Vol. 15, No. 2 — February 2015
Welcome to Dialogue, your link to the Royal College


Your designation matters: Educating Canadians about Fellows’ expertise

Thoughts from a Retiring President

Trio of researchers from Shanghai hope to convert learning into change

Hamilton-based researcher finds inspiration in assessment and emotions

One month left to apply for a Royal College research grant

Competence by Design: Understanding milestones and EPAs

Have a question about CBD? Let us know!

Members in the news

In memoriam




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Your designation matters: Educating Canadians about Fellows’ expertise

Fellowship Matters

Canadians can trust in Fellows’ dedication and world-class expertise, and the Royal College is launching new online advertisements and resources to help ensure patients get the message.

Engaging patients online and in social media

Today’s patients regularly search online to learn about their doctors’ qualifications, and to find information on a wide variety of health issues. That’s why the Royal College expanded the public info site “Fellowship Matters”, created a fun YouTube video explaining what the FRCPC and FRCSC designations represent, and is now running ads on WebMD, CBC Health, Quebecor and other channels.

The goal: increase awareness of your Fellowship, promote your designation and encourage patients to visit our directory of Fellows.

New resources will help you showcase your expertise

Canadians can take confidence in the high standards that Fellows must meet. On our Royal College website, you’ll also find a series of resources to help you promote your expertise, including four eye-catching posters for display in your waiting room and offices, and a professional business card template highlighting your Fellowship.



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Dr. Rorabeck

Thoughts from a Retiring President

It’s been a great honour to serve as the Royal College President between 2013 and 2015. It’s been a time of change and a time of growth.

In the past two years, the Royal College launched its pioneering Competence by Design initiative and CanMEDS 2015 project, and also approved work on accreditation reform and international accreditation, among other advances in physician-assessment and health policy.

Foundational to all of this work is the Royal College’s new strategic plan that lays out its efforts in five key result areas (KRAs). Last year, the refreshed plan was drafted, covering 2015-2017. This new plan, while fully supportive of the familiar KRAs, adds a sixth: responsible stewardship. This will ensure the financial health of the Royal College, and speaks to our commitment to be good financial stewards and to promote good governance.

Perhaps my most interesting highlight from my two-year tenure as President was my attempt to visit the leadership of every medical school in Canada. This was somewhat easier said than done, as our deans are very busy; nonetheless, I’m very pleased to report that I was able to meet 16 of our 17 deans and to visit their medical schools personally.

The purpose of my visits was to listen to their thoughts and concerns regarding the Royal College, and to reinforce our ongoing commitment to working with them and other partners in medical education. There was no agenda; I was there to listen and I took copious notes. I would like to thank Dr. Andrew Padmos, FRCPC, CEO of the Royal College, and Dr. Ken Harris, FRCSC, executive director, Specialty Education at the Royal College, who accompanied me on many of these visits.

I’d like to share with you some of the things I heard:

  1. Competence by Design (CBD)

    While every medical school dean, without exception, was supportive of the Royal College’s CBD initiative, they voiced concerns with regards to its implementation. In particular, timelines and the faculty resources/potential costs to the schools associated with its introduction. There was also some concern with regards to the phased introduction of CBD and the time required to bring all 64 specialties and subspecialties up to speed with their specialty-specific milestones. These are valid concerns, and the Royal College is committed to working with specialty committees and schools to responsibly introduce CBD and to support faculty throughout this transition. I strongly recommend that anyone with questions or concerns share them via email to cbd@royalcollege.ca.

  2. Accreditation

    There was a lot of talk about accreditation and the Royal College’s processes and standards, which are held in very high regard. One consideration that was brought to my attention is that our current accreditation standards are not necessarily applicable to a distributed campus model. This is important, since virtually every school I visited had a distributed campus. This is a timely consideration, as the Royal College is in the process of reforming its conjoint residency program accreditation standards with the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Collège des médecins du Quebec. The goal is to enhance the processes, policies and standards in a way that will reflect best practices and support a competency-based approach to medical education. A multi-year work plan is in development.

  3. Medical manpower

    Most medical schools in Canada had concerns regarding underemployed or unemployed physicians and surgeons. Many deans spoke of the importance of developing a national health human resource strategy, and encouraged the Royal College to take a leadership role and to pursue the Federal Government to adapt such a strategy. Last year, we held a well-attended employment summit and a similar meeting is being planned for the near future, to review newly-gathered data and to continue to monitor and address this issue.

