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Competent physicians

The Royal College’s policies and programs will enable residents and specialists to acquire, maintain and enhance their competence during residency and throughout practice.

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IMPLEMENTING COMPETENCE BY DESIGN

Competence by Design (CBD) is a multi-year initiative that will introduce a competency-based medical education (CBME) model of learning and assessment to resident training and specialty practice across Canada. CBME leverages an outcomes-driven approach to medical education that will better prepare and support physicians for the expectations of modern practice now and throughout their careers. Our commitment is to collaborate, engage and consult with Fellows, the medical education community, volunteers and other stakeholders throughout the design and implementation of CBD. In 2013, a detailed project and consultation plan was developed, and several projects got underway to support CBD implementation.

Click here to learn more about Competence by Design »

CANMEDS 2015: THE EVOLUTION OF THE CANMEDS FRAMEWORK

Under the CBD initiative, the Royal College continued its work on the CanMEDS 2015 project to update the CanMEDS Physician Competency Framework. In 2013, we convened 13 expert working groups and over a period of 8-10 months, they prepared a series of draft documents that will be available for wider consultation with Fellows, stakeholders in medical education and members of the public in early 2014. We also launched a comprehensive national consultation process. Phase 1 included sharing information and gathering feedback through a variety of means, including an online survey, a national advisory committee, ePanels, a Town Hall discussion, webinars and ongoing dialogue with key partners. From this process, the strengths, weaknesses and gaps of the current framework were identified. Planning is underway for Phase 2 consultations, which will focus on assembling feedback on the draft reports and finalizing the revised framework for an official launch in fall 2015.

Click here to learn more about CanMEDS 2015 »

FELLOWS SHOWCASE LEARNING WITH HIGH MOC PARTICIPATION

Fellows continued to demonstrate their commitment to lifelong learning, with more than 129,000 Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program activities documented in MAINPORT by December 31, 2013. Efforts to improve and enhance the value of this tool and program in the short and long terms are underway, supported by the MOC Program Evaluation and the CBD initiative’s forthcoming development of greater ePortfolio capabilities in MAINPORT for practising physicians.

Click here to learn more about the MOC Program Evaluation »

BRINGING CANMEDS 2015 TO LIFE WITH DRAFT MILESTONES

To support the work of CanMEDS 2015, draft milestones were developed through the efforts of 13 dedicated expert working groups (EWGs). These milestones will clearly define the expectations at each stage of residency and into practice, and guide learning and assessment to ensure the acquisition of competencies required for practice. Milestones will be integrated within the existing Roles of the CanMEDS Framework and subsequently be defined for all specialty training programs.

Click here to read more about the EWGs draft report and your chance to share feedback »

NEW UNIT TO SUPPORT THE CREATION OF FACULTY SUPPORT TOOLS FOR CBD

In response to feedback from partners in postgraduate medical education about the need for faculty development tools and services to support the implementation of Competence by Design (CBD), the Educational Product Development and Dissemination (EPD) unit has been created. This unit will work with project teams, subject matter experts and academic partners to support CBD implementation through the development of appropriate tools and products to ensure valuable and effective faculty development opportunities, and opportunities to share curriculum.

Click here to read more about the kinds of tools and products the EPD will develop »

NUMBER OF APPROVED AFC (DIPLOMA) PROGRAMS RISES

The Royal College approved several new Areas of Focused Competence (AFC – Diploma) programs in 2013. The newly-approved disciplines include Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Oncology, Hepatology and Hyperbaric Medicine — approved at the spring Committee on Specialties (COS) meeting; as well as Solid Organ Transplantation, which was approved at the fall COS meeting. Part I applications for brachytherapy and adult thrombosis medicine were also approved in fall 2013.

Click here to read more about our AFC (Diploma) program »

ePORTFOLIO PROJECT ENTERS STAGE ONE OF DEVELOPMENT, WITH eDIPLOMA RELEASE

New online functionality was released as part of the eDiploma project (stage one of the Competence by Design initiative’s ePortfolio project). The resulting new “My Diploma” section in MAINPORT allows AFC (Diploma) trainees to track achievement of their competencies online as they progress in their training, and later to submit their portfolios electronically for assessment. A small group of Transfusion Medicine trainees are the first to pilot this tool, with further development and planned expansion for use by trainees in other AFC (Diploma) programs expected later in 2014.

Click here to read more about the Royal College’s ePortfolio development »

PROGRESS ON THE PRACTICE ELIGIBILITY ROUTE FOR SPECIALISTS AND SUBSPECIALISTS

The Practice Eligibility Route (PER) offers two paths to Royal College certification for internationally-trained physicians who are already licensed and practising as specialists in Canada: Route A — traditional Royal College examination, and Route B — highly-structured, practice-based assessment/examination.

