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Clinical Evidence Expert – Knowledge Experts and Tools (KET) Program

College of Family Physicians Canada

This is a Full-time position in Mississauga, ON posted September 13, 2018.

Representing more than 37,000 members across the country, the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) is the professional organization responsible for establishing standards for the training, certification and lifelong education of family physicians and for advocating on behalf of the specialty of family medicine, family physicians and their patients. The CFPC accredits postgraduate family medicine training in Canada’s 17 medical schools.


Our Mission: Leading family medicine to improve the health of all people in Canada—by setting standards for education, certifying and supporting family physicians, championing advocacy and research, and honouring the patient-physician relationship as being core to our profession.

Our Vision: Leading family medicine. Improving lives.

Our Values: Caring; Learning; Collaboration; Responsiveness; Respect; Integrity; and Commitment to Excellence.


We are recruiting for 2 Clinical Evidence Experts – Knowledge Experts and Tools (KET) Program


Posting #: 2018-18 (Mississauga, Ontario) Posting #2018-19 (Edmonton, Alberta)

Department: Programs and Practice Support

Division: Professional Development and Practice Support

Reports to: Program Manager, Knowledge Experts and Tools (KET) Program

Classification: Support Staff

Status: Contract Full Time (3 years)

*FTE: 1.0

Level: 7


Main Responsibilities

The Clinical Evidence Experts (CEE) are health professionals who will provide expert services in the creation of a wide variety of educational content and practical tools for practicing family physicians. Each will provide evidence searching, selection, evaluation, and summation skills. Using best available evidence and their clinical skills, they will create presentations, written on-line content, and various other educational programing including podcasts that they will deliver independently or with family physician contributors. CEEs will also work to develop clinical on-line and paper tools to assist frontline clinicians in applying the evidence and promoting shared informed decision-making. They will work collaboratively with subject matter experts within family medicine as well as external collaborators in provincial chapters, university family medicine departments and national knowledge translation organizations. They will support the partnership between PEER group of Alberta and the PPS department of CFPC, with one CEE in Edmonton working co-located with PEER and another in Mississauga at CFPC national office.

Roles and Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Evidence Evaluation and Interpretation: Use their advanced pharmacotherapeutic knowledge and clinical experience, the CEEs will
  • Find evidence: Develop practical clinical questions relevant to primary care, refine search terms and perform comprehensive searches using proven literature search techniques to identify relevant research in databases like Cochrane and Medline;
  • Identify Best Evidence: Select exceptional quality articles from the highest-level evidence based on an understanding of the primary care context where evidence needs to be applied. Weed out irrelevant, biased and poorly performed research;
  • Appraise: Carefully review literature for weaknesses that may limit application, in keeping with evidence appraisal models such as GRADE and AGREE;
  • Extract: Extract data and core features of research that allow better understanding of application of content;
  • Analyze: Compile and analyze core content to summarize the material to improve uptake and practical application.
  • Content Preparation
  • Use advanced clinical knowledge to prepare core presentation content in easy to understand formats via power-points, written material, podcasts, vodcasts, on-line programs and quizzes, and small posters, pamphlets, etc.
  • Prepare patient materials including information/education pamphlets to tools (including on-line resources) to promote shared decision making.
  • Assist in guideline development, including supporting guideline committees and completing associated systematic reviews for evidence development.
  • Enhance content for readability and to assure it is clear, practical and entertaining, using captivating information, visually pleasing graphic presentation, use of humour etc.) to promote learning. Understand the importance of the content, impacting practice and care of Canadians.
  • Assure that content central to evidence-based medicine is clear, including quality assessments, risk of bias and numeracy like “number needed to treat/harm.”.
  • Content Delivery
  • Promote, coordinate, and conduct education of family physicians and their teams at sites around the country.
  • Deliver succinct and clear educational messages to primary care physicians and their teams with a focus on best evidence, application and patient centered care.
  • Seek on-site feedback, promote open-discussion of facilitators and barriers to change, and respond to questions and feedback on site.
  • Interact and communicate with clinicians, reflecting on shared clinical experience.
  • Perform all education with a high degree of professionalism to promote uptake and future sessions and to present a positive impression of the CFPC.
  • Support collaboration with:
  • The Section of CPFM Program Committees, their chairs and key interested representatives for topic ideas as well as content development and delivery.
  • Internal departments including, but not limited to: IT, Communications, Research, Family Medicine Forum, Government Relations and Health Policy, and CFP Journal.
  • Other CPD-oriented committees and programs within the PPS Department, such as Self-Learning and the Patient Education Committee.
  • The Practice Improvement Initiative (Pii), supporting the development of worked examples to support the uptake of quality improvement activities in family practice
  • Other Knowledge Translation (KT) providers to support partnership for content creation and broaden dissemination.
  • With Chapters, to foster partnerships in program development and dissemination and avoid duplication
  • With University partners, as resources for content development, teaching expertise, research and evaluation.
  • Participate in the preparation of grant applications related to the KET Program Prepare briefings and reports for CFPC leadership including Program Manager KET, PPS Director and PDPS Executive Director as necessary. External collaborators (stakeholders, partners, chapters, etc.).
  • Facilitate and participate in regular staff meetings.
  • Work in accordance with
  • All CFPC policies, procedures and processes, and federal and provincial legislation
  • All health and safety requirements
  • Other duties as assigned

