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Committees

The BC Cancer Surgery Network is made up of three committees:  

Clinical Practice Committee  


Develops and promotes surgical quality improvement endeavours, practice guidelines and standards in surgical oncology for the province. 


Purpose 

To develop and promote surgical quality improvement endeavours, practice guidelines and standards in surgical oncology for the province. The Clinical Practice Committee will work closely with the Research & Outcomes Evaluation Committee on developing outcomes reporting mechanisms and models.


Mandate


  • Understand and promote the ideals and goals of the Surgery Network.
  • Act as a liaison between existing clinical practice groups (i.e. clinical practice guidelines committees supported by Ministry of Health and BCMA) and BC Cancer Surgical Oncology Council & Network.
  • Review care maps, practice guidelines and other clinical material before distribution (i.e. ensures guidelines are in a consistent, standardized format).
  • Act as a clearinghouse for surgical oncology clinical practice guidelines in BC.
  • Review practice guidelines related to surgical oncology that have already been endorsed by other organizations (i.e. waitlist times established by CSSO).
  • Provide a “second-opinion” review of initiatives and endorse clinical practice guidelines, standards and care maps.
  • Provide input and advice into promoting clinical practice initiatives (including educational opportunities and communications strategies).
  • Review and recommend clinical standards relating to surgical oncology that are provincial in scope (especially as they relate to hospital or ambulatory practice).
  • Regularly review clinical practice documents and send back to BC Cancer Surgical Tumour Group for review.
  • Develop mechanisms to monitor adherence to standards and outcomes.

Chair and Committee TBD


Current Activities

Peer-reviewed best practice surgical guidelines are being developed, which will be directly linked to the BC Cancer Cancer Management Guidelines. They will be based on outcome measurement, multidisciplinary assessment, critical mass (skill/volume), technology and infrastructure. Care processes reflecting the most appropriate treatment plans will result.


Provincial Breast Cancer Guideline


We are delighted to announce the completion of the first provincial guideline for "Lymphatic Mapping and Sentinel Node Biopsy for Breast Cancer". This guideline has been created by Dr. Allen Hayashi and members of the Breast Cancer Surgical Tumour Group. The guideline provides technical information about how to perform sentinel lymph node mapping. A second guideline, providing information on whether or not sentinel lymph node mapping should be done as a stand-alone procedure, is currently being created.


History/Archive 


 

Continuing Practice and Knowledge Transfer Committee 


Develops and implements professional development opportunities that will lead to improved surgical oncology practice and increased knowledge in the field of surgical oncology, as well as improve communication between the Council and the surgeons of BC.


To provide professional development opportunities to surgeons across BC, in a variety of formats, and to enhance communication between the Council and the surgeons of BC. Committee members will provide guidance in developing and implementing a professional development program that will lead to improved surgical oncology practice and increased knowledge in the field of surgical oncology, as well as improve communication between the Council, its members and the surgeons of BC.


Members
         
      
  • Dr. Heather Stuart (Chair, Executive Editor, Newsletter)
Key objectives of the CPD-KT Committee

  • Understand and promote the ideals and goals of the BC Cancer Surgery Network.
  • Assess professional development needs of members and incorporate needs assessment into the development of educational programs and communication tools.
  • Provide professional development opportunities in a variety of clinical speciality areas, in a variety of formats (courses, seminars, distance education), throughout BC annually.
  • Provide outcome measurements to demonstrate impact of its professional development programs and assess effectiveness of communication tools and strategies.
  • Provide educational opportunities with Maintenance of Certification accreditation. 
  • Provide professional development sessions linked with professional associations such as the BC Surgical Society. 
  • Identify education and communication resources already in existence. 
  • Promote study and research in the area of surgical CPD-KT. 
  • Publish a newsletter with information on the BC Cancer Surgical Oncology Council & Network including administrative, clinical, educational and research updates (2-3 issues annually). 
  • Support the BC Cancer Surgical Oncology Council Standing Committees in their communication with members. 
  • Maintain and update the BC Cancer Surgery Network website. 
  • Promote the use of electronic resources to facilitate communication (i.e. videoconferencing, Extranet technology). 
Past Educational Events

BC Cancer Surgery Network Fall Update 2019

Management of Not So Rare Cancers

October 5, 2019

Four Seasons Hotel

Vancouver, BC


BC Cancer Surgery Network Fall Update 2018

Head & Neck Endocrine Tumours

October 13, 2018

Four Seasons Hotel

Vancouver, BC


BC Cancer Surgery Network Fall Update 2017

Colorectal Cancer

October 14, 2017

Four Seasons Hotel

Vancouver, BC


BC Cancer Surgery Network Fall Update 2016

Management of Liver, Pancreas, Melanoma and Breast Cancers

October 22, 2016

Four Seasons Hotel

Vancouver, BC


BC Cancer Surgery Network Fall Update 2015

Upper and Lower GI Tract Cancers

November 7, 2015

Four Seasons Hotel

Vancouver, BC


BC Cancer Surgery Network Fall Update 2014
Breast Cancer: Current Controversies
October 18, 2014
Four Seasons Hotel
Vancouver, BC

