Vol. 16, No. 2 — February 2016
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Written for Fellows by Fellows. Our first edition of a new monthly feature of MOC tips from CPD educators.
Recognize an exceptional colleague! Review the award details and send in a nomination by March 7.
Our competitive grants support exceptional research across a range of disciplines. Learn more.
Featuring: Health Profession Education Network | Annual meeting | Physician-assisted dying |
Kazan | Survey findings | Simulation | Social chatter
Feedback is invited on a proposal to change the discipline’s name to Medical Genetics and Genomics.
Attend a special quality improvement and health professions education (ICRE) pre-conference.
Share knowledge. Examine new technologies. Investigate advances. Experience St. John’s.
Ranjit Baboolal, Region 3 CPD Educator
“Are you about to spend a considerable amount of time treating patients abroad? Practising abroad may require you to read up on diseases and disorders local to the area you will visit in order to expand your knowledge base. For example, a sojourn in South Asia may require hours of research into tropical diseases.
If you have done a lot of reading around a single purpose to treat patients at home or abroad, I recommend that you claim your literature research as a personal learning project (PLP) to resolve a clinical question, rather than as a scanning or reading activity.
If you take the scanning/reading approach, credit ratings vary from one credit per article to 10 credits for a book. If you take the PLP approach, you can earn two credits per hour (just don’t forget that documentation of the process and the outcome to your question are required).”
For more information on how you can use personal learning projects to reflect your practice needs, contact your local CPD Educator.
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The Royal College is seeking nominations for its regional Prix d’excellence-Specialist of the Year and Mentor of the Year awards for 2016. Please help us spread the word!
If you have an exceptional colleague whom you would like to recognize, please review the award details and submit your nomination package before the March 7 deadline.
The Prix d’excellence-Specialist of the Year award was established to recognize Fellows of the Royal College 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.
Nomination deadline: March 7, 2016 (guidelines and nomination form)
The Mentor of the Year award was established to recognize Fellows of the Royal College who have had a significant impact on the career development of students, residents and/or other Fellows. The nominee must have demonstrated his or her ability to be an excellent role model in demonstrating the qualities or competencies of Leader, Scholar and Professional (as described in the CanMEDS Framework).
Nomination deadline: March 7, 2016 (guidelines and nomination form)
Are you interested in conducting research in medical education?
Our competitive grants support exceptional research across a range of disciplines, health settings and environments to further education research development.
This grants supports research, development and/or implementation of projects that enhance specialty education through the CanMEDS Roles. Eligible projects may include faculty development, course development and/or medical education research.
Deadline: March 4, 2016 (apply here)
This grant supports research in postgraduate medical education and continuing professional development. A Royal College Fellow must contribute to the research project.
Deadline: March 4, 2016 (apply here).
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On January 18, the Health Profession Education Network (HPEN) was launched at an event hosted at the Royal College in Ottawa.
HPEN is a network of Canadian education institutions specializing in the training and education of health care professionals. Their aim? To help global partners increase their capacity in health professions education. How? By leveraging Canadian expertise and promoting collaborations.
HPEN’s first meeting focused on a Saudi-Canadian Alliance. Saudi Arabia has a 37 year history of sending physicians to train in Canada and the country has looming health care needs. HPEN is hoping to create a coalition of experienced Canadian institutions to target and support Saudi health regions.
HPEN will meet again in late February or early March to continue discussions.
The official notice for our 2016 Annual Meeting of the Members was issued on January 20. Members who reside nearby are encouraged to attend in-person; there is also a webinar option for those who live and work elsewhere.
Join the meeting on Thursday, February 18, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. EST. Exercise your right to be heard and to provide feedback on strategic initiatives!
Everything you need to know can be found at www.royalcollege.ca/rcsite/about/governance/annual-meeting-members-amm-e.
The Canadian Medical Association released its recommendations to guide the development of a pan-Canadian approach to physician assisted dying on January 21. One week earlier, the federal government was granted a four-month extension by the Supreme Court of Canada to establish an assisted-dying law.
