Doctors of BC is taking active steps to support our members with respect to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Our work includes: advocacy on behalf of physicians with government, the Provincial Health Officer and health authorities; and ensuring our members have access to appropriate benefits and insurance. Learn more
Effective March 27, 2020, the SSC has created two new fee codes to support COVID-19 related specialist work. These fees are temporary and are in addition to the fee codes that all physicians can benefit from. The new specialist fee codes include:
- 10007 Specialist Email/Text/Telephone Medical Advice Relay or ReRX Fee
- 10008 Urgent Specialist COVID-19 Advice - Initiated by a Specialist, General Practitioner or Health Care Practitioner.
*We will only be accepting applications for online courses until July 31st
Please note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be a temporary freeze on receiving/approving any requests to the Physician Leadership Scholarship effective immediately up to the end of July.
Every year, thousands of health care leaders and professionals around the world get together at the Institute of Healthcare Improvement (IHI)’s four-day conference in Orlando to connect about the future of health care improvement.
The most recent conference was held December 8-11, 2019 with 5,500 attendees from over 55 countries. As one of the most influential events in health care quality improvement worldwide, the Specialist Services Committee (SSC) was excited to be chosen amongst the tough competition to present a half-day workshop on BC’s Physician Quality Improvement Initiative (PQI).
Given the popularity of the course on Finding and Creating Joy in Work among the first and second contingent, the Specialist Services and Shared Care Committees via their Physician Leadership Program are once again sponsoring (covering the tuition costs of) Specialists and GPs in BC to participate in the course. This 12 week online course is being offered from March 11 to June 3 by the Institute for Health Care Improvement. Registration is open until March 11.
Dr Andrew Gray, a Medical Health Officer in Northern Health, attributes his pursuit of the Public Health and Preventive Medicine specialty to a desire for contributing to the well being of people,
In our continued commitment to support specialist involvement in local Divisions of Family Practice activities, we (the Specialist Services Committee) have expanded funding support to enable specia
PQI recently celebrated 27 graduates in two health authorities and supported their quality improvement projects.
When Dr James Reid, Head of Emergency Medicine at Kelowna General Hospital (KGH), participated in Physician Quality Initiative (PQI) training, he didn’t know it would be the catalyst to make him a leader in change within Interior Health (IH). As part of the training, Dr Reid began looking at ways to reduce risk and increase patient safety during follow ups on emergency department (ED) patients’ lab tests and x-rays. His project led to innovative solutions and improved processes for a complex issue.
For Dr Leena Jain, a geriatrician in Fraser Health, becoming a doctor was like continuing her family legacy since her grandfather, father, both her siblings and her husband are all physicians. “My father never pushed me to become a doctor, but I saw the gratification in his eyes when he helped patients – they were so thankful to have been treated by him.”
The Specialist Services Committee recently undertook an evaluation of the Physician Leadership Program (PLP) to assess the impact that the program has had in developing the participant physicians’ leadership abilities. The PLP was developed in 2013 by UBC-Sauder, Vancouver Coastal Health and Provincial Health Services Authority, and is funded by the Shared Care Committee (SCC) and Specialist Services Committee (SSC).
If you were eavesdropping on the informal chat of a room full of medical professionals, how often would the word ‘joy’ come up? While terms like ‘burnout’ and ‘overwork’ might pepper the conversation, ‘joy’ would likely be missing in action.
In order to initiate an understanding of the causes, implications and possible solutions to burnout among physicians, two joint collaborative committees of Doctors of BC and the BC government ─ the Specialist Services and Shared Care committees ─ sponsored the participation of 35 physicians in an online course called Joy in Work(link is external) (JIW). The program was offered by the Institute for Health Care Improvement and ran from March to June, 2019.
PQI recently celebrated 63 graduates in three health authorities and supported their quality improvement projects.
Dr Curt Smecher, PQI Provincial Physician Lead and Anesthesiologist at Abbotsford Regional Hospital won the Health Care Hero Award for Fraser Health as part of BC Health Care Awards Ceremony on Jun
Dr Faisal Khosa, SSC member and an associate professor in Radiology was recently honoured with the Young Investigator Award at a national radiology meeting.
It is challenging for many adults to speak out about mental health issues. That is even more true for youth who may not understand their own conditions or how to put their symptoms into words.
As a radiologist at the BC Cancer Agency, Dr Charlotte Yong-Hing has been trying to get more women interested in pursuing a medical career in radiology.
Over 100 participants from multidisciplinary teams were welcomed by Doctors of BC’s president-elect Dr Kathleen Ross at the launch of the new Surgical Patient Optimization Collaborative (SPOC) on M