Hurrah! Application complete

Issue: BCMJ, vol. 58, No. 5, June 2016, Page 249 Letters

I finally finished my application for reappointment.

Initially, after hours spent scanning documents and attaching them to the electronic application, I was informed by the department head that the application was incomplete. After three more phone calls (in the end I had to e-mail the documents in order for them to be attached to the application) it was finally accepted.

I am sure that the BC Medical Quality Initiative has the best interests of patients at heart, but I think their agenda has been overtaken by bureaucrats, risk managers, and lawyers when the result is one more hoop for physicians to jump through before obtaining privileges. It is starting to feel like privileges are not such a privilege!
—T.W. Barnett, MD, FRCPC
North Vancouver

T.W. Barnett, MD, FRCPC. Hurrah! Application complete. BCMJ, Vol. 58, No. 5, June, 2016, Page(s) 249 - Letters.

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