Principles-based Recommendations for a Canadian Approach to Assisted Dying
Many provincial medical regulatory authorities have also publically-shared guidelines, advice and/or draft policies related to this area of practice:
The Royal College signed a collaboration service agreement with Kazan State Medical University on January 26. This agreement establishes an academic partnership to help support medical education at the institution.
Our CEO released a new message on January 27. He wrote about early findings from the Royal College communications survey. Find out what three survey findings stood out to him. Plus, next steps.
Read what over 2K members told us about our communications
We released another video in our Simulation in Health Care Video Series on January 29. The latest video is presented by Véronique Brunette, MD, FRCPC. Short on time? Skip to the chapter that interests you with the navigation links in the video description.
Link to more videos at www.royalcollege.ca/rcsite/ppi/courses/simulation-health-care-video-series-e
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Howard Feldman, MD, FRCPC (Neurology) co-wrote a column arguing in favour of a national dementia strategy for Canada. Dr. Feldman is a professor of Neurology at the University of British Columbia. Read more in the Calgary Herald »
Neeru Gupta, MD, FRCSC (Ophthalmology) offered advice to parents about their children’s’ “screen time” and the impact to their eye health. Dr. Gupta is an ophthalmologist and chief of glaucoma at the University of Toronto. Read more in the Toronto Star »
Kamran Khan, MD, FRCPC (Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases) spoke about the transmission patterns of the Zika virus. Dr. Khan is an infectious disease specialist and scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. Read more in the Toronto Star »
Ian Mitchell, MD, FRCPC (Emergency Medicine) spoke about the incidence of drug overdoses in Kamloops, B.C. Dr. Mitchell is an emergency room physician at the Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops. Listen on CBC News »
John Muscedere, MD, FRCPC (Internal Medicine, Respirology) and James Downar, MD, FRCPC (Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine) published an opinion piece on why doctors should change how they medicate their patients. Dr. Muscadere is an intensivist and ICU research director at the Kingston General Hospital in Ontario. Dr. Downar is a Critical Care and Palliative Care physician at the University Health Network in Toronto. Read more on Huffingtonpost.ca »
Paul Roumeliotis, MD, FRCPC (Pediatrics) spoke about the Zika virus on CTV Morning Live (Ottawa). Dr. Roumeliotis is the founder and former director of the Montreal Children's Hospital Pediatric Consultation and Asthma Centers. Watch the segment on CTV »
Chris Sikora, MD, FRCPC (Public Health and Preventative Medicine) commented on newly-arrived Syrian refugees’ vulnerability to influenza. Dr. Sikora is the medical officer of health for the Edmonton zone of Alberta Health Services. Read more in the Edmonton Journal »
Stephen Vaughan, MD, FRCPC (Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases) provided information and insight on an unusual parasitic worm that was found in an Alberta man’s stomach. Dr. Vaughan is an infectious diseases specialist with Alberta Health Services. Read more in the National Post »
Edward Harvey, MD, FRCSC (Orthopedic Surgery) and Mohit Bhandari, MD, FRCSC (Orthopedic Surgery) made news for their coauthored research paper that explained their simplified and more effective approach to cleaning wounds. Dr. Harvey is the chief of Orthopaedic Trauma at the McGill University Health Centre; Dr. Bhandari is a professor and academic chair of the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery at McMaster University. Find out more on Radio Canada International »
Sonny Kohli, MD, FRCPC (Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine) was featured on Now What with Ryan Duffy talking about his tricorder technology. Dr. Kohli is co-founder and medical director of Cloud DX. He is also an attending physician in intensive care and Internal Medicine at the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital in Ontario. Watch the clip on Now What »
Figure 1, the “Instagram for doctors” that was cofounded by Joshua Landy, MD, FRCPC (Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine) was listed as one of 11 tech companies to watch in 2016. Read more on Betakit »
Steven McCabe, MD, FRCSC (Plastic Surgery) director of Toronto Western Hospital’s Hand and Upper Extremity Transplant Program, led the team that performed the country’s first successful upper limb transplant in Canada. Read more in the Toronto Star »
