Open Appointment Process

Become a committee member

Committee members are integral to ensuring the College delivers on its mandate to protect the public through effective regulation of the medical profession. They help maintain public confidence in College proceedings and ensure standards are being met.

British Columbians are invited to contribute their knowledge, skills and expertise by sitting as members of College committees. All College committees are comprised of registrant and public members. 

Vacancies

The College currently has vacancies for public and/or registrant members on the committees listed below.

The closing date for applications is April 7, 2021.

Public members

  • Discipline Committee: Two openings
  • Library Committee: Two openings
  • Patient Relations, Professional Standards and Ethics Committee: One opening
  • Physician Practice Enhancement Panel: One opening (nurse practitioner)

Registrant members

  • Diagnostic Accreditation Program Committee: One opening (radiologist)
  • Discipline Committee: Four openings
  • Inquiry Committee: Five openings
  • Library Committee: Two openings
  • Non-Hospital Medical and Surgical Facilities Accreditation Program Committee: Two openings (one plastic surgeon, one orthopedic surgeon)
    • Note: Must be available on September 9, 2021 and November 18, 2021 for scheduled committee meetings.
  • Physician Practice Enhancement Panel: Two openings (one family physician, one pediatrician)
  • Prescription Review Panel: One opening (addictions specialist)
  • Registration Committee: One opening

Duties and time commitments

All committee meetings are scheduled during regular business hours, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday. Committee meetings may be scheduled for an entire day, a half day or for several hours at a time during a day.

The duties and time commitments of the various committees are as follows:

Finance and Audit Committee

  • The Finance and Audit Committee reviews the College’s finances and provides recommendations to the registrar or the Board regarding accounting practices and systems, budgets, the safekeeping of all assets, and investment strategies.
  • The committee meets at least five days per year.

Registration Committee

  • The Registration Committee considers an applicant’s knowledge, skills and ability and grants registration on the basis of demonstrated qualifications. 
  • The committee meets nine times per year.

Inquiry Committee

  • The Inquiry Committee meets as panels and adjudicates complaints brought to the attention of the College. 
  • Each panel meets at least five times per year, sometimes more frequently.

Discipline Committee

  • The Discipline Committee meets as panels on an as-needed basis. 
  • Hearings may last for several days.

Non-Hospital Medical and Surgical Facilities Accreditation Program Committee

  • The Non-Hospital Medical and Surgical Facilities Accreditation Program Committee approves standards and procedures for the operation of a non-hospital facility, grants accreditation, evaluates performance, and assesses and resolves matters of non-compliance. It reviews reportable patient safety incidents and makes recommendations for improvement.
  • The committee meets at least four days per year.

Diagnostic Accreditation Program Committee

  • The Diagnostic Accreditation Program Committee approves standards and procedures for the operation of a diagnostic facility, grants accreditation, evaluates performance, and assesses and resolves matters of non-compliance. 
  • The committee reviews accreditation reports weekly and meets four half days per year.

Patient Relations, Professional Standards and Ethics Committee

  • The Patient Relations, Professional Standards and Ethics Committee establishes and maintains procedures and programs for dealing with complaints of sexual misconduct of registrants and reviews the standards of professional ethics and recommends to the Board guidelines to assist registrants. 
  • The committee meets four days per year.

Library Committee

  • The Library Committee sets strategic direction and policy for the College’s medical library. 
  • The committee meets four times per year.

Physician Practice Enhancement Panel

  • The Physician Practice Enhancement Panel develops and administers an ongoing program of peer assessment to assist registrants in maintaining proper standards of practice. 
  • The panel meets four days per year.

Prescription Review Panel

  • The Prescription Review Panel supports the Prescription Review Program (PRP), one of the College's quality assurance programs aimed at ensuring patient safety through assisting physicians to adopt and enhance safe prescribing practices. 
  • The panel meets four days per year to discuss select files from the PRP. 

Recruitment

To recruit committee members, the College uses an open call process that is fair and transparent, where applicants are selected according to their alignment with identified competencies and other selection criteria. The process is conducted by the Nominations Committee to ensure a skilled slate of potential candidates is presented to the Board for annual appointment at its May meeting. 

The College is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and encourages women, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity or expression (2SLGBTQ+), and others to apply.

Open call process

Submit an application

Interested applicants are required to complete the Committee Appointment Expression of Interest Form and submit it along with:

  • an up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV);
  • a cover letter highlighting how their experience, education and training qualifies them to sit as a committee member; and
  • the names, position and contact information of two references who can discuss the applicant’s skills and qualifications as they relate to the responsibilities of committee members.

Applicant packages with all of the above must be sent to the Nominations Committee as PDF files to nominations@cpsbc.ca.

Following a review of all submissions for open vacancies:

  • Applicants who are found to be suitable for appointment for an open vacancy will be invited to participate in an interview process.
  • Applicants who are found to be suitable but are not appointed for an open vacancy may be considered for future vacancies.
  • Applicants who are not successful will be notified in writing at the conclusion of the process.

Selection criteria

Applicants will be assessed based on their professional background, education and training, and in alignment with the College’s Committee Composition Matrices. The selection process recognizes lived experience and volunteer roles as well as paid employment and academic achievement.

In general, applicants must demonstrate:

  • a high level of professional expertise in one or more of the following disciplines: health care, law, education, governance, ethics, research, stakeholder engagement, public advocacy, risk and compliance
  • the capacity to actively participate as a committee member to regulate the practice of medicine to protect the public including evidence of integrity, independence, impartiality, good judgement and social awareness
  • superior oral, written and interpersonal communication skills 

Note: Appointment to a College committee is finalized once a criminal record check has been successfully completed and returned. All committee members are required to attend training and orientation as part of their work.

Term of appointment

Committee members are appointed for a term of one year and are eligible for reappointment for a maximum period of six years. Newly appointed committee members begin their term on July 1.

Time commitment

Time commitment for each committee varies; however, a committee member can expect a time commitment as noted above. 

All College meetings are currently being held virtually until the provincial health officer declares the COVID-19 emergency over. It is anticipated that in the future, committees will meet both virtually and face-to-face, so some travel to the College office in Vancouver will be required.

Compensation

College committee members are compensated for their time attending meetings in accordance with the Board’s honoraria policy. Committee members are not compensated for preparation time or travel time. If travel is required to attend in-person committee meetings, committee members are reimbursed for travel and accommodation expenses in accordance with the Board’s travel and expense policy.

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