    Other discussion points relating to finite space in residency training programs, greater demand for those spaces by IMGs and Canadians studying abroad, and specialist under- and unemployment, is something I expect will be a key focus of conversation in the years ahead between medical schools, health care authorities and national specialty societies.

  4. International initiatives

    Deans, across the country, expressed concerns regarding the Royal College initiatives in the international arena and what they perceive to be a lack of national partnership. Many expressed a desire for the Royal College to work with interested medical schools and the College of Family Physicians of Canada to develop a collaborative strategy. As the former board president of Royal College International (RCI), I can attest to the Royal College’s openness about its international work — its services, academic partnerships and welcomed interest and involvement by members. I encourage those with questions, or ideas, to contact international@royalcollege.ca.

More opportunities, moving forward

The Royal College turned 85 last year — quite an achievement and not one that would have happened had it not held true to its purpose and mandate, while also being adaptable and flexible to changing demands and realities. I think the Royal College has several opportunities with regards to the future, in particular around national partnerships, unified standards and greater support of Fellows and residents. To ensure we get it right, we will need your continued support, direction and engagement.

I would like to close by thanking all of the Royal College volunteers (examiners, surveyors, committee members, program directors, etc.) — it’s been said before, but you truly are the backbone of the organization. The Royal College enjoys superb leadership under the direction of Dr. Padmos and a superb group of individuals who work within the organization. I would be remiss if I didn’t thank Ms. Joanne Arsenault (Governance), Ms. Jeni Beaton and Shannon Juneau (Office of the CEO), and the Royal College’s Executive Directors (Dr. Harris, Michel Cavallin and Danielle Fréchette) for their guidance and support.

To my Fellow-colleagues: It has been my privilege to serve as your president these last two years. I thank everyone most sincerely.



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Linan Wang

Ms. Wang


Ying Peng

Ms. Peng

Dr. Fang Lyu

Ms. Lyu

Trio of researchers from Shanghai hope to convert learning into change

For two months, ending February 28, 2015, Linan Wang and Ying Peng have been enduring the Canadian winter to learn more about the Royal College’s standards in postgraduate medical education, the Canadian residency training system and continuing professional development (CPD).

“Shanghai launched a residency training program in 2010 and it’s now the fifth year — the first round of residency training finished — so we want to evaluate the performance of the program and to learn something from the Royal College, such as the CanMEDS model of residency training, and bring that learning back,” explained Ms. Wang.

Canadian connection

Ms. Wang is working on her PhD in Public Economics and Policy at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics and in conjunction with her studies, is a research assistant at the Shanghai Health Development Research Center (SHDRC). Ms. Peng is also a research assistant at the SHDRC, where she conducts research on health, human resources and health economics.

They ended up at the Royal College at the suggestion of Susan Brien, MD, FRCSC, director of Practice and System Innovation at the Royal College.

“Susan came to Shanghai last year and she came to our center [Shanghai Health Development Research Center] and also to the Shanghai Health Commission and we talked about collaboration,” said Ms. Peng. “The commission wants to know more about the standards of accreditation at the Royal College; so the commission and the center sent three of us to the Royal College.”

Dr. Fang Lyu, a researcher on residency education and continued medical education at the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Health and Family Planning, Department of Science and Education, accompanied Ms. Wang and Ms. Peng to Ottawa, staying two weeks.

Objectives of their visit

While at the Royal College, the women are meeting (and have met) with subject matter experts and consulted a variety of learning materials that will help them

This learning will inform a final report that they will submit upon their return to Shanghai.

“The health system here is very different from the health system in China,” said Ms. Wang, listing the example of different lengths of training for Chinese and Canadian doctors. “But the mission and the goal is the same: to help the doctor to be more competent and more qualified.”



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Hamilton-based researcher finds inspiration in assessment and emotions

Meghan McConnell, PhD

“So much of research is setting up collaborations,” explained Meghan McConnell, PhD, who visited the Royal College from January 19-23, 2015. “I think that’s one of the benefits to having scholars come here — it makes it a real partnership, rather than the exchange of data.”

Dr. McConnell is an assistant professor in the departments of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Psychiatry & Behavioural Neuroscience, at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont., where she works closely with the school’s Program for Educational Research and Development (PERD).

