Vol. 15, No. 3 — March 2015
Welcome to Dialogue, your link to the Royal College


Renew your Fellowship: Annual dues decided for 2015-2016

Deconstructing innovation: Tell us how to best support your innovation-in-practice

Celebrating our 2015 national award winners!

New bioethics cases tackle ethical prescribing and reproductive health

Introducing our refreshed Royal College Strategic Plan, 2015-2017

After 728 days as President, we say a fond farewell to Dr. Rorabeck

Looking ahead with your new Royal College President, Dr. Kevin Imrie

Members in the news

In memoriam




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2015 Annual Meeting of the Members: News and decisions

2015 Annual Meeting of the Members: News and decisions

The Annual Meeting of the Members (AMM) was held on February 20, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. EST. Twenty-six Fellows attended the AMM in-person at the Royal College in Ottawa, Ont.; eight members took advantage of the webinar option. In addition to setting the annual membership dues for active Fellows for 2015-2016, the members received the results of the 2015 Royal College Council Elections.

Renew your Fellowship for 2015-2016

Annual membership dues approved at the AMM were set at C$865 for Active Fellows residing and practising in Canada. Long-term Members continue at C$200 per annum. For those who haven’t already done so, the deadline to renew your Fellowship for 2015-2016 is April 30, 2015. Dues notices were sent out the first week of March.

Pay your dues online or our visit our dues web page for more information.

2015 Council Elections

Fellows elected 14 Council members from across all regions of Canada, seven of which will be beginning a first four-year term and seven who will be returning for a second four-year term. Meet our Council members.

Other items of business addressed at the AMM included

A full report on the meeting, including the minutes, will soon be posted to the Royal College’s website.

News from Council

Royal College Council met on February 19-20, 2015. Highlights from the meeting included

The next Council meeting will take place June 18-19, 2015, in Ottawa, Ont.



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Deconstructing innovation: Tell us how to best support your innovation-in-practice

ITTF members sound off!

Task force members share their views on the enablers/ barriers to innovation-in-practice in this new video. Do you have any to add?

Email us at innovation@royalcollege.ca.

Health care teams, health care organizations and health care systems can be pulled in many different directions in the name of innovation; the scale, scope and magnitude of innovation are flexible. This poses a number of challenges, as well as opportunities. How do we work collaboratively to move innovation forward as a system?

On February 9-10, 2015, the Royal College’s Innovation and Technology Task Force (ITTF) met at the Royal College in Ottawa, Ont., for its third meeting since the group was formed in mid-2013. The ITTF is tasked with making recommendations to the Royal College’s CEO on areas of innovation and technology that the Royal College could support, within its mandate. Members of the task force used the meeting to progress in their efforts to coalesce around a handful of suggestions received from various sources, guiding the next steps for the Royal College.

They centered their discussions on three themes, where they have identified gaps:

  1. Innovation incubator: Is there an opportunity for the Royal College to facilitate, create or support a digital space where members of health care teams from across Canada can “meet” to discuss their ideas or projects (at any point in their development), and help move these initiatives forward and extend awareness of projects-in-action?

  2. Tools in practice: Is there an opportunity for the Royal College to support the development (in various formats) of innovative tools to be used in specialist practice or teaching, or to use its influence to encourage vendors to open up their platforms for broader use?

  3. Medical informatics: Recognizing that many physicians do not have a concrete understanding of how to innovate and improve the quality of care at a structural or strategic level, could the Royal College help sponsor an Area of Focused Competence (AFC-Diploma) in Medical/Clinical Informatics?

Deconstructing innovation: Tell us how to best support your innovation-in-practice

Task Force members, and members of Royal College leadership who were in attendance, closed with the action item to draft recommendations to the CEO. These will be vetted through the ITTF group and shared more broadly once finalized.

Be part of the final recommendations: Share your thoughts

Fellows and residents – how can the Royal College best support your innovation-in-practice? Do any of the above themes resonate with you? Please send your comments or ideas to innovation@royalcollege.ca.



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Celebrating our 2015 national award winners!

Each year, the Royal College’s national awards and grants program celebrates personal achievement and promising research in medical education. We are pleased to announce the first group of 2015 recipients in our Honorary and Competitive National Awards categories.

Duncan Graham Award

For recognition of outstanding contributions to medical education
Bernard Charlin, MD



Bernard Charlin, MD, MA
Professor, Department of Surgery, Université de Montréal, Montreal, Que.

Dr. Bernard Charlin, MA, has been a professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Montreal since 1998. Trained in Montpellier, France, as a head and neck surgeon, he holds Masters of Education from the University of Sherbrooke, a certificate of advanced studies in human development and psychology (concentration in research methodology) from Harvard University, and a PhD in Education from the University of Maastricht. His research field is training for reasoning in the context of uncertainty. He is co-founder of the international journal Pédagogie Médicale and the Société Internationale Francophone d’Éducation Médicale.

