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Don’t miss the International Resident Leadership Summit (IRLS)

A resident participates in a discussion during IRLS 2015

September 29 – October 1, 2016  |  Niagara Falls, Canada

Held conjointly with the International Conference on Residency Education (ICRE), IRLS is one of Canada’s premier resident development events. This event is dedicated to enhancing resident leadership skills around time management, strategic planning, and more. All residents are welcome, including junior residents and those in Family Medicine.

IRLS 2016 will begin on September 29, 2016 with the ICRE opening plenary and welcoming reception, and will feature two full days of resident-focused programming from September 30 – October 1. This year’s lineup includes plenary sessions with dynamic keynote speakers, workshops, and opportunities for large and small group discussions.

Attend IRLS to:

  • Enhance leadership, clinical & management skills
  • Appreciate the reach of your influence within educational programs and clinical care
  • Learn about future leadership opportunities across Canada
  • Develop a national and international network of like-minded peers

To view the IRLS 2016 program overview, click here.


Deadline Extended: IRLS 2016 Resident Contest

Patients expect the highest quality of care – and physicians want to provide it – but there are challenges that exist within our current health care systems. As health care and its evidence base constantly changes and evolves, it is critical that medical education and practice keep pace, and focus on enhancing quality to improve patient outcomes. The desire to bridge existing gaps in health care quality is what inspired the theme for the 2016 International Conference on Residency Education/International Resident Leadership Summit, Advancing Quality: Aligning Residency Education and Patient Care.

As resident leaders engaged in 21st century medical education, training and patient care, we want to hear your insights and ideas around how teaching and assessment can – and should be – enhanced in one of the three areas of this year’s conference theme: Patient Safety, Resource Stewardship, or Quality Improvement.

The authors of the top three contest entries will receive free registration to IRLS 2016, and the opportunity to showcase their cutting-edge ideas during the Niagara Falls conference.

The deadline for submissions has been extended to May 13, 2016.

Download the complete set of contest rules and guidelines here.



New for IRLS 2016, the ICRE and IRLS programs are now fully integrated. By clicking the “Register Now” button below, residents will have access to registration for resident-specific workshops; ICRE plenary sessions; the popular Resident Survival stories panel; and the Top Resident Paper session. Please note: The IRLS concurrent workshops and facilitated lunch require pre-registration.

Register Now!

To view the ICRE 2016 program lineup, click here.

Register until August 22: $250
Register after August 22: $285


Share your Resident Survival Stories at ICRE 2016

Are you a resident with an interesting story to share about surviving and thriving through training? Does your experience lend itself to a unique learning opportunity for fellow residents? If so, we want to hear from you!

The ICRE/IRLS 2016 planning committee is currently looking for participants to lead a practical discussion during this year’s Resident Survival Stories panel session, which will highlight both the challenges and triumphs experienced by residents.

The session will serve as an opportunity to share best practices and hear examples of successful navigation in the areas of leadership, career planning, and resident wellness.

Deadline for submissions is June 3, 2016.

Candidates with stand-out stories will be invited to Niagara Falls to serve as panelists during the September 29 – October 1 conference.

Click here for more information, and to access the submission site.

Please note: Resident Survival Stories session presentations will be accepted and delivered in English only.