“My training is in cognitive psychology, so Tanya Horsley [associate director, Research, at the Royal College] suggested that I come and talk to people and see how things work,” she said.

Why assessment matters

Dr. McConnell is developing a program of research related to competency-based education and the CanMEDS Roles, with a goal to promote efficient and effective learning activities that will help health care professionals learn and continue to learn.

“The majority of the emphasis on physician education is within the first 10 years of their career, but so much of learning is an ongoing process.”

While in Ottawa, Dr. McConnell focused on finding out more about how the Royal College operates, as well as the Maintenance of Certification Program and credit framework.

“As an education-researcher, I’m hugely interested in assessment. Assessment drives learning. Students always ask me ‘is this on the test?’ And I reply back, ‘if it’s not on the test, will you not learn it?’”

Dr. McConnell is keen to contribute to research that will reduce the stigma around assessment and promote its use. She would also like to learn more about what kinds of assessments physicians prefer and the motivations and reasoning behind their choices.

“That’s where a lot of the ideas are going — now, I actually have to formulate them into researchable concepts!”


Could emotions help health care professionals learn?

Another area of scholarship that Dr. McConnell is passionate about relates to emotions and learning, In 2014, she received a Medical Education Research Grant (MERG) that helped fund her project “Moody Raters: The Influence of Mood on Raters’ Global Evaluation Scores.”

“Getting a MERG grant is really prestigious and it’s something that I will forever be incredibly proud of,” she said.

The findings from her MERG-funded study suggested that high or low emotions can negatively impact learning, but Dr. McConnell believes there may be more to the story.

“We were inducing moods before the task, and those emotions were unrelated to the task. With health care professionals, the learning is often the source of the emotions. In those cases, we might find contradictory findings that suggest emotions could facilitate learning,” she said, giving the example of stress helping to focus one’s attention and respond quicker.

Dr. McConnell is already planning to extend her research in this field and hopes to eventually bridge this work with her with efforts to better understand assessment and improve health care professionals’ learning.



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One month left to apply for a Royal College research grant

Are you a medical educator or full-time researcher? Our research grants support exceptional projects across a range of disciplines, health settings and environments to further education research development.

Apply before March 2

The call for 2015 applications has opened! Applications for a MERG or the Royal College AMS/CanMEDS grants should be submitted directly to researchgrants@royalcollege.ca. Contact us via the same email address if you have any questions. Applications are due March 2, 2015.

About our grants

Celebrating CanMEDS 2015! A special focus this year for the AMS CanMEDS grant

In celebration of the new 2015 CanMEDS Framework that will be launched this fall, we have partnered this year with the AMS Phoenix Project for the 2015 call for applications. A special joint call for projects has been issued that aims to instill and sustain compassion, empathy and professional values in the environments in which health professionals learn and work.

Visit the AMS/CanMEDS webpage for more information.

Get to know Royal College grant recipients

Visit our recipient pages to learn directly from principal investigators of the 2014 MERG and Royal College AMS CanMEDS Grant how their research could impact the field of medical education.

We are proud to announce the recipients of the 2015 Robert Maudsley Fellowship for Studies in Medical Education:



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Competence by Design: Understanding milestones and EPAs

Competence by Design: Understanding milestones and EPAs

As part of Competence by Design (CBD), the Royal College intends to use both milestones and Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) to redesign specialist training and assessment.

The key difference between EPAs and milestones is that EPAs are the tasks or activities that must be accomplished, whereas milestones are the abilities of the individual.

The role of milestones and EPAs in CBD

In CBD, residency training is organized by the stages that mark a resident’s growing professional identity, as well as the abilities of a physician and specialist in a discipline. The four stages of a residency program, which are defined in the Competence Continuum Diagram, are

     Stage 1:   Transition to discipline,
     Stage 2:   Foundations of discipline,
     Stage 3:   Core of discipline, and
     Stage 4:   Transition to practice.

Teaching using milestones

As part of the CanMEDS 2015 project, Expert Working Groups created “generic” milestones that are applicable to all specialists using the structure of the seven CanMEDS Roles.

As part of CBD, each Royal College Specialty Committee, with help from program directors, clinician educators and Royal College staff, will adapt these generic milestones to their own discipline, and create specialty-specific milestones which reflect the unique abilities trainees need at each stage of their residency program.

