Annual Report 2018 - Page 11

QUALITY PROFESSIONALS 2018 Lifelong Learning Supporting physicians in their lifelong learning helps Ontario doctors and ultimately, their patients. In 2018, the College articulated new goals to better support physicians and optimize practice improvement:  ducating physicians on key aspects of effective E practice improvement Encouraging physicians to acquire performance data to encourage ongoing practice improvement Ensuring more frequent and more proportionate interactions with physicians Promoting learning and reflection Reinforcing the notion of self-directed learning Our approach to practice quality improvement is educational and collaborative, and of benefit to both patients and physicians. A new approach explained The vast majority of physicians who are randomly chosen for a College assessment perform well. In 2016, the percentage of satisfactory assessments was 92%, in 2017, it was 93%. While those figures are heartening, they also suggested an opportunity existed to modernize our quality assurance approach in a way that ensured all physicians derived benefit and learning from our initiatives. We came to understand that a model of proactive engagement with physicians throughout their careers would provide them with more tools and insights than could be gained through a one-day assessment visit that happened every 10 years. With the decision to use assessment only when needed, we have put more of our focus on developing tools that will allow physicians to benefit from ongoing practice improvement with a self-guided process of learning. Our suite of self- directed learning tools can be used at any point in a physician’s career which, in conjunction with other QI tools available externally, can be leveraged to promote sustained lifelong learning. Our tools include:  n interactive tool to help physicians reflect on A the risk and support factors in their practice A self-guided chart review An e-learning module for new registrants to familiarize themselves with CPSO expectations; An exercise that enables physicians to use their practice data to identify opportunities for practice improvement. The tools will help physicians create the conditions most favourable to ensuring their success at all stages of their career. The tools will be piloted in 2019, with a full launch in mid-2020. We will also continue to augment our work to support and optimize quality practice with our inspection programs, guidelines, and requirements for continuing professional development. Using our regulatory powers in a limited way to stimulate learning and optimize practice change is exactly what right-touch regulation is all about. CPSO ANNUAL REPORT 2018 // page 11