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Abstract Reviewer & Storyboard Judge, Quality Forum 2023



Commitment: Long-term

Connection method: In-person

Open to Provincial Region


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 2023, one of the largest health quality conferences in Canada, which is taking place June 6-8, 2023, 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 2023. These two patient partners will also be tasked with judging storyboards as part of our annual Storyboard Reception on June 7, 2023.

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 an 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
• Are able to attend Quality Forum 2023 in Vancouver (in-person) on June 7, 2023

If you have a strong interest in this work but have not yet completed a PVN orientation and Patient Partner Commitments, are unsure if your experience is a good fit or feel another format of engagement would work better with your availability, please contact Cassy Mitchell.

• Number of vacancies: 2
• Date & Time:
Abstract Review: End of January 2023
Storyboard Judging: June 7, 2023
• Location:
Abstract Review: Online
– Storyboard Judging: in person in Vancouver, BC
• Commitment:
Abstract Review: 4-6 hours
– Storyboard Judging: 1-2 hours

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

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.

More information about the Quality Forum and past events can be found at

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.

Communications Plan
Those selected to be abstract reviewers will be sent a welcome package that outlines the review process in advance of received their assigned abstracts. Leading up to the event, storyboard judges will also be sent additional information related to their participation.

There will be a main point of contact for abstract reviewers and storyboard judges, as well as the support of engagement leaders responsible for QF23.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Cassy Mitchell Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement 250.279.0717 |

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