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Annual General Meeting

Annual General Meeting

The 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia is scheduled below.
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The 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Colu​mbia will be held:

Date: Sunday, October 21, 2018
Venue: Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport
Address:  8181 Cambie Road, Richmond, BC


08:30 am – 10:00 am      Scientific / Education Seminar Registration
10:00 am – 12:00 noon   Scientific / Education Seminar
12:00 noon – 01:00 pm   Lunch Break
12:00 noon – 01:00 pm   Annual General Meeting Registration
01:00 pm – 04:00 pm      Annual General Meeting

The AGM provides an opportunity for the Board to report on its stewardship and for registrants to discuss items that are of interest to registrants and relate to the legislated mandate of the College. The AGM is conducted in accordance with the provisions set out under the Health Professions Act, the College Bylaws and the Convention Standing Rules.

The College Bylaws require that the following matters must be considered at the AGM:

  • financial statements,
  • report of the board, and
  • report of the auditor (if any).

The AGM is open to all registrants and members of the public at no charge. Registrants in good standing attending the AGM in person can participate in discussions, ask questions of the Board and vote.  Individuals who are unable to attend in person have the option of participating by webcast. However, at this time, individuals will not be able to ask questions or vote if they are participating by webcast.

Prior to the AGM, the College is honoured to have Bradley Chisholm, a governance and leadership consultant to speak on professional regulation. Government policy changes, public expectations and perceptions, system failures and innovation are all impacting how we regulate and how we govern our regulatory bodies.  This session will look at some of the trends and current events that are changing, or will likely change, the way that we regulate in the future with a focus on how we govern these organizations. 

  • We shall offer a complimentary luncheon.
  • Continuing Education (CE) Credits shall be accorded to attendees of the Scientific/ Education Seminar, as well as attendees of the Annual General Meeting. Credits for time attended will not include breaks during the session.
  • Limited seats will be available for the Scientific/Education Seminar and Luncheon on a first come first serve basis.
Election Announcement

Election Announcement

Have you ever wondered what goes on at Board meetings? What kinds of issues are discussed? How decisions are made? What it’s like to sit at the board table with peers? What it takes to be a CTCMA Board member? And would you be good at it?
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You’re already knowledgeable in the sector—TCM—so that part is covered. Your skills, knowledge and experience are needed. No doubt you have opinions and insights concerning our profession that you’ve always wanted to put forward. Well, your College would value your participation.

Board elections are coming up this Fall for three Registrants—two in the Lower Mainland, and one outside the Lower Mainland—each to serve a three-year term. This could be the time for you to consider serving on your College Board. We are privileged to be self-regulated and that is due entirely to the contribution of those who have made a commitment and volunteered to stand for election as well as those public members who have been appointed.

Here’s a quick look at the qualities the CTCMA Board is looking for.

  1. Ability to think, plan and contribute strategically. The Board is responsible for setting strategic direction for the College and your viewpoints and experience as a Registrant would be valuable.
  2. Highly principled and ethical. You do what you say you will do. You understand that some things are confidential. And you can laugh at times, too.
  3. Welcome the viewpoints of others. You understand that collaboration is the way the best work gets done.
  4. Good listener and communicator. You know when to take a harder line and when to accept majority opinion. And you speak in a collegial manner (in English which is the language of our Board) that those around the table respond to.
  5. Thrive on problem solving and getting to a decision. You look at an issue and understand that its root cause and symptoms are not one and the same. You keep the best interests of the College, and public, top of mind.
  6. Dedicated to serving the public. You serve your patients on a daily basis. This could be an opportunity to make a wider and terrifically satisfying contribution to healthcare in BC.

We understand that not everyone will come to the table armed with every one of these attributes, but if you have the commitment and aptitude to acquire them, you could be an effective CTCMA Board member.

You’ll build your skill set. You’ll grow your network and your reputation. And you’ll feel good, for doing good for our profession.

When you think about it, where else can you achieve both personal and professional benefits like these?

Visit for further information. And feel free to call or email Jonathan Ho, Registrar and CEO, if you have specific questions.


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CTCMA Annual Report and Audited Financial Statement 2017 - 2018

CTCMA Annual Report and Audited Financial Statement 2017 – 2018

The Annual Report 2017 – 2018 and The Financial Statements of 2017 – 2018 to March 31, 2018 will be posted this month.
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Practice Support Program

Practice Support Program

By now most of you will have heard something about our new Practice Support Program (PSP) and how it’s an important step forward in supporting you in your career. Continuing professional development for healthcare professionals is critical; it’s also an obligation of self-regulation in BC, written right into our bylaws.
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What is the Practice Support Program?

The PSP recognizes that we all learn across the span of our careers. We learn from our experience, from our professional colleagues, and from courses we take.

The PSP identifies 14 career-span competencies (CSCs), professional behaviours really, that apply to all Registrants in all practice settings, from the point of entry-to-practice onwards. The PSP – when fully developed over the course of the next year – will provide  assessment tools that will enable you to gauge your level of performance relative to the career-span competencies, to help focus your ongoing learning.

The PSP takes a supportive approach to facilitate: 

  • your professionalism
  • your ability to reflect on your own skills and abilities
  • your willingness to accept feedback from others input
  • and your commitment to continued learning.

Participation in the PSP will help you to take responsibility for your own professional growth, and ensure that continued learning impacts your workplace performance. Once the PSP is fully operational the simple counting of annual CEUs will be discontinued.

Here are the 14 Career-span Competencies.

 1. Act with professional integrity

 8. Maintain personal wellness consistent with needs of practice

 2. Communicate effectively

 9. Manage time & resources effectively

 3. Comply with legal requirements

 10. Treat others respectfully

 4. Work within areas of personal knowledge & skills

 11. Practice in a manner consistent with current developments in the profession

 5. Work within areas of personal knowledge & skills

 12. Use an evidence-informed approach in your work

 6. Maintain a safe work environment

 13. Interact effectively with other professionals

 7. Maintain comprehensive records

 14. Practice in a self-reflective manner.

We appreciate the input on the CSCs and the related interpretive statements provided by Registrants by means of the recent survey.

How will the PSP benefit you, the Registrant?

Participation in the PSP will: 

  • Help you identify your strengths, and areas for growth
  • Identify gaps between how others rate you and how you rate yourself
  • Help build your personal professional development plan
  • Help you assess your progress towards enhanced workplace performance.

How will the PSP work?

The basic concept behind the PSP is that, as you grow in your profession and develop your practice, your ability to deliver safe, effective, quality care within your chosen focus of practice will be fine-tuned. When fully developed, the PSP will provide you with tools and support to achieve this. As we continue with the development of the PSP we will be consulting with Registrants, obtaining your feedback and sharing new information as it becomes available.

2018 Pan-Canadian Examinations Schedule

2018 Pan-Canadian Examinations Schedule

Examination Guides and Application packages for the 2018 Pan-Canadian Examinations has been posted on the College’s website.
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The examinations will be administered on the following dates:

  • Written Examinations: Saturday, October 13, 2018
  • Clinical Case-study Examinations: Saturday, January 19, 2019

For more information, please refer to the Examination Section of the College’s website.

Veterans Affairs Canada Announcement

Veterans Affairs Canada Announcement

Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) wishes to advise you of new benefit codes for initial visits under Program of Choice (POC) 12 – Related Health Services, effective May 1, 2018.
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