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
Like many doctors, Dr Kelly Mayson had mentors as she pursued her medical degree in the mid-eighties. It was during a rural rotation that she met a GP anesthesiologist, who mentored her and ‘opened her eyes’ to the potential of anesthesiology.
Orthopedic waitlists in BC are long and any delays in providing hip and knee surgery can be quite devastating.
Forty physicians and health care workers involved with two flagship initiatives of the Specialist Services Committee (SSC) – Facility Engagement (supporting MSAs) and Physician Quality Improvement
“We can absolutely succeed” is the message Dr Don Berwick brought to his inspirational keynote address last Monday, November 19 at the first-ever Physician Quality Improvement (PQI) Summit (link is external).
Dr Berwick, who is one of today’s top health care thinkers and President Emeritus and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, also acknowledged the fact that “it is a tough time for health care around the world”.
Over 200 attendees from all regions of BC with differing levels of involvement in BC’s specialist care came together in Vancouver last month to the inaugural Specialist Symposium: Shaping the Futur
What initially attracted Dr Marius Pienaar to move to British Columbia from Cape Town was his love of skiing and adventure. He had an immediate sense of connection with Prince Rupert after landing on New Year’s Eve in 1992 with his wife and three sons and 26 years later, he has a deep connection with the community he calls home. As the only OB/GYN in Prince Rupert serving the North Coast of BC, he is looking forward to spending the remaining years of his career, as well as his retirement, in “this amazing community.”
As of January, 2019, a new SSC Fee Guide will be implemented for the specialist physicians.
Dr Tamara Shenkier was the first person in her extended family to become a physician. Her father came to Canada as a refugee after World War II and settled in Montreal where he met her mother, a pre-school teacher. They were both were very supportive of Tamara’s ambitions and were very proud when she earned her medical degree at McGill University.
It was at a SSC Physician Quality Improvement training session where three health professionals: a nurse practitioner, a psychiatrist and a psychiatrist/pain fellow from Fraser Health, each with distinct backgrounds, passions and interests came together with one common goal: to decrease the waitlist for patients visiting the pain clinic. Currently, the Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre’s Chronic Pain Clinic is the only multidisciplinary resource for pain management within Fraser Health.
At the age of 20, Dr Julian Sernik decided to leave his hometown of Sydney, Australia for a year-long skiing holiday in Banff, Alberta, a town known for its winter sports and ski resorts. Little did he know that 18 years later he would be living in Cranbrook, BC along with his family of four, practicing medicine and working towards improving BC’s health system.
As our seniors’ population grows, so does the prevalence of dementia. Dementia impairs cognitive function and can be the result of many diseases - the most common being Alzheimer’s Disease.
Recognizing early the symptoms, and providing appropriate and timely care is a crucial part of Drs Peter O'Connor and Leena Jain’s enhanced approach to dementia care – which launched in Fraser Health in 2015 with funding from the Specialist Services Committee (SSC) Quality & Innovation.
Quality improvement is key to working within any medical system, which is why SSC’s Physician Quality Improvement (PQI) initiative is spreading across all BC health authorities. In the past year, 509 physicians were trained through PQI and 144 QI projects were supported.