement systems are evolving in many jurisdictions. The CMA’s New in Practice guide examines FFS, alternative payment plans, salaried positions and locums. The guide’s Medical Billing chapter includes advice on organizing your billing, the billing process, uninsured services, and more.

Managing your practice

CMA website: In the CMA website’s Practice Management section, you’ll find a number of resources that provide useful guidance. Note: Access to many of these resources is restricted to CMA members.

Canadian Medical Protective Association: Make use of online resources related to managing risk in practice, documentation and medical records, disclosure, and much more.

Ethical and cultural resources

Royal College bioethics modules: Use our innovative online bioethics curriculum to address topical issues faced in practice. Access interactive modules on topics like life-sustaining treatments, demands for inappropriate treatment, and more. Also, find primers on issues like conflict resolution, the physician-patient relationship and more.

Health Professionals Working with First Nations, Inuit and Métis consensus guideline: Produced by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada, this guide aims to help you provide culturally safe care to aboriginal women and their families.

Physician health and work-life balance

CanMEDS Physician Health Guide: Using real-world situations, this critically acclaimed guide provides practical strategies for pursuing better physician health. Free to Royal College Fellows in PDF format and for sale at a discount rate in print form.

CanMEDS Time Management Guide: practical resource that helps busy physicians manage their time more effectively. The PDF is free for Royal College Fellows.

Canadian Physician Health Network: The CMA website provides links to all provincial and territorial physician health programs.

ePhysicianHealth.com: An online resource that can help physicians and physicians in training be resilient in their professional and personal lives.

Physician Litigation Stress Resource Center: Online resources to help physicians and other health care professionals manage the stress associated with medical malpractice litigation.

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