Re-entering Practice – Preliminary Consultation (Consultation Closed)

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    The deadline to provide feedback was August 12, 2016

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    The College’s Re-entering Practice policy is currently under review. The current policy sets out the College’s expectations for physicians who wish to re-enter practice after a prolonged absence in order to demonstrate their competency in the area of practice they are returning to.

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    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…



    Physicians may decide to take an extended leave of absence at some point in their careers. This may occur for a variety of reasons: to go on parental leave, go on sabbatical, or take on a role that does not involve clinical practice, for example.

    In order to ensure that physicians who have been absent from clinical practice for a prolonged period have the necessary competence to practice upon their return, the College’s Re-entering Practice policy sets out expectations for physicians who would like to re-enter practice after being absent for at least 3 years or who have practiced less than 6 months in the preceding 5 year period and who intend to enter the same type of practice to which they were previously involved. The policy applies to physicians even if they have continuously maintained their certificate of registration during their absence from practice. The objective of the policy is to ensure that when a physician decides to re-enter practice, he or she has maintained the competence necessary to practice safely.

    Physicians who plan to enter into a new scope of practice must also comply with the College’s Changing Scope of Practice policy. A consultation on the College’s current Changing Scope of Practice policy took place from April 4th to June 2nd. Feedback on the current policy can be found on the Scope of Practice consultation page.

    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 clearly articulate the College’s expectations of physicians who intend to return to practice after a prolonged absence?
        • Does the policy clearly articulate what a prolonged absence from practice is?
        • Are there other ways in which the policy should be improved?

    Please provide your feedback by August 12, 2016.

    Next Steps

    The College is committed to ensuring that the Re-entering Practice 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.


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

    Attention: Policy Department