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September 7, 2018

“Thank you for the dedication and passion you bring to clinical quality improvement”: Scott Livingstone

At their capstone event September 7th, the clinicians graduating from the latest wave of the Clinical Quality Improvement Program (CQIP) were commended for their commitment to improving health care by the CEO of the Saskatchewan Health Authority

“It is because of the work you are doing that I know we will be successful as we continue to make our health system better and safer every day,” Scott Livingstone told the 20 physicians and two pharmacists who are the latest to successfully complete the intensive learning program.

“I ask that you take your learnings back to your clinical settings,” said Livingstone. “And I encourage you to continue pursuing system-wide initiatives that will both strengthen our health care system and provide a more consistent and coordinated approach to health care services across our province.”

The graduating class is the second to take part in the 10-month long CQIP course, which teaches physicians and other health providers how to build quality improvement into their daily practice, and to facilitate, coach, and teach quality improvement to others. As part of their learning, every clinician carries out an improvement project in their work setting.  

“CQIP engages physicians as active participants and leaders in systemic healthcare improvement – a most welcome change from the past when physicians treasured their independence from the health system.  When physicians step into leadership roles in systemic healthcare quality improvement it’s a true game changer. I’m so pleased to see how CQIP  driving and supporting this change.” – Dr. Dennis Kendel, Interim CEO at HQC.

Modelled on the internationally recognized mini-Advanced Training Program at Intermountain Healthcare in Utah, CQIP combines classroom and online learning with individual coaching and a community of practice. The Saskatchewan CQIP program is funded through a partnership between the Ministry of Health and the Saskatchewan Medical Association (SMA).

Wave two participants 
  • Dr. Scott Willms, orthopaedic surgery resident, Saskatoon
  • Dr. Steven Bharadwaj, thoracic surgeon, Saskatoon
  • Dr. Mofolashade (Shadé) Onaolapo, Head of Dept. of Anesthesia, Yorkton
  • Dr. Randall Friesen, surgeon, Prince Albert
  • Dr. Pouneh Dokouhaki, pathologist, Saskatoon
  • Dr. Olivia Reis, family physician, Regina
  • Dr. Oladapo Mabadeje, surgeon, Prince Albert
  • Dr. Marilyn (Mary) Kinloch, pathologist, Saskatoon
  • Dr. Lexy Regush, obstetrics & gynaecology, Saskatoon
  • Dr. Kevin Wasko, emergency physician, Swift Current, and Physician Executive of Integrated Rural Health, Saskatchewan Health Authority
  • Dr. Kyle Moulton, radiologist, Saskatoon
  • Dr. Jeffrey Betcher, critical care physician, Regina
  • Dr. Hendrik du Plessis, surgeon, Battlefords
  • Dr. Francois Rossouw, emergency physician, Prince Albert
  • Dr. Eileen Dahl, family physician, Saskatoon
  • Dr. Christine Ryan, family physician, Shellbrook
  • Dr. Elizabeth (Beth) Machnee, family physician, Yorkton
  • Dr. Ayisha Kurji, general pediatrician, Saskatoon
  • Dr. Chung-Chun (Anderson) Tyan, respirologist, Saskatoon
  • Dr. Gordon Craib, family physician, Battlefords
  • Andrew Plishka, pharmacist, Battlefords
  • Sarah Lynds, pharmacist, Battlefords

Deb Gudmundson, administrative co-lead for the Provincial Appropriateness of Care Program, brought congratulations on behalf of the Ministry of Health.  “Your passion and dedication to improving clinical appropriateness of care will help us get one step closer to achieving our vision (that appropriateness of care becomes part of the daily work of clinicians)” said Gudmundson.

The graduation of wave two’s program participants also marks the beginning of training for wave three. The third wave of participants attended the capstone event as a portion of their first workshop to view wave two’s project presentations and garner QI insights from keynote speaker Dr. Chris Hayes, Chief Medical Information Officer at St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton and Associate Professor at McMaster University. Wave three’s training will continue to spring of 2019.