May 9, 2019
The Clinical Quality Improvement Program is near and dear to my heart
Several weeks ago I was working an overnight in-house shift at Royal University Hospital. It was a pretty tough night, with a steady stream of calls from the Intensive Care Unit, the wards and neighbouring hospitals.
Around 5 a.m., I was asked to see a patient in the emergency room who luckily had had already started to show a great response to the treatment and care initiated by the ER team. After I completed my full assessment, I spent some time reviewing the patient with the emergency room physician, and together we made a plan for the next steps for this patient.
As I started to leave, the ER physician asked, “Hey, got a minute? I want to tell you about this great breakthrough I made earlier today with my CQIP team!” He then began to tell me, with great excitement, about work he was doing that would bridge what could be disconnected care initiated by an ER to a team that can provide follow-up and counselling.
Even though I was physically and mentally exhausted, the pride and excitement he had in his work gave me goosebumps and a burst of energy.
CQIP, or the Clinical Quality Improvement Program, is near and dear to my heart. It is a partnership between Health Quality Council, the Saskatchewan Medical Association and the Ministry of Health that provides clinicians with the skills and knowledge they need to lead quality improvement work in a clinical setting. Clinicians enrolled in the 10-month program get hands on training along with the power and rewards of partnering with patients, families and other members of the healthcare team.
It excites and inspires me to see CQIP alumni take on new challenges in the health system. The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) is very fortunate to have several CQIP graduates step into physician leadership roles, such as Dr. Nicolette Sinclair and Dr. Kyle Moulton, who were recently appointed Saskatoon Area Leads for Medical Imaging. It’s also great seeing SHA physician leaders, such as Dr. Kevin Wasko, Dr. Shade Onaolapo and Dr. Randy Friesen, complete CQIP to further develop themselves as leaders. As well, our very own Dr. Phillip Fourie, Deputy CMO, is sharing his passion and expertise as one of the excellent team members of the CQIP faculty. These are but a few of the CQIP connections that make me proud and grateful to have this program available to you.
In 2019-20, SHA is working with HQC to support the Appropriateness of Care Initiative through the alignment of CQIP projects to our health system strategic priorities. This is another step in the right direction to empower physicians to be leaders in our health system and engage to create positive change in care delivery.
I often hear that you work within a system that at times is hard to fully understand; I can relate. I also know that through our actions and choices, we as physicians contribute to both making and sustaining “the system.” I find this empowering: I can make and take different actions and choices to make my part of the system become something better. I can help create better care and experiences for my patients, and in return, I gain a greater sense of control and purpose. Enrolling in CQIP provides clinicians with the skills and tools to take action, understand, and engage with “the system.”
Want to learn more? HQC is hosting an informational WebEx session May 13 from 12:00-12:30 p.m. to answer any questions you may have about the program or the application process. You can register for one of the sessions by clicking here .
Want to apply?
Click here for the CQIP Application Form and Guide or contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions. The deadline for applications for Cohort 4 is on Friday, May 17, 2019.
If you have questions, comments or ideas for me, email me anytime at
Dr. Susan Shaw
Chief Medical Officer