Taken together, milestones create a learning pathway leading to the development of competence across the breadth of the discipline. The pathway may be used by residents to plan their own learning and/or to self-assess their progress in the discipline; however, the main users are anticipated to be the educators who will use milestones to design educational activities and identify learning gaps.

Formal assessment using EPAs

Formal assessment using EPAs

Reflecting the reality of clinical practice, EPAs will integrate multiple, specialty-specific milestones at each stage of training. They will be the units of clinical activity that are observed and assessed in the workplace.

Once the skills and attitudes required to meet the milestones have been taught — and presumably learnt by the trainees — educators can assess the achievement of the various milestones using an EPA.

If the EPA is successfully performed, then all the skills which make up the various milestones within that EPA have been learned and the trainee has demonstrated his/her overall achievement and competence. Documentation of this formal achievement will be included in the resident’s ePortfolio.

If a trainee is struggling with an EPA, the teacher can examine the clinical task broken down into the individual abilities (e.g. the milestones) to help determine where further guidance or teaching is needed. By looking at performance against individual milestones, educators will be able to pinpoint the exact problem areas and respond accordingly.

The combination of milestones and EPAs will allow educators to examine performance at both the micro (when needed) and macro levels — providing a truly balanced view of a trainee’s abilities. Furthermore, the connection between milestones and EPAs will help make teaching and assessment more practical and manageable for busy supervisors.

For more information about CBD, please visit our website, view our Frequently Asked Questions, or send us an email at cbd@royalcollege.ca.

Example of how milestones fit within EPAs

Milestones which make up the Medical Oncology EPA
(abilities needed to accomplish the task)

Medical Oncology EPA (the task that must be accomplished)



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CBD Questions

Have a question about CBD? Let us know!

With any major change, there are always questions, and we know that the transition into Competence by Design (CBD) is no exception. Throughout 2015 the Royal College will use each issue of Dialogue to answer questions from you, our Fellows.

This is your chance to seek further clarification from key project leaders on anything from how CBD will impact accreditation, to how CanMEDS 2015 implementation will be rolled out.

To have your question answered, please submit to cbd@royalcollege.ca.



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Members in the news

Anna Banerji, MD, FRCPC, authored an opinion piece for CBC News on the improvement of indigenous health. Dr. Banerji is Director of Global Indigenous Health, Continuing Professional Development, University of Toronto.

François Bénard, MD, FRCPC, is helping lead a potentially global solution to revolutionize medical isotope production — making them locally-grown, without any long-term radioactive waste. Dr. Bénard is a senior scientist at the Centre of Excellence for Functional Cancer Imaging, BC Cancer Agency, in Vancouver, B.C.

An incredible solution that could have saved Christopher Reeves, had it existed at the time, Dr. Vivian Mushahwar and team’s Smart-e-Pants™ are a hopeful answer for pressure ulcers. Fellows, K. Ming Chan, MD, FRCPC, and Sean Dunkelow, FRCPC, have been assisting as clinical leads on the testing of this product in Alberta for the last several years.

Several doctors from the University of Toronto, Sherif El-Defrawy, MD, FRCSC, Frances Jamieson, MD, FRCPC, Rachel Spitzer, MD, FRCSC, and Vanessa Allen, MD, FRCPC, helped readers of The Toronto Star demystify common health beliefs.

In a recent article in The Globe and Mail, David Hogg, FRCPC, a senior scientist at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, explains immunotherapy, a cancer treatment gaining momentum in the medical community.

The research of David Jenkins, MD, FRCPC, developer of the glycemic index and the Portfolio Diet, was featured in the Montreal Gazette. Dr. Jenkins is the Canada Research Chair in Nutrition and Metabolism.

Atul Kapur, MD, FRCPC, was elected to the Board of the Canadian Medical Association for a three-year term. Dr. Kapur is a staff physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at The Ottawa Hospital and an assistant professor at the University of Ottawa.

Paul Kurdyak, MD, FRCPC and Sanjeev Sockalingam, MD, FRCPC, co-authored an article in The Ottawa Citizen arguing that access to mental health services should be more widespread in Canada. Dr. Kurdyak is a psychiatrist and clinician scientist at CAMH. Dr. Sockalingam is Deputy Psychiatrist-in-Chief at the University Health Network.

Nizar Mahomed, MD, FRCSC, is one of 10 orthopedic surgeons at University Health Network who donated a combined $1.25 million dollars of his their own money, over the last five years, to research a cure for arthritis. The Globe and Mail reported on the clinical trials, paid for with these donations, which launched in January.