PER for specialists

  • Route A: The certification exams have been opened to candidates in 14 specialties for the 2014 examination cycle. Two Psychiatry candidates passed their Royal College certification exams in the spring 2013 examination session.
  • Route B: The PER for specialists continues to advance with planning of its first in-practice assessment in Psychiatry, to be piloted in 2014.

PER for sub-specialists and AFC (Diplomas)

  • Route A: More than 550 applications for fall exams in four subspecialties were received. Work also began on a PER for AFC (Diploma) programs.

Click here to find out more about PER and which specialties allow entry to the Royal College exams via this route »

MOC PROGRAM ADJUSTS ITS CREDIT SYSTEM TO MEET LEARNING NEEDS

To ensure it evolves to meet learning needs, several important changes to the MOC Program were introduced: (1) There will no longer be any maximum or cap on the percent of credits that can be earned in any one section during an MOC cycle and (2) Fellows and MOC participants will be required to complete a minimum of 25 credits in each program section during their five-year cycle (for cycles starting on or after January 1, 2014). As of July 1, 2013, Resident Affiliates who use MAINPORT to document their learning activities can carry forward up to 75 credits (25 per section) into their first MOC cycle following certification and Royal College Fellowship.

Click here to read more about the changes to the MOC Program and how they affect you »

CERTIFICATION EXAMS ASSESS MORE THAN 3600 CANDIDATES

More than 2600 candidates sat for their Royal College specialty certification exams in spring 2013, and another 1070 sat for the fall subspecialty examinations.

Click here to find out more about our credentialing and examination processes »

Update on Specialty Committee activities

Specialty committees continued to play an active role throughout 2013 in advancing professional training and standards of practice in the various medical and surgical disciplines.

Read a high-level summary of these committees’ activities during the past year »

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HEALTH, HEALTH CARE AND HEALTH SYSTEMS

The Royal College will contribute to transforming the health system, improving health and health care for all Canadians.

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NATIONAL EMPLOYMENT STUDY SHEDS LIGHT ON TROUBLING ISSUE

Highly-anticipated, this ground-breaking study confirmed that an increasing number of newly-certified specialist physicians and surgeons in Canada are experiencing problems finding jobs in their discipline. Released in October, the two-year study titled Too many, too few doctors? What’s really behind Canada’s unemployed specialists?, was based on evidence from 50 in-depth interviews with physicians, hospital leaders, health system experts, residents and others, as well as an online survey of specialists certified by the Royal College in 2011 and 2012.

Click here to read the Royal College employment report »

DUTY HOURS REPORT ENDORSES “NO MAGIC NUMBER,” BUT STILL WORK TO DO

In June, the National Steering Committee on Resident Duty Hours – a consortium of nine stakeholder organizations, including the Royal College – released Canada’s first comprehensive, collaborative and evidence-based report on resident duty hours. While not finding conclusive data to show that “one-size-fits-all” or that duty hour restrictions are necessary for patient safety, the report nevertheless stressed, among its recommendations, that the status quo is not acceptable and that shifts of 24 hours or longer without restorative sleep should be avoided.

Click here to read the duty hours report »

INDIGENOUS HEALTH STATEMENT PAVES WAY FOR ACTION

Approved last February, the Royal College’s Indigenous health values and principles statement builds on the CanMEDS intrinsic Roles as a framework on which indigenous population health values and principles hinge. By aligning indigenous health values within each CanMEDS Role, principles were developed to better guide the Royal College in generating tools that physicians, educators and learners can use to make lasting and constructive changes.

Click here to read the Indigenous health values and principles statement »

ENVIRONMENTAL SCAN SUMMARIZES HEALTH NEWS REPORTING IN A DIGESTIBLE WAY

Cutting through the health system information fog, our 2013 environmental scan provides a brief snapshot in time of top Canadian health policy-related events, data and other news released in the past year. It includes information on federal/provincial funding and public/private expenditures in health care, the health status of Canadians and growing health inequities, wait times and access, as well as key statistics on the physician workforce in Canada.

Click here to read the full report or to share your content suggestions for future editions »

SCOPES OF PRACTICE STATEMENT SUPPORTS SAFE, QUALITY CARE

Recognizing the changing roles of all health professionals and the need to ensure the highest standards from graduation to retirement, the Royal College released a statement on Scopes of Practice with principles to support safe, high-quality care in the best interest of the public and the health care system.

Click here to read the full statement »

ROYAL COLLEGE CAUTIONS GOVERNMENT ON NEW MEDICAL MARIHUANA RULES

Given implications for Fellows, the Royal College participated in public consultations on the new federal rules on the production and distribution of medical marihuana. The Royal College expressed concerns over the new regulations and highlighted their lack of rigorous evidence to conclusively support marihuana as safe and effective for medical use, as well as the need to provide proper educational materials to support clinicians who will now be called upon to provide access to the drug.

