Site news

In Circulation - Disclosure of payments from drug companies to doctors – we want your thoughts

Picture of Lucy Last
In Circulation - Disclosure of payments from drug companies to doctors – we want your thoughts
by Lucy Last - Wednesday, 4 July 2018, 1:38 PM

July 3, 2018    @DoctorsOfBC


In Circulation provides current, relevant practice and professional information for Doctors of BC members




Disclosure of payments from drug companies to doctors – we want your thoughts


As you may know, the BC government is embarking on a consultation with stakeholders for input into rules it may implement that would see drug companies disclose payments they make to doctors (Health Sector Payment Transparency Program).


Before Doctors of BC takes part in such a meeting, it is important that we understand how you feel about this issue. Please take 5 minutes to fill out the survey linked below. By better understanding how you feel, we can do a better job of advocating for you and the profession. The survey will close on July 8th at 11:59 pm.

To access the survey, click here...



WorkSafe BC Negotiations to begin

Doctors of BC will soon begin negotiations with WorksafeBC on new agreements covering Free-for Service/Sessional Physicians and Salaried physicians.  To help us best represent you, we are inving all members to express your views on priorities that you would like to see addressed. Simply e-mail the Negotiations by clicking  here (link sends e-mail). As we have done in the past we will also be meeting with the Sections most impacted by the WorkSafeBC Agreements to outline the process and to hear their priorities. The last agreements were negotiated in 2014.


Dr Cadesky to meet physicians in Northern BC


An important part of advocacy involves building relationships with our members to help us understand what is important to you. Doctors of BC President  Dr Eric Cadesky will be reaching out to members in Northern BC in August.

He will be in Smithers (August 9), Terrace (August 10 to 11), and Prince Rupert (August 12). Note that dates are subject to change. If you are interested in connecting with Dr Cadesky about his tour, please e-mail us at









Ultrasound Prioritization

This new BC Guideline summarizes suggested wait times for common indications where ultrasound is the recommended first imaging test. The purpose is to inform primary care practitioners of how referrals are prioritized by radiologists, radiology departments and community imaging clinics across the province. In some cases, notes and alternative tests are provided for additional clinical context. This guideline is an adaptation of the British Columbia Radiological Society (BCRS) Ultrasound Prioritization Guidelines (2016). See also the one-page overview: Ultrasound Prioritization Guideline Summary



Invitation to Participate in External Review

Testosterone Testing Protocol – now open for External Review until July 31, 2018

The Testosterone Testing Protocol summarizes the appropriate use of serum testosterone testing in men and women aged ≥19 years. It is an updated version of Testosterone Testing  Protocol (2011). Key updates include:

·         New hypogonadism investigation algorithm

·         Recommendation that patients fast, use the same lab for initial and follow-up tests, and test when the sleep-wake cycle is stable

·         Inclusion of age-dependent approximate lower limits of normal for men

·         Separate guidance for initial and follow up (monitoring) testosterone tests

Please visit the BC Guidelines External Review page to download the draft protocol and submit your feedback via our new online questionnaire.