New Online Program Helping Healthcare Professionals Respond to Opioid Crisis

November 14, 2018
OTTAWA, Nov. 14, 2018 /CNW/ – Healthcare providers have a new online program to help them respond to the growing opioid crisis in Canada. In virtually every jurisdiction across the country, opioid-related overdoses and deaths have reached crisis levels. Through a new, case-based e-learning program from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, healthcare providers can learn from experts in pain management about the best ways to deal with these increasingly complex cases. The online program is one of three new self-assessment programs being offered as part of an innovative pilot collaboration between the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the MDBriefCase Group. These self-assessment programs are available at no additional charge for Fellows of the Royal College and MOC MAINPORT ePortfolio users. The two other self-assessment programs available are on the topics of CanMEDS and research ethics. Other healthcare professionals in Canada and abroad will be able to access the programs at a cost of $65 CAD. All programs are available online as of today. Click here to register. Developed by leading specialists and peer-reviewed by experts in the field, these accredited programs offer unique learning opportunities in English and French, combined with the flexibility and convenience of online delivery. “Opioid therapy is one of the most controversial and challenging issues facing healthcare […]

Free Online Programs for Healthcare Professionals Now Available Through Innovative Collaboration

April 11, 2018
OTTAWA, April 11, 2018 /CNW/ – An exciting new pilot collaboration is providing additional accredited online programs to Fellows of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and MOC MAINPORT ePortfolio users. This innovative pilot collaboration with the MDBriefCase Group will see two new self-assessment programs offered free of charge to Royal College Fellows and MOC MAINPORT ePortfolio users on the topics of CanMEDS and Research Ethics. Both are available online as of today. Other healthcare professionals in Canada and abroad will be able to access the programs at a cost of $65 CAD. Developed by leading specialists and peer-reviewed by experts in the field, these programs offer unique learning opportunities in English and French, combined with the flexibility and convenience of online delivery. The program on the Royal College’s CanMEDS Framework will use case-based scenarios to help physicians and surgeons enhance their abilities within seven primary roles essential to quality patient care: communicator, collaborator, leader, health advocate, scholar, professional, and medical expert. “The world of medicine is always changing. We want to serve specialists by giving them tools and resources they need to adapt and thrive in their work,” said Dr. Andrew Padmos, Royal College CEO. “Providing better patient care isn’t just about improving technical skills – I’m pleased MOC users have the opportunity […]

New education around suicide prevention provides much needed support to Canadian healthcare professionals

July 4, 2017
TORONTO, July 4, 2017 /CNW/ – The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP) and MDBriefCase Group, are pleased to announce a new physician education program designed to support Canadian healthcare professionals in the prevention of suicide. The one-hour program, entitled Suicide: Facing the difficult topic together – Empowering physicians, instilling hope in patients, was developed by a multi-disciplinary faculty with expertise in medicine, public health and mental health and features videos from survivors of suicide speaking about their experiences.  “At the Mental Health Commission of Canada we recognize that suicide is a major public health issue requiring a multi-pronged, collaborative approach to prevention” says Louise Bradley, President and CEO of the MHCC. Research has shown that those who die by suicide frequently had contact with a healthcare provider prior to their death. “Suicide prevention is everyone’s responsibility,” says Julie Campbell, Executive Director of CASP. “It is essential that professionals become pro-active in opening the conversation around suicide to help the people be more comfortable to share those overwhelming feelings and get help as early as possible.” “It is important to keep up-to-date on the latest information about suicide and its prevention; that is, its risk and protective factors,” adds Dr. Glenn Pearce, a […]

New “medical cannabis 101” for healthcare professionals program released

June 14, 2017
TORONTO, June 14, 2017 /CNW/ – Today, Toronto-based MDBriefCase Group launched a unique online educational program, Medical Cannabis IQ: The Fundamentals, aimed at addressing the growing need for education among healthcare professionals around medical cannabis. “Cannabis is a powerful tool in the integrative treatment of complex diseases,” explained Dr. Caroline MacCallum, physician and topic expert on the program. Cannabis use has been associated with decreased use of other pain and mental health medications. “It can treat multiple medical conditions and symptom clusters concurrently. It thereby reduces polypharmacy, including opioids, and unwanted side effects.” “We cannot, as healthcare professionals, stick our collective heads in the sand when it comes to medical cannabis. With over 160,000 registered clients consuming the product, it’s clearly a therapeutic option that a significant number of Canadians are pursuing and experiencing benefit.” said Michael Boivin, Clinical Pharmacist.  “We hope through this program that our colleagues in various healthcare professions can learn the fundamentals about medical cannabis, its potential role in managing patients, understand some of the popular misconceptions, and appreciate the regulatory framework that exists in Canada.” All Canadian physicians who do not have a restricted license, as well as nurse practitioners in some provinces, are currently eligible to prescribe medical cannabis. “Medical cannabis has […]