Click here to read more on the new marihuana rules and the reasoning behind the Royal College’s response »

“GENERALISM” AND “GENERALISTS” DEFINED, IN CONSENSUS CONFERENCE REPORT

To help focus discussions and planning, the Royal College released the final report from the Canadian Consensus Conference on the Future of Generalism in Medicine. This report was developed in accordance with findings and deliberations from the 2012 conference of the same name. In addition to setting out preliminary definitions for “generalism” and “generalist,” the report also discusses strategies to support the development of generalists and reaffirms the importance of crafting innovative health care delivery models that encourage generalists and specialists to work together effectively.

Click here to read the full report »

BREAKING THE ICE ON DISCUSSIONS ABOUT THE FUTURE OF GENERAL SURGERY

To reassess the evolving discipline of General Surgery, the Royal College hosted the Future of General Surgery in Medicine landmark summit in May, which brought together more than 50 surgical leaders and stakeholders in residency education to critically review and debate future directions of this discipline in Canada.

Click here to read more about the work being done by the project task force »

SYSTEM IMPROVEMENTS ENTWINED WITH INTERPROFESSIONAL EDUCATION AND POLICY

Our Practice, Performance and Innovation unit completed the first phase of a multi-year research project in 2013 that sets to understand the health system challenges in access to Critical Care resources in the Champlain Health Region. Using a multifaceted needs analysis methodology, which included simulation modalities, the team diagnosed system and team performance gaps and created an educational and policy-based strategy to introduce improvements.

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INNOVATION, RESEARCH AND SCHOLARSHIP

The Royal College will enhance its role in scholarship, and in research in medical education and health policy.

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SUPPORTING SPECIALISTS WITH INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES

The Royal College’s new Innovation and Technology Task Force launched in November, to explore how the medical system can best employ available, cost-effective technologies to improve Canadian health care. Made up primarily of Fellows, a key function of the group will be to work with industry players in medical innovation and technology, to learn about research and development trends and to make suggestions on areas of critical need for specialist physicians.

Click here to learn more about the Innovation and Technology Task Force »

NURTURING CAPACITY FOR PATIENT SAFETY IN TRAINING

In April, the Royal College and Canadian Patient Safety Institute partnered to present ASPIRE – Advancing Safety for Patients in Residency Education. This intense, four-day course was dedicated to enhancing the capacity of Canadian medical schools to provide patient safety training. Sharing insight on best practices and opportunities to reinforce patient safety lessons, as well as practical tools to achieve these goals, medical educators from across Canada who attended benefited from the knowhow of patient safety experts.

Click here to learn more about ASPIRE »

ADVANCING SCHOLARSHIP FOR HIGH QUALITY HEALTH CARE

The Royal College hosted a series of conferences in 2013 that brought together Fellows, stakeholders and international leaders to advance research and scholarship in matters related to the field and practice of specialty medicine.

  • INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON RESIDENCY EDUCATION (ICRE)

    More than 1300 registrants from 29 countries participated in this year’s event, which also had an impact on Twitter with 5000+ conference-related tweets over the two days.

  • INTERNATIONAL RESIDENCY LEADERSHIP SUMMIT (IRLS)

    Residents gathered for a dynamic forum that focused this year on building leadership competencies, recognizing the scope of residents’ influence and engaging with peers.

  • SIMULATION SUMMIT

    Professionals from across health disciplines came together for the summit that featured new simulation technologies, a mass casualty workshop and the return of SimWars™.

Click here to learn more about the Royal College’s upcoming events »

NEW APP BRINGS PEDIATRICS TRAINING TO LIFE

To assist teachers in the field, we released our new CanMEDS Springboards for Pediatrics Mobile app. This new app is the second in a series of CanMEDS Teaching Springboards applications, and is designed for those in the Pediatrics field who play the role of teacher to medical students, junior or senior residents, as well as other health professional learners. Featuring clinical scenarios created to help pediatricians teach on the fly, the app offers a practical solution for teaching CanMEDS intrinsic Roles in a busy clinical setting.

Click here to find out more or download the app from iTunes »

SIMULATION EDUCATORS HELP BUILD CAPACITY FOR PERFORMANCE EVALUATION

Working with teams and designing lifelike scenarios to teach and assess professional competencies was made easier with the launch of the Royal College Simulation Educator Training (SET) course. This training was created by a team of interprofessional educators and simulation scholars, and supports participants through both an online training component and collaborative, face-to-face learning on how to deliver and evaluate teaching methods and tools. Our Practice, Performance and Innovation (PPI) unit presented three of these courses in 2013.

