From left to right : Dr. Emily McDonald, Dr. Sylvie Douyon, Dr. Carolyn Freeman, Martine Alfonso, Dr. Samuel Benaroya and Rita Ziade. Photo: Fabienne Landry

By Fabienne Landry, McGill University Health Centre

On February 13, 2018, RUIS (Réseau Universitaire Intégré de Santé) McGill Directors of Professional Services (DPS) had the pleasure of launching its first community of practice (CoP) on the topic of Clinical Pertinence. Martine Alfonso, president of the RUIS McGill and interim president and executive director of the McGill University health Centre (MUHC), as well as Dr. Samuel Benaroya, associate dean of McGill’s Faculty of Medicine, RUIS McGill coordinator and project sponsor, were present at the event.

The community offers RUIS McGill Hospitals and CIUSS (Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux) DPSs, as well as their Clinical Pertinence teams, a virtual forum for consultation, resourcing and knowledge-sharing. Together, they aim to bring out the best practices in our network, in particular by avoiding overdiagnoses and overtreatment of patients, in order to prevent problems and to generate cost savings.

To make business as interesting and fun as possible, a presentation on a blood transfusion pertinence project at the MUHC was given by Dr. Emily McDonald, vice-president, Research Committee, Canadian Society for Internal Medicine and a member of the Board of Directors of Choosing Wisely Quebec. The presentation was followed by a discussion panel in which several members of several RUIS McGill regions participated by videoconference. Finally, a wine and cheese closed the evening.

“We are very pleased to see this initiative come to life,” said Dr. Sylvie Douyon, MUHC associate director of Professional Services and initiator of the project. “We hope to see other CoP communities built around other themes very soon.”

February 22, 2018