Dana Moffatt, MD, FRCPC (Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology) spoke about a new system being spearheaded by the Winnipeg Health Region to speed up patient access to endoscopy services. Dr. Moffatt is medical director of Endoscopy Services for the region. Read the feature from Wave magazine »
Julio Montaner, MD, FRCPC (Internal Medicine) director of the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, made news for his centre’s efforts to help health officials combat a large HIV outbreak in rural Austin, Indiana, using their renowned Prevention Strategy. Read more on CBC News »
Elaine Petrof, MD, FRCPC (Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases) is leading a team that just received funding from the U.S. National Institutes of Health for their research on approaches to target C. difficile. Dr. Pretof is a clinician-researcher at the Kingston General Hospital Research Institute. Read more in the Kingston Whig-Standard »
Bruno Salena, MD, FRCPC (Internal Medicine) is co-author of a study that determined a method to quickly identify deadly bacterial strains of infectious disease. Dr. Salena is an associate professor of Medicine at McMaster University and a gastroenterologist at Hamilton Health Sciences. Read more in the study’s news release »
A study by Robert Tarzwell, MD, FRCPC (Psychiatry, Nuclear Medicine) and his team to accurately differentiate patients with PTSD from those with traumatic brain injury or no injury made Discovery magazine’s list of the top 100 stories of 2015. Dr. Tarzwell practices Psychiatry and Nuclear Medicine at Lion’s Gate Hospital. He is also a researcher at the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute. Read more in the Vancouver Sun »
Walter P. Maksymowych, MBChB, FRCPC (Internal Medicine, Rheumatology) made news as one-half of a collaboration to detect rheumatoid arthritis earlier using a simple diagnostic tool. Dr. Maksymowych is a professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, at the University of Alberta. Read more in the Vancouver Sun »
Kue Young, MD, FRCPC (Community Medicine) coauthored a paper outlining the global-high incidence of lung cancer among Canada’s Inuit population. Dr. Young is a professor and dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta. Read more in the National Post »
RJ Cusimano, MD, FRCSC (General Surgery, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery) was the focus of a complimentary news feature. Dr. Cusimano is a cardiovascular surgeon at the University Health Network in Toronto. Read more in the National Post »
The first oil painting by Sarah Garside, MD, FRCPC (Psychiatry) was displayed in Paris’ The Louvre as part of a special exhibition. Dr. Garside is an associate professor and associate director of e-learning innovation at McMaster University. Read more in the Hamilton Spectator »
Simon Oczkowski, MD, FRCPC (Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine) was featured in a documentary film about McMaster University’s DeGroote School of Medicine. The film follows trainees at various stages of their undergraduate studies. Dr. Oczkowski is a Critical Care physician at Hamilton Health Sciences. Watch the 47-minute film on Al Jazeera English »
Richard U. Johnston, FRCSC (Obstetrics and Gynecology) was awarded the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Ontario Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology for his contributions to women’s health care. Dr. Johnston, a former member of Royal College Council, currently works as a consultant at several regional facilities in Orillia, Ont. Read more on the OSOG Awards Dinner website »
Stanley Zlotkin, MD, FRCPC, (Pediatrics) – also known as “the Sprinkles Doctor” - was awarded the Order of Ontario. Dr. Zlotkin is chief of the Centre for Global Child Health at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. Find out more on CBC News | World »
Drs. Oleh Antonyshyn, FRCSC (Plastic Surgery) Adrian Hawaleshka, FRCPC (Anesthesiology) and Tara Teshima, FRCSC (Plastic Surgery) saved many lives on a Canadian medical mission to the Ukraine including a memorable 11-year-old boy. Dr. Antonyshyn is part of the Plastic Surgery Heath Team at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. Dr. Hawakeshka is an anesthetist at the Western Surgery Centre in Winnipeg. Dr. Teshima is a plastic surgeon at SimcoDerm in Barrie, Ont. Orthopedic surgeon, Reggie Hamdy, MD, FRCSC (Orthopedic Surgery) from the Shriners Hospital for Children in Montreal, also helped the young patient. Read more in the Toronto Star »