Gastroenterologists John Marshall, MD, FRCPC, of McMaster University, and Eric Yoshida, MD, FRCPC, of University of British Columbia, were appointed new Editors-in-Chief of the Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

Matthew Miller, MD, FRCPC, is one of several researchers at McMaster University working to create a one-time flu vaccination, for which the clinical trials are scheduled to begin soon. Dr. Miller is an assistant professor in the department of biochemistry and biomedical sciences.

Congratulations to John Rudan, MD, FRCPC, and Martin ten Hove, MD, FRCPC, who have been appointed the Britton Smith Chair in Surgery and Edna and Ernie Johnson Chair in Ophthalmology, respectively, in the Queen’s University Faculty of Health Sciences.

Peter Szatmari, MD, FRCPC, a Health Advisor for The Globe and Mail, contributed his expertise in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and provided parents with helpful tips on bullying. Dr. Szatmari is chief of the Child and Youth Mental Health Collaborative at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), Centre for Addiction (CAMH) and Mental Health and the University of Toronto.

Doran Sommer, MD, FRCSC and Gideon Koren, MD, FRCPC, are part of a study researching alternative pain management solutions for children with sleep apnea during post-operative care. Dr. Sommer is a clinical professor of surgery at McMaster’s Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine. Dr. Koren is a senior scientist at SickKids in Toronto.

Suggestions for “Member in the news” can be emailed to communications@royalcollege.ca.



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In memoriam

Peter Allen, MD, FRCSC, died on November 17, 2014, in Oakville, Ont., at age 92. Dr. Allen was certified by the Royal College in General Surgery (1953) and Thoracic Surgery (1964). A former professor in the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine and cardiac surgeon at the Vancouver General Hospital, he is credited with performing the province’s first open heart procedure. Read more about Dr. Allen »

Sidney Lawrence W. Breckon, MD, FRCPC, died on December 8, 2014, in Prince George, B.C., at age 67. Dr. Breckon was certified by the Royal College in Diagnostic Radiology in 1990. He earned his medical degree at Dalhousie University in 1973 and worked for many years at the Prince George Regional Hospital. He will be greatly missed.

Charles Sandwith Campbell, MD, FRCSC, died on November 17, 2014, in Whitby, Ont., at age 89. He was certified by the Royal College in General Surgery in 1957. Dr. Campbell was a former chief of staff at the Oshawa General Hospital, where he practised surgery for more than 40 years. Outside of medicine, he loved music, golf and gardening. Read more on Dr. Campbell »

Pamela Anne Catton, MD, FRCPC, died on December 23, 2014, in Toronto, Ont., at age 61. Dr. Catton was certified by the Royal College in Radiation Oncology in 1982. A former program director for her specialty at the University of Toronto, Dr. Catton was an active Royal College volunteer. She contributed as a surveyor (on-and-off from 1997-2006), as well as on multiple committees, such as the Education Committee (2002-2006). An internationally-acclaimed educator, she leaves behind a legacy that includes the ELLICSR: Health, Wellness, and Cancer Survivorship Centre. Read more on Dr. Catton »

Donald Henry Cowan, MD, FRCPC, died in Toronto, Ont., on December 22, 2014, at age 82. He was certified by the Royal College in Internal Medicine in 1961. Dr. Cowan was a longstanding Royal College volunteer, participating on several examination committees: Obstetrics and Gynecology (1973), Internal Medicine (1973-1978) and Radiation Oncology (1978-1984). Most recently, he was a member of the History and Heritage Advisory Committee (2008-2013) and Fellowship Affairs Committee (2013). In 1992, he received the Royal College K.J.R. Wightman Visiting Professorship. In addition, his resume included roles as chief of medicine at the Sunnybrook Medical Centre and as associate dean of medicine at the University of Toronto. Read more about Dr. Cowan »

James Robert Anthony (Tony) Deans, MB ChB, FRCSC, died on January 4, 2015, in Belleville, Ont., at age 76. Dr. Deans was certified by the Royal College in Orthopedic Surgery in 1973. A native of Sussex, England, he practised medicine for more than 50 years in as diverse settings as England, East Africa and Canada, working as a family and emergency room physician; general and obstetric and orthopedic surgeon. Read more on Dr. Deans »

