Perspectives on Disruptive Behaviour

Supporting a culture of civility for physicians in the workplace

Thursday, June 15, 2017  |  Hilton Winnipeg Airport Suites, Winnipeg, Manitoba  |  8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  

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7:30-8:30 Registration and breakfast
Opening remarks
Purpose and plan for the day
Dr. Hartley Stern (via video) – CEO, Canadian Medical Protective Association 
Dr. Kristel van Ineveld – Doctors Manitoba
Dr. Anna Ziomek – Registrar, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba
Dr. Brock Wright – Chief Medical Officer, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
Dr. Todd Watkins – Managing Director, Physician Services, CMPA
Plenary session
Dealing with disruptive behaviour: an overview

As a complex issue, we must create conditions for success to recognize and manage problematic behaviours and ensure fair processes in a safe learning environment

Learning objectives:
  • Define disruptive behaviour and its impact on workplace culture and learning
  • Summarize an approach to deal fairly and effectively with individuals exhibiting disruptive behaviour
Dr. Todd Watkins – CMPA subject matter expert
Dr. Paul Farnan – Subject matter expert
Plenary session
Local experiences with disruptive behaviour

Doctors MB, CPSM, and health region perspectives on strategies for preventing and dealing with disruptive behaviour

Learning objectives:
  • Describe these organizations’ suggestions on how to effectively address disruptive behaviour
  • List at least 3 challenges faced by physician leaders
Dr. Kristel van Ineveld – Doctors Manitoba
Dr. Brock Wright Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
Dr. Anna Ziomek – College of Physicians & Surgeons of Manitoba
Dr. Todd Watkins – Moderator
10:00-10:15 Health break
Participant-centred learning session
Dealing with disruptive behaviour: building a culture of accountability

Disruptive behaviour is a complex problem to manage. Establishing a culture of accountability and managing behavioural choices accordingly can be a powerful tool in ensuring the fair and transparent management of such behaviours.

Learning objectives:
Given a culture of accountability framework the leader will be able to
  • Explain the importance of establishing values in creating a highly reliable system for managing physician performance
  • Describe the three behaviours that threaten patient safety
  • Contrast 3 approaches to dealing with the above behaviours
  • Explain the elements of accountability at the system and provider levels
Dr. Steven Bellemare – Senior Physician Advisor, Practice Improvement, CMPA
Open panel
Your perspective – open dialogue

Let’s talk about options for dealing with disruptive behaviour

Learning objectives:
  • Share experiences and consider options to address behavioural issues in the workplace
Dr. Paul Farnan – Subject matter expert
Ms. Mary Yates  – Human resources expert
Dr. Eric Sigurdson – College of Physicians & Surgeons of Manitoba
Mr. Robert Sheahan – CMPA counsel

Dr. Steven Bellemare – Moderator
12:00-1:00 Luncheon
Plenary session
Dealing with disruptive behaviour - a 3-part human resources strategy

In order to successfully manage disruptive behaviour, physician leaders require an approach which blends compassion, fairness, and accountability

Learning objectives:
  • Surface unspoken beliefs regarding the management of disruptive behaviour
  • Review 3 guiding frameworks for addressing disruptive behaviour
  • Distinguish between the small “i” and large “I” incident investigation
  • Learn leadership principles for managing the 3 disruptive behaviour scenarios
  • Prepare for having the “difficult” conversation
Ms. Mary Yates – Human resources expert
Focused discussion
Procedural fairness and documentation: What it does and does not mean

Legal perspective of appropriate processes and procedures when addressing disruptive behaviour in hospitals, from early stages to hearing before MACs

Learning objectives:
  • Discuss the role of legal counsel in addressing disruptive behaviour
  • Understand what procedural fairness and natural justice mean at various contexts
  • Overview of the legal significance of appropriate documentation of efforts to address disruptive behaviour
Ms. Helga Van Iderstine  – MLT Aikins LLP
Mr. Dan Ryall  – Health region counsel

Mr. Robert Sheahan – Moderator
2:30-2:45 Health break
Problem-based discussion
Solve this problem!

All physician leaders have personal examples of situations where they could benefit from the advice and support of a colleague. Having come prepared with a real case, participants will have the opportunity to anonymously discuss their situation and to develop a practical approach to addressing it using the principles learned

Learning objectives:
Using a personal example of a disruptive behaviour situation to engage a colleague in discussion, the participants will be able to:
  • Construct a customized, practical and stepwise strategy to dealing with their issue, which encompasses elements of accountability, fairness and compassion
  • Predict two potential roadblocks or push-backs they might encounter
  • Propose a potential mitigating solution to the above
Dr. Steven Bellemare – Moderator
Open panel
Ask your experts – open dialogue

The process, documentation and reporting to third parties and regulatory authorities (Colleges)

Learning objectives:
  • Discuss when to share information related to professionalism and disruptive behaviour
  • Describe how to document allegations and demonstrated occurrences of disruptive behaviour
Ms Lynne Arnason  – CPSM counsel
Dr. Kristel van Ineveld  – Doctors Manitoba
Mr. Robert Sheahan – CMPA counsel
Mr. Dan Ryall  – Health Region counsel
Dr. Paul Farnan – Subject matter expert
Ms. Mary Yates  – Human resources expert
Dr. Steven Bellemare – Moderator
Closing remarks
Summary wrap-up, next steps and session evaluation
Learning objectives:
  • Outline a general approach to improving the handling of disruptive behaviour in your workplace
  • Describe the importance of encouraging professionalism and developing a fair approach to address accountability of individuals
Dr. Todd Watkins – CMPA
This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the CMPA for up to 6.5 MOC credits. This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 6.5 Mainpro+ credits.
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba
Doctors Manitoba
The Canadian Medical Protective Association