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Practice Enhancement Program

In the practice of medicine, there is a professional expectation that physicians seek out and respond to feedback. It is a component of life-long learning, fundamental to continuous quality improvement.

The Medical Act requires the College to conduct a program of physician assessment to promote continuous quality improvement within the profession.

For feedback to be embraced, it has to be meaningful. For feedback to be meaningful, it has to be focused and relevant. This is the philosophy upon which the College’s Practice Enhancement Program (PEP) has been built. This program may include direct assessment of:

  • practice processes;
  • standards of care; and
  • documentation in practice.

The Practice Enhancement Program is designed to support physicians to improve their practice and patient outcomes proactively.

About the Program

The Practice Enhancement Program (PEP) is a collegial program developed with extensive physician participation incorporating best practices in physician assessment. The program blends traditional elements of practice enhancement with an innovative approach to quality improvement.

Trained peer reviewers help physicians identify opportunities and match them with the right resources to enhance their practice.

Call for Peer Reviewers

Practice Enhancement Activities

A standard practice enhancement activity may include:

  • Development of a Professional Learning Plan;
  • A review of a physician’s practice facility, processes and procedures, documentation and patient care;
  • A discussion of the various risk and supportive factors, unique in profile to each physician’s practice, may influence long-term quality; and/or
  • A review of the physician’s approach to practice improvement, introducing strategies for linking professional development to potential gaps in practice.

One of the main benefits of the practice enhancement program is that it is really focused on supporting our physicians. It is not a punitive process but rather a reflective exercise focused on highlighting and validating the positive aspects of a clinician’s practice. We are all so caught up in the demands of our everyday practice. This program provides physicians with an important opportunity to learn from a guided approach of reflection in conjunction with their clinical practice. This is a meaningful process for all involved.
– Dr. Roop Conyers, Peer Reviewer