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Quality Improvement Training Session

The DFCM Quality Improvement Program is offering a 1-day QI Training Session centrally at the DFCM (500 University Ave) on February 17, 2016 from 8:00am to 4:00pm.

The session’s target audience is primary care team members and health care professionals doing QI work and those who are supporting the resident QI projects. The goal is to enable capacity development for continuous quality improvement. Participants are encouraged to come with improvement opportunity ideas to facilitate QI learning that pertain to their daily work lives.

The cost will be $250 for physicians and $100 for non-physicians. This program is accredited for up to 6 Mainpro-C credits by the College of Family Physicians Canada.

If you are interested in registering for the session please email Marisa Schwartz at dfcm.quality@utoronto.ca by Wednesday January 20, 2016.



E-learning Videos on Measurement in Primary Care Quality Improvement

The demand for increased skill & knowledge in quality improvement (QI) by our faculty, staff and residents has been rising steadily at the Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM) over the past several years. To support skill & knowledge acquisition on the subject, the DFCM Quality Improvement Program is launching a series of e-learning modules and videos. The brand new series of e-learning modules and videos offers short, concise training on measurement in primary care quality improvement in an animated, live-draw format. These modules will help you build capability for competently using data for improvement.


The five Primary Care QI Measurement Module e-learning module topics are:

Introduction to Measurement in Primary Care Quality Improvement

Building a Measurement Plan for Primary Care Quality Improvement

Sampling for Primary Care Quality Improvement

Surveying for Primary Care Quality Improvement

Using Run Charts in Primary Care Quality Improvement

Accompanying the modules is a second set of videos that demonstrate real-life application experience. Interviews with team members from the DFCM academic sites demonstrate feasibility, relevance and practicality of measuring for improvement in primary care.


Recounting their experiences in measurement include: 


View the full series on the DFCM's YouTube channel.

The e-learning videos are approved for 1.25 Mainpro-M1 credits.



Five ways to connect to QI

In this post, we offer five ways to plug in to quality improvement within the DFCM. From rural preceptor to downtown academic family physician, we have a way to keep in touch with you.

1. Sign up to the Quality Improvement Program Newsletter.

2. Inquire about taking one of our QI Training Programs.

3. Join our Community of Practice; new members are always welcome.

4. Contact us. We welcome your feedback and questions.

5. Follow us on Twitter!



Dr. Philip Ellison Appointed Inaugural Fidani Chair of Improvement and Innovation in Family Medicine

When the Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM) at the University of Toronto received a generous gift to establish the Fidani Chair of Improvement and Innovation in Family Medicine, we achieved a major milestone, bringing us closer to our vision of excellence in research, education and innovative clinical practice.

As the first University Chair for the Department since its founding 45 years ago, the Fidani Chair, along with the DFCM’s two new University-hospital Chairs at Women’s College Hospital and North York General Hospital, are proof that family medicine is flourishing from its strong roots in teaching, and is well-positioned to make even greater impact locally and globally.

We are proud to announce that Dr. Philip Ellison has been selected as the inaugural Fidani Chair. Dr. Ellison is a distinguished and experienced leader in academic family medicine and health system consultation and an Associate Professor with the Department. He has spent years in leadership roles at the University Health Network’s Toronto Western Hospital in family medicine, inpatient service and as a medical director. In his new role as Fidani Chair, Dr. Ellison will continue the improvement and innovation work that is already leading a culture change in the delivery of primary and community health care in Ontario. The position will permit Dr. Ellison and the Department to further build capacity for quality improvement in education and patient care.

As part of his new portfolio, Dr. Ellison will continue to serve as the Program Director for the Department’s Quality Improvement Program and will work in collaboration with Trillium Health Partners, one of the DFCM’s 14 family medicine teaching units.

The establishment of the Fidani Chair underscores the importance that Ontarians place on their family doctors and the positive impact of primary care reform. In Ontario, we have better access to care than ever before. For example, 2.1 million patients who previously had no family doctor are now enrolled in a primary care model.

The DFCM has significantly contributed to this improved access. In the past ten years the Department has added 196 family medicine residency training spots; established five new teaching sites in four cities: Barrie, Newmarket, Markham and Mississauga; and expanded nine existing family medicine teaching units within the GTA. While continued growth is important, with Dr. Ellison as Fidani Chair, the Department has reinforced our focus on excellence in the training of family doctors and their teams, and in the performance of health care systems.