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Provincial Privileging Dictionaries

May 25, 2015


This message is on behalf Dr. Jatinder Baidwan, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer.

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to you regarding the Privileging Dictionaries developed provincially in cooperation with the DoBC, CPSBC and the Health Authorities.

More than 300 practicing clinicians from across the province and within each discipline have developed the initial dictionaries using each discipline’s core training as a guide. These living documents will be refreshed regularly. All existing members of the medical staff will initially have their privileges “grandparented”. As a result you should see no current disruption to your practice.

Core privileges for each specialty area will be granted as a bundle, subject to the ability of the facility to support those activities. Non-core privileges have specific criteria to guide the granting of those privileges and a recommended level of continuing current experience averaged over three years.

I understand that some believe the privileging dictionaries will necessarily limit your scope of practice. This is not the case as medical staff privileges cannot be altered without the protections of due process. The present routes of appeal also remain.

The dictionaries are intended to support your practice. They will be used to guide conversations during required periodic reviews and help identify the support you may require to add, maintain or improve skills. The dictionaries should reduce unwarranted restrictions of practice scope – and they should also reduce unwarranted expectations. We anticipate that the frequency of required privileges review will be reduced. As each health authority will be using the same dictionaries, you should find it easier to move from one health authority to another.

Each of you practices in unique circumstances that need to be considered when discussing your privileges. I assure you that this new process will be introduced in a manner that will support the continued exercise of your privileges.

For further information, please see the FAQs at http://www.privileging.typepad.com/. Should you have further questions or concerns either individually or as a group, please contact our Medical Affairs team through our Corporate Director, Shelley Hordiyuk (shelley.hordiyuk@viha.ca), to arrange for a suitable meeting time/location with our Privileging experts. In the meantime, please feel free to contact me, or your director/head with any questions you might have.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jatinder Baidwan
Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer

Last update: May 25, 2015