Important: Editor's Introduction

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Important: Editor's Introduction


Welcome to the second issue of “The Physician”. In this edition we have highlighted the “news” in regard to practitioner staff at the beginning and followed it with information on clinically relevant information and additional information from the Region and the Province. This issue is divided into three sections: Practitioner Staff News; Clinical Care News and other RQHR news.

I must commence with an apology. I am the one responsible for the error that occurred in which an unedited version of the Annual Report of the Department of Family Medicine was published for 24 hours as an attachment to the first edition. Individuals were identified within that report and their permission had not been sought. Those identified have been offered apologies, as has the Head of the Department, Dr Blignaut. The Editorial team has taken greater care with this edition.

I would like to draw your attention to a number of items which I believe are important and should resonate with members of the Practitioner Staff. In addition to the new recruits to the staff you will note the appointment of Drs Cuddington and Beggs to their positions as Section Heads of General Surgery and Orthopaedics respectively. These are important positions to fill and we look forward to a period of sustained leadership and in particular a renewed emphasis on quality improvement within those sections.

The potential appointment of Dr John Thiel as Unified Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology is a great opportunity for Regina to demonstrate that it can host a Unified Head position on its way to regaining its rightful place as a campus of the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Medicine.

The commencement of the Accountable Care Unit Pilot could herald the greatest transformation in inpatient care. Please stay tuned for regular updates on this project. And within the vein of quality improvement you will note the sustained response to the Accreditation Canada Report with the use of LEAN tools to address the issues of Antimicrobial Stewardship and Medication Reconciliation on patient transfer.

The first provincial initiative within the Appropriateness Agenda has commenced with the application of an evidence based approach to the ordering of MRI for back pain. A great amount of activity is planned within RQHR on that agenda. This will be covered in depth within the next issue.

Listening to practitioner issues is very important and the proposals under consideration by the Senior Leadership Team are identified. Updates on these initiatives will be provided regularly.

Given the fluidity of the issues in the Department of Medical Imaging and the fact that elements are the subject of negotiation, I have decided to provide a verbal update at the Quarterly Meeting on December 2nd.

With any new venture feedback is very important and I look forward to your opinion as the editorial team tries to get the content and the format right for our readers. Please provide your feedback to me at

Yours Truly,

Dr David J McCutcheon

VP Physician and Integrated Health Services