Assessment of Enhanced Skills in Operative Obstetrics, Anesthesia, and Intrapartum Maternity

In rural British Columbia (BC), there is a lack of family physicians with enhanced surgical skills in operative obstetrics, anesthesia, and non-operative obstetrics. International medical graduates (IMGs)—physicians who have trained and practiced outside Canada—can help fill this gap; however, a formalized pathway to assess their currency and competency in enhanced surgical skills does not exist in Canada.

Once launched, Assessment of Enhanced Skills in Operative Obstetrics, Anesthesia, and Intrapartum Maternity (ASAP) will refine and assess IMGs’ enhanced surgical skills and provide them with experience in rural settings. As a result, there will be greater transparency of enhanced surgical skill requirements, and less pressures on health authorities to implement their own skill assessment solutions.

Our Achievements

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Created steering committee and assessment framework

ASAP developed a multistakeholder steering committee and operational framework for assessment. The overall steering committee includes a clinical assessment committee and a clinical competence committee.

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Developed assessment templates

ASAP began the work of finalizing templates for assessment in low-risk maternity, anaesthesia, and operative advanced obstetrics.

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Continued to develop the ASAP program

ASAP identified assessment sites and developed operational infrastructure to administer the program. A pilot candidate was chosen for the trial of templates for assessment.

Making a Difference

In the coming year, ASAP will continue working toward greater transparency in skills assessment and less pressure on health authorities to implement their own skill assessment solutions.

Dr. Nancy Humber says: “The future will involve further development of the administration of the program, development of a budget for initial and future cohorts for assessment, and a cultural competency module centered around maternity care in Indigenous populations.”

Team Members

Dr. Nancy Humber
Dr. Nancy Humber
Dr. Kirk McCarroll
Dr. Kirk McCarroll
Heather Gummow

Heather Gummow

Provincial Manager, RCME Community Program

Kirsten Quinlan

Kirsten Quinlan

Project Assistant