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Submitting a CanMEDS What Works abstract

A CanMEDS best practice abstract is a short summary of strategies and tools for teaching and assessing CanMEDS physician competencies. Sharing these medical education methods via our What Works inventory provides your fellow medical educators and clinicians with fresh ideas and invaluable tools. It is also an opportunity to be peer-reviewed and published.

Submission process

Begin the submission process by clicking the submit button on this page (“Submit your CanMEDS best practice”). You must complete all sections of the form (contact information, best practice features, best practice description). In the best practice features section, be sure to select one or more of the applicable teaching or assessment methods. At the end of the form, attach your proposed abstract (MS Word document, Rich Text Format or PDF file). You will receive an automated email acknowledging receipt of your submission.

Abstract submissions are assessed at the Royal College before being peer-reviewed. You will be contacted if your abstract requires modifications before or after the peer review. You will receive an email informing you of your abstract’s status.

Approved submissions are uploaded to the CanMEDS What Works inventory on the Royal College website. They may also be used as medical education resource materials, with appropriate reference to the author or institution.

The complete submission process (from submission to approval and posting) may take from four to six weeks.

Submit your CanMEDS best practice

Writing tips

Typically, an informative CanMEDS abstract is slightly longer than an abstract submitted to a medical journal — about 200-500 words. CanMEDS abstracts are usually written from successful teaching and evaluation experiences, rarely from a study or research paper.

These are some common components of a well-rounded abstract:

  • Motivation/problem statement: What practical gap does your method address?
  • Methods/procedure/approach: What was done to achieve results? Which CanMEDS Role does your approach address? How does this respond to accreditation requirements?
  • Results/findings/product: As a result of using the method/approach described, what was learned/invented/created?
  • Conclusion/implications: What are the larger implications, especially for the problem/gap identified?

Questions? Contact us

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