What is the BCCFP?
The BC College of Family Physicians of Canada (BCCFP) is the BC branch of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), the professional association and the legal certifying body for the specialty of family medicine in Canada. Founded in 1954 with a core goal of ensuring that members engage in lifelong learning, it is an organization of family physicians dedicated to improving the practice of medicine and the health of Canadians.
Who are the members of the BCCFP?
Any family physician, UBC family practice resident, or medical student in BC can be a member of the BCCFP. Membership is growing steadily, and as of April 2015, national College membership exceeded 30,000 family physicians. More than 23,000 family physicians across the country have earned certification in family medicine and hold the CCFP designation; approximately 2,790 hold the EM designation for emergency medicine, and more than 5,728 are Fellows of the College of Family Physicians (FCFP). Many members also serve on national and/or provincial committees, which are the primary driving force in the development of family medicine policy, programs, education, research, and advocacy initiatives.
What does the College do?
The BCCFP establishes the standards for the training, certification, and lifelong education for family physicians. It accredits postgraduate family medicine trainees in Canada’s medical schools, conducts the certification examination in family medicine, and grants the CCFP designation to members who qualify as specialists in family medicine. In addition, the BCCFP leads activities to advocate for family medicine and quality health care in BC and beyond.
What does the College NOT do?
The College cannot assist patients in finding family physicians. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC should be able to help in this regard. The College cannot offer medical advice or counselling to patients; please contact your family physician for any medical care or advice. In addition, the BCCFP does not handle complaints against physicians; please contact the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC for assistance in this area.
What is family medicine?
Family medicine can best be described as personal, comprehensive, continuous care. It is personal because it is based on the relationship between the patient and his or her family doctor; it is comprehensive because it is based on the family physician’s consideration of the whole patient in the context of his or her needs, history, and life situation; and it is continuous because it is based on the long-term, ongoing nature of the professional relationship.
Is family medicine the same thing as general practice?
Family physicians are qualified to practice general medicine and have additional training in the specialty of family medicine. They also have a clearly defined focus on comprehensive, continuous care of their patients.
What is the Family Medicine Conference or FMC?
Twice a year, the BCCFP hosts a popular conference spanning a diversity of topics in family medicine. This conference is called the Family Medicine Conference and takes place each spring and fall season. More information about upcoming Conferences can be found here.
What does the BCCFP offer for family practice residents?
Information about what the BCCFP offers to residents can be found here.
How can I get more involved with the College?
We are always looking for members willing to join planning committees, to provide advance feedback on new initiatives that we are developing, or lend their expertise for our advocacy work. For more information, please contact Toby Kirshin at firstname.lastname@example.org
What role does the BCCFPC play in physician education?
The College sets the standards for education and certification in family medicine, and is the accrediting body for the UBC Faculty of Medicine. The College also conducts the certification exam in family medicine leading to the CCFP designation.
What is certification in family medicine, and what is a CCFP?
The Certification in the College of Family Physicians (CCFP) is the professional designation of the family medicine specialty. Medical school graduates who successfully complete an approved family medicine residency are eligible to sit for the certification examinations. Practicing physicians who qualify may be eligible to earn certification through a combination of approved training and practice experience.
What other professional designations does the College confer?
Physicians who have earned certification in family medicine may use the designation CCFP after their names. Certified family physicians with additional training and qualifications in emergency medicine may earn the CCFP(EM) designation; in addition, physicians who have been certified for 10 years and meet eligibility guidelines may earn the FCFP designation as Fellows of the College of Family Physicians of Canada.
How is certification maintained?
Members of the College are required to meet strict standards of continuing professional development consisting of a wide variety of accredited activities such as attending courses and participating in educational events. Members must submit evidence of these activities on a regular basis and earn a specific number of educational credits in the MAINPRO® (maintenance of proficiency) program administered by the College.
What is the CFPC Fellowship Designation?
The CFPC awards the Fellowship Designation (FCFP) to CFPC certificants who are members in good standing and have maintained their certification for a minimum of 10 years. Previously based on Mainpro-C credits, the fellowship process will change in 2016 when the CFPC introduces new criteria. The new nomination process will allow candidates to nominate themselves or a colleague. Look for more information about the Fellowship Designation on the CFPC website.
What is a Certificate of Added Competence (CAC)?
In April 2015, the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) opened the online application for Certificates of Added Competence (CACs) in Family Medicine. These provide a means to recognize enhanced areas of expertise achieved, and maintained, by some family physicians: Care of the Elderly; Palliative Care; Emergency Medicine; Family Practice Anesthesia; or Sport and Exercise Medicine
The new criteria only require that candidates be members of the CFPC at the time of their application. Other changes clarify the requirements for candidates who completed their training, or did most of their practice, outside of Canada. Applications must be completed and submitted online. If applicable, third party documentation must be received by the College on or before the application closing date.
Look for further information and instructions about the CAC application process here.