All active physicians in BC are invited and sponsored to participate in the next cohort of Finding and Cre
Sponsorship available to all BC physicians: Online Course on Finding and Creating Joy in Work by IHI
PQI celebrates five years of fostering continuous learning within the physician community in Vancouver Coastal & Providence Health
Graduates and alumni from the Physician Quality Improvement (PQI) program in Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) and Providence
Preoperative care improves health for patients before and after surgery
Surgical patients at the University Hospital of Northern BC (UHNBC) are experiencing improved health even before their elective procedures because of proactive care from a team of doctors and healt
Spotlight on a Specialist – Dr Michelle Scheepers
At an early age, Penticton anesthesiologist Dr Michelle Scheepers started thinking ahead.
No-cost access to UpToDate for Community-based Specialists
Specialist Services Committee Celebrates 15 Years
This November marks the 15th year since the formation of the Specialist Services Committee (SSC). To mark the anniversary, SSC invited past co-chairs to their November meeting to reflect on their time at SSC and share advice for the Committee going forward.
Center to surgery is the patient experience
Surgical outcomes can vary significantly based on many factors, but often the most telling factor is the patient’s readiness for surgery.
Enrol Now: Level 1 Quality Improvement Training
Join more than 1,100 physicians across the province who have completed quality improvement (QI) training to get hands-on QI experience, lead learning action projects, and contribute to creating a Q
Spotlight on a Specialist – Dr Tommy Gerschman
Dr Tommy Gerschman considers leadership to be an integral part of his life. Working as a pediatric rheumatologist out of North Vancouver he has been forging his own leadership path since he graduated from UBC. He sat on several Doctors of BC committees on health policy and was a member of its board from 2016-19, followed by serving as the Specialists of BC President until 2020. Through the years, Dr Gerschman’s voice has grown into being one of the leading advocates for BC’s community-based specialists (CBS): those specialists who choose to establish their own clinics and not pursue hospital or health authority privileges.
SPOC improves surgical outcomes and experiences
Opening the lines of communication to better serve patients
In the last couple of years, SSC has been learning about the unique concerns of community-based specialists to help identify ways to better support their work.
Enhancing Access Initiative decreases patient wait times by an average of 75 days
Specialists and family physicians alike have long advocated for a more timely referral process for patients waiting to access speciality consult and care.
Save the Date: Specialists Symposium 2022
Specialist physicians are invited to join their colleagues and health care partners for an in-person, full-day symposium to collaborate on how to improve specialty care in a post-pandemic world.
Sponsorship Available: Finding and Creating Joy in Work course
Specialists are invited to participate in the next cohort of the Finding and Creating Joy in Work course
Register Now: Webinar – BC Surgical Rehabilitation Outcomes Session
Spotlight on a Specialist – Dr Nazira Chatur
Dr Nazira Chatur, a Vancouver gastroenterologist credits her mentors for inspiring her to pursue her chosen specialty.
A new care space for reproductive infectious diseases
BC Children’s hospital and BC Women’s Hospital & Health Center have many available experts and resources to address reproductive infectious diseases (RID), affecting mothers and their infants. However, up until now these services were siloed in their respective hospitals. Mothers with RID delivered at BC Women’s and their infants born with congenital infections received their care at BC Children’s. Lead by Dr Chelse Elwood and with the help of the Joint Collaborative Committees (JCC)’s Health System Redesign (HSR) project, both the RID and Pediatric Infectious Disease programs are transitioning into one space – the Oak Tree Clinic (OTC).
Passion project saves lives of those in respiratory crisis
When Dr Hussein Kanji decided to develop expertise in the Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation machine -- or ECMO -- as his “passion project”, he had no way of knowing that it could be a lifeline d
Spotlight on a Specialist: Dr Andrew Krahn
Dr Andrew Krahn, Head of UBC Cardiology and a cardiologist at St Paul’s and Vancouver General hospitals, is a leader in genetically related heart disease. His journey to his current position started by following his own heart. Originally, leaning towards studying engineering, he veered at the last minute to taking undergraduate sciences that eventually led to a career in medicine.