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   25 February 2016 

IN THIS NEWS BULLETIN

Open Letter to Registrants from the Board
Board Tables Proposed Changes to CDSBC Bylaw Part 2 (College Board)
President Tobias Announces Proposed Bylaw Amendment to Remove Spousal Treatment from the Definition of Sexual Misconduct
Boundaries in the Practitioner-Patient Relationship Guideline Approved
Board Hosts Workshop on a Better Way to Develop Policy
Renew Your Registration/Certification by 1 March
Practice Tip #3: The Importance of Continuity of Care
Upcoming Events and CE Opportunities
Easter Weekend Office Closure


Open Letter to Registrants from the Board

The Board is aware of discussion in some segments of the profession about perceptions of the direction the College has taken. The Board supports and encourages healthy discussion of policy issues among the profession; however, it is clear that serious misconceptions still exist, and that outright misinformation is being distributed by some registrants. The Board provides clarity in an open letter to registrants at the link below.

Read the open letter


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Board Tables Proposed Changes to CDSBC Bylaw Part 2 (College Board)

The Board has decided to table the proposed amendments to Bylaw Part 2 (College Board) and will not move forward with them at this time. This is the bylaw that deals with succession of executive board officers as well as eligibility requirements for board members.

Vice-President and Governance Committee Chair Dr. Erik Hutton wrote a letter to registrants to explain why we are holding off on the proposed changes.

Despite the tabling, you are still welcome to comment on the proposed bylaw change by email to consultation@cdsbc.org before the consultation close date on 20 March.

Read Dr. Hutton's letter


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President Tobias Announces Proposed Bylaw Amendment to Remove Spousal Treatment from the Definition of Sexual Misconduct

"This has been a hot issue for registrants and we have been working behind the scenes with government and other health regulators to address it. I am pleased to announce that at our February meeting, the Board approved a motion to remove spousal treatment from the sexual misconduct provisions of the Health Professions Act and the Bylaws."

-- Dr. David L. Tobias, CDSBC President

The introduction of the Health Professions Act and the CDSBC Bylaws in 2009 defined any sexual relations with a patient as professional misconduct of a sexual nature. The Ministry of Health recently shifted its thinking and has advised all health regulators that the government will not impose the specific contents of a patient relations program. The Ministry expects health regulators to deal with this as an ethical issue.

With this in mind, the Board is seeking to amend CDSBC’s patient relations bylaw so that spousal treatment would not be included in the definition of “professional misconduct of a sexual nature.” The proposed wording to be added to Bylaw Part 13 (Patient Relations) reads:

13.03   (5)       

It is not professional misconduct of a sexual nature to provide dental services to one’s spouse; rather, that is a matter of professional ethics involving

(a)  patient autonomy;

(b)  free, full and informed consent by the patient; and

(c)  objectivity of care on the part of the practitioner.

The proposed amendment to Bylaw Part 13 (Patient Relations) will be posted for a 90-day consultation period ending 27 May 2016. Registrants, partner organizations and the public are all invited to comment. The Board will review and consider all submissions. If approved, the amendment will be filed with the Ministry of Health.

Will this amendment mean that dentists can treat spouses?

Practitioners must continue to use their professional judgment in determining whether treatment is appropriate on a case-by-case basis and in consideration of the ethical factors set out in the new guideline document Boundaries in the Practitioner-Patient Relationship (see announcement below). The College has defined this as an ethical issue and is providing guidance to registrants in the Boundaries guideline. For this reason, it would be inappropriate for the College to make a statement one way or the other.

If approved, the amendment to the Patient Relations Bylaw would mean the simple fact that a dentist has treated their spouse will no longer constitute professional misconduct of a sexual nature. If a complaint were received, it would be analyzed by the Inquiry Committee as a question of ethics, patient autonomy, and informed consent, as discussed in the Boundaries guideline.  

More information about the consultation and instructions for submitting feedback are available at the link below.

To submit your feedback now, email consultation@cdsbc.org.

Patient relations bylaw


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Boundaries in the Practitioner-Patient Relationship Guideline Approved 

The guideline document, Boundaries in the Practitioner-Patient Relationship was revised last fall and approved by the Board at the February meeting. The guideline considers the question of when it is appropriate to enter into a practitioner-patient relationship and sets out the ethical obligation of registrants to ensure the treatment is appropriate.

The document – which has been endorsed by both the BC Dental Association and the College – provides guidance to registrants to help recognize conflicts and gives advice on how to resolve these conflicts.

Read the joint letter of support.

Read the guideline


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Board Hosts Workshop on a Better Way to Develop Policy

About 60 people – including registrants, representatives from the BC Dental Association, Certified Dental Assistants of BC, and dental component societies – gathered with CDSBC committee members, board members and staff on 20 February for a workshop on how to use engagement to develop better policy.

This highly participative workshop was facilitated by Susanna Haas Lyons, an engagement specialist who develops strategy and provides training for better conversations that lead to decision-making. This was the first step in our work to change the way we develop policy and to engage our registrants and other stakeholders. To read more about the workshop purpose and objectives, view the agenda at the link below.

Photo from L to R: Dr. Rob Staschuk, BCDA President-Elect; Dr. Erik Hutton, CDSBC Vice-President; and Dr. Chris Hacker, CDSBC Complaint Investigator

Read the workshop agenda


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Renew Your Registration/Certification by 1 March

The deadline to renew your registration or certification is 1 March 2016. Log into your account on the online system to complete your renewal and make your payment.

Once you have completed the renewal process online, payment can be made online by Visa, MasterCard or Interac from your bank account. You can also mail a cheque or money order payable to CDSBC or pay in person at the CDSBC office in Vancouver during business hours (Monday-Friday from 8:00am-4:30pm.)

Note: If you do not renew on time, you are not permitted to practise until you have reinstated, and an additional reinstatement fee will apply.

Renew now


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Practice Tip #3: The importance of continuity of care   

"Proper communication between dentists in the office is critically important"

Read tips and observations straight from the desk of CDSBC staff dentists. In practice tip #3, Dr. Sujay Mehta shares a case of miscommunication between a principal dentist, associate dentist and patient. Read his recommendations to encourage communication in your practice.

Read practice tip #3


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Upcoming Events and CE Opportunities

CDSBC regularly leads presentations and holds workshops for registrants around the province. Visit the College's events page for an up-to-date listing of where we will be in the coming months.

Events

        
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Easter Weekend Office Closure

Our office will be closed Friday, 25 March and Monday, 28 March for the Easter holidays. We will reopen at 8:00am on Tuesday, 29 March 2016.

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This Contact News Bulletin is distributed to registrants for the College of Dental Surgeons of BC. It is one of CDSBC's official methods of notification to its registrants. Registrants are responsible for reading College publications to ensure that they are aware of current standards, policies and guidelines.