Nominator quote:
Dr. Charlin is a unifier who knows how to share a common vision. He’s the originator of many international collaboration projects that have enabled Canada to establish an enviable reputation in the medical education community of francophone countries. Few individuals have accomplished so much as he has in multiple areas of medical education, from the development of new maintenance of competence tools (the script concordance test) to his unique contribution in creating a network of researchers who are training the next generation of medical education researchers.

James H. Graham Award

For outstanding achievements that reflect the aims and objectives of the Royal College
William Wall, MD, FRCSC



William Wall, CM, MD, FRCSC
Professor, Department of Surgery, Western University, London, Ont.

Dr. William Wall, CM, FRCSC, was appointed to the Faculty of Surgery at the University of Western Ontario in 1977. He established Canada’s first successful liver transplant program at University Hospital, where nearly 2000 transplants were performed during his career. He was appointed to the Order of Canada for developing and advancing liver transplantation and for his efforts to increase organ donation. Dr. Wall trained in liver transplantation under Sir Roy Calne in Cambridge, England. He has served on numerous professional and government committees and has published more than 150 scientific papers

Nominator quote:
The Royal College has an outstanding record of training, innovation and maintenance of clinical excellence in Canada. Dr. Wall represents the foundational element of this record by his lifetime commitment to promotion of transplantation innovation, excellence of clinical care and the training of several generations of surgeons. I could not think of an individual that merits this award more than him.

Royal College AMS Donald Richards Wilson Award

For excellence in integrating the CanMEDS Roles into a Royal College training program
Peter Ferguson, MD, FRCSC



Peter Ferguson, MD, FRCSC
Program Director, Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ont.

Dr. Peter Ferguson, FRCSC, specializes in Orthopaedic Oncology at the Mount Sinai and Princess Margaret hospitals in Toronto, Ont. He and his colleagues designed and implemented a novel competency-based approach to residency training that is based on the CanMEDS Roles. Now in its fifth year, the program has received critical acclaim in the educational community and has had a profound impact on the learning outcomes of orthopaedic surgical residents at the University of Toronto. Dr. Ferguson has received many undergraduate and postgraduate teaching awards, including the Innovation in Surgical Education Award from the Association for Surgical Education.

Nominator quote:
With Dr. Ferguson’s direct assistance, the Competency Based Curriculum was established in the Division of Orthopaedics. What is extremely notable about it is its adaptation of all of the CanMEDS Roles. Dr. Ferguson is perceived as an outstanding oncologic orthopaedic surgeon. He has excellent communication skills. He is a superb manager. And he is loved by the residents.

Stay tuned for a special article on our inaugural Dr. Thomas Dignan Indigenous Health Award winner in an upcoming issue of Dialogue.



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New bioethics cases tackle ethical prescribing and reproductive health

Three new bioethics cases are available, which focus on important topics under the themes of “professionalism” and “reproductive health.” Fellows and other health care professionals are invited to review these new cases, which illustrate important bioethics issues, by accessing them by way of the Royal College’s free, online bioethics curriculum.

Educational objectives of the new cases


  • Direct to Consumer Advertising
    and Ethical Prescribing


  1. Evaluate evidence on the effects of direct-to-consumer advertising (DTCA) on patient requests and physician prescribing behaviour.
  2. Describe current trends in pharmaceutical marketing, in order to critically evaluate patient information influenced or generated by DTCA.
  3. Discuss practical and ethical strategies for managing patient requests generated by DTCA.
  4. http://www.royalcollege.ca/rcsite/bioethics/cases/section-3-professionalism-e

Bioethics Prescribing

Reproductive health

  • Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing

  1. Understand the ethical implications of private prenatal genetic tests that require support and services from the public system.
  2. Prepare a response to encountering patient requests for private-pay services that balances the best interests of your patient and the public health care system.
  3. Learn about the essential elements of supporting informed choices about non-invasive prenatal testing and other prenatal tests.
  4. http://www.royalcollege.ca/rcsite/bioethics/cases/section-3/section-4-reproductive-health-e

Bioethics Reproductive Health

Reproductive health

  • Ethical Considerations for the Reduction of Multifetal Pregnancies


  1. To increase awareness of the ethical issues associated with multifetal pregnancy reduction.
  2. To highlight the potential ethical distinctions between singleton abortion and multifetal pregnancy reduction.
  3. To explore whether different types of fetal reduction procedures present distinct ethical issues that require unique ethical justification, drawing attention to the utility of ethical analysis of this issue in practice.
  4. To probe health care practitioners about the ethical responsibilities emerging from current assisted reproductive technologies and practices.
  5. http://www.royalcollege.ca/rcsite/bioethics/cases/section-3/section-4-reproductive-health-e

Bioethics Reproductive Health

Reminder: Fellows can learn and earn MOC credits

Reading and reflecting on these bioethics cases can qualify for credits under Section 2 of the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program. In addition, completion of any of the accredited interactive bioethics modules will earn participants credits under Section 3. The interactive modules can be accessed by creating a free account.