Emmanuel Farber, MD, FRCPC, died on August 3, 2014, in Columbia, SC, USA, at age 95. Dr. Farber was certified by the Royal College in Anatomical Pathology in 1984. He was a renowned pathologist and cancer researcher, as well as past president of the American Association for Cancer Research. In the early 1960s, he served on the U.S. surgeon general’s first Advisory Committee on Smoking and Health. Read more on Dr. Farber »

William (Liam) Patrick Fay, MD, FRCPC, died on November 14, 2014, in Sudbury, Ont., at age 72. Dr. Fay was certified by the Royal College in Internal Medicine in 1973. He earned his medical degree at the University of Dublin, Trinity College, in 1966 — the youngest to be accepted to, and to graduate from, this medical school. After moving to Canada, he set up the first dialysis unit in Sudbury and later helped expand this to include seven satellite units throughout Northern Canada. Read more on Dr. Fay »

Branislava M. Hodjera, MD, FRCPC, died on April 9, 2014, in Toronto, Ont., at age 90. Dr. Hodjera was certified by the Royal College in Anesthesiology in 1958. She earned her medical degree at the University of Belgrade in 1952, after which she immigrated to Montreal, Que. For 40 years, she worked as an anesthesiologist at the Lakeshore General Hospital. Read more on Dr. Hodjera »

Edward Patrick Houston, MD, FRCPC, died in Queensland, Australia, at age 82. Dr. Houston was certified by the Royal College in Psychiatry in 1963. He earned his medical degree at the University of Ottawa in 1957. He will be greatly missed.

David Sandler, MD, FRCSC, died on November 12, 2014, in Spokane, WA, USA, at age 61. Dr. Sandler was certified by the Royal College in Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery in 1989. He earned his medical degree at the First Leningrad (St. Petersburg) Medical Institute in 1976 in Russia, and later completed further studies in Canada and the United States. He helped lead innovations in surgical techniques and research in cardiothoracic surgery. Read more on Dr. Sandler »

Frances (Fran) Carol Steinberg, MD, FRCPC, died on November 8, 2014, in Winnipeg, Man., at age 61. Dr. Steinberg was certified by the Royal College in Psychiatry in 1988. A dedicated physician, she ran a successful practice in Winnipeg for more than 30 years and was appointed to the Manitoba Medical Review Board. Outside of medicine, she was an accomplished dancer and once danced and taught at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Read more on Dr. Steinberg »

Bruce Sutherland Wells, MD, FRCSC, died on August 15, 2014, in Collingwood, Ont., at age 93. Dr. Wells was certified by the Royal College in General Surgery in 1953. Outside of medicine, he was an avid appreciator of nature. He will be greatly missed. Read more on Dr. Wells »

George Edward Yee, MD, FRCPC, died on November 14, 2014, in Windsor, Ont., at age 79. Dr. Yee was certified by the Royal College in General Pathology in 1965. Physician and philanthropist, he was CEO and laboratory director of Medical Laboratories in Windsor. Outside of medicine, he also excelled in sports and was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame in 1996 as part of the Winnipeg Rods football team. Read more on Dr. Yee »

George ‘Jiri’ Zeman, MD, FRCSC, died on November 10, 2014, in North Bay, Ont., at age 80. Dr. Zeman was certified by the Royal College in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1971. He earned his medical degree at the Jan Evangelista Purkynĕ University in the Czech Republic in 1958. He moved to Saskatoon, Sask., in 1969 for further studies and practised medicine in North Bay for just over 40 years. Read more on Dr. Zeman »

Remembering Past President: Dr. Ramsay Gunton
Dr. Ramsay Gunton

Ramsay Willis Gunton, CM, MD, FRCPC, Past President of the Royal College who served as President from 1986-1988, died on January 22, 2015, in London, Ont.

Raised in London, Dr. Gunton graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1945, completing residency and other training at Montreal General Hospital, London’s Victoria Hospital and the Toronto General Hospital.

An award-winning researcher and physician, Dr. Gunton was one of the first cardiologists to develop the cardiac catheterization technique in Canada. He served in a variety of positions throughout his career, including leading of Toronto General Hospital’s Department of Therapeutics and serving as chair of the Department of Medicine at Western University, then known as the University of Western Ontario.

