Dalhousie University recruiting Canada Research Chair in primary care

Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Medicine invites applications for a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Primary Care. The appointment will be career stream at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor.

Primary Care, in this context, refers to first contact and continuing care for patients by health system health care providers. It is nested within the broader notion of Primary Health Care, a community and population approach in policy and health service design, to meet the needs of populations. Primary Care research is a priority for Dalhousie University and its Faculty of Medicine and has been named a Health Priorities Cluster. Dalhousie University, along with Nova Scotia’s government, health authorities, post-secondary institutions, industry, and residents, is a member of the Nova Scotia Integrated Health Research and Innovation Strategy (NS IHRIS). The successful applicant for this Tier 2 CRC will be expected to develop their research program in partnership and aligned with Nova Scotia Health Authority priorities and through work with other researchers in the inter-faculty Collaborative Health Solutions research efforts.

The successful candidate will be located in the Department of Family Medicine, which operates a tri-provincial, multi-site program with a robust embedded research program engaging in interprofessional collaboration. Family Medicine is a key research partner in the Dalhousie Collaborative Research in Primary Health Care, a strategic interfaculty research initiative created to be health system responsive in its work. The Department hosts the CIHR SPOR primary and integrated healthcare innovations network known as Building Research for Integrated Primary Healthcare in Nova Scotia, and is home to a practice-based research network, the Maritime Family Practice Research Network (MaRNet), a node in the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network. These research networks have strong participatory membership and co-leadership in research from Nova Scotia Health Authority health system partners. Patient and provider partners have also become strong members of our research collaborations. Over the last five years these partners have come together to form a dynamic, interactive health-system linked team focused on creating evidence to strengthen primary care. This integrated research partnership supports a provincial, national and international research agenda as evidenced by its leading annual KT event.

The CRC program was established by the Canadian Federal Government with the purpose of attracting outstanding researchers to the Canadian university system. Tier 2 Chairs are intended for exceptional emerging scholars (i.e. the candidate must have been an active researcher in their field for fewer than 10 years at the time of nomination). Applicants who are more than 10 years from their highest degree (and where career breaks exist, including maternity leave, extended sick leave, etc.) may have their eligibility for a CRC Tier 2 assessed through the program’s Tier 2 justification process. Please contact the research grants office and see the CRC website (www.chairs.gc.ca) for more information on eligibility. Dalhousie recognizes that career paths can be diverse and that career interruptions may occur. Applicants are encouraged to include, in their cover letter, an explanation of the impact that any career interruptions may have had on their record of research achievement.

Candidates for this CRC Tier 2 position must be excellent emerging researchers who have demonstrated creativity in interdisciplinary research with a focus on Primary Care; have achieved a level of success which suggests the potential to achieve international recognition in their particular field of research over the next five years; and, have the potential to attract and teach excellent trainees, students and future researchers. Candidates must have a PhD and/or MD; those with an MD must also have a thesis-based Master’s degree or doctorate. This position will be considered tenure stream for candidates with a PhD and a continuing appointment for candidates with an MD. All candidates must have an excellent publication and teaching record and possess the necessary qualifications to be appointed at the Assistant or Associate Professor rank.

The application period will close Sept 27, 2019. Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a two-page description of your proposed research program, a brief statement of your teaching philosophy, and a completed Self-Identification Questionnaire, available at www.dal.ca/becounted/selfid. In addition, please arrange to have 3 letters of reference (2 of which must be academic) sent under separate cover. All materials should be sent as a single PDF file to Dr. Fred Burge, Chair of Search & Selection Committee c/o Eileen Brown, Research Secretary, Department of Family Medicine, Dalhousie University, 1465 Brenton Street, Suite 402, Halifax, NS Canada B3J 3T4. E-mail: dfmresearch@dal.ca.

Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. In keeping with the principles of employment equity and the CRC program’s equity targets, this position is restricted to candidates who self-identify in one or more of the following groups: racially visible persons, women, Aboriginal or Indigenous persons, persons with a disability, or persons of minority sexual orientations or gender identities. (See www.dal.ca/becounted/selfid for definitions of these groups.) All such qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Dalhousie University recognizes its obligation to accommodate candidates in order to ensure full, fair, and equitable participation in the hiring process. Our complete Accommodation Policy can be viewed online at: www.dal.ca/policieswww.dal.ca/policies. To request accommodation at any stage in the hiring process, or for further information on this position, please contact Eileen Brown at dfmresearch@dal.ca.

Save the Date: Data tools for clinicians webinar

On July 30th BC-PHCRN and the General Practice Services Committee (GPSC) are co-hosting a webinar for primary care clinicians and others working in primary care reform focused on how the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network (CPCSSN) Data Presentation Tool (DPT) can help with panel management, quality improvement, and team-based care. More details

Team Mapping Facilitation Training

As primary care network communities move toward implementation in BC, the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council (BCPSQC) is working in collaboration with the General Practice Services Committee (GPSC), a partnership between the Ministry of Health and Doctors of BC, and UBC’s Innovation Support Unit (ISU) to develop and refine new and existing supports for primary care teams.

BCPSQC and the ISU will be offering team mapping facilitation training and mentorship to interested PCN communities to support individuals to facilitate this mapping in their local communities. Funded by the GPSC, this train-the-trainer approach will include a focus on team mapping preparation, the facilitation of team mapping sessions and the analysis and reporting process that allows communities to build the findings from team mapping processes into learning and action.

The first two offerings of these full-day workshops will be held on Thursday, June 13 and Thursday, July 4 in Vancouver, with the possibility for future regional sessions based on interest and demand.

If you are interested in registering for the upcoming team mapping facilitation training sessions or requesting a future session, please visit https://bcpsqc.ca/improve-care/team-based-primary-and-community-care/team-mapping-facilitation-training

The TRANSFORMATION primary health care patient experiences survey

A new detailed report presents the results of the first application of a refined patient-experience survey tool to compare PHC performance. The survey is largely based on previous work led by the Canadian Institute for Health Information that identified key indicators for PHC. The new report focuses primarily on the aggregation of multiple patient experience indicators and scales into overarching PHC performance dimensions; these were created to facilitate the sharing of results with key stakeholders.

Collaboration opportunity: Co-Designing Relational Continuity Interventions for Inner City Patients Experiencing Hospital-Primary Care Transitions

Dr. Ginetta Salvalaggio of the University of Alberta is seeking collaborations with primary care researchers in Canadian cities who have interest in transitions in care, urban underserved populations, or (ideally) both.

Project overview: Patients who receive care from a steady team of professionals do better than patients without continuity of care. Unfortunately, despite their poor health and many health care needs, inner city patients have less continuity of care than other patients. Continuity between the hospital and the patient’s primary care home is especially important during and shortly after a hospital admission, yet little work has focused on the best way to support continuity during this transition period. Our research will a) involve inner city patients, hospital professionals, and primary care professionals in designing supports for the hospital-community transition period and b) explore the processes involved in getting such supports ready for implementation.

More details

Effective Participation in New Models of Care: Primary Care Networks and Patient Medical Homes

BC-PHCRN is pleased to be hosting a post-conference workshop at the UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research annual health policy conference.

Friday, March 8, 2019
1:00 to 4:30 pm
$100 for conference attendees ($75 for students), or $125 as a stand-alone workshop. Lunch included for all options.

Team-based care is a vision for the future of primary care in British Columbia, which includes implementing patient medical homes (PMH) and primary care networks (PCNs) across the province. A PCN is a clinical network of local primary care service providers located in a geographical area, with PMHs as the foundation. A PMH is a family practice that operates at an ideal level to provide longitudinal patient care, and is the foundation of care delivery in an integrated system of primary and community care and PCNs in local communities. Family doctors are moving towards the PMH model of care in part by using patient data to inform and plan proactive care, and by participating in PCNs.

