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Continuing Education Opportunities

PHSA has several professional development opportunities for medical staff.

Dentists and specialists licensed or certified to practice in BC with the BC College of Oral Health Professionals (BCCOHP) are required to maintain a minimum number of hours of mandatory continuing education (CE) for annual renewal of registration. The goal of CE is to promote practice improvement and professional growth. In this manner BCCOHP ensures that registered dentists/specialists are committed to life-long learning, and maintain competency throughout their careers.

CE requirements at a glance

BCCOHP established CE requirements for registered dentists and certified specialists as part of the Quality Assurance Program. The details of CE requirements at a high-level are outlined below:

  • Dentists/specialists must obtain a 90 credits during a 3-year cycle. Each new year begins on January 1 of the calendar year after the year of registration with BCCOHP.

  • Specialists must earn a minimum of 50% of the total 90-credit requirement through programs pertaining to the speciality in which the specialist is certified.

  • 1 CE cycle = 3 years

  • 1 hour of CE session (lecture, instruction or participation) counts as 1 credit.

NOTE: BCCOHP may request you to provide documentary evidence of CE requirements completion and therefore, it is your responsibility to maintain evidence.

It is your individual responsibility to complete the CE requirements to maintain and enhance their competence to practice. There are a variety of avenues for you to earn CE credits. BCCOHP regularly holds CE events for its registrants throughout the province of BC.

You can also earn CE credits anywhere at the luxury of your time.

Please refer to BCCOHP online courses.

Learn more about CE categories, learning modalities and educational activities eligibility on BCCOHP website.


You are encouraged to submit CE credits as you obtain them. For submission methods and process, please visit continuing education submission on BCCOHP website.


If you have questions or need assistance with CE credits, educational sessions eligibility or submissions, please contact BCCOHP.


Midwives & nurse practitioners

Midwives and nurse practitioners may find more information regarding continuing competencies on the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives website.


In 2013, PHSA began hosting risk management education sessions for all PHSA staff, including medical staff. The sessions that have been held thus far have included topics such as:

  • Whose Life and Death? Who Decides? A Dialogue on Advance Directives and Goals of Care
  • What are my Legal Responsibilities? Responding to Subpoenas and Court Orders
  • Capacity, Custody, and Guardianship Challenges of Obtaining Informed Consent with Minors
  • Medical Staff Peer Review: P-4 Process, Pragmatics, Pitfalls, and Protections
  • A Disclosure of Adverse Events Workshop
  • Social Media in Health Care: Finding a Balance Between Risks and Benefits
  • Risk Assessment 101: An Introduction to Risk Assessment and why it is Important to you
  • Deconstructing s.51 of the Evidence Act
  • The Legal Aspects of Documenting Patient Care
  • Duty to Warn: When does Patient Confidentiality Outweigh a Duty to Protect a Person as Risk of Harm?
  • A Patient Safety Event has occurred: What are my Next Steps?

The sessions are usually an hour and a half long and the presenters vary depending on the topic.

Interested medical staff can sign up to attend the sessions on the LearningHub. Medical staff can attend the sessions either in person or via one of the video-linked conference rooms at various sites throughout British Columbia.

The presentations are recorded on DVD. If you are interested in viewing one of the previous presentations, please contact Risk Management at 604-829-2628.

The Sauder School of Business in partnership with BC Health Authorities, BC Patient Safety Quality Council and the UBC faculty of Medicine developed the Physician Leadership Program. The program is designed specifically for physicians who are taking on leadership roles within their respective Health Authority and who wish to enhance their management skills. It is expected that physicians interested in this program have already completed some basic leadership or management training (such as PLI).

The program is ten days long and, upon successful completion, you will be awarded with a Physician Leadership Certificate from the Sauder School of Business, receive Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits, as well as credits that contribute towards the Canadian College of Health Leaders Certified Health Executive (CCHL CHE) designation.

To learn more about the program, see the Sauder website.

Please email Michelle Richards to register.

Course pre-requisite: Basic leadership or management training (such as PLI).

Cohort 20 Dates & Location:

Venue: This program will be delivered in a blended format, with in-person modules delivered at UBC Robson Square in downtown Vancouver, and real-time virtual modules delivered via Zoom.

Module 1 – September 7 – 9, 2023 (In-person)
Module 2 – October 12 – 14, 2023 (Virtual)
Module 3 – November 16 – 18, 2023 (Virtual)
Module 4 – March 8, 2024 (Virtual - Final presentation and graduation)


In spring of 2013 it was recognised that PHSA needed to provide their senior Medical Staff Leaders with training on strategies and skills in managing conflict. The intention of the workshop was to provide techniques, strategies, and resources that would assist medical staff leaders in managing difficult situations, conversations, and conflict with skill and confidence. The goal was to reduce stress and improve the overall working relationships among colleges. ‎

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) Physician Leadership Institute’s (PMI), formerly Physician Management Institute (PMI); leadership development is designed and delivered by and for physicians working in Canada’s health care system.

Open-enrolment PLI leadership development courses

Leadership training is an important aspect of the Canadian Health Care system. Courses offered by the CMA’s PLI can help you become a more effective Medical Leader. PHSA has partnered with PLI to offer specially designed leadership development opportunities for you.

If you choose a PLI leadership development course, you learn with physician colleagues – sharing issues and experiences unique to your profession in a collaborative, friendly environment.

To Register and find out more information on the PLI Leadership Courses please check out the CMA PLI website.

To learn more about the program and to see what courses are offered please view the CMA Physician Leadership Institute’s 2014 Catalogue.

The courses listed on the CMA PLI website are eligible for SSC Physician Leadership Scholarship Funds.

  • he process starts with submission of a letter for bursary request with details of the educational experience addressed to Dr. Henry L. Woo, President of MSA, explaining your intent to gain an international educational experience.
  • Trainees must submit bursary requests at least 3 months in advance of the intended educational experience.
  • Bursary request is subject to approval by MSA executive.
  • Bursary amount is $1000 per trainee and can only be granted once per trainee.
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