PITO has caught up with the initial influx of applications from its first year of operation. As of 31 March, more than 1300 physicians had been accepted; however, 550 physicians had applied but not yet been selected to begin EMR implementation. As of 1 April, all physicians who have applied have been accommodated, bringing the total to over 1900. The latest 550 physicians will receive an e-mail confirmation and a follow-up phone call from the PITO office to begin pre-implementation planning. If you do not receive a letter or would like to enquire about your enrolment status, please contact your local relationship manager or contact the PITO office at 604 638-2946 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications are open to physicians on a year-round basis. With the spring enrolment full, physicians applying now will be eligible for the October 2009 to April 2010 enrolment period. The online application form is available at www.pito.bc.ca/Stages/Apply.htm.
If you’re a specialist, you should know that PITO has worked with specialists from across the province to complete an extensive validation of specialist requirements for information technology and EMRs. In addition to supporting individual clinics, PITO is assisting regional groups of specialists who choose to work together to meet their needs better as a collective group than is possible individually. The most active so far have been rheumatologists and ophthalmologists. Please contact the PITO office at 604 638-2946 or email@example.com if you would like to discuss the opportunity to work together as a specialty, or to find out if other physicians from your specialty are already engaged in such planning.
Above is the information needed to cite this article in your paper or presentation. The International Committee
of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) recommends the following citation style, which is the now nearly universally
accepted citation style for scientific papers:
Halpern SD, Ubel PA, Caplan AL, Marion DW, Palmer AM, Schiding JK, et al. Solid-organ transplantation in HIV-infected patients. N Engl J Med. 2002;347:284-7.
About the ICMJE and citation styles
The ICMJE is small group of editors of general medical journals who first met informally in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1978 to establish guidelines for the format of manuscripts submitted to their journals. The group became known as the Vancouver Group. Its requirements for manuscripts, including formats for bibliographic references developed by the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), were first published in 1979. The Vancouver Group expanded and evolved into the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), which meets annually. The ICMJE created the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals to help authors and editors create and distribute accurate, clear, easily accessible reports of biomedical studies.
An alternate version of ICMJE style is to additionally list the month an issue number, but since most journals use continuous pagination, the shorter form provides sufficient information to locate the reference. The NLM now lists all authors.
BCMJ standard citation style is a slight modification of the ICMJE/NLM style, as follows:
- Only the first three authors are listed, followed by "et al."
- There is no period after the journal name.
- Page numbers are not abbreviated.
For more information on the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, visit www.icmje.org