The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario has a legislated mandate to continuously improve the quality of care provided by physicians.
The College began its pioneering efforts into improving physicians' skills in 1977, and is proud of the success and international recognition its programs have achieved. Since 1980, thousands of physicians have had their skills assessed by a fellow physician. An informal study of peer assessment indicates that physicians who receive assistance from the College perform better, six years later, compared to a group of physicians assessed for the first time.
Peer assessment helps physicians to provide high-calibre health care by giving them constructive feedback about the quality of their medical records and patient care. If, through an assessment, it is identified that a physician needs to make improvements in a particular area of clinical practice, the College will assist the physician in developing an educational plan to address the opportunities for improvement.
The College is also in the process of establishing a program that will ensure all physicians in the province are committed to lifelong learning. This process, called "revalidation", will be a coordinated system of education and assessment that will give physicians insight and information about their practices and performance throughout their medical careers.
It has been our experience that proactive, regular interactions with physicians, through methods such as peer assessment, result in a win-win situation for patients and physicians alike. – less–ZoomInfo