This workshop will help family physicians and policymakers to understand the tools and resources available to assist them in participating fully in PCNs and PMHs. It will also demonstrate how PCNs can be implemented and evaluated to ensure the new model of care continues to learn and improve from the data it produces.

Registration is open.

Questions? Please email Alexandra Warren.

Welcome Gillian Bartlett, ED of the SPOR PIHCI Network Coordinating Office

We are delighted to announce that Gillian Bartlett will be the new Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovation Network Coordinating Office Executive Director. Dr. Bartlett is a full professor at McGill University in Montreal as well as the Research and Graduate Programs Director and the Associate Chair in the Department of Family Medicine.

She received her PhD in epidemiology from McGill in 2001. Dr. Bartlett specializes in primary care research and knowledge translation. She will start March 1, 2019.

Sabrina Wong and Onil Bhattacharyya
Co-chairs, National Coordinating Office


gillian bartlettDr. Gillian Bartlett is a tenured Professor as well as the Research and Graduate Programs Director and the Associate Chair in the Department of Family Medicine at McGill University. She received her PhD in epidemiology from McGill in 2001 and her MSc in 1996. In 2014, she was awarded the Carrie M. Derick Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Supervision for McGill University and the Faculty of Medicine Honour List for Educational Excellence. Dr. Bartlett specializes in primary care research and knowledge translation. Her current concentration is on knowledge translation and stakeholder engagement around health care utilization and outcomes for vulnerable populations; implementation of precision medicine using patient-oriented strategies; and the use of education innovations to advance the discipline of family medicine and primary care.

CBPHC 12 Teams and PIHCIN Joint Meeting

The joint meeting of the Community-Based Primary Health Care (CBPHC) 12-Teams
and the SPOR PIHCI network will be held December 6-7, 2018 in Montreal, Quebec.

The 12 CBPHC 12-Teams were funded by CIHR in 2012 to conduct programmatic cross-jurisdictional innovative research. As the funding is now coming to an end, the 12-Teams are gathering for a final meeting to share their findings and discuss the future of primary health care research in Canada. PIHCI is a network of networks focused on fostering an alliance between research, policy, and practice in primary health care. There are currently 11 PIHCI networks across Canada (BC-PHCRN is one). PIHCIN will be working to continue the work of the 12-Teams.

Webinar Jan 14: The PREFeR (PRioritiEs For Research) project: Identifying patient priorities for primary care research in British Columbia

The BC SUPPORT unit is hosting a webinar on January 14, 2019 at noon on the PREFeR project:

Patients need to be part of the very early stages of research when ideas are identified and prioritized, but this doesn’t often happen. The PREFeR project team includes members of the BC-Primary Care Research Network Patient Advisory along with researcher partners. Together we took a structured approach to identify topics for future primary care research from the patient perspective, as well as explore how patient and primary care provider ratings of the importance of these topics compared.

This webinar will describe the process we used to identify topics, survey broader groups of patients as well as providers, and collaboratively interpret results. We will discuss the topics identified and how these can inform future research questions.

Presented by: Ruth Lavergne

Details: https://bcsupportunit.ca/events-training/prefer-priorities-research-project-identifying-patient-priorities-primary-care

Report from September 2018 BC-PHCRN Strategic Planning Session

BC-PHCRN held a strategic planning meeting on September 7, 2018. BC-PHCRN began operations in June 2015, and its initial grant period is five years. Summer 2018 marks halfway through the grant period (funding expires May 2020), so it was prudent for the BC-PHCRN to take its mid-term pulse and revise its strategic plan and operational priorities.

The purpose of the meeting was to identify strategic priorities on which to focus BC-PHCRN resources for the remaining 2.5 years of the grant period, and to develop specific goals and methods to address these priorities.

Download the report detailing the results of the meeting.