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MSES Engagement Initiatives - Fall 2018


Overview of Engagement Initiatives

In November 2018, the third round of MSES Engagement Initiatives was approved. These eight newly approved projects bring the total number of Engagement Initiatives to 45.  An overview of projects in each of the three rounds follows:

Building Self Awareness and Communication

Dr. Jason Hart

Organize physician retreat to conduct the Insights program (used by the CMA) to learn about self- awareness and effective communication techniques amongst diverse teams.

Diminishing Roadblocks to Hiring Foreign Trained Medical Oncologists and Hematologists at BC Cancer
Dr. Tamara Shenkier

Responding to increased workload and recruitment challenges, research and develop a policy on reducing barriers to licensure of internationally trained oncologists and hematologists.

GI Innovate: GI Physician Leadership Training to Improve Healthcare Delivery
Drs. Dan Renouf & Jon Loree

Improve the functioning and clinical efficiency of the GI clinic by facilitating the participation of 2 physicians in the Physician Leadership Program at the Sauder School of Business.

Medical Oncology Department Retreat

Dr. Ursula Lee

Host retreat to address departmental working environment and communication issues. Proactively address issues of department expansion and complex patient care needs.

Mindfulness Training and Support

Dr. Tamara Shenkier

Renew subscription to MindWell-U program and promote participation in mindfulness education in

order to improve stress management and mental health of Medical Staff.

Provincial Education Day in Interstitial Brachytherapy for Cervical Cancer
Dr. Francois Bachand

Hold workshop on Interstitial Brachytherapy (Cervical Cancer) for all ROs to review recent clinical experiences, share knowledge, and improve implementation of the technique.

Recognition Awards for Medical Staff

Dr. Kim Chi

Initiate an award program recognizing significant contributions of Medical Staff; recipients to be determined by a committee of Health Authority leadership and peers.

Supportive Cancer Care Focus Group Analysis
Dr. Alan Bates

Conduct quantitative analysis of transcripts and data gathered during patient and family focus group sessions on Supportive Cancer Care services.

Fall 2017 Engagement Initiatives


Dr. Peter Tonseth
Defining appropriate indications for PET/CT in BC


Dr. Lyly Le     

Engagement of BC Cancer medical staff in the implementation CST Project

Dr. Barbara Czerkawski    

Improving communication during conflict

Dr. Rob Olson     

Using POSI to improve collaboration between radiation oncology, medical oncology, P&SM, and allied health care providers at all cancer centres

Dr. Michael McKenzie   

Development of a Provincial BC Cancer Palliative Radiation Oncology Site Group


Drs. Katherine Xing, Karen Hossack    

Biweekly interdepartmental physician wellness and engagement rounds

Dr. Francois Germain    

Recognition of time required and support for completion of mandatory modules and training to improve physician engagement

Dr. Janessa Laskin    

Online genomics education & training to improve physician engagement & patient care

Dr. Angela Lin    

Physician nourishment to improve physician engagement

Dr. Allan Hovan   

Oral Oncology/Dentistry provincial meeting and team-building 


Dr. Tamara Shenkier   

Mindfulness training for all MSES members


Dr. Cheryl Ho    

Develop provincial pathway for pharma sponsored patient support programs

Dr. Islam Mohamed   

Physician strategic planning retreat for workplace


Dr. Bernie Eigl   

Review of oncologist staffing and support ratios at Canadian cancer centres


Dr. Mark Carey  

Physician engagement and surgical oncology: Using medical staff expertise to shape strategies to improve multi/interdisciplinary cancer care


Dr. Alan Bates    

Supportive cancer care program

Dr. Janessa Laskin 

Evaluation of a multidisciplinary strategy to improve efficiency and efficacy of lung cancer referrals at BC Cancer


Dr. Mira Keyes    

Burnout Proof – Live workshop for physicians


Dr. Daniel Renouf    

BC Pancreatic Cancer Clinical Network (BC PANC NET)

Dr. Amirrtha Srikanthan    

Program development for adolescent and young adults with cancer 

Dr. Sara Taylor  

Integration of a web-based patient follow-up platform into BC Cancer patient services for improving quality of care and research in breast cancer


Dr. Sally Smith    

Comprehensive physician orientation and mentorship at BC Cancer

Dr. Eric Berthelet    

Thyroid cancer interdisciplinary clinic-enhanced patient experience through comprehensive care delivery – a pilot project

Dr. Alan Nichol 

BC Cancer consensus conference on brain metastases and retreat to broaden involvement in cranial radiosurgery

Spring 2018 Engagement Initiatives


Dr. Allan Hovan  

Motivational speech from Eva Grayzel    


Dr. Andra Krauze      

Increase staff engagement in Surrey in weekly Radiation Oncology Rounds


Dr. Christina Parsons      

BC Cancer Radiation Oncology Lymphoma Retreat


Dr. Devon Schellenberg    

Conference to review Stereotactic Ablative Body Radiotherapy


Dr. Christine Blyth      

GPO Retreat


Dr. Stephen Ashwell      

Patient-held medical record: a means to increase patient and physician engagement in care


Dr. Sophie Sun      

Hereditary cancer follow-up program for high risk patients and families


Dr. Anna Tinker      

Evidence-based Guidelines for the Management of Familial and Hereditary Cancer Patients: A collaboration of the BC Cancer Tumour Group


Dr. Christine Blyth    

Understanding the different models of care and scope of practice of GPOs


Dr. Scott Tyldesley      

Provincial Radiation Oncology retreat


Dr. Jonathan Livergant      

Optimizing radiation oncology triage at BC Cancer - Victoria


Dr. Howard Lim    

Support for faculty development to implement the Royal College Competency by Design for the Medical and Radiation Oncology programs


Dr. Jennifer Rauw      

Quality improvement working group



For more information or to request support, please contact Jennifer Barr, Engagement Initiative Project Manager, at

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