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June 3, 2019

“You don’t need to wear a cape – we just want to know that you care:” Patient advisor

At their capstone event May 31st, the clinicians graduating from the latest cohort of the Clinical Quality Improvement Program (CQIP) were applauded for their dedication to and passion for improving health care by the Chief Operating Officer of the Saskatchewan Health Authority

” You remind us that medicine is one of the most important necessities to all of us as human beings. It is the cornerstone of health care,” Suann Laurent told the 23 physicians, epidemiologist, and physiotherapist who are the latest to successfully complete the intensive learning program.

” I want to assure you that the Saskatchewan Health Authority is as committed as you are to making our system better every day for patients, clients, residents, families and providers,” said Laurent. “The ability to learn and grow, as individuals and as professionals, is a special gift and one which we are capable to pass along to others. The knowledge and skills you have are very special and sharing it with those around you makes for a very rewarding work environment, allowing us all to grow and develop together in our quest to be the best at what we do. Together, we are stronger.”

The graduating class is the third 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 health care 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 health care quality improvement it’s a true game changer. I’m so pleased to see how CQIP is 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 three participants 

  • Dr. Geeta Achyuthan, family physician, Regina
  • Dr. Lauren Allen, pediatric orthopaedic surgeon, Saskatoon
  • Dr. Khami Chokani, public health consultant & medical health officer, Prince Albert
  • Dr. Mathew Chui, family physician and hospitalist, Saskatoon
  • Dr. Bruce Cload, assistant chief emergency medicine, Saskatoon
  • Dr. Dorie-Anna Dueck, medical oncologist, Saskatoon
  • Dr. Carla Holinaty, family physician, Saskatoon
  • Dr. Corrine Jabs, physician obstetrics & gynecology, Regina
  • Dr. Yusuf Kasim, physician obstetrics & gynecology, Yorkton
  • Dr. Yemi Laosebikan, general surgeon, Melfort
  • Dr. Christine Lett, physician obstetrics & gynecology, Regina
  • Dr. Ryan Lett, anesthesiologist, Regina
  • Dr. Nnamdi Ndubuka, medical health officer,  Northern Inter-Tribal Health Authority, Prince Albert
  • Dr. Segun Oyedokun, emergency physician, Saskatoon
  • Dr. Pierre Pepler, emergency physician & hospitalist, Regina
  • Dr. Ghazala Radwi, hematologist, Regina
  • Dr. Chris Rusnak, emergency physician, Saskatoon
  • Dr. Alexandra Schweitzer, anesthesiologist, Regina
  • Dr. David Stammers, pediatric hematologist, Saskatoon
  • Dr. Michael Stoll, family physician, Melfort
  • Dr. Andrey Vizhul, general surgeon, Regina
  • Dr. Sheldon Wiebe, provincial head medical imaging, Saskatoon
  • Dr. Jordan Wingate, NE Area chief of staff, Melfort
  • Meredith Faires, epidemiologist, Regina
  • Curtis Newton, physiotherapist, Swift Current

Sue Nimegeers, a patient and family advisor, brought congratulations on behalf of patients and families. ” You don’t need to wear a cape, or say fancy things – we just want to know that you care,” said Nimegeers “And when we read about the quality improvement and ideas that came to life from this program, it is very evident that we have a great number of caring physicians in this province. For that, we thank you.”

As Cohort 3 winds down, things start to ramp up for Cohort 4. Applications closed earlier in May, with training set to run from September 2019 to May 2020. Applications for Cohort 5 will open in spring 2020. Clinicians who are interested are encouraged to sign up here to be notified when more information is available.