Physician Quality Improvement (PQI)


Physician Quality Improvement (PQI) is now Accepting applications for cohort 6! Must be submitted by MAY 7th at 1600  Click for Poster,Click for Application Form 

Are you a member of the Medical Staff with a growth mindset who is passionate about improvement? Would you like to work with a team to address a gap in care in your area? Do you enjoy participating in fun, educational workshops with colleagues from across the island that will give you tools you can apply in real time? Then Physician Quality Improvement (PQI) is the place for you!   

The Island Health Physician Quality Improvement (PQI) team offers online learning, introductory workshops and a comprehensive 12-month Cohort training program to all medical staff including privileged GPs, Specialists, Midwives and Nurse Practitioners. It is the only QI education program that offers: 

  • CPD/CME accreditation (up to 50 MOC section 1 / Mainpro+ group learning credits pending approval)
  • Comprehensive funding for physicians for up to 168 hours of sessional time at the JCC-rate
  • Expert faculty teaching curriculum designed by medical staff, for medical staff
  • Virtual and in-person workshops (pending public health guidelines) across Vancouver Island
  • The opportunity to lead your own Quality Improvement project with the support of experienced physician mentors, staff coordinators, and data analyst support 

Our Program Offerings:

Level 1

Interested in learning about QI at your own pace from a world-class institution? We offer free access to the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Open School. Not sure where to start? We recommend Quality Improvement 101-103! Please contact for a complimentary registration code.

Level 2

Curious to learn about QI in a workshop designed by medical staff for medical staff? We offer one-day and two-day workshops and offer sessional payments for your time. Please click here for upcoming workshops.

Level 3

Applications are now open for cohort 6 and must be submitted by May 7th at 1600. Hear directly from Dr. Albert Houlgrave, Emergency Physician and PQI Cohort 4 graduate in his closing remarks from a recent virtual graduation event



PQI is a partnership between Specialist Services Committee and Island Health. Learn more about SSC initiatives here.  

Our Team

Jennie Aitken

Manager, PQI

Kamla Gage

Coordinator, PQI

Dr. John Galbraith

Steering Committee Chair

Dr. Adele Harrison

Executive Sponsor

Dr.  Alex Hoechsmann

Physician Advisor

Rosanne Holmes

Coordinator, PQI

Dr. Dana Hubler

Physician Advisor

Julia Porter

Coordinator, PQI

James Saunders

Data Analyst, PQI

Bastian Weitzel

Program Assistant, PQI

Dr. Al Buckley

PQI Physician Mentor

Dr. Jason Wale

PQI Physician Mentor

Kristine Votova

PQI, Director

Dr. Sarah Lea

PQI Physician Mentor