Family practice web site

Issue: BCMJ, vol. 52 , No. 3 , April 2010 , Pages 133 News

The Divisions of Family Practice launched their web site in February. It is a resource for physicians involved in a Division of Family Practice, providing program information and the ability to interact locally and provincially with their colleagues using discussion boards. The web site is also an information source for learning more about this General Practice Services Committee initiative.

Divisions of Family Practice are groups of physicians organized at the local or regional level who work to address common health care goals. This initiative was designed to im­prove patient care, increase family physicians’ influence on health care delivery and policy, and increase professional satisfaction for physicians.
See www.divisionsbc.ca for more information.

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