 

BC Cancer Surgery Network Fall Update 2013
Endocrine Cancers
November 2, 2013
Four Seasons Hotel
Vancouver, BC

Event Presentations


BC Cancer Surgery Network Fall Update 2012
Malignancies of the Lower GI Tract
October 20, 2012
Four Seasons Hotel
Vancouver, BC 

Event Presentations


BC Cancer Surgery Network Fall Update 2011
From Uncommon to Common 
October 22, 2011
Vancouver, BC
Four Seasons Hotel

Event Presentations


BC Cancer Surgery Network Fall Update 2010
Upper GI and Hepatobiliary Cancers 
October 23, 2010
Vancouver, BC
Four Seasons Hotel

Event presentation 


BC Cancer Surgery Network Fall Update 2009
Breast Cancer Update:
October 24, 2009
Vancouver, BC
Four Seasons Hotel

Event presentations


BC Cancer Surgery Network Fall update 2008
Rectal Cancer Update:
The Last 5cm Distal TME and Beyond
Saturday October 24, 25, 2008
Vancouver, BC
St. Paul's Hospital

Event Presentations


BC Cancer Surgery Network Fall Update 2007
Endocrine Surgical Oncology 
Saturday October 27, 2007
Vancouver, BC
Fairmont Waterfront Hotel

Event Presentations


Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy
The Surgery Network hosted a one day conference on Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy in Vancouver, BC on November 24th, 2006 at the Plaza 500 Hotel.

Event Presentations 


Surgical Problems in Proximal GI Cancer Management
The Surgery Network hosted a one day conference on Proximal GI Cancers on December 3rd, 2005.

Pre and Post Test Results

Copies of the presentations are available here

Current Management of Head and Neck Masses
Sessions have been held in Vancouver on December 10th, Kelowna, on Friday 21st January 2005, in Surrey on Aril 29th, 2005, in Prince George on September 30th and in Victoria on January 27th, 2006 

The 2004 BC Cancer Annual Conference took place on November 25th-27th at the Westin-Bayshore Hotel in Vancouver. Presentations and pre and post test results are available on the conference page.


Breast Cancer Symposium in Victoria, 24th April, 2004

Annual Surgical Oncology Council Meeting in Vancouver, 6th February 2004. Results from the Breast Cancer Symposium 2004


History/Archive    

Internet Course for Surgeons
A course provided in conjunction with the College of Physicians & Surgeons is nearing completion and will be available on the SON website. It will take you through all steps of an internet search to answer clinical questions. When available, there will be a direct link from this page.


Certification Program
One of the core features of the Council & Network is a strong educational focus. A continuing education/maintenance of certification program has been developed to provide learning opportunities for all surgeons in BC who provide oncologic care. Various formats are offered.


Education Needs Assessment
In early December, 2001, the B.C. Surgical Oncology Council and Network distributed an Education, Communications and Research Needs Assessment Questionnaire to the surgeons in the province of BC.


The short form was sent to all surgeons and additional material requesting areas of educational need, was sent to seven key specialties. Copies can be viewed below.


Assessment Survey Results


Terms of Reference

 

Related Sites       


Dedicated Journals in Surgical Oncology


Annals of Surgical Oncology
European Journal of Surgical Oncology
Journal of Surgical Oncology
Surgical Oncology Clinics of North America
Seminars in Surgical Oncology
Seminars in Urologic Oncology
Urologic Oncology
Journal of Neuro-oncology
Gynaecology Oncology
Journal of Clinical Oncology

College of Family Physicians and Surgeons of BC


The Society of Surgical Oncology - useful for their annotated bibliography, education section, guidelines and online symposia


The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada - Related Sites menu


If you have questions about the CME Committee please email son@bccancer.bc.ca.


 

Research and Outcomes Evaluation Committee


Supports research and evaluation activities of the Surgery Network by providing guidance and assistance to Network surgeons with research projects, feasibility studies and measurement of practice improvement.


(Terms of Reference)


What can the ROE committee do for you?


The skills of the members of the ROE Committee and the Surgery Network staff enable us to help and advise you on:


  • Study design/research outline
  • Statistical methodology
  • Extract data from existing databases within BC Cancer
  • Data collection
  • Database design
  • Database creation
  • Data integration
  • Statistical analysis
  • Data reporting

If you are interested in submitting a research proposal, please refer to the Project Proposal Guidelines.


Research and Outcomes Evaluation Committee Members

  • Dr. Chris Baliski (Chair)
  • Dr. Janice Kwon (Vice Chair)
  • Dr. Heather Emmerton-Coughlin 
  • Dr. Heather Stuart
  • Dr. Elizaveta Vasilyeva
  • Dr. Sam Wiseman
  • Dr. Francis Zih


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