Joanne Liu, MD, FRCPC (Pediatrics) shared her thoughts on the humanitarian crises that Médecins Sans Frontières /Doctors Without Borders faced during 2015. Dr. Liu is the international president of MSF. Read more on CBC News »
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Herbert Basian, MD, FRCSC, died on December 14, 2015, in Toronto, Ont., at age 85. Dr. Basian was certified by the Royal College in General Surgery in 1961. Described by those who knew him as brilliant, inspirational, a great surgeon and humanitarian – he will be greatly missed by his family, friends and former colleagues. Read more about Dr. Basian »
Andrew Chi Shing Chan, MBChB, FRCPC, died on December 28, 2015, in Peterborough, Ont., at age 50. Dr. Chan was certified by the Royal College in Internal Medicine (1994) and Gastroenterology (1996). Remembered as a well-spoken, reliable and wonderful doctor, he formerly worked at the Charlotte Medical Arts Clinic. Read more about Dr. Chan »
Arthur Isaac Egier, MD, FRCSC, died on January 2, 2016, in Toronto, Ont., at age 90. Dr. Egier was certified by the Royal College in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1953. For more than 40 years, he worked as an obstetrician and gynecologist at Mount Sinai Hospital. He was well-respected and well-loved by those who knew him. Read more about Dr. Egier »
Jean-François Fradet, MD, FRCSC, died on December 21, 2015, in Quebec, Que., at age 66. Dr. Fradet was certified by the Royal College in Orthopedic Surgery in 1978. Determined as a youth to become a doctor, he achieved his goal and is remembered for his competent and dedicated care. Read more about Dr. Fradet »
Mark Benedict Kingston, MDCM, FRCSC, died on December 26, 2015, in Charlottetown, P.E.I., at age 91. Dr. Kingston was certified by the Royal College in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1966. From 1967 until 1994, he practised in Charlottetown. He is remembered for his kindness and devotion. Read more about Dr. Kingston »
Frank Michael Leetion, MBChB, FRCPC, died on December 12, 2015, in New Westminster, B.C., at age 89. Dr. Leetion was certified by the Royal College in Diagnostic Radiology in 1970. Fondly remembered for his conversation skills and kindness, he will be greatly missed by family and friends. Read more about Dr. Leetion »
Jeva Uldine R. Lougheed, MD, FRCPC, died on December 14, 2015, in Toronto, Ont., at age 93. Dr. Lougheed was certified by the Royal College in Anesthesiology in 1952. She earned her medical degree at the University of Toronto in 1945. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Read more about Dr. Lougheed »
Kira Payne, MD, FRCPC, died on January 2, 2016, in Toronto, Ont., at age 50. Dr. Payne was certified by the Royal College in Psychiatry in 2011. She pursued medicine as a second career; she was also an alto and tenor saxophonist with a great deal of talent and performance experience. Read more about Dr. Payne » [Plus, tribute in the Toronto Star]
Alexander Charles Ritchie, MBChB, FRCPC, died on December 19, 2015, in Toronto, Ont., at age 94. Dr. Ritchie was certified by the Royal College in General Pathology in 1955. He was a former head of the Department of Pathology at the University of Toronto and pathologist-in-chief at Toronto General Hospital. Read more about Dr. Ritchie »
Peter H. Solomon, MDCM, FRCPC, died on December 27, 2015, in Chelsea, Que., at age 53. Dr. Solomon was certified by the Royal College in Anesthesiology in 1994. He earned his medical degree from McGill University in 1988. He is remembered as a kind and compassionate doctor and friend. He will be greatly missed. Read more about Dr. Solomon »
Robert Tang-Wai, MBChB, FRCPC, died on December 27, 2015, in Brandon, Man., at age 75. Dr. Tang-Wei was certified by the Royal College in Neurology in 1978. His clinical skills, expertise and contributions to neuroscience were widely-acknowledged and praised. He will be greatly missed by former colleagues and patients in the Brandon community. Read more about Dr. Tang-Wei »
Oscar Shiu-Yuet Wong, MD, FRCPC, died on December 22, 2015, in Tantallon, N.S., at age 84. Dr. Wong was certified by the Royal College in Therapeutic Radiology in 1971. He lived by the edict “Service before self.” For his lifetime of contributions he was awarded the Order of Nova Scotia in 2004 and a Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. Read more about Dr. Wong »
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The Specialty Committee in Medical Genetics recently submitted a proposal to change the name of their discipline to Medical Genetics and Genomics. The Committee on Specialties, whose mandate includes making decisions on requests to change a discipline’s name, determined that this proposal signifies a minor change.