Requirements (knowledge, experience, education, competencies):

  • Doctorate of Pharmacy (or equivalent) is required
  • Professional designation and a license to practice in a health profession, such as Pharmacy or Nursing
  • Demonstrated experience and skill in preparing and delivering medical educational content
  • Minimum of 5 years of related work experience, preferably with knowledge and experience in Primary Care
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Excellent working knowledge of searching the literature, evidence-based medicine skills and search building tools in Pubmed/Medline, Cochrane, Google Scholar, and other
  • Demonstrated experience in critical appraisal, including understanding of highest level available research and study strengths and limitations
  • Full understanding of clinical trial and observational study reporting
  • Experience with knowledge translation activities/education
  • Basic understanding of more complicated study designs and statistics
  • Excellent communication skills including summarizing evidence, writing evidence synopses, preparing evidence presentations, and coordinating programs
  • Deliver evidence-based talks and written summaries to groups ranging from committees to large national audiences.
  • Understand the importance of accurate medical information and the potential impacts on medical practice and the health of Canadians.
  • Strong coordination skills, ability to prioritize and work efficiently
  • Experience leading and coordinating projects with a diverse group of professionals
  • Experience in preparing and giving presentations
  • Sense of humor, creativity, respectful, resolves disagreements and easy to work with
  • Strong skills in Power-Point, Excel and technical writing
  • Demonstrated willingness to be flexible and adaptable to changing priorities 

  • Strong multi-tasking and organizational skills 

  • Team player with excellent interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Able to function independently to exercise discretion and judgment in sensitive matters
  • Verbal and written communication skills, with ability to express ideas and opinions clearly and effectively in English; French is an asset

Working Conditions:

  • Open concept/shared office environment

Hours of Work:

  • 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. or 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. or 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday
  • Occasional evenings and weekends
  • Travel to meetings/conferences (overnight and/or weekends possible), training and to facilitate collaborations is expecte

If you share our passion, and are committed to living our CFPC Values please submit a cover letter and your résumé referencing the posting# 2018-18 (Mississauga, Ontario) or #2018-19 (Edmonton) to: careers@cfpc.ca by 5pm on September 25, 2018.

The CFPC is committed to fostering a healthy and positive work environment. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the Ontario Human Rights Code, The CFPC encourages applications from all qualified candidates and will accommodate applicants’ needs throughout all stages of the recruitment and selection process. If selected to participate in the recruitment and selection process, please inform Human Resources of any accommodation(s) that you may require to ensure your equal participation.


We thank all those who apply but only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

*Full-Time Equivalent

Skills Required

  • Education level: University
  • Work experience (years): 3-5 years


Salary: N/D

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