Maternity Care for BC (MC4BC) promotes, supports and trains BC family physicians to reconnect with low-risk maternity services through mentorship, hands-on experience, and financial support.
The GPSC is committed to increasing the number of family physicians who do general practice obstetrics.
Launched in 2008, MC4BC encourages physicians to begin, maintain, or reintroduce obstetrical care in their practices, and is designed for physicians who want to:
- include obstetrical care in their practice
- refresh their obstetrical care skills or training
- gain additional obstetrical skills and experience.
Of the program participants so far, nearly 100% of those polled agreed that MC4BC is an important support to family physicians by enhancing the care they provide to patients, and that MC4BC increased their confidence to perform obstetrical deliveries.
As a result of an evaluation in 2013, the relaunched program expanded its scope in October 2014 to include post-program mentorship, antenatal/postpartum care support, moderated maximum number of births per participant (i.e. 20 births), and a self-directed learning experience.
The program offers flexibility with location, timelines, and schedules.
Each participant is eligible for taxable funding of up to $48,056 for:
- Training Stipend (maximum $24,714.90)
For participants to cover income loss for labour and delivery in hospitals, and antepartum and postpartum care, including breastfeeding. Participants may not bill fee-for-service activities associated with attending a birth as part of this program
- Travel Allowance (maximum $9,500)
For participants to cover travel to/from the obstetrical training facility and accommodations during the program
- CMPA Obstetrical Insurance cost differential (maximum $100)
For participants to help cover the insurance upgrade during the training period
- Additional Education Requirements (maximum $1,000)
For participants to meet educational requirements to obtain or maintain hospital privileges during the training period (i.e. NRP, Fetal Health Surveillance, ALARM, ALSO)
Eligible family physicians:
- Have obtained full registration and licensure from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC
- Have obtained hospital obstetrical privileges for the hospital(s) in which the physician receives training
- Commit to do general practice obstetrics in BC upon completion of the program for a minimum of two years
- Complete all required application documentation.
Following the completion of the MC4BC program, participants agree to attend (and to permit GPSC to confirm with MSP), as primary provider, a minimum of 12 births over 24 months, practise obstetrics in BC, and to maintain hospital privileges for the purpose of practising obstetrics.
Applications are being reviewed and accepted in order of receipt.
The MC4BC subcommittee reviews applications monthly and recommends applicants to the GPSC. Participants must begin training within six months of documented acceptance into the program, and are required to complete training within one year by March 31 2016.
Physicians are encouraged to participate in MC4BC.
To apply to the program, or for further details, email the Program Administrator.
- Particpant Experiences:
The application package includes:
- Policy and Guidelines
- Summary of Application Process
- Application Form
- Appendix 1: Learning Needs Assessment
- Appendix 2: Self-Assessment of Competencies Worksheet
- Appendix 3: Learning Plan
- Appendix 4: Review of Learning Objectives and Revisions to Learning Plan
- Appendix 5: Facility Letter of Support for MC4BC Participation
- Appendix 6: Participant Self-Reflection Learning Activity
- Appendix 7: Activity Log Form
- Appendix 8: Sessional Payment & Expense Form
- Appendix 9: Roles and Responsibilities
- Return of Service Agreement
- Frequently Asked Questions