Click here to learn more about the SET course »

PPI SUPPORTS CRITICAL CARE TRAINING

Our Practice, Performance and Innovation (PPI) unit continued to support Critical Care specialists through their ACES training. The ACES course provides approach strategies and practical skills required for the acute resuscitation of critically ill patients. In 2014, PPI will continue to develop and offer highly interactive, quality education programs and services.

Find out more about the PPI unit's roster of courses and services »

UNDERSTANDING FELLOWS’ MOC NEEDS AND DESIRES, WITH PROGRAM EVALUATION

To enhance our Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program and respond to Fellows’ perspectives and concerns, a formal program evaluation strategy was developed. This multi-phased evaluation included the MOC Program Evaluation Survey, which was conducted in 2012 and received responses from more than 5,000 MOC Program participants. The focus in 2013 was to evaluate this data set and to plan for the next phase of the MOC Program Evaluation, which is set to launch in early 2014 and will explore program participants’ feedback in a deeper way, through focus-groups and telephone interviews.

Click here to find out more about this study and its development »

ASSISTING PROFESSIONALS WITH SIMULATION DESIGN AND CREATION

In 2013, the Royal College and the University of Ottawa Skills and Simulation Centre co-developed the Simulation Technician Online Video Library (STOVL) — a video resource bank for simulation technicians/operators. STOVL offers a series of easy, step-by-step tools to help respond to the ever-growing technical simulation demands.

Click to review videos on how to create a Chest Tube Insertion Model, Tracheostomy/Cricothyrotomy Model or a Suprapubic Catheter Insertion Model.

CONTINUED COLLABORATION ON THE NATIONAL PHYSICIAN SURVEY

Keeping a pulse on physicians’ needs and concerns, the Royal College once again collaborated with the Canadian Medical Association and the College of Family Physicians of Canada on the National Physician Survey (NPS) and release of the 2013 results. The 2013 NPS was sent in the spring to practising physicians in Canada and focused on employment, access to resources, the role of other health professionals, work hours and the use of electronic records. Findings were released to the public in October 2013.

Click here to review the findings from the 2013 NPS »

WORKING TOGETHER FOR HIGH STANDARDS IN ACCREDITATION

To promote collaboration, innovation and excellence in accreditation, we co-developed and co-hosted the 5th National CPD Accreditation Conference with the College of Family Physicians of Canada. This two-day meeting was held in Ottawa, Ont., from October 7-8, 2013. The event was tailored to meet the needs of continuing professional development (CPD) professionals at every stage of their careers and who work in a variety of contexts.

Click here to review the conference program and presentations »

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VALUE OF FELLOWSHIP

The Royal College will strengthen the value of Fellowship and, along with our partners in the specialist medical profession, share leadership in assuring the highest quality of health care for Canadians.

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PROMOTING THE VALUE OF FELLOWSHIP

To support wider recognition from the public of the significance of Royal College Fellowship and of Fellows’ commitment to lifelong learning to sustain and enhance their competence and performance, we developed and planned a social marketing campaign to launch in early 2014. This campaign is informed by the results of a poll conducted for the Royal College by Nanos Research in 2013. The goals of this campaign are to promote the significance and value of the Fellowship designation and to increase public awareness of the Royal College brand. Support tools and promotional materials for use by Fellows were also created.

Click here to read more about the Value of Fellowship campaign »

PRACTICAL RESOURCES FOR FELLOWS

Each year, we produce a series of hands-on resources and funding opportunities for Fellows, to support clinical work, maintenance of certification activities and lifelong learning.

ONE CLICK TO STAY CONNECTED

In 2013, we made concerted efforts to engage and communicate with Fellows in more consistent, practical and reciprocal ways. In addition to monthly issues of our newsletter, Dialogue, the Royal College also built a more robust presence on Facebook and Twitter — simple ways for Fellows to stay connected, gain quick access to a variety of resources and news of interest, and to enter into two-way communication with us.

Click here to link to our Facebook and Twitter accounts »

LISTENING, LEARNING AND REPRESENTING REGIONAL VIEWS WITH RACS

To promote physician wellbeing and better understand the regional needs of Fellows, our Regional Advisory Committees (RACs) hosted several cross-country learning sessions in 2013. These sessions were designed to offer tips, strategies and support on the Maintenance of Certification Program; as well as knowledge on physician health and wellness, and guidance on creating positive and supportive learning and work environments.

Click here to learn more about our Regional Advisory Committees and how they serve Fellows »

SUPPORTING QUEBEC FELLOWS WITH NEW CPD EDUCATOR

A new CPD educator was recruited for Region 4, to provide Quebec Fellows with access to extra MOC support. Frédéric Bernier, MD, FRCPC, is an endocrinologist at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Sherbrooke and an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Endocrinology at the Université de Sherbrooke. Dr. Bernier is eager to support Fellows in his region as a CPD educator and plans to pay particular attention to helping Fellows better understand how to take advantage of Section 3 MOC activities.

