The Ontario Thoracic Society’s Provider Education Program (PEP) funded by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care has developed a continuing medical education (CME) program to improve outcomes for COPD in Ontario and to promote the implementation of the CTS COPD Guidelines in primary care. This COPD workshop builds on the success of the COPD demonstration pilot project, part of the Provincial Plan of Action for improving the outcomes for COPD in Ontario. The rationale is that by providing CME on COPD to primary health care professionals, it is anticipated that their practice will be able to detect COPD in an earlier stage of disease, use spirometry for diagnosis and monitoring and manage their patients with COPD based on the CTS clinical practice guidelines for COPD.

The COPD program is comprised of a didactic presentation delivered by specialists, followed by a case discussion period facilitated by family practitioners or certified asthma or COPD educators. The participants have the benefit of gaining knowledge from a specialist in the field and the opportunity to actively work through a case with a recognized leader in their community.

This program meets the accreditation criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been accredited for 3 MAINPRO-C credits.