QI Groups is a new (2022) subset of our Quality programming, which supports physicians working together to drive improvement in their community settings. Physicians participating in our QI Program now have the option of collaborating with physician colleagues to help one another improve how they practise.
The Groups subset allows physicians to work together to develop and submit a single Practice Improvement Plan (PIP). In their Group PIP, physicians identify areas of strength and areas for improvement in their practice, and develop a minimum of two goals, one of which can be a physician health/self-care goal.
Group members complete the online QI activities individually (QI Survey, Practice Profile, Self-Guided Chart Review and Data-Driven QI), then work together to develop and submit their Group PIP.
Any CPSO member who is invited to participate in QI for Individuals can opt to form a QI Group by connecting with up to six peers, even those who have yet to be selected for QI by CPSO. All group members can thereby fulfil their own quality requirements for five years.
The composition of QI Groups can vary and may include colleagues:
- Working in the same practice setting or community;
- Working in the same area of practice, e.g., physicians providing palliative care, but not necessarily co-located;
- Developing practice-level improvements in one’s problem-based learning group; and/or
- Seeking opportunities to collaborate on quality improvement within the new Ontario Health Teams (OHTs).
Physicians who join a group and successfully complete all QI Program requirements will be offered all the benefits of the QI for Individuals Program, including:
- meeting their CPSO Quality requirements for five years;
- the opportunity to earn more than 30 CPD credits;
- attention to self-care and physician wellness; and
- a flexible schedule to complete the program.
Groups also have access to CPSO’s Medical Advisors and QI Coaches. Using their QI knowledge and experience, these physicians can support participants as they progress through the QI Program.