Click here to read more about Dr. Bernier’s plans or find out who your CPD educator is »

INSIGNIA COLLECTION OFFERS NEW WAY TO DISPLAY FELLOWSHIP WITH PRIDE

The Royal College insignia collection began 50 years ago as a way for Royal College Fellows to showcase their Fellowship with pride. In 2013, a new online insignia shop was launched, displaying a number of Royal College-branded clothing and gifts for purchase. The online shop now makes it easier than ever to browse the collection.

Click here to visit the online insignia shop »

ROYAL COLLEGE SERVICES CENTRE ANSWERS THE CALL

To service the broad needs of all Fellows, our Royal College Services Centre (RCSC) team answered more than 25,000 calls and emails in 2013.

Always ready to help, click here to contact our RCSC today »

CELEBRATING A MEDICAL PIONEER WITH DR. JOSEPH LISTER EXHIBIT

In collaboration with the Museum of Health Care, we presented an online exhibit on Dr. Joseph Lister, the father of antiseptic surgery. Dr. Joseph Lister revolutionized surgery in the late 19th century by introducing antiseptic methods that drastically reduced the incidence of infection and death, enabling the field of surgery to expand rapidly.

Click here to visit the online exhibit »

BLOGGING CEO MESSAGES FOR BETTER FELLOW ENGAGEMENT ON HOT TOPICS

To increase interactivity with and among our Fellows, CEO Messages were released on a new blog platform in 2013. In doing so, Fellows have an opportunity to comment directly on the post, to share their views and interact with Dr. Padmos and other colleagues engaged in the topic. A combined total of more than 375 comments were posted in 2013, on the English and French blogs.

Click here to visit Dr. Padmos’ Message from the CEO Blog »

WELCOMING AN HONORARY FELLOW AT ROYAL COLLEGE CONVOCATION

In 2013, Brigadier-General Jean-Robert Bernier, Surgeon General of Canada, was presented with Honorary Fellowship in the Division of Medicine at the Royal College Convocation ceremony. In his role as manager of the health system for the Canadian Armed Forces and adviser on all health-related aspects that affect military operations, the Brigadier-General demonstrates the Royal College’s values and commitment to fortifying health resources, ensuring competence and providing access to the best care possible.

Click here to find out more about convocation »

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INTERNATIONAL OUTREACH

The Royal College will promote global standards and build capacity internationally in specialty medical education and professional learning and development. This will enhance educational standards and approaches, and the health of populations globally.

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REACHING OUT TO SHARE EXPERTISE WITH PARTNERS WORLDWIDE

Royal College International (RCI) continued to form academic partnerships with organizations that share the Royal College’s educational values. Offering products and services on a cost-recovery basis, RCI assists international partners in gaining knowledge and expertise in specialty medical education in a variety of ways, including through faculty development for educators, guidance on assessment processes and evaluation procedures, simulation-based training and continuing professional development.

Click here to learn more about Royal College International »

ROYAL COLLEGE SUPPORTS NEW HUMANITARIAN PROJECT IN NEPAL

The Royal College is collaborating with Canadian Critical Care specialists to develop a program in Critical Care at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal. A formal agreement was signed between the university and the Royal College in spring 2013 and in October, the first resident entered the training program under the direction of Canadian-trained physician Dr. Subhash Acharya.

Click here for more examples of our international work »

LACRE EXCEEDS EXPECTATIONS

The inaugural Latin American Conference on Residency Education (LACRE) was held in October in Santiago, Chile and exceeded expectations with 450 attendees from a variety of neighbouring countries. Co-hosted with the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and the Organización Panamericana de la Salud, attendees valued the opportunity to learn from expert faculty on common challenges and best practices in residency education and training. LACRE was the second regionally-tailored residency education-focused conference supported by the Royal College, after the Saudi Arabian Conference on Residency Education (SACRE). Planning is already underway for a similar conference in China in spring 2014 and a second LACRE in 2015.

Click here to read an overview of LACRE »

CONNECTING INTERNATIONAL CLINICIAN EDUCATORS WITH ICENet

To better support and connect medical educators across borders, in 2013 we built up a strong International Clinician Educators Network (ICENet) and launched a related blog. ICENet helps support clinician educators (CE) in finding the necessary tools, resources, events and network of colleagues they need to advance their career as a CE. In September, ICENet launched a new blog as an online meeting place for CEs, which is being spearheaded by Jon Sherbino, MD, FRCPC, a Royal College CanMEDS clinician educator.

