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Member, Clinical Resources Committee – BC Emergency Medicine Network

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Open to Provincial Region, Patient partners across the province

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Each year in BC, over 1,100 emergency practitioners respond to approximately two million patient visits in 95 emergency departments. You can use your experience to ensure patients have access to care that is built upon a foundation of patient- and family-centredness!

Open to: Patient partners across the province

Lead Organization or Department

BC Emergency Medicine Network


The BC Emergency Medicine Network is striving to include the patient perspective in its new Clinical Resources Committee. This group will focus on sharing best practices and clinical resource tools with emergency practitioner across the province. Patient partners will use their experience of emergency services to bring a patient- and family-centred focus to these resources.

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of collaborate on the spectrum of engagement ( The promise to you is that the research partner will work together with you to formulate solutions and incorporate your advice and recommendations into the decisions to the maximum extent possible.


  • Experience accessing emergency services and resources in BC, as a patient, family member or informal caregiver.
  • Experience as part of an advisory or steering committee, council or working group is not required but would be considered an asset.
  • Consideration will be given to ensuring representation from both urban and rural areas of the province.
  • If you have a strong interest in this work but have not yet completed a PVN orientation and Volunteer Agreement, are unsure if your experience is a good fit or feel another format of engagement would work better with your availability, please contact Leah Smith directly.
  • Please note: An interview may be part of the selection process for this opportunity.


  • Vacancies: 2
  • Date and time: It is expected that the first meeting will be held in October. Meetings are expected to be held within regular business hours.
  • Term: One year with the option of renewal.
  • Location: Teleconference or webinar.
  • Term: 1 year with the possibility of extension.
  • Time commitment: Quarterly meetings lasting approximately 90 minutes. Some email communication and document review may occur between meetings.


Preapproved out-of-pocket expenses will be reimbursed; however, no expenses are expected at this time.


The University of BC Department of Emergency Medicine (DEM) and its partners recently launched the BC Emergency Medicine Network (EMN) to improve emergency care in BC. The EMN exists to connect all emergency practitioners throughout the province so they can share the latest knowledge and support each other, so that no one practitioner is working in isolation. Over 1,100 emergency practitioners manage approximately two million patient visits each year in 95 emergency departments (EDs) across the province. Almost half of these emergency practitioners are located in small communities where they lack opportunities to connect with or consult trusted colleagues. The ability to provide state-of-the-art care is also difficult, as there is constantly new information on how best to care for patients. All emergency departments are working independently to keep up to date. The EMN has four main programs: 1) Clinical Resources: sharing best practices and clinical resource tools 2) Innovation: creating innovative solutions through research 3) Continuing Professional Development: education courses for providers 4) Real time support: enabling text, phone or video support between physicians Through the four programs, and by increasing communication amongst emergency practitioners in BC, the EMN will ensure consistent, best care for patients across the province. Patient partners are already providing leadership through participation in the Network’s Advisory Council. The Clinical Resource Programs aims to create a suite of succinct, relevant and up to date clinical support tools that can be easily used on shift by practitioners. The Clinical Resources Committee will consistent of approximately 10 members, including emergency practitioners and administrators from all regions of the province. You can learn more about the Network on its recently launched website:

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Leah Smith
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Southern Vancouver Island


From Our Community

Ovey Yeung

Patient Partner, Vancouver

Ovey Yeung

Being involved in the Patient Voices Network has broadened my understanding of the system and helped me empathize with health care challenges and limitations. What matters to me is to walk away feeling that my experience matters, that I matter!