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KB Regional CPD

Background

In 2011, the Division’s members identified regionalization of continuing medical education (CME) as a top priority. Soon afterward, a program was developed through the contribution of community reverted CME funds from the medical staff in each KB community, which allowed the Division to contract a part-time coordinator with oversight from a regional steering committee.

Over the past four years, the program has evolved to support the continuing professional development of physicians, nurse practitioners, and other allied health care providers in KB through a wide variety of CME sessions, including conferences, intensives, videoconferences, webinars, and hospital rounds.

The program exemplifies the kind of collaboration that is possible through the Division framework, and continues to be jointly funded by community reverted CME funds and Division infrastructure funding.

KB CPD Values

The CME program emphasizes the following values:

  • Supporting KB GPs in delivering in-patient care.
  • Inclusive/multidisciplinary: A focus on initiatives that involve team-based learning and relationship building across disciplines and sectors.
  • Building the regional medical community: Emphasizing collaboration among communities/practitioners, and allowing for sharing of resources and development of economies of scale to minimize costs and avoid duplication of effort.
  • Grassroots and responsive: Program responds to the learning needs of the community, and includes evaluation processes.
  • Multi-layered strategy: Strategy aims to improve CME/quality assurance work both locally in the region and within the health authority, and to connect with broader provincial process regarding rural CME.
  • Sustainability: Develop infrastructure, processes, and quality to improve sustainability of regional CME programming.
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