BC College Audit of Psychiatrists’ Practice and New Medical Record Assessment Standard


Dear Colleagues,

In response to various concerns raised by Department members regarding the BC College of Physicians and Surgeons (CPSBC) medical record assessment standards for psychiatrists in private practice or otherwise not affiliated with the Health Authorities, earlier this year I initiated discussions with the CPSBC Registrar and Deputy Registrar regarding the need for a wider consultation with the psychiatric community to establish and implement standards for medical records documentation. The result was the formation of a working group comprised of CPSBC assessors, medical advisors, as well as UBC Psychiatry members Drs. Ladan Sadrehashemi, Paul Dagg, Anson Koo, and Irfan Khanbhai, who provided guidance and consultation in the development of a new medical record assessment standard which will enable an improved auditing process for private practitioners.  I was pleased to learn that the draft assessment standard was accepted by the PPEP panel in June, and a revised version is now available for broader review and feedback.

I strongly encourage all Department members who are psychiatrists registered with the BC College of Physicians and Surgeons to review the draft Assessment Standards: Medical Record for the Psychiatrist in an Outpatient Setting, and provide your feedback here.  The feedback questionnaire will be open until Friday October 25, 2019.

For further information regarding the draft assessment standard, please visit the College Connector page of the CPSBC website.



Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham, MBBS, FRCPC, MRCPsych (UK), MBA (Exec)
Professor and Head, UBC Department of Psychiatry
Director, Institute of Mental Health, UBC
Regional Head and Program Medical Director, VCH/PHC