Share your expertise — submit a case proposal

Fellows are encouraged to develop cases on emerging ethical issues and challenges not currently addressed within the existing bioethics curriculum. New case submissions are always being accepted. Learn more about the submission criteria, process and a list of suggested topics or write to us at bioethics@royalcollege.ca.



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Introducing our refreshed Royal College Strategic Plan, 2015-2017

Royal College Strategic Plan, 2015-2017

Last October, Royal College Council approved a refreshed strategic plan that outlines our key result areas (KRAs) for 2015-2017:

  1. Competent physicians
  2. Health, health care and health systems
  3. Innovation, research and scholarship
  4. Value of Fellowship
  5. International outreach
  6. Responsible stewardship

These KRAs should be recognizable to most members, as KRAs one through five were the basis of our strategic plan for 2012-2014. Our new strategic plan builds on those familiar core areas, and adds KRA 6 – Responsible stewardship.

Responsible stewardship is an important function of the Royal College and ensures we are making effective and appropriate use of our resources. It also enables the organization to engage proactively with future opportunities that align with our mission and vision. Taken together, these six action areas will guide and support the Royal College’s efforts to be a more contemporary, relevant and responsive organization.

Royal College Strategic Plan, 2015-2017

Copies of the plan are now available

Fellows, Resident Affiliates and others are invited to view and download an electronic copy of the strategic plan, The goal that matters most.
Print copies of the plan are also available by request. Please email communications@royalcollege.ca.



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After 728 days as President, we say a fond farewell to Dr. Rorabeck

we say a fond farewell to Dr. Rorabeck

On February 22, 2013, Cecil H. Rorabeck, OC, MD, FRCSC, began his Royal College presidency. For the next 728 days, he contributed in meaningful ways to the Royal College’s strategic goals and saw the organization advance its work in several key result areas, to keep pace with opportunities and challenges in health care and medical education.

One of his most impressive contributions was his outreach visits to the deans of 16 out of the 17 Canadian medical schools, in just two years — more than any President to-date. These visits enabled face-to-face conversation to determine needs and reception to Royal College work.

"Cec is an outstanding ambassador for the Royal College,” said Andrew Padmos, MD, FRCPC, FACP, CEO of the Royal College. “During his term, he engaged deans of medical faculties and leaders in health care to gather feedback that will help the college direct its policies and programs in the years ahead."

Dr. Rorabeck completes his term as President at a time of increased productivity, as the Royal College supports its Competence by Design initiative, CanMEDS 2015 project, and a diverse portfolio that includes efforts in specialty medical education, health policy and international outreach.

“I would like to say what a pleasure it has been for me to work with Cec. He is a true gentleman, always showing genuine concern for those around him. He always takes time to personally thank those staff, volunteers and members of Council who present or do work at council meetings, and he was generous with his time and advice as I prepared to follow him in this role,” said Kevin Imrie, MD, FRCPC, who succeeded Dr. Rorabeck as President on February 20, 2015.

We wish Dr. Rorabeck all the best in his future endeavours.

Snapshot of Royal College activities (2013-2015)

During his two years as Royal College President, Dr. Rorabeck saw the organization

About Dr. Rorabeck: A brief biography

Dr. Rorabeck came into his role as President with an impressive CV that included past titles as chief surgeon at the London Health Sciences Centre, interim CEO and scientific director of the Robarts Research institute, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Research Council and Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. He is currently a professor emeritus of Orthopedic Surgery at Western University.

Dr. Rorabeck was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2012 for his contributions and advances in orthopedic care and prosthetics. He is the recipient of the founder’s medals of the Canadian Orthopaedic Research Society and the Canadian Orthopaedic Association, and is a Past President of both of those organizations.

A champion of global health, he started the Canadian chapter of Operation Walk — a nonprofit organization that arranges hip and knee replacement surgeries for people in need in South America. He travels to Guatemala every year with the organization to treat patients and to help train local surgeons.

