Practice Enhancement Division

Promoting quality medicine

Dr. Ernest Prégent
Director of Practice Enhancement


The mandate of the Practice Enhancement Division (PED) is to oversee and enhance medical practice in order to protect the public and improve the health of Quebecers.

The PED supports the Professional Inspection Committee (PIC) and the Continuing Professional Development Committee (CPDC). Taking a preventive approach, it evaluates the quality of practice of physicians in private practice and in institutions. The PED works in partnership with the Collège’s other divisions and committees and carries out interventions to improve physician competence. It participates in the activities of working groups or organizations whose actions also have an impact on the quality of medical practice.

To enable physicians to provide quality medical care, the PED has introduced a practice oversight and enhancement system with three levels of measures designed to evaluate physicians’ professional practice and make recommendations for improvements as required. Based on the principle that every physician naturally tends to practice quality medicine, the PED has made information the linchpin of its system. Physicians are given feedback on their performance at each stage of the evaluation process along with recommendations on how to make improvements if necessary.

To support its practice enhancement process, the PED provides physicians with recent information on topics of interest to the medical profession by publishing practice guides, clinical practice guidelines and position statements to support improvement in various areas. In some cases, the publication of guides and guidelines is accompanied by interventions to promote the implementation of the proposed recommendations, such as certain continuing medical education activities or the workshop series on the physician-patient relationship.

You can contact the staff of the Practice Enhancement Division from Monday to Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m and on Friday, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Last update: February 11, 2015