Click here to find out more about ICENet or to visit the ICENet blog »

ROYAL COLLEGE ACADEMY GROWS

We continued to grow our Royal College International Academy, made up of Fellows and other professionals interested in participating in Royal College international activities, and with the skills and attitudes needed to lead successful international collaborations in diverse cultural contexts. In 2013, several dozen Fellows joined Royal College staff and leaders in their work on international activities, helping to advance our efforts to expand our contributions in global medical education. Among other achievements, Fellows from the academy contributed to a foundational needs assessment by creating a curricular framework for cultural cognition and domains.

Click here to find out more or sign up today »

LEADING HEALTH WORKFORCE DISCUSSIONS WITH KEY ROLE IN IHWC PLANNING

Echoing our calls for a national health workforce collaborative, we took a leadership role in the planning of the International Health Workforce Collaborative (IHWC) conference that took place in Quebec City, Que., from May 6-9, 2013. More than 90 senior policy-makers, academics, researchers and practitioners from three continents gathered and discussed top issues, including how best to balance demand for increased access to health care specialists and practitioners within existing policy and economic contexts.

Click here to read more about this meeting »

INTERNATIONAL ENHANCED PROGRAM REVIEW AND ACCREDITATION

Royal College Council approved a Policy on International Enhanced Program Review and Accreditation in June, igniting development of a process to enable the application of Royal College standards to specialty medical education programs outside of Canada. Work has begun on developing the procedures and process to support this new initiative, expected to be operational in 2014.

Click here to learn more about this new policy »

NEW COLLABORATION WITH CHINESE EDUCATORS

Designed to enable collaboration and facilitate opportunities to advance medical education scholarship and policy, the new Royal College Bethune Scholar Program was created. This 2-8 month opportunity is funded by the China Medical Board, a branch of the Rockefeller Foundation, and will allow approved individuals from Chinese organizations to pursue a faculty development opportunity at the Royal College, to better understand the health policy issues required for the creation and strengthening of a national system for medical education.

Click here to find out more about the Bethune Scholar Program »

CREATING A FORUM FOR INTERNATIONAL DISCUSSIONS ON PGME

Continuing our collaboration with medical educators across borders, we hosted the International Medical Education Leaders Forum (IMELF) in September. This event brought together leaders in postgraduate medical education from 13 countries for a day of sessions, debate and discussions on topics affecting the field. IMELF is an invitation-only meeting that is held each year in conjunction with the International Conference on Residency Education (ICRE).

Click here to learn more about next year’s ICRE »

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AWARDS AND GRANTS

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2013 HONORARY – NATIONAL AWARDS

ROYAL COLLEGE TEASDALE-CORTI HUMANITARIAN AWARD

Recognizes an outstanding humanitarian who advances care in Canada or abroad

2013 recipient: Joanne Liu, MDCM, FRCPC, Montreal, Que.

On more than 22 missions with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Dr. Liu has provided lifesaving care in some of the most dangerous regions in the world. Her dedication has often put her in harm’s way, such as working with the sound of missiles flying overhead in Sri Lanka or in areas at risk of a rebel attack like in the Sudan’s Darfur region. Throughout, her devotion to humanitarianism has been unwavering. Among numerous other efforts, she helped develop one of the first programs offering comprehensive medical care for survivors of sexual violence in the Republic of Congo. She also founded a forward-thinking telemedicine project with MSF to enable physicians in the field to gain quick access to medical expertise during humanitarian crises. In October 2013, she began her new role as International President of MSF.

JAMES H. GRAHAM AWARD OF MERIT

Recognizes a person whose outstanding achievements reflect the aims and objectives of the Royal College

2013 Recipient: Richard Reznick, MD, FRCSC, Kingston, Ont.

A world leader in medical education, Dr. Reznick has helped transform postgraduate medical education and is credited with advancing specialty training throughout Canada, especially within the surgical realm. His impressive CV includes, among other distinctions, more than 20 years of dedicated service to the Royal College.

DUNCAN GRAHAM AWARD

Recognizes an outstanding lifelong contribution to medical education

2013 recipient: Karen Mann, BN, MSc, PhD, Halifax, N.S.

As an educational consultant to top Canadian and international schools, Dr. Mann is recognized for her ability to convey complex ideas with exceptional clarity. A true global trailblazer in medical education, she has taught, developed and implemented innovative and effective programs across Canada and around the world.