Cecil H. Rorabeck: Moments as President (2013-2015)

1.	Dr. Rorabeck is welcomed as President in February 2013 by outgoing President Dr. Louis H. Francescutti.
2.	Dr. Rorabeck says a few words at the 2013 Latin American Conference on Residency Education (LACRE) in Santiago, Chile.
3.	Dr. Rorabeck poses with Federal Health Minister, Rona Ambrose, and Royal College Executive Director of Health Systems Innovation and External Relations, Danielle Fréchette, and CEO Dr. Andrew Padmos in late fall 2013.
4.	Dr. Rorabeck addresses the crowd at the 2014 Royal College Employment Summit in Ottawa, Ont.
5.	Dr. Rorabeck makes a few notes while attending the 2014 China Conference on Residency Education in Beijing.
6.	Dr. Rorabeck in conversation before the start of the 2014 Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) Summit in Ottawa.
7.	Dr. Rorabeck accepts the Canadian Forces Medallion for Distinguished Service, on behalf of all Fellows who serve, or have served, as civilian medical personnel supporting the Canadian Armed Forces.
8.	Dr. Rorabeck at the June 2014 Council meeting.
9.	Dr. Rorabeck congratulates a new Royal College Certificant at the 2014 Royal College Convocation ceremony.
10.	Dr. Rorabeck at the fall 2014 signing of the Memorandum of Understanding with the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile.
11.	Dr. Rorabeck lays a wreath on behalf of the Royal College at the 2014 Remembrance Day ceremony in Ottawa.
12.	Dr. Rorabeck at the National Specialty Societies’ 2014 Human Resources for Health Dialogue and Specialty Medicine Summit in Ottawa.
13.	Dr. Rorabeck at the unveiling of his presidential portrait in February 2015.
14.	Dr. Rorabeck describes his parting gift to the Royal College, a painting reflective of his humanitarian work in South America.
15.	Dr. Rorabeck welcomes Dr. Kevin Imrie as the Royal College’s 43rd President.



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Looking ahead with your new Royal College President, Dr. Kevin Imrie

new Royal College President, Dr. Kevin Imrie

A clinical hematologist, medical educator and exemplary medical leader, Kevin Imrie, MD, FRCPC, was sworn in as the 43rd President of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada on February 20, 2015.

“Canadian health care is world-class, but we face serious challenges in the years ahead,” said Dr. Imrie, noting the need to both train physicians to meet new and evolving patient demands, as well as to ensure that the health system supports specialists in their efforts to deliver timely and high-quality care.

“Improving Canadian health care requires collaboration and leadership, two skills that Dr. Imrie has in abundance,” said Royal College CEO Andrew Padmos, MD, FRCPC. “We are proud to welcome him as the President of the Royal College.”

A brief biography of Dr. Imrie

Dr. Imrie is physician-in-chief and professor of medicine at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, Ont. — the country’s largest trauma centre. He is the former vice-chair, Education for the University of Toronto’s Department of Medicine, where he played a leading role in guiding the education of doctors at Canada’s largest postgraduate training program.

Outside his clinical practice, his focus is largely on strengthening Canada’s health system and improving how doctors are trained. He played a leading role in the National Steering Committee on Resident Duty Hours, which provided Canada’s first recommendations to improve the traditionally long work hours of doctors-in-training. Dr. Imrie also lent his expertise in a number of other leadership capacities, including as vice-president of Education with the Royal College and as director of Postgraduate Programs and associate dean, Admission and Evaluation in Postgraduate Medicine for the University of Toronto.

Dr. Imrie has been a peer-assessor with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and over the past 13 years, has volunteered with the Royal College in a number of capacities such as an examiner, accreditation surveyor, specialty committee chair, chair of the credentials and education committees, and as a member of Council.

Dr. Imrie to support Royal College strategic priorities

During his term, Dr. Imrie intends to champion the priorities laid out in the Royal College’s refreshed strategic plan for 2015-2017. These include

  1. maintaining the Royal College’s commitment to trainees, Fellows and partner organizations to implement Competence by Design;
  2. listening to members and incorporating their input and perspectives into the Royal College’s initiatives and programs; and
  3. continuing to build capacity internationally, contributing to the improvement of medical education and practice standards globally.

Over the next few months, as Dr. Imrie gets oriented in his new role, he looks forward to engaging with staff, Royal College members and partner organizations on these and other issues.

“These next two years will be exciting ones,” he said. “The medical care and education systems in Canada are evolving at an ever-increasing pace and our college is adapting just as quickly. We need your input as we plan our aggressive change agenda.”



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Members in the news

Rajiv Bhatla, MD, FRCPC (Psychiatry, Clinician Investigator Program) was the subject of a special Q&A published in the Ottawa Citizen in advance of the 2015 Bell “Let’s Talk Day.”

Harvey Chochinov, MD, FRCPC (Psychiatry) wrote a guest column in The Province about the need for Canada to provide robust palliative care.

