Assessing Perceived and Unperceived Needs of Northern Ontario Health Care Professionals for CanMEDS Competencies Beyond that of Medical Expert

    Assessing Perceived and Unperceived Needs of Northern Ontario Health Care Professionals for CanMEDS Competencies Beyond that of Medical Expert

    Project Summary

    This project is one part of a larger needs assessment being conducted by the CEPD office at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) and is concentrating on three of the CanMEDS roles other than that of Medical Expert (Communicator, Collaborator and Professional). Data has been received from the Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA), the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario, the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario, the College of Dietitians of Ontario and the College of Audiology and Speech Language Pathologists of Ontario and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) identifying medico-legal risks and issues from closed cases mapped to these CanMEDS roles. Using triangulation, this project aims to: identify perceived and unperceived learning needs; elicit perceptions and attitudes toward these needs and identify barriers to change. This data will be used to inform the CEPD offerings at NOSM and will be available as a resource for planning committees. We will then measure outcomes and evaluate the measures taken to address these needs. This project will form the foundation for an ongoing process to continually update data and evaluate the Strategic Plan of the CEPD office at NOSM.

    Project Work To Date

    An online survey of clinical faculty composed of statements and case scenarios was created as a self assessment tool. The survey was validated and benchmarks established for ‘Adequate’ and ‘Well Respected’ physician. (Descriptions decided through a heuristic process involving a panel of peers). All clinical faculty were invited to participate. We have received 270 physician responses to date (24%).

    A telephone survey for patients was developed. It has been validated and benchmarks established by a group of patients. We have two students working part time calling patients at this time. To date they have collected data from 60 patients, our goal is 300-400 responders.

    Next Steps

    We have begun analysis of the physician data. We will compare this to the data obtained from the environmental scan and patients to look at gaps in perceived skill level and identify unperceived needs. Once these gaps have been identified, we will develop questions for focus groups that will target perceptions and attitudes around these results and explore barriers to seeking CEPD focused on these CanMEDS roles.

    We are currently developing a toolkit/resource area for planning committees to access the environmental scan data and eventually the research data to use in generating their individual Needs Assessments.

    Project Objectives

    • To identify perceived and unperceived needs of three CanMEDS roles for physicians in Northern Ontario.
    • To identify gaps, attitudes barriers and facilitators to access CPD directed at improving these skills.
    • To incorporate this information into the Operational Plan for the office of CEPD at NOSM.

    Timeline

    Start Date:10/1/2015
    Anticipated End Date:31/12/2017

    Interested in Learning More? Email Dr. Deborah Smith directly at [email protected]

    • Sponsor / Lead Organization:
    • Northern Ontario School of Medicine Supported by the Northern Ontario Academic Medicine Association (NOAMA) Clinical Innovation Opportunities Fund Award
    • Sponsor / Lead Organization:
    • Northern Ontario School of Medicine Supported by the Northern Ontario Academic Medicine Association (NOAMA) Clinical Innovation Opportunities Fund Award
    • Sponsor / Lead Organization:
    • Northern Ontario School of Medicine Supported by the Northern Ontario Academic Medicine Association (NOAMA) Clinical Innovation Opportunities Fund Award