PROGRAM DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR AWARD

Guy Brisseau, MD, FRCSC, Dalhousie University
Ian Preyra, MD, FRCPC, McMaster University

KRISTIN SIVERTZ RESIDENT LEADERSHIP AWARD

Arun Jagdeo, MD, University of British Columbia
Julie Kromm, MD, University of Alberta

2013 HONORARY - REGIONAL AWARDS

PRIX D’EXCELLENCE/ SPECIALIST OF THE YEAR

RAC 1: Robert M. Liston, MB ChB, FRCSC, Vancouver, B.C.
RAC 2: Rajat Kumar, MB BS, MD, FRCPC, Winnipeg, Man.
RAC 3: Narendra Singh, MB BS, FRCPC, Toronto, Ont.
RAC 4: Sylvain Gagnon, MD, FRCSC, Chicoutimi, Que.
RAC 5: Laurette Geldenhuys, MD, FRCPC, Halifax, N.S.

MENTOR OF THE YEAR

RAC 1: Savvakis Nicolaou, MD, FRCPC, Vancouver, B.C.
RAC 2: Mark J. Bernier, MD, FRCSC, Winnipeg, Man.
RAC 3: Timothy Lau, MD, FRCPC, Ottawa, Ont.
RAC 4: Dominique Dorion, MD, FRCSC, Sherbrooke, Que.
RAC 5: Penny Barnes, MD, FRCPC, Halifax, N.S.

2013 COMPETITIVE – NATIONAL AWARDS

ROYAL COLLEGE MEDAL AWARDS

  • Medicine – No winner
  • Surgery - Subodh Verma, MD, FRCSC, Toronto, Ont.

K.J.R. WIGHTMAN AWARD FOR SCHOLARSHIP IN ETHICS

Chris Hahn, MD, Calgary, Alta.

ROYAL COLLEGE/AMS DONALD RICHARDS WILSON AWARD

Moyez Ladhani, MD, FRCPC, Hamilton, Ont.

2013 GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS

FACULTY DEVELOPMENT GRANTS

Pamela Brett-Maclean, PhD, Edmonton, Alta.
Yvonne Steinert, PhD, Montreal, Que.

ROYAL COLLEGE/AMS CANMEDS RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT GRANTS

Ryan Brydges, PhD, Toronto, Ont.
Maria Hubinette, MD, CCFP, Vancouver, B.C.
Terese Stenfors-Hayes, PhD, Vancouver, B.C.
Nicole Woods, PhD, Toronto, Ont.

MEDICAL EDUCATION RESEARCH GRANTS

Zeev Friedman, MD, Toronto, Ont.
Manjula Gowrishankar, MBBS, FRCPC, Edmonton, Alta.
Lawrence Grierson, PhD, Hamilton, Ont.
Anna Macleod, PhD, Halifax, N.S.
Kathryn Myers, MD, FRCPC, London, Ont.
Lynfa Stroud, MD, FRCPC, Toronto, Ont.
Walter Tavares, PhD, Toronto, Ont.
Stephane Voyer, MD, FRCPC, Vancouver, B.C.

ROYAL COLLEGE FELLOWSHIP FOR STUDIES IN MEDICAL EDUCATION

Faizal Haji, MD, Brampton, Ont.
Anne Kawamura, MD, FRCPC, Toronto, Ont.
Aaron Knox, MD, Toronto, Ont.
Briseida Mema, MD, FRCPC, Toronto, Ont.
Nathan Zilbert, MD, Toronto, Ont.

INTERNATIONAL TRAVELLING FELLOWSHIP

M. James Maskalyk, MD, FRCPC, Toronto, Ont.

MEDICAL EDUCATION TRAVELLING FELLOWSHIP

Mathieu Rousseau-Gagnon, MD, FRCPC, Quebec, Que.

DETWEILER TRAVELLING FELLOWSHIPS

Mitesh Badiwala, MD, FRCSC, Toronto, Ont.
Danielle Bischof, MD, FRCSC, Baltimore, USA
Sasha Carsen, MD, FRCSC, Ottawa, Ont.
John Chi To Wong, MD, FRCPC, Vancouver, B.C.
Ewan Goligher, MD, FRCPC, Toronto, Ont.
Laura Hermann, MD, FRCPC, Winnipeg, Man.
Natasha Kekre, MD, FRCPC, Ottawa, Ont.
Carolyn Nessim, MD, FRCSC, Etobicoke, Ont.
Tracy Pickett, MD, FRCPC, Vancouver, B.C.
Jason Roberts, MD, San Francisco, USA
Judith Roger, MD, FRCSC, Corner Brook, N.L.
Laura Stinton, MD, FRCPC, Calgary, Alta.
Sung-Joo Yuh, MD, Ottawa, Ont.

2013 VISITING PROFESSORSHIPS

MCLAUGHLIN-GALLIE VISITING PROFESSORSHIP

Frances Chung, MD, FRCPC, Toronto, Ont.

ROYAL COLLEGE VISITING PROFESSORSHIP IN MEDICAL RESEARCH

Shiphra Ginsburg, MD, FRCPC, Toronto, Ont.
Steven Goldstein, MD, New York, USA
Stanley Nattel, MD, FRCPC, Montreal, Que.