Deborah Cook, MD, FRCPC (Internal Medicine) is the recipient of the 2015 Elizabeth J. Latimer Prize in Palliative Care, in recognition of her compassionate care and research on end-of-life issues and support.

Irfan Dhalla, MD, FRCPC (Internal Medicine) spoke to the Toronto Star about the need for better end-of-life care, based on the results of a new report from Health Quality Ontario.

Jacalyn Duffin, MD, FRCPC (Hematology, Internal Medicine) shared her expertise and medical history insights in a National Public Radio (NPR) feature on Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis.

Derek Exner, MD, FRCPC (Internal Medicine, Cardiology) is part of a team at the Foothills Medical Centre that made news late last year, like in this CBC News article, for their work with the “world’s smallest pacemaker.”

Sarah Forgie, MD, FRCPC (Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases) has inspired two of her students at the University of Alberta, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, to combine music with medicine/medical learning — yielding creative results.

Jonathan Gubbay, MD, FRCPC (Medical Microbiology) contributed a piece to the Toronto Star that spoke to the importance of getting the flu shot.

David Jenkins, MD, FRCPC (Medical Scientists) who introduced the revolutionary glycemic index is now advocating for a plant-based diet, as reported in this Special to the Globe and Mail.

Rupert Kaul, MD, FRCPC (Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases) co-wrote a commentary piece in the Toronto Star challenging claims previously published in the newspaper that the HPV vaccine can be harmful.

Paul Kurdyak, MD, FRCPC (Psychiatry) and Sanjeev Sockalingam, MD, FRCPC (Psychiatry) contributed an article to Huffpost Living Canada that advocated for “Working Wisely” for mental health patients in Canada, through investment to create a system that is prepared and responsive to meet patients’ needs.

Melissa Langevin, MD, FRCPC (Pediatrics, Pediatric Emergency Medicine) recently headed to Sierra Leone with the Red Cross to help with the Ebola crisis. Her brave decision was reported in the Ottawa Citizen and in this CTV News video.

Joshua Landy, MD, FRCPC (Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine) is once again in the news — featured in a CNN news item — for the app he created, Figure 1, which is popularly referred to as “Instagram for doctors.”

Andres Lozano, MD, FRCSC (Neurosurgery) and Howard Chertkow, MD, FRCPC (Neurology) were quoted in a CTV News item about the phase one results of a trial by Dr. Lozano, which treats Alzheimer’s patients using deep brain stimulation.

Arlene MacDougall, MD, FRCPC (Psychiatry) was featured in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, February newsletter, discussing her work on interventions to help people with mental illness.

Ivar Mendez, MD, FRCSC (Neurosurgery) is pioneering the use of robots for patient care in Saskatoon, Sask. CBC News reported on his progress.

Jeffrey Meyer, MD, FRCPC (Psychiatry, Clinician Investigator Program) was one of the authors of a recent study that showed a link between brain inflammation and depression. This research was the focus of a CTV News article.

Ian Mitchell, MD, FRCPC (Pediatrics) and Ian Talbot, MD, FRCPC (Medical Microbiology) contributed to a Calgary Herald article speaking to the importance of education around vaccination in Alberta.

Robert Myers, MD, FRCPC (Internal Medicine, Cardiology) contributed to a National Post article about the need for people to move and avoid the risks of sitting too long.

Michael Robinette, MD, FRCSC (Urology), Anand Ghanekar, MD, FRCSC (General Surgery, Clinician Investigator Program), Gary Levy, MD, FRCPC (Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology) and David Landsberg, MD, FRCPC (Internal Medicine, Nephrology) contributed to a news feature about the ethical considerations of anonymous living organ donors.

Ali Sabri, MD, FRCPC (Diagnostic Radiology) recently won the “Onsite Best Scientific Paper Presentation” award at the 2015 European Congress of Radiology — the world’s second largest conference for the discipline of Radiology. Dr. Sabri is currently a Cardiothoracic Fellow at Dalhousie University, Victoria General and QEII hospitals in Halifax, N.S.

Arya Sharma, MD, FRCPC (Nephrology, Internal Medicine) shared his view on why the new Canadian obesity guidelines fall short, in this Special to the Globe and Mail.

Michael Strong, MD, FRCPC (Neurology) is helping lead Ontario’s neurologists in creating tools to better predict, detect and effectively treat Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS and a variety of other degenerative brain diseases, as reported in the London Free Press.

Jean-Claude Tardif, MD, FRCPC (Internal Medicine, Cardiology) explains why we could be closer than ever to personalized care for heart disease in this article from the Montreal Gazette.

