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Abstract Reviewer & Storyboard Judge, Quality Forum 2022

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Commitment: Long-term

Connection method: In-person

Open to Provincial Region

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Volunteer Opportunity
The BC Patient Safety & Quality Council is inviting two patient partners to help review abstracts and act as storyboard judges for Quality Forum 2022, one of the largest health quality conferences in Canada, which is taking place May 31 – June 2, 2022 in Vancouver.


Lead Organization/Department
BC Patient Safety & Quality Council

The BC Patient Safety & Quality Council strives to include a wide range of stakeholders from across BC in our abstract review process who can be counted on to contribute diverse perspectives into building the Quality Forum program. Two patient partners will work alongside other health system stakeholders to review abstracts using established scoring criteria in a blind process to help in the selection of projects to be presented at Quality Forum 2022. These two patient partners will also be tasked with judging storyboards as part of our annual Storyboard Reception on June 1, 2022.

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.

This opportunity is open to patient partners from across BC who:
Have a demonstrated understanding of quality improvement work (e.g. completion of IHI Open School, experience on a quality improvement project etc.)
Are comfortable using technology to review and score abstracts
Participated in a Patient Voices Network orientation session and signed the Volunteer Agreement

There are three opportunities for patient partners to participate in this year’s Quality Forum. We welcome you to RSVP for all opportunities, but preference will be given to individuals that have not already been selected for other engagements related to Quality Forum 2022.

If you have a strong interest in this opportunity but have not attended an orientation or completed the volunteer agreement, please contact Carol Stathers directly to see if accommodations can be made.

Number of Vacancies: 2

Date & Time:
Abstract Review: Early September 2021
Storyboard Judging: June 1, 2022

Abstract Review: Online
Storyboard Judging: Vancouver, BC

Abstract Review: 4-6 hours
Storyboard Judging: 1-2 hours

Our plans for Quality Forum 2022 will adapt as needed to reflect the health system’s ongoing response to COVID-19 and available public health guidance.

The Council will provide complimentary registration to attend Quality Forum events, as well as coordinate travel and accommodation for Steering Committee members. Any personal expenses incurred to attend the Quality Forum will be reimbursed in accordance with the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council Travel Expense Policy.

This is one of three engagement opportunities for Quality Forum 2022. Patient partners can RSVP for all three opportunities but preference will be given to those who haven’t already been selected for one. Read this article to learn more, including their RSVP deadlines.

The Quality Forum is an annual event hosted by the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council that attracts more than 1,250 participants working across the continuum of care from communities through 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.

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. Abstracts can be submitted on any topic related to providing better care for patients, fostering high-quality health systems or improving conditions for those who work within it. Submitters are asked to indicate whether they would like their abstract to be considered as either an oral (rapid fire) or poster (storyboard) presentation, or both.

Leading up to the event, we are looking for two patient partners to assist in scoring the abstracts that are received. Patient partners will work alongside other health system stakeholders to review abstracts using our online event platform. Each abstract will be blindly scored by two abstract reviewers and the average score, in addition to any comments made by reviewers, are used to rank and prioritize the abstracts that are invited for presentation.

These patient partners will then act as storyboard judges during our annual Storyboard Reception. Judges are assigned a group of storyboards to review and provided with a scoring form to complete. Each storyboard is reviewed by two individuals from among a diverse group of storyboard judges, and the top scoring projects will receive special acknowledgement during the event.

Selected patients partners will be sent a welcome package that outlines the abstract review process in advance of receiving their assigned abstracts. Leading up to the event, additional information will also be sent related to their participation as storyboard judges. There will be a main point of contact for abstract reviewers and storyboard judges, as well as the support of two engagement leaders from the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council who are responsible for QF22.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Carol Stathers
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Interior Region

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