The details surrounding the rationale for this name change have been published via a public notification of intent on the Royal College’s website. (Read the public notification.)
Should you wish to provide any comments on this proposed change, please email your comments to email@example.com by March 14, 2016.
Patients expect the highest quality of care — and physicians want to provide it — but there are challenges. Health care and its evidence base are constantly changing and evolving. It is critical that medical education and practice keep pace, and focus on enhancing quality to improve outcomes.
“Today, quality is a new imperative, with its own body of evidence that is shaping the way physicians need to be prepared to practice,” said Jason Frank, MD, FRCPC, chair of the 2016 International Conference on Residency Education (ICRE).
“Today’s patients really want to have good quality outcomes and a compassionate physician who can work to continuously improve the system of care – they want the whole package.”
The desire to bridge existing gaps in health care quality is what inspired the theme for ICRE 2016, “Advancing Quality: Aligning Residency Education and Patient Care.”
“What we can do is prepare residents for that 21st century view of competence – their ability to respond to all of these patients’ needs,” explained Dr. Frank.
The 2016 theme will be particularly emphasized during a special two-day quality improvement and health professions education pre-conference: Building the Bridge to Quality: An Urgent Call to All Educators. This pre-conference will be held September 28–29, 2016.
The pre-conference will bring together thought leaders, frontline clinicians and policy makers from jurisdictions around the world. Their goal will be to generate an actionable list of recommendations to transform how health professions education is structured and delivered.
“Our hope [for this consensus conference] is that these clinical and educational leaders will use their influence to engage others in realizing that the way we train future clinicians can and will have an important impact on the quality and safety of the care that patients experience,” said Brian Wong, MD, FRCPC, ICRE 2016 co-chair and organizer of this pre-conference.
In an increasingly globalized world, a borderless approach to quality improvement for patient care is becoming more important.
“Quality concerns are relevant for all providers and patients in our global community, yet, there are pockets of excellence in different parts of the world that many are unaware of,” said Dr. Wong.
“Taking an international approach will allow us to learn from one another, and influence change in multiple jurisdictions around the world.”
ICRE 2016 is being held September 29–October 1, 2016, in Niagara Falls, Canada.
Visit the ICRE 2016 website to find out more about this year’s program. Follow @RC_ICRE_CIFR or @drjfrank on Twitter for all the latest conference news.
Every year we acknowledge and celebrate leaders in medical education. The ICRE Residency Education Awards selection committee is seeking nominations in the following categories:
Nominations will be accepted until April 1, 2016.
Experience the latest in simulation-focused learning, research and practice at the 2016 Simulation Summit on October 14-15, 2016, in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.
This year’s theme is “Extreme Simulation.” The program will explore simulation in a range of contexts and settings. These include hospitals and university teaching centres, rural and remote locations.
Collaborate with international and interprofessional colleagues. Share knowledge on simulation in health care. Examine new technologies in medical simulation. Investigate advances in medical simulation. Experience the beauty of St. John’s.
Visit the Simulation Summit webpage for more details on this year’s event!
Share insights and innovations on simulation-based education and research. Submit a proposal today in our 