CoPFM Enhanced Surgical Skills and Obstetrical Surgical Skills

The CFPC Community of Practice in Family Medicine (CoPFM) was struck to increase the visibility of and to advance ESS/OSS nationally. The CoPFM’s mandate within the CFPC includes advancing the educational opportunities for both ESS/OSS physicians, and Family Physicians. The Committee is also tasked with advising the Board of the CFPC on issues that affect ESS/OSS, and to assist in developing and delivering undergraduate and post graduate curriculum that is relevant to ESS/OSS.

The most exciting development for the ESS CoPFM is the CFPC announcement that they have given the green light for elevating the postgraduate training programs for both ESS and OSS to Category 1 status and awarding a Certificate of Added Competency (CAC). Conforming to the separate training programs, there will be a CAC(ESS) for the graduates of the 12 month programs at the University of Saskatchewan and University of Alberta who leave with a broad surgical skill set and a CAC(OSS) for the graduates of the shorter programs who leave with a skill set focused on Cesarean Section and related obstetrical surgical skills.

It is expected that these CACs, along with the development of more accredited postgraduate training programs, will advance the credibility of the profession and greatly facilitate the privileging process. It is important to remember that a CAC is different from a Special Designation (SD), such as the CCFP(EM) designation. There are currently no plans to introduce a SD for ESS/OSS.

Our first task as a Committee is to identify ESS/OSS physicians and physicians that support ESS/OSS nationally. Concurrent to this we are identifying web resources which may be useful to ESS/OSS physicians. We are keen to involve as many physicians as possible in this. If you would like to be involved or have suggestions for membership and future directions please email Dr Brian Geller, Chair.

For more information please visit the CFPC web site.