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Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Clinician Quality Academy right for me?

The Clinician Quality Academy is designed to support physicians and other clinicians to lead quality and safety initiatives in health care in BC. It is anticipated that participants will be specialists, GPs and other clinical providers working in multiple settings such as hospitals, primary care and/or residential care in both urban and rural settings.

While some clinicians with formal leadership roles will attend, the program is designed to support all those with an interest in becoming more effective clinical champions and leading improvement initiatives in health care.

The Clinician Quality Academy will also be aligned with existing programs that support clinicians in BC to take on formal leadership roles (such as the Sauder Physician Leadership Program and the SFU Leadership and Management Development Program).

If you are still unsure if the Clinician Quality Academy is the right fit, please contact us and we’d be happy to discuss it with you.

How much time will I need to commit to participate in the program?

Participants must attend all residency sessions in order to complete the Clinician Quality Academy. During residency sessions, it is expected that participants will be free from official duties to maximize their learning opportunities.

As well, participants will require adequate time and support during the seven month program to dedicate to their quality project and webinars. Experience suggests that this time is at least half a day per week, however, this will vary considerably depending on the scope of the project chosen.

In the case of extraordinary circumstances, such as illness or family emergency, Clinician Quality Academy Faculty will work individually with participants to cover the missed material to complete the program. Faculty will not be able to cover material missed for work related reasons.

Click here to download the key dates for Cohort 2.

What are the costs associated with the Clinician Quality Academy?

The BC Patient Safety & Quality Council provides significant funding to support the program as part of its mandate to support education and capacity building for quality across the province. However, a registration fee of $1,495 plus GST will be charged for all program participants. Participants will also be responsible for their own travel and accommodation costs for the residency sessions, which are all held in Vancouver.

Recognizing the potential cost that can be incurred, participants are welcome to apply for funding from organizations such as the Joint Clinical Committees to subsidize program costs. For example, the Shared Care and Specialist Services committees offer Physician Leadership Training scholarships to qualifying physicians to subsidize travel costs and/or registration fees for participation in leadership training like Clinical Quality Academy, as part of their commitment to support physicians who have an interest in improving quality of care.

For further information on how to apply for funding, please visit the Shared Care Committee or Specialist Services Committee website.

What is the difference between Quality Academy and Clinician Quality Academy?

The Clinician Quality Academy is a modification of the Quality Academy that aims to recognize both the vital role clinicians play in health system improvement and the unique needs and expectations they have related to professional development. As such, changes have been made to content (e.g. focus on clinical roles), learning modules (e.g. more case studies and peer learning), and scheduling (e.g. shorter in-person learning time).

We’ll continue delivering the Quality Academy and clinicians are also welcome to apply for that program. The Clinician Quality Academy simply features content and a delivery format that have been specifically tailored to clinicians.

Learn about the program’s aim and curriculum.

Does the program offer Continuing Professional Development credits?

The University of British Columbia Division of Continuing Professional Development (UBC CPD) is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (CACME) to provide study credits for continuing medical education for physicians.  This course has been reviewed and approved by the UBC Division of Continuing Professional Development. This course is an Accredited Group Learning Activity eligible for up to 61.0 MOC Section 1 credits as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Each physician should claim only those credits he/she actually spent in the activity.

Accredited by UBC CPD

This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 122 Mainpro+ credits.

 

Do I have to do a project as part of the Clinician Quality Academy?

Yes, all participants must have a quality improvement project as part of the Clinician Quality Academy. The leading of a project gives participants the opportunity to apply the knowledge that is explored in the residency sessions in a real-world situation. Graduates then have the confidence to know they can apply the skills from the Clinician Quality Academy once the program ends.

Learn more about quality projects.

What size does the Quality Project have to be?

The scope of the project is flexible, and should give you an opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge gained during the program. See the quality project criteria for more information.

Here are a few guiding questions to help you start thinking about potential projects:

  • Think about a typical work day. What frustrates you the most when it comes to delivering care?
  • If you could change one thing about your work day, what would it be?

Can I be a co-lead on a project?

