Clinician Fellowship in Health Care Quality

Clinician Fellowship in Health Care Quality

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We’ve launched a Clinician Fellowship in Health Care Quality!

The program supports the development of clinician leaders as part of our mandate to build capability and expertise for patient safety and quality within BC’s health care system. It develops clinicians’ leadership skills required to deliver improvements in the quality of care while fostering a growing network of leaders to further promote a culture of improvement throughout the system. Welcome our first-ever fellows, Mike Bergunder and Anish Mitra!

About the Fellowship

Fellows are embedded in our team for a full year, working alongside our staff and clinical leads on initiatives focused on health care quality. They contribute to key decisions and strategies while gaining exposure to different aspects of health care administration, improvement science and engagement of patient partners and other key system stakeholders.

This includes being immersed in all aspects of the initiative, attending stakeholder meetings, supporting the dissemination and publication of key findings, contributing their clinical and academic expertise and learning from a dynamic team with diverse backgrounds. Fellows also benefit from mentorship from clinical and administrative leaders who have led large-scale health care system improvement efforts.

Together with Michael Smith Health Research BC, fellows also have access to a network of scholars and researchers with a focus on learning health systems, patient-oriented research, health care quality and patient safety. This partnership provides fellows with the opportunity to receive mentorship and guidance with regards to publication and research activities linked to the projects in which they’re involved.

Timeline & Application Process

Fellowship Applications & Selection: Summer
When we launch the application in the summer, we ask applicants to send us a current CV and one- or two-page cover letter outlining:

  • motivation for applying
  • relevant career goals; and
  • Council initiative(s) of interest.

Successful fellows will be notified of their acceptance in the program.

Fellowship Commences: Fall
Successful applicants start their fellowship.

The Fellowship Experience


The fellowship supports physicians and nurse practitioners to build knowledge, skills and confidence to:

  • Design, plan and implement quality and safety initiatives in health care;
  • Create and strengthen networks and relationships with leaders in quality across BC, Canada and internationally;
  • Build working knowledge of system re-design, quality improvement, role of policy in advancing quality and implementation science; and
  • Navigate the complexities of engaging and leading change across organizations.

Who Should Apply?

The fellowship program is open to physicians and nurse practitioners that are practicing in BC and is best suited for early-career clinicians with a demonstrated interest in improving the quality of care. Ideal applicants will have some understanding and involvement in improvement initiatives and/or formal training in quality improvement through programs such as the Clinician Quality Academy, Physician Quality Improvement or IHI Improvement Advisor initiatives. Paramount will be an interest in becoming a leader of large-scale initiatives to improve the quality of care.

Areas of Focus

Fellows are embedded within our organization and their work aligns with one or more of our priority areas. As such, a key part of matching potential applicants to fellowship opportunities is identifying initiatives that we’ll be leading over the course of the fellowship year. Some examples of potential areas include:

Critical Care
Through the Critical Care Executive Services Committee, we focus on the planning and delivery of high-quality care for critically ill patients across the province by identifying priorities for service planning, research, patient experience and health human resources.

Substance Use
We’re supporting and facilitating collaboration between multiple agencies involved in efforts to address opioid use disorder, and to spread strategies which address the overdose crisis at a local level.

Using Data to Drive Improvement
We’re interested in the use of data to drive improvement efforts across the province. This includes identifying quality measures to inform quality improvement activities, and using technology to make quality indicators more readily available.

Type 2 Diabetes
We’re facilitating linkages across the health care system to develop and share evidence-based population and clinical practices to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes, and to improve outcomes for people living with the condition in BC.

Commitment & Funding

Physician fellows are compensated at the sessional rate defined in the Physician Master Agreement for two sessions per week, and other clinicians will be funded at an hourly rate for up to 7.5 hours per week. This is equivalent to one day per week dedicated to fellowship activities and we anticipate that there will be flexibility in the scheduling of this time. It will also be adjusted based on the needs of the initiative to which they are contributing, clinical schedules and other personal and professional commitments.

Expenses such as conference attendance, travel related to fellowship activities and professional development opportunities will be funded by us.

Key Contact

Andrew Wray
Executive Director, Learning, Analytics & Strategic Initiatives