BC Patient Safety & Quality Council

Implementation of an Enhanced Recovery after Surgery Program for Gynecological Oncology Surgery

Applications have now closed. Thank you for your interest! Short-listed candidates will be contacted by May 30.

Project Title:

Implementation of an Enhanced Recovery after Surgery Program for Gynecological Oncology Surgery


Vancouver General Hospital, Vancouver

Project Summary:

The project is to audit all consecutive patients undergoing MIS and abdominal procedures for endometrial, ovarian and cervical malignancies, with respect to compliance to the multiple ERAS pathway components and then follow 30-day outcomes.  Auditing compliance has proven to be a key factor to successfully implement and sustain an ERAS protocol.  This would involve reviewing 5-8 cases a week, extracting a variety of pre-defined variables from the patients chart while they are in hospital.

The student will use pre-existing NSQIP data for the time period of May 2011-May 2016 as the pre-implementation cohort, and retrospectively review charts and establish the median length of stay, and incidence of 30 day ACS-NSQIP defined 30-day morbidity and mortality.

Student will be trained in chart review and data entry using the existing audit tool by the existing ERAS team.

Details of Tasks:

  • The student will be responsible for conducting chart reviews
  • The student will be actively involved in data entry and data analysis
  • The project leader and other team members will provide the student with background education on ERAS principles and project specific data education
  • Complete a final report for presentation at a conference and/or publication in a journal

Proposed Hours of Work:

  • Start Date:May 30 (flexible)
  • Days/Shifts: The student is expected to work 3-4 hours per day during business hours (Monday to Friday, 8 am to 5 pm) when the supervisor and other staff members from the IPAC Service are available. Mornings are preferable
  • Timeframe: May 30 to mid- to late-August


Applicants must currently be enrolled in a health care related field as a graduate or undergraduate student.  Applicants must be registered students at their home institution until the end of the project term.  Students applying for this position should have an interest in perioperative medicine and patient care.


  • Works well as part of a team; positive attitude and excellent interpersonal skills
  • Experience using Microsoft Excel
  • Very basic stats knowledge or ability to learn over the summer
  • Some pharmacology knowledge (able to recognize class of drugs)
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and act on opportunities as they arise
  • Able to handle shifting priorities and changes
  • Willing to present findings to staff and complete final report at end of work term

Additional Expectations:

Students are expected to attend an in-person educational day (late June/early July) in Vancouver. Topics covered will include quality improvement basics, presentation tips, data in quality improvement and abstract writing. Attendance to this day will be paid (7.5 hours) and travel costs covered if needed.

Students are expected to provide ongoing updates to BCPSQC on project timelines, milestones and changes in planned work through regular email or phone communication.

At the end of the project, the student will create a plan for dissemination of project results. Dissemination plans can include submitting abstracts for presentation at conference, creation of a poster for presentation at a conference or submission of a manuscript for publication. Students will be supported by staff at BCPSQC to complete this work.


Each studentship carries funding to support a wage ($17/hr) for up to 225 hours of student work. Students will also be paid for an additional 7.5 hours and have travel costs covered (if required) to attend an in-person student education day at the BCPSQC main office in Downtown Vancouver. Funding will also be available (up to $800 per student) to support the dissemination of project results, travel/conference fees to present or the publication costs of a research article.

To apply:

Email resume and cover letter by May 22:

Kimber McKinley, Quality Leader
BC Patient Safety & Quality Council

**Include the project title in the subject line of your email**

The top two applicants for each project will be jointly interviewed by a BCPSQC staff member and a representative from the health care organization. Decisions on successful student applicants will be made in collaboration between the two organizations. Applicants selected for an interview will be notified by May 30. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.