Clinician Fellowship in Health Care Quality

Clinician Fellowship in Health Care Quality

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We’re launching a Clinician Fellowship in Health Care Quality!

Beginning in fall 2021, the new program will support 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 aims to develop 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.


About the Fellowship

Fellows will be embedded in our team for a full year, working alongside our staff and clinical leads on an initiative focused on health care quality. They’ll 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 will also benefit from mentorship from clinical and administrative leaders who have led large-scale health care system improvement efforts.

Together with the BC Academic Health Science Network, fellows will 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 also 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.


Information Sessions

Optional information sessions are being offered for interested candidates to learn about the fellowship. We’ll cover an introduction to our organization and mandate, an overview of the fellowship opportunity and the application and selection process.

Friday, April 16 – 1200-1300
Monday, April 19 – 1700-1800

In addition, if you have any  questions about the fellowship program or would like to explore potential initiatives, please contact Andrew Wray, our Executive Director of Learning, Analytics and Strategic Initiatives.


Timeline & Application Process

Fellowship Applications: Due May 14
Applications should be submitted on or before May 14 and include a current CV and one- or two-page cover letter outlining:

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

Applications can be emailed to careers@bcpsqc.ca. Short-listed applicants will be invited to an interview to explore in more detail their interests and fit for the program.

Fellows Selected: June 15
Successful fellows will be notified of their acceptance in the program.

Fellowship Commences: Early Fall, 2021
Successful applicants are expected to start their Clinician Fellowship in fall 2021. Exact dates will be coordinated with the successful candidates, in alignment with the needs of the initiatives they will be supporting.


The Fellowship Experience


Objectives

The fellowship aims to support 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 will be embedded within our organization and their work will align with one or more of our priority areas. As such, a key part of matching potential applicants to fellowship opportunities will be the identification of an initiative that we’ll be leading over the course of the fellowship year.

Prospective fellows are encouraged to explore our current areas of work to identify a fit with their interests, as well as to attend an information session or contact us to learn more about our initiatives and how they could leverage those interests. 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.

Many other areas of our work would be well suited to a fellow’s involvement. If you’d like to explore how your interests would fit with our priorities, please attend one of information sessions or contact us.


Commitment & Funding

Physician fellows will be 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
awray@bcpsqc.ca
778.432.2482