W21 – Two for One: How to Earn Section 3 Credits Through Practice Improvement

W21 – Two for One: How to Earn Section 3 Credits Through Practice Improvement

Friday, Oct. 20
15:45 – 16:45 (1 hr)
Meeting Room: Finback (3rd floor – B Tower)
Tara Burra*, MA, MD, FRCPC; Lesley Wiesenfeld, MD, MHCM, FRCPC; Andrea Waddell, MD, MEd, FRCPC

CanMEDS Roles:

  1. Medical Expert
  2. Leader
  3. Professional

At the end of this session, participants will be able to: 1) Identify key tools used in quality improvement (QI) methodology; 2) Describe how QI methodology can be applied in psychiatric clinical practice; and 3) Develop a work plan for an improvement initiative.

Knowledge and application of quality improvement (QI) is increasingly a required professional activity, yet few practising psychiatrists in Canada have received formalized training in QI methodology and even fewer have experience applying QI in practice. Over the last several years, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RSPSC) has evolved its Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program to integrate QI and the continuing professional development (CPD) of specialist physicians. One of the challenges faced by psychiatrists in engaging in this facet of CPD has been a lack of available tools, resources, and illustrative examples of QI in mental health and addiction care. This workshop is intended to help bridge this gap for psychiatrists. We will focus on the development and implementation of individual psychiatric practice improvement. In the first portion of the workshop, participants will learn from an applied example and gain familiarity with fundamental QI tools, such as aim statements, cause-effect diagrams, and run charts. In the latter portion of the workshop, through small group discussion, participants will work on the development of their own QI initiative, using an RCPSC template. Participants will leave the session with a work plan for individual practice improvement. Participants who implement the work plan following the workshop will not only acquire experience applying QI in psychiatric practice, but also be eligible to claim Section 3 practice assessment MOC credits.


  1. Wong BM, Baum KD, Headrick LA, et al. Building the bridge to quality: an urgent call to integrate quality improvement and patient safety education with clinical care. Acad Med 2020;95(1):59–68.
  2. Boland B. Quality improvement in mental health services. BJPsych Bull 2020;44(1):30–35.