In Phase 1. of the Physician Exchange Program, we had six successful exchanges during the pilot phase of our project involving exchanges between KBRH, KLH, ALH and Boundary Hospital. Here, are some of the results from our participant post exchange survey:
· 88% of survey participants stated their perception of the facility they visited changed after participating in the project
· 100% of survey participants stated that they gained valuable knowledge
· 88% of survey participants stated their experience will change their future practice
“I now have a better understanding of why things happen the way they do and more empathy with sending facility”
“I will feel more comfortable collaborating with care and transfer having met up with the accepting physicians in person.”
“Informing patients better about what to expect at the referral hospital.”
· 100% of survey participants would recommend the Physician Exchange Program
Survey and Lead Physician: Dr. Giselle Adam
About Physician Exchange Program
The project was initially proposed by Dr. Scot Mountain using Facility Engagement funding, in collaboration with Dr. Jim Wiedrick and Dr. Geoff Coleshill who felt it was important to break down barriers to physician networking in the region with the ultimate goal of improving patient care.
Have you ever been curious about what the ICU in Trail looks like and how it functions, or maybe how the Grand Forks Emergency Department (ED) operates in comparison to your home ED?
Through this project we are offering physicians the opportunity to travel to a neighbouring facility to receive a tour and network with local physicians there. 2 hr of Sessional fees and mileage will be provided.
Our hope is that this experience will allow physicians from different facilities to gain a better understanding of the local practices, challenges and opportunities at different sites in the region. These visits provide the chance to spread knowledge and share best practices amongst physicians who often end up practicing in siloed environments. By fostering personal interactions and networking amongst doctors in the region we aim to decrease negative interactions and perceptions, improve empathy and ultimately positively impact patient care.
The facilities you can choose to visit in the region include the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital, Kootenay Lake Hospital, Arrow Lakes Hospital and Boundary District Hospital.
If you are interested in taking part in this project please contact Kimberley Pegg, KBPA project coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. In your email please advise her of the facility you would like to visit, and she will help to arrange details, including sessional and travel cost payments.
Lastly, if you would like to have the opportunity to consult patients/shadow a physician in a particular department during your visit we would be happy to look into arranging this for you too.