ROYAL COLLEGE BALFOUR M. MOUNT VISITING PROFESSORSHIP IN PALLIATIVE MEDICINE AWARD

David Currow, B Med, MPH, FRACP, Alexandria, NSW Australia

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GOVERNANCE

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2013 ROYAL COLLEGE COUNCIL

President

Cecil Rorabeck, OC, MD, FRCSC, FACS
(Effective February 22, 2013)

President-Elect

Kevin Imrie, MD, FRCPC
(Effective October 17, 2013)

Past-President

Louis Hugo Francescutti, MD, FRCPC
(Ending September 20, 2013)

Region 1: B.C., Alta., the Yukon and N.W.T.

Robin Cox, MBBS, FRCPC
Máire Duggan, MD, FRCPC
Douglas Hedden, MD, FRCSC
Roger Turnell, MD, FRCSC

Region 2: Sask. and Man.

Elizabeth Cowden, MD, FRCPC
Bill Pope, MD, FRCPC
BJ Hancock, MD, FRCSC, FACS
Geoffrey Johnston, MD, FRCSC, FACS

Region 3: Ont. and Nunavut

Katharine Gillis, MD, FRCPC
Christopher O'Brien, CM, MD, FRCPC
Amy Nakajima, MD, FRCSC
Vivian McAlister, MB, FRCSC, FACS
James W. L. Wilson, MD, FRCSC, FACS

Region 4: Quebec

Louise Côté, MD, FRCPC
Marie-Hélène Leblanc, MD, FRCPC
Donald Palisaitis, MD, FRCPC
Céline Bouchard, MD, FRCSC
Françoise Chagnon, MD, FRCSC, FACS
Robert Sabbagh, MD, FRCSC

Region 5: N.B., N.S., P.E.I. and N.L.

David Allison, MD, FRCPC
Minoli Amit, MD, FRCPC
Peter Anderson, MD, FRCSC
James O'Brien, MD, FRCSC

Public members

Carrie Bourassa, PhD
Glenn Brimacombe, MA
John Hamm, OC, ECNS, MD
Mrs. Louise Simard, QC, JD

Fellow-at-Large

Richard Reznick, MD, FRCSC, FACS

Resident Member

David Smithson, MD, University of Western Ontario

2013 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

President

Cecil Rorabeck, OC, MD, FRCSC, FACS

President-Elect

Kevin Imrie, MD, FRCPC

Past-President

Louis Hugo Francescutti, MD, FRCPC

Chair, Corporate Affairs

Máire Duggan, MD, FRCPC

Chair, Education

James W. L. Wilson, MD, FRCSC, FACS

Chair, Fellowship Affairs

Minoli Amit, MD, FRCPC

Chair, Professional Development

Peter Anderson, MD, FRCSC

Chair, Financial Reporting and Risk Oversight Committee

Françoise Chagnon, MD, FRCSC, FACS

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ROYAL COLLEGE LEADERSHIP IN 2013

Chief Executive Officer

Andrew Padmos, MD, FRCPC, FACP

Executive Director, Specialty Education

Ken Harris, MD, FRCSC, FACS

Director, Continuous Professional Development

Craig Campbell, MD, FRCPC

Director, Specialty Education, Strategies and Standards

Jason R. Frank, MD, MA(Ed), FRCPC

Director, Education Product Development and Dissemination

Patti O’Brien

Associate Director, Assessment

Farhan Bhanji, MD, FRCPC

Associate Director, Continuous Professional Development

Jennifer Gordon, MEd

Associate Director, Specialties Unit

Jolanta Karpinski, MD, FRCPC

Associate Director, The McLaughlin Centre for Evaluation (TMCE) Operations

André St-Pierre, MBA

Associate Director, Education Strategy and Accreditation

Sarah Taber, MHA/MGSS

Executive Director, Health Systems Innovation and External Relations

Danielle Fréchette, MPA

Director, Practice and System Innovation

Susan Brien, MD, FRCSC

Executive Director, Operations

Michel Cavallin, MBA

Chief Financial Officer and Director, Financial and Administrative Services

Tim Julien, MBA, CPA, CA, CAE

Chief Information Officer and Director, e-Solutions

David Perfetti

Chief People Officer and Director, People Services and Organizational Development

Bonnie Seidman, CHRP, HCS

Associate Director, Membership Services and Programs

Christine James, MA, CAE

Associate Director, Planning

Jane Fulford, CGA

Director, International Outreach and Royal College Canada International (RCCI)

Paul Gamble, DrPH (Acting)

Vice-president, Asia Pacific, RCCI

Susan Brien, MD, FRCSC

Associate Director, International Outreach

Margaret Kennedy, MA

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