Bring your Skills to the Table
The College is seeking members who are practising physicians to become assessors.
Assessors are individuals who review or provide an opinion on a physician’s practice to ensure that s/he is practising at an acceptable standard or has met a standard of care. Having assessors in each medical discipline ensures that physicians are reviewed by peers who understand the normal limitations of the practice they are assessing and the difference between ideal and reasonable care. See Commitment to Quality: Dialogue, Issue 4, 2011.
The College uses assessors in many different programs:
Quality Assurance: Peer assessment is a cornerstone of self-regulation and has existed since the early 1980s. The purpose of the program is two-fold: to ensure physicians are practising at an acceptable standard, and provide them the opportunity for an educational interaction with the College.
Methadone: All physicians who have been granted an exemption by Health Canada to prescribe methadone for the treatment of opioid addiction must undergo periodic assessment to ensure they are practising in compliance with the Methadone Maintenance Treatment Guidelines.
Independent Health Facilities: The College conducts quality assessments in all Independent Health Facilities (IHFs). The assessment is based on the Clinical Practice Parameters and Facility Standards, as well as generally accepted medical standards. An assessment team is comprised of a specialty-specific peer physician and a technologist or nurse, depending on whether the facility is diagnostic and/or surgical.
Registration: There are several pathways to registration for physicians who do not have the standard qualifications to become registered in Ontario. Some of the pathways to registration may require an assessment that will be included in the Registration Committee's decision making. For these pathways, the assessment is required after one-year of supervised practice.
Investigations and Resolutions: The Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee (ICRC) receives complaints or reports about physicians. The Committee requires the experience and training of physicians for various types of investigations. A physician in the role of an inspector or independent opinion provider may be asked to review complaints about a single patient, or be involved in a more comprehensive review of care.
Out of Hospital Premises: The College is able to inspect out‐of‐hospital premises (OHPs) where procedures are performed using certain types of anesthesia. The inspection is based on the Out-of-Hospital Premises Standards document, as well as generally accepted clinical standards for all health care providers working in the OHP. These inspections are conducted by a team of assessors comprised of a proceduralist, nurse and/or anesthesiologist.
The requirements for assessors vary, depending on the program. Ideally, a potential assessor for any program area will have undergone a peer assessment and received a satisfactory outcome prior to being accepted as an assessor.
Qualifications and Expectations
Understanding of and commitment to self-regulation
At the time of the application, in active clinical practice with a minimum of five consecutive years practicing in the scope of practice in which they would be an assessor
At the time of the application, not currently the subject of any complaint, disciplinary or incapacity proceeding
Strong sense of professional responsibility demonstrated by a commitment to life-long learning
Experience in providing constructive/specific feedback
Skilled in rapport-building with excellent verbal, written and listening skills
Promotes and upholds high standards and evidence-based practice
Active participant in continuing professional development
The time commitment will vary depending on the assessment type, and will include report writing and travel time.
If you are interested in applying for an assessor role(s), please complete, print and return the applicable Assessor Application(s) to the College.
For more information, please contact the following individuals by email or at our toll-free number, 1-800-268-7096:
In Investigations and Resolutions: Mark Bellefontaine, Assessor Recruiter/Investigator, ext. 326
In Practice Assessment & Enhancement: Claudia Frisch, Assessor Network Coordinator, ext. 586
Dr. Erica Weinberg
(focus on pain management and palliative care)
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