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

PMA Ratified - Enhancing Specialists Involvement

The most recent Physician Master Agreement (PMA) established new funding to support Medical Staff Associations (MSAs) for administrative costs and reimburse facility-based physicians for participating in meetings. In addition, funding will support MSAs and Health Authorities to develop local structures for effective collaboration.Through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), each Health Authority has committed to consult with MSAs on a wide range of issues that impact their facility-based medical staff.

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Timely Care for Hip Fractures

A new video provides the principles of the BC’s Hip Fracture Redesign Project. The project was funded by SSC and piloted at eight hospital sites, and is now being expanded across the province. This short two minute video features a recent hip fracture patient’s story and highlights the key elements needed to improve up-front care and in particular, long-term outcomes.

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iPad and special app open communication lines between doctors and children

Dr. Sandy Whitehouse, former medical director of the emergency department at B.C. Children’s Hospital and a clinical associate professor at the University of B.C., has experienced and researched the communication challenges between youth and health care providers. And, she has found a way to bridge the gap with a tablet platform she calls TickiT. With a few taps and swipes on an iPad, doctors can have comprehensive patient information in minutes. Learn more

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New Shared Care Executive Lead Announced

Katie Hill, a Shared Care Initiative Lead recently became the new Shared Care Executive Lead. Katie has an extensive background in health care and brings a wide array of skills to this leadership position.  Shared Care Co-chairs Gord Hoag and Marilyn Copes look forward to working with Katie in her new role. Katie can be reached at

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Implementing ERAS protocol for BC’s surgical programs

With SSC’s goal for perioperative improvements, the implementation of a provincial Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) Collaborative is underway. The Collaborative aims to build ERAS capacity throughout BC’s surgical programs with a focus on colorectal surgery.

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Capturing and Growing Q&I Ideas

An important part of SSC’s work includes supporting and growing specialist’s quality and innovation (Q&I) ideas.  This work has been going on for more than two years.  Initially, $8 million funded about 20 Q&I projects, and now $15 million is available for another round of Q&I projects.

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Infectious Diseases

Probably no other speciality relies more on its multidisciplinary teams than Infectious Diseases (ID), from health care workers to housekeepers. “We need cohesive care teams to address complex global infectious disease challenges,” says Dr Dwight Ferris, President of the BC Infectious Diseases Society, “not act simply as a local resource but as a global community.” According to Dr Ferris, the biggest challenge facing the speciality today is globalization. “Worldwide pandemics develop quickly, and what happens on the other side of the world can easily affect us here in BC.”

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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.

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