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



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In memoriam

Myron John Babiuk, MD, FRCPC, died on December 24, 2014, in Edmonton, Alta., at age 80. Dr. Babiuk was certified by the Royal College in Diagnostic Radiology in 1971. For more than 25 years, he was a partner with the Professional Building Association of Radiologists, and also provided services at the Edmonton General Hospital, Grey Nuns Hospital and at many rural hospitals before he fully retired in 2006. Read more about Dr. Babiuk »

Ralph Hatfield Burnett, MD, FRCSC, died on January 15, 2015, in Moncton, N.B., at age 72. Dr. Burnett was certified by the Royal College in General Surgery (1976), Thoracic Surgery (1980) and Vascular Surgery (1983). After 25 years as a surgeon in Kentville, N.S., he spent a year working as a consulting thoracic surgeon at the King Faisal Specialists Hospital and Research Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, before returning to work at the Moncton Hospital until his death. Read more about Dr. Burnett »

Patrick Corkery, MD, FRCPC, died on November 11, 2014, in Nelson, B.C., at age 88. Dr. Corkery was certified by the Royal College in Anesthesiology in 1969. He was born in Limerick, Ireland, and moved to Canada in 1966 to study general anesthetics at the University of Alberta. Before retiring in 1994, he was working as an anesthesiologist at the St. Joseph’s Hospital in Saint John. N.B. Read more about Dr. Corkery »

John Evans, CC, MD, FRCPC, died on February 13, 2015, in Toronto, Ont., at age 85. Dr. Evans was certified by the Royal College in Internal Medicine in 1958. A gifted academic and highly-decorated physician and administrator, he co-founded McMaster University’s Medical School and the MaRS program. Dr. Evans is a Companion of the Order of Canada, member of the Order of Ontario and member of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame, among other honours. Read more about Dr. Evans »

Charles Gregory, MD, FRCPC, died on October 29, 2014, in Sechelt, B.C., at age 95. Dr. Gregory was certified by the Royal College in Psychiatry in 1959. A native of Liverpool, England, he served in the army in World War Two before studying medicine and immigrating to Canada in 1955. He is the former director of Mental Health Services for Vancouver Island. Read more about Dr. Gregory »

Herbert Nathan Hayes, MD, FRCPC, died on December 15, 2014, in Burlington, Ont., at age 75. Dr. Hayes was certified by the Royal College in Anesthesiology in 1968. Described as a “gentleman and a gentle man,” Dr. Hayes worked for the Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital for close to 40 years. Read more about Dr. Hayes »

Joseph James Hazel, MD, FRCPC, died on November 27, 2014, in Ottawa, Ont., at age 88. Dr. Hazel was certified by the Royal College in Therapeutic Radiology in 1957. A graduate of Dalhousie Medical School, he established a medical practice in Montreal, Que., where he had a distinguished career as a radiation oncologist at the Royal Victoria Hospital. Read more about Dr. Hazel »

E. Bruce Josephson, MD, FRCPC, died on December 1, 2014, in Halifax, N.S., at age 63. Dr. Josephson was certified by the Royal College in Internal Medicine (1979) and Cardiology (1980). A former member of the Royal College Cardiology Examination Committee (2005-2009), he graduated in medicine from Memorial University in 1974. Read more about Dr. Josephson »

Neville M. Lefcoe, MD, FRCPC, died on January 11, 2015, in London, Ont., at age 89. Dr. Lefcoe was certified by the Royal College in Internal Medicine in 1956. A professor emeritus at Western University, he was awarded a lifetime membership to the Ontario Medical Association for his research and contributions to medical science. Read more about Dr. Lefcoe »

John Townsley Mason, MD, FRCPC, died on November 2, 2014, in Edmonton, Alta., at age 86. Dr. Mason was certified by the Royal College in Diagnostic Radiology in 1959. He was a former chief of Radiology at the Misericordia Hospital, where he helped enable the hospital’s acquisition of its first MRI machine, as well as other specialized imaging devices. Read more about Dr. Mason »

Dennis Edward Morgan, MD, FRCPC, died on January 8, 2015, in Victoria, B.C., at age 58. Dr. Morgan was certified by the Royal College in Internal Medicine (1986) and Cardiology (1986). He earned his medical degree at Memorial University in 1980 and did his training in Cardiology, before moving to British Columbia. Dr. Morgan was equally passionate about medicine and boating, and was a longtime member of the Royal Victoria Yacht Club. Read more about Dr. Morgan »

Charles (Chuck) Joseph Pavlin, MD, FRCSC, died on November 15, 2014, in Toronto, Ont., at age 70. Dr. Pavlin was certified by the Royal College in Ophthalmology in 1974. A dedicated physician who practiced until his passing, Dr. Pavlin was a passionate researcher of eye imaging techniques and co-developed the Ultrasound Biomicroscopy method in 1990. Read more about Dr. Pavlin »

Harold Burgess Sabean, MD, FRCPC, died on December 26, 2014, in Halifax, N.S., at age 90. Dr. Sabean was certified by the Royal College in Diagnostic Radiology in 1963. He graduated from Dalhousie University with his medical degree in 1956 and was a former medical officer in the eastern arctic, where he learned some of the Eskimo language.

