The Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP) responds with concern to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) policy on Expectations Physicians not Certified in Emergency Medicine Intending to Include Emergency Medicine as a Part of their Rural Practice.
“We understand and support the College’s effort to establish competency-based standards for physicians practicing emergency medicine in rural settings. The complexity of emergency medicine has increased exponentially over the years, and patients have a right to expect high-quality care in any emergency department. However, CAEP does not believe that the College’s policy is achievable over a short time frame and could worsen access to care in rural areas. To realistically achieve competency-based standards, there is a critical need for more residency training positions in Emergency Medicine and increased exposure to emergency medicine in family medicine training programs. Lastly, mentorship does not come without costs, and the CPSO must ensure that reasonable resources are available to support this initiative.” states Dr. Alecs Chochinov, CAEP President.