A passionate advocate for specialty medicine, Dr. Gunton donated his time and expertise to a variety of important Royal College committees before serving as President. He was also the recipient of numerous honours and awards, including the Order of Canada. To learn more, please read Dr. Gunton’s full obituary.

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Call for nominations for regional awards

The Royal College is seeking nominations for its regional Mentor of the Year and Prix d’excellence-Specialist of the Year awards for 2015. Do you have an exceptional colleague who you would like to recognize? Please review the award details below and submit your nomination package by 8 p.m. (EST) on March 6, 2015.

Mentor of the Year

The Mentor of the Year award was established to recognize Fellows of the Royal College in good standing who have had a significant impact on the career development of students, residents and/or Fellows. The nominee must have demonstrated their ability to be an excellent role model in demonstrating the qualities or competencies of Manager, Scholar and Professional as described in the CanMEDS Framework.

Guidelines and nomination form »

Prix d’excellence-Specialist of the Year

The Prix d’excellence-Specialist of the Year award was established to recognize Fellows of the Royal College in good standing who have made significant contributions in providing outstanding care to their patients and to the community in which they practice. The nominee must be a role model for excellence in patient care.

Guidelines and nomination form »

The deadline to submit a nomination package is Friday, March 6, 2015, at 8 p.m. EST.

In this video, former award recipients reflect on the feeling of winning a Royal College award and the honour of being recognized by their colleagues.



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Reminder: Vote in the Council elections and attend the 2015 AMM

AMM Reminder

On Friday, February 20, 2015, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. (EST), the Royal College will host its Annual Meeting of the Members (AMM) — an opportunity for Fellows to learn about the Royal College’s accomplishments from 2014 and plans for 2015.

The official notice of the AMM was issued on January 23 and included advanced voting ballots for the 2015 Council elections, which are a key part of this year’s agenda. The meeting materials, including information about the Council elections, are available on the Royal College website: www.royalcollege.ca/about/governance/amm

Attend the annual meeting: Two options (in person or via webinar)

If you plan to attend the AMM in person, please inform us by email at governance@royalcollege.ca. If you will be attending via webinar, please consult the instructions on how to pre-register and participate using this option.

Note: Fellows who attend the 2015 AMM in person will be allowed to vote in the Council elections on the day of the meeting, February 20, but this option will not be available for those attending the meeting via webinar. Fellows who cannot attend the AMM in person are encouraged to use their advanced voting ballot.

With questions or concerns, please contact governance@royalcollege.ca.

Correction notice: Council Elections

Please note that in the election materials issued on January 23, 2015, Region 1, Division of Surgery, candidate Dr. Jeffrey Harris, FRCSC, was identified as an “adjunct professor of Surgical Oncology” at the University of Alberta. Dr. Harris’ correct title is “professor of Surgery and Oncology.” His biography on the Royal College website has been corrected.



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ICRE 2015
ICRE 2015

Attend or present at the world’s largest conference on residency education

On October 22-24, the Royal College is hosting the 2015 International Conference on Residency Education (ICRE) in Vancouver, B.C., Canada — the world’s largest conference devoted exclusively to advancing residency education.

Last year, more than 1,500 educators from across Canada and around the world attended the conference where they explored the latest trends and perspectives on a broad range of medical education issues.

The theme for 2015 is Residency Rediscovered: Transforming Training for Modern Care, and will include provocative plenary presentations, 14 learning tracks, 60+ workshops, and 200+ poster and paper presentations.

Save the date and plan to attend this year’s event. Registration details will be released in the spring. For more information, visit the ICRE website.

Have a paper to present, or poster the world should see?

ICRE 2015 is the perfect venue for you to share your research and expertise. Submit your abstract proposal online by March 6, 2015!

April deadline for nominations for our esteemed Residency Education Awards

Know someone who has had a lasting impact on residency education? Want to honour the contributions made by outstanding leaders and innovators? Then this is your chance! The call for nominations for ICRE's Residency Education Awards is now open!

Nominations will be accepted until April 3, 2015.



Dialogue: Your link to the Royal College

2015 SimSummit

Join us in Banff this fall for the 2015 Simulation Summit

The Royal College invites all health care professionals to experience the latest innovations in simulation-focused learning, research and practice at the 2015 Simulation Summit.

This two-day conference is open to all individuals engaged in the field of simulation, from all health care disciplines.

For more information, visit the Simulation Summit website and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, year-round @RC_SimSummit, for conference and medical simulation-related news.