Garry Conrad Schroeder, MD, FRCPC, died on December 28, 2014, in Winnipeg, Man., at age 60. Dr. Schroeder was certified by the Royal College in Radiation Oncology in 1998. Described as compassionate, generous and “right to the point”, at the time of his passing, he was working at CancerCare Manitoba but illness forced his early retirement from medicine. Read more about Dr. Schroeder (as described by his wife) »

Jacob (Jack) Loeb Stein, MD, FRCPC, died on December 27, 2014, in Toronto, Ont., at age 76. Dr. Stein was certified by the Royal College in Internal Medicine in 1968. From 1969 until his retirement in 2014, he worked at the Scarborough General Hospital where he previously held roles as the director of the Internship program, chief of medicine and deputy chief of staff. Read more about Dr. Stein »

J. Avery Vaughan, MD, FRCSC, died on December 6, 2014, in Windsor, N.S., at age 92. Dr. Vaughan was certified by the Royal College in General Surgery in 1952. Following his residency he was offered a position in Boston at the Lahey Clinic, which he turned down in favour of returning to to his hometown of Windsor. There, he practised as a general surgeon for more than 30 years and later continued his medical practice in general medicine, often making house calls, until his full retirement in 2010. Read more about Dr. Vaughan »

Vytas Jonas (Vyt) Zulys, MD, FRCPC, died on January 19, 2015, in Mississauga, Ont., at age 61. Dr. Zulys was certified by the Royal College in Anesthesiology in 1982. He graduated from the University of Toronto with his medical degree in 1978. He will be greatly missed. Read more about Dr. Zulys »

Suggestions for “In memoriam” can be emailed to communications@royalcollege.ca.



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Preparing for infectious diseases: New Ebola resources for Fellows and their teams

In response to the international Ebola virus disease epidemic and the potential that it may spread closer to home, the Royal College took action to support the emergency preparedness efforts of its Fellows here in Canada.

We are proud to share a special new resource with our Fellows and other frontline workers: an Ebola portal within our website that offers educational interventions designed to help you feel confident and prepared if and when it comes time to managing your first patient with suspected Ebola virus disease.

We also believe these tools set the foundation for greater education and preparation, not just regarding Ebola, but also for future infectious disease epidemics that may arise in the years ahead.

A core offering is a unique lookup chart for Ebola guidelines

We have created a one-of-a-kind Ebola guidelines summary chart to help you locate your province or territory’s guidance regarding Ebola infection prevention and control. You can look up your province’s guidance according to topic (needs and procedures are also divided into 17 topics) or in full. If your province has no guidance, the summary will also help you locate national Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), U.S. and international guidelines.

e-learning modules

Innovative educational interventions

Access to practical information aggregated from other sources

Coming soon — we will keep you updated!

We thank our valued partners for their support

The Royal College is one of several health care organizations collaborating on a pan-Canadian response to Ebola virus disease. This website would not have been possible without the support of the following organizations:

A Fellow making a difference

Ray Kao, MD, FRCPC



Read our interview with Captain (Navy) Ray Kao, MD, FRCPC, a critical care and infectious disease specialist from London, Ont., working on the ground in Sierra Leone.

“Being here, taking care of the Ebola patients and understanding the disease better has been a privilege for me. I think that we are actually making a difference. We were able to bring the mortality rate down to 40 per cent. Kudos to all the clinicians here who have done a fantastic job taking care of the Ebola patients. I am privileged and honoured to have worked with them here in Kerry Town, Sierra Leone.”
—Captain (Navy) Dr. Ray Kao, FRCPC


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Beginning the dialogue around competency-based CPD

Beginning the dialogue around competency-based CPD

This April, the Royal College will begin working with the continuing professional development (CPD) community and Fellows at an invitational summit on competency-based CPD. The summit will

As we begin looking at ways to introduce competency-based practices into CPD, we will seek the knowledge, guidance and input of our Fellows to create a model that meets the needs of the public and the profession.

Have a question about CBD? Let us know!

Beginning the dialogue around competency-based CPD

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 practice, to how CanMEDS 2015 implementation will be rolled out. We’ll tell you what we know and what we are still working on.

