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A partnership of Doctors of BC
and Ministry of Health
December 2016

Mark your calendars for February 24

As part of the 2016 BC Patient Safety Quality Council’s - Quality Forum, the pre-day event happening on February 24 in Vancouver will be a Joint Collaborative Committee (JCC) Showcase. The Specialist Services Committee is offering to support specialist-physicians to attend both the JCC Showcase and the Quality Forum (February 25-26) with funds for travel, sessional payment and registration fees. Space is limited and will be made available on a first come, first serve basis. For more information about funding or to pre-register, please email

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Guidance Note for colorectal procedures

New from the BC ERAS Collaborative, a Guidance Note with recommendations on the use of mechanical bowel preparation for colorectal procedures. The Collaborative consulted with 11 participating Collaborative teams and the BC Colorectal Surgeons Network/UBC Section of Colorectal Surgery to develop these recommendations, please see the ERAS website for details.

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Enhanced SSC fees improve patient care

It took two external evaluations, along with consultations with individual specialists, two-thirds of the specialist sections and a number of other stakeholders to identify ways to improve the SSC fees. The enhanced fees focus on increasing Specialists' capacity, improving coordination of care, and improving patient access to Specialists’ expertise. The fees become a reality in the next month or so.

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Over 30 specialist-led quality improvement ideas are funded

SSC approved the funding of over 30 projects through its Expression of Interest process. Recognizing that big changes can come from small ideas, SSC is supporting physician- driven ideas and prototypes that have the potential for broader health system impact. $15M has been put towards supporting and growing specialists’ quality improvement ideas.

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Emergency Medicine

We’ve seen television shows like ER glamourize the life of an emergency room physician. Depicting a scene of coordinated chaos in which everything – more or less – always goes according to plan. But the reality is much different. From minor cuts and bruises to traumatic life and death situations, ER physicians never know what will come through the doors. Every shift and every patient is like a game of chance. Therefore, ER doctors must be prepared for all situations and be able to function under some of the most extreme circumstances – all while performing at the top of their game.

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New app offers specialists and GPs local solution to share care

Over 30 specialists, representing nine different specialties, and 100 GPs practicing in the Surrey/North Delta area, have now downloaded a new RACE app allowing them to connect with each other for quick and efficient advice regarding their patients.

The app is easy to download on Apple and Android. For a demo of how the app works visit Surrey/N.Delta App Video and sign up here

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New video highlights importance of supporting patients and partners

A prostate cancer diagnosis has wide-reaching impacts on a patient and their family. The Prostate Cancer Supportive Care Program offers a comprehensive approach to determine best treatment options and to help men with prostate cancer manage their disease and its long-term effects. Learn more from a new video.

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About Us

SSC supports specialists’ work and professional growth. Formed in 2006 under the Physician Master Agreement to help the Doctors of BC, BC government and health authorities collaborate on the delivery of specialist services and support improvement of the specialist care system in BC.

Sharing your knowledge is important - if you have stories to tell, information to share or feedback to give, please send us an email:

Specialist Services Committee
115-1665 West Broadway Vancouver, BC V6J 5A4

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