No – all participants must lead their own projects. With a partner or co-lead, you will only benefit from half of the learning opportunities. However, you will be working with others on your project. As a project lead, you will build a team, drawing in others who are in your area of work to help you in achieving your aim.

Does my project have to be new?

The Quality Project does not have to be brand new; more importantly, the project must provide the opportunity to apply the concepts learned during residencies. This may be a good topic to discuss with the Executive Sponsor who is supporting your project.

How do I know who should act as my Executive Sponsor?

In order to ensure participants are able to successfully carry out their project work, in most instances participants will require support from an Executive Sponsor. The purpose of an Executive Sponsor is to ensure that the participant has organizational support necessary to work on their Clinician Quality Academy project.

Participants should aim to obtain executive support within the organization, department or facility in which their improvement project is taking place. This means that obtaining Executive Sponsorship should be determined by the scope of the project, which will look different for each participant. Below are some examples of potential Executive Sponsors that are chosen based on the scope of a project:

  • If your project is taking place within a Health Authority, your Executive Sponsor may be a member of the senior executive team (CEO, COO, VP) within the unit that your project is occurring.
  • If your project is taking place in a residential care facility, you may require sign off from the facility.
  • If you are a primary care physician leading a project that spans across a community, your Executive Sponsor may be the head of the relevant division of family practice.
  • If you are a primary care physician leading a project within your own practice, you may not need an Executive Sponsor.

If you are still unsure who may be an appropriate executive sponsor in your case, please contact us and we’d be happy to discuss it with you.

 

Do I have to work for a health authority to take part in the program?

No, the Clinician Quality Academy is designed for anyone who works in BC’s publicly-funded health care system. This includes all health care sectors across the continuum of care.

Is the Clinician Quality Academy accredited by any post-secondary educational institutions?

The University of British Columbia Division of Continuing Professional Development (UBC CPD) is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (CACME) to provide study credits for continuing medical education for physicians.  This course has been reviewed and approved by the UBC Division of Continuing Professional Development.  This course is an Accredited Group Learning Activity eligible for up to 61.0 MOC Section 1 credits as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Each physician should claim only those credits he/she actually spent in the activity.

This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 122 Mainpro+ credits.

How many people can attend the Clinician Quality Academy?

The second Clinician Quality Academy cohort will be limited to 28 participants. This ensures that participants are given the support they need to be successful in the program and allows for discussion and debate during residency sessions. Potential participants are encouraged to apply early to ensure a spot in the upcoming cohort. We employ a rolling admission process and this means we accept application on an ongoing basis, and spots are likely to fill up in advance of the registration deadline.

Do I have to be a physician?

No, you do not have to be a physician, but please note that the structure and schedule of this program is geared towards practicing physicians. Participants will be engaging in more practiced-based group learning and self-reflective exercises than the Quality Academy, and the schedule is modified to accommodate clinicians who would not be available during regular business hours due to conflicts such as office hours, clinics, and operating times.

Can a trainee/resident apply?

Trainees and residents are encouraged to apply if they are able to anticipate a consistent practice setting for the duration of the program, obtain organizational support, and build a team and make improvements in that setting. If a change in a participant’s practice schedule occurs midway through the program, his or her learning and participation may be negatively impacted.

Can I come to one specific session of the program?

All participants are required to attend all 4 residency sessions as part of the Clinician Quality Academy. For more details about the commitment and expectations from participants, please see the “What to Expect” page. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate additional attendees for individual sessions and therefore anyone who attends a session must be a fully registered participant in the program.

Who are the program's faculty?

The Clinician Quality Academy Faculty are drawn from across BC as experts in improving health care quality. This is a diverse group that will provide a variety of unique perspectives and cover a comprehensive curriculum giving participants the skills, knowledge and confidence to lead improvement initiatives.

I have applied but haven’t heard anything. Did you get my information?

You should receive an email once you have submitted both the application form and the executive sponsor form. If you have not received this, please contact us. Applicants who are accepted to the Clinician Quality Academy will receive additional instructions with details for completing the enrollment process.