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Abstract Reviewer, Quality Forum 2020

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Open to Provincial Region, Patient partners across the province

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Would you like to help review abstracts for one of the largest health quality conferences in Canada? This is your chance! The BC Patient Safety & Quality Council is inviting two patient partners to help review abstracts for Quality Forum 2020. This annual event will take place February 25-27, 2020 in downtown Vancouver and feature three days of presentations and interactive workshops on a variety of topics related to improving quality across the continuum of care.

Open to: Patient partners across the province

Lead Organization or Department

BC Patient Safety & Quality Council (BCPSQC)


The BCPSQC strives to include a wide range of stakeholders from across BC who can be counted on to provide diverse perspectives to inform the Quality Forum programming each year. Two patients partners will work alongside representatives from each of the BC health authorities, the Ministry of Health, the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council and other health care organizations to help review abstracts submitted for rapid fire and storyboard presentation using established selection criteria in a blind scoring process.

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of involve on the spectrum of engagement. The promise to you is that the health care partner will involve patients in planning and design phases to ensure ideas or concerns are considered and reflected in alternatives and recommendations. As a member of the Abstract Review Committee for Quality Forum 2020, your scores will be used to inform the rapid fire and storyboard presentations that take place during the main Forum programming. Each abstract is blindly scored by two abstract reviewers and the average score, in addition to any comments made by reviewers, are used to rank the abstracts and determine which projects are invited for presentation. Following the abstract review process, we welcome feedback from all reviewers about their experience and opportunities for improvement in the future.


  • Open to patient partners across the province
  • A demonstrated understanding of quality improvement work (e.g., completed IHI open school, experience on a quality improvement project etc.)
  • Comfortable using information technology
  • Please note: Applicants must have previously attended a PVN orientation session and completed the Volunteer Agreement. If you have not attended an orientation session but you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Ashley Clark directly to see if accommodations may be possible.


  • Vacancies: 2
  • Date/Time: September 12 – 26
  • Location: Online
  • Commitment: 4-6 hours over a period of two weeks in September. There will also be a one-hour training session during the last week of August to gain familiarity with the online scoring system that is used and review commonly asked questions among abstract reviewers


There are no anticipated costs associated with this engagement opportunity. The BCPSQC will provide complimentary registration and travel to Quality Forum 2020 for both patient partners selected for this opportunity.


The Quality Forum is a three-day event hosted by the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council and attracts more than 1,200 participants working across the continuum of care from communities throughout British Columbia. By bringing together patient partners, clinicians, policy and decision makers, senior executive team and board members, quality improvement leaders, researchers and students, we create an opportunity to share knowledge and advance new ideas to improve care across our province. Quality Forum 2020 will take place at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver from Tuesday, February 25, 2020 to Thursday, February 27, 2020. Participants can attend full-day pre-Forum sessions as well as our annual evening event, Health Talks, on the first day of programming. This is followed by the main two days of programming, which will feature presentations and interactive workshops on a variety of topics related to improving quality. The mix of content includes suggestions by past participants and the event’s Steering Committee, as well as oral presentations and posters chosen though our Call for Abstracts. Each year, we receive hundreds of abstracts through our Call for Abstracts from projects across the province hoping to present their work at the Quality Forum. We are looking for two patient partners to be members of our Abstract Review Committee to assist in scoring the abstracts that are received. This committee is made of up representatives from each of the BC health authorities, the Ministry of Health, the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council and other health care organizations. They include senior executive team members, physicians, quality improvement specialists, patient partners and other health care professionals. Members of the Abstract Review Committee will be assigned a selection of anonymized submissions that will then be reviewed using our online scoring platform. More information on the selection criteria used for scoring, as well as the different presentation formats and project categories can be found here.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Ashley Clark
Engagement Leader, Patient & Public Engagement | Vancouver Island

From Our Community

Christine Wallsworth

Patient Partner, Vancouver

Christine Wallsworth

Patient and family partners should not be a check box on research proposals! They need to be involved right from the start. I know patient and family partners are doing their part by providing their knowledge to researchers from their lived experience.  It’s a win-win for us to work together through PVN to make sure our input drives improvements.