All physicians who actively provide community-based care in British Columbia will be required to participate in the Physician Practice Enhancement Program (PPEP) at some point in time. The PPEP applies to physicians who have their own practice, practise as part of a multi-physician clinic, as well as long- and short-term locums.
Selection may be based on any of the following:
- Random selection
Any physician who is in independent practice and under the age of 70 may be randomly selected to participate in the PPEP.
- Clinic-based selection
When a physician who is randomly selected identifies a multi-physician clinic as their place of practice, all of his/her physician colleagues working at that clinic will be contacted collectively to participate in the PPEP. This allows an evaluation of systemic issues in a particular clinic, which benefits all physicians practising in that clinic.
- Risk-prioritized selection
Physicians who are collegially unsupported, work in solo practice, and/or are aged 70 or above are prioritized to participate in the PPEP.
The assessment cycle is set by the Physician Practice Enhancement Panel of the Quality Assurance Committee. It is based on the review of the initial assessment and may be any time between one to ten years. On average, a seven- to eight-year cycle should be anticipated. Physicians aged 70 or above are assessed on a three-year assessment cycle, based on the date of their previous assessment.