To have your question answered, please submit to cbd@royalcollege.ca or contact us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

For more information about CBD, visit our CBD Resources page for articles, info sheets, videos, FAQ and slide decks.

Questions about milestones and EPAs within Competence by Design (CBD)?

Join us for an English webinar on March 27, 2015 from 11:00AM – 12:00 PM EST entitled Milestones and EPAs in the Royal College CBD Model.

In this one hour session, Dr. Jolanta Karpinski, FRCPC, will introduce and explain the concept of milestones and Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs), examine how they fit together and provide examples of milestone and EPA development by Medical Oncology, one of the first disciplines to switch to a competency-based model of medical education. The session will also include time for questions and discussion.

Register now https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/680406747624460033
Questions? Contact cbd@royalcollege.ca



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ICRE 2015: Speaker lineup announced!

Join more than 1,500 colleagues from around the world at ICRE 2015 as we explore the theme of “Residency Rediscovered: Transforming Training for Modern Care.” This year’s conference features provocative plenary presentations with renowned experts in medical education.
The ICRE 2015 lineup includes:

David Asch, MD, MBA

The ICRE 2015 lineup will also include two provocative panel sessions, featuring internationally-recognized experts, as well as the official launch of the CanMEDS 2015 Physician Competency Framework and Milestones Guide.

Visit the www.royalcollege.ca/icre to learn more.

Last chance to nominate trailblazers for ICRE's Residency Education Awards

Know someone who has had a lasting impact on residency education? Want to honour the contributions of an outstanding leader or innovator? This is your chance! The call for nominations for ICRE's Residency Education awards is now open!

Visit www.royalcollege.ca/rcsite/awards-grants/royal-college-awards-e. Nominations are due by April 3, 2015.



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Two ways you can be part of the SimSummit program — plus, a scavenger hunt for attendees?!

2015 Simulation Summit

Date: November 25-26, 2015

Location: Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Banff, Alta., Canada

Theme: Fresh Tracks: breaking trails – from theory to practice

Don’t miss your chance to network with colleagues and be exposed to different points of view at this fall’s Simulation Summit.

Registration for this event will open in summer 2015. In the meantime, consider getting involved in this year’s program by submitting a workshop proposal or SimTrek application form.

To help build excitement, a special scavenger hunt has also been launched. Read on for how you could win a free registration to the 2016 conference or one of several other prizes!

Present a workshop and share your expertise

Present a workshop and share your expertise

Simulation educators, researchers, program directors and all others who play an active role in simulation-based education and research are invited to submit a workshop proposal of approximately 500 words by May 24, 2015.

Proposals on a variety of topics, and using diverse instructional methods (e.g. lecture, case study and demonstration) are welcome and encouraged. Workshops will be presented in 90-minute timeslots and should be relevant to all attendees, including physicians, nurses, RTs, paramedics (first responders), simulation program administrators, and simulation technicians and operators.

Does your simulation team have what it takes? Prove it!

Does your simulation team have what it takes? Prove it!

This year’s Simulation Summit will once again feature the highly-popular, fun and interactive SimTrek session. This session gives brave teams the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and test their decision-making and communication skills in front of an audience of peers, while gaining valuable feedback from a panel of expert assessors.

We’re searching for two, interprofessional quartets of health care providers to demonstrate management of a high-fidelity crisis management scenario. If you’re interested, please complete the SimTrek application form and submit it to simsummit@royalcollege.ca by June 24, 2015.

Join the #SimBanffHunt online scavenger hunt for your chance to win!

Join the #SimBanffHunt online scavenger hunt for your chance to win!

Each week, we’ll be posting trivia and simulation skill-testing questions to the @RC_SimSummit Twitter feed leading up to, and throughout, the 2015 Simulation Summit. If you know the answer, tweet us using the hashtag #SimBanffHunt, and you’ll be entered in for the chance to win one of many great prizes!

The grand prize winner will win a free registration to the 2016 Simulation Summit, being held October 13-14, in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Everyone who attends the 2015 Simulation Summit is invited to play. The winner will be announced at the closing session on Thursday, November 25 at 16:00, and must be in attendance.

For more information, visit: Reach the Summit! A scavenger hunt for Simulation Summit attendees.



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Introducing a new addition to our insignia collection

New in stock: Water bottle and travel mug set

Since its launch 50 years ago, the Royal College insignia collection has been proudly worn and used by Fellows across Canada and worldwide. Over the years, the collection has expanded to include a wide variety of Royal College merchandise available for purchase.

New in stock: Water bottle and travel mug set


Visit the store now at www.royalcollege.ca/insignia, to view more or to purchase items.

Not in stock? If there is a particular item that you would like to see in the store, we would love to hear from you. Please contact insignia@royalcollege.ca.