Competence by Design and practising physicians
Putting patients first, from residency to retirement
Competence by Design (CBD) will help create a system that better supports continuous learning and the attainment of competencies throughout a physician’s career. From residency to retirement, physicians will be able to meet evolving patient needs.
“Working in an academic environment, it’s easy to see CBD as just a change to medical education. But things like the CanMEDS 2015 specialty-specific milestones will be valuable tools in practice. They’ll help support peer assessment and self-assessment and allow practising physicians to gauge where they are and where they need to develop.”
— Scott Berry, MD, MHSc, FRCPC; chair of the Royal College Specialty Committee in Medical Oncology; associate professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto
CBD will make it easier for practising physicians to
- assess their abilities, and address any gaps via continuing medical education;
- stay current with evolving medical research, technologies and procedures — and know when to adopt these changes in their practice; and
- plan and track their learning activities using an ePortfolio to demonstrate competence and performance in their scope of practice throughout multiple career transitions.
White papers focusing on competency-based continuing professional development
As part of the conversations around competency-based continuing professional development a series of white papers have been developed collaboratively.
- Scope of Practice and Competency-Based CPD
- Assessment and feedback within a Competency-Based CPD System
- Rationale for transitioning to a Competency-Based CPD System
- Transition to Competency-Based CPD: Roles and Implications for Learners, CPD Providers and the Health System
Continuing the conversation on competency-based continuing professional development
In May 2016, the Royal College will host the 2nd Invitational Summit on Competency-Based Continuing Professional Development. Invitees include leaders in continuing professional development, regulatory authority representatives, assessment experts and medical education scholars from more than 55 organizations.
Discussions topics will include
- the potential role of the CanMEDS Framework and competency milestones and entrustable professional activities (EPAs) in clinical practice and lifelong learning,
- the complexity of assessment in a specialist’s scope of practice, and
- the implications for revisions to the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program.
Learn about the 1st Summit held in April 2015:
- Initial discussions on competency-based CPD (Dialogue, May 2015)
- Competency-based medical education: Not just for residents (CBD Community Touchpoint, June 2015)
- Benefits and goals of transitioning to a competency-based CPD model
- The role for assessment within competency-based CPD model
- The role for CanMEDS within a competency-based CPD model