Physician Behaviour in the Professional Environment (Consultation Closed)

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    Consultation closed

    Quick Poll

    Would your trust in your physician be negatively impacted if he or she exhibited unprofessional behaviour?

    • Yes (84%, 228 Votes)
    • No (16%, 42 Votes)

    Total Voters: 270

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    Quick Poll

    Have you ever witnessed a physician acting in an unprofessional or disruptive manner?

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    Our Process

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    The College’s Physician Behaviour in the Professional Environment policy is currently being reviewed. This policy sets out expectations for physician behaviour grounded in the principles of medical professionalism, namely that physicians act in a courteous, dignified and civil manner towards their patients, colleagues and others involved in the provision of care.

    View the current policy

    To assist with this review, we are inviting feedback from all stakeholders, including members of the medical profession, the public, health system organizations and other health professionals on the current policy. Comments received during this preliminary consultation will assist the College in updating the policy. When a revised draft is developed, it will be recirculated for further comment before it is finalized by Council.


    We want to hear your thoughts on the current policy…



    As professionals, physicians are expected to act in a courteous, dignified and civil manner towards their patients, their colleagues and others involved in the provision of health care.  The policy outlines principles of medical professionalism and is the companion document to the College’s Guidebook for Managing Disruptive Physician Behaviour.  The policy also addresses unprofessional conduct, including disruptive behaviour.  It states that disruptive behaviour occurs when the use of inappropriate words, actions or inactions by a physician interferes with his or her ability to function well with others to the extent that the behaviour interferes with, or is likely to interfere with, quality health care delivery.

    Have Your Say

    We would like to hear your thoughts on the current policy, along with suggestions you may have for how the policy could be improved.

    In particular, we are interested to know:

        • Does the policy provide useful guidance?
        • Are there any issues not included in the current policy that should be addressed? If so, what are they?
        • Are there other ways in which the policy should be improved?

    Please provide your feedback by August 5, 2014

    Next Steps

    The College is committed to ensuring that the Physician Behaviour in the Professional Environment policy reflects current practice issues, embodies the values and duties of medical professionalism, and is consistent with the College’s mandate to protect the public. The feedback obtained during this consultation will be carefully reviewed and used to evaluate the draft. While it may not be possible to ensure that every comment or suggested edit will be incorporated into the revised policy, all comments will be carefully considered.

    Once a revised draft policy has been developed, stakeholders will be invited to review the revised document and provide further feedback before it is considered for final approval by Council.

    Final decisions regarding policy revisions are made by College Council.

    To ensure transparency, the College will post all consultation feedback in accordance with our posting guidelines.

    We value your feedback and thank you again for participating in our policy review process.


    Contact us by email


    Send us your feedback by mail:

    College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
    80 College Street
    Toronto, Ontario

    Attention: Policy Department