Medical Consultant, Drug Programs

Job No: CPSBC336
Location: Vancouver, BC

Position summary

Under the direction of the deputy registrar and the program manager, the medical consultant carries out the mandate of the Prescription Review Program (PRP), a quality assurance program responsible for assisting registrants in the challenging task of prescribing opioids, sedatives, and other potentially addictive medications. The program prioritizes patient safety by providing registrants with the most up-to-date clinical guidance, helping them continually improve their skills and knowledge and maintaining quality of care for prescribing in BC. The PRP consultant will provide expert review and direction of program files and promote quality improvement.

Duties and responsibilities

Duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • review and advise on PRP case files
    • assess program referrals to identify registrants with opportunities for improvement
    • review prescribing practices and provide feedback at all stages of the PRP process
    • provide direction regarding clinical guidelines and best practices
  • assist in developing education and remedial plans for physicians to support opportunities for improvement
  • be available to discuss challenging cases with registrants
  • provide support to the Prescription Review Panel where required
  • provide input and recommendations for ongoing program development and improvements and help guide future program direction
  • may be expected to participate in designated meetings on behalf of the program
  • work collegially in a team-based environment with the deputy registrar, manager, medical consultants, and administrative staff
  • promote the goals and objectives of the Prescription Review Program and Panel

Consequence of error/judgment

The employee is expected to perform professionally and make proper and sound decisions. With access to a wide range of confidential information that may be governed by the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA), the employee must make informed decisions regarding the release of information.

Skills and qualifications

Required skills and qualifications include:

  • minimum five (preferably 10) years in clinical practice with experience in community-based primary care
  • certification in addiction medicine or recognized experience in addiction medicine
  • supplementary knowledge, training, and experience in managing chronic pain preferred
  • knowledge of local and national guidelines on treatment of substance use disorder and chronic pain
  • exceptional writing skills, including the ability to present technical concepts in lay terms and formulate clear and logical reasons in a style that expresses both empathy and a commitment to fairness

Note: Flexible work schedule of 600 hours annually (approximately eight to ten hours a week).

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia has been recognized as one of BC’s top employers since 2011 and one of Canada’s top 100 employers since 2014. Our goal is to attract, develop and retain highly talented employees. We offer an excellent working environment, opportunities for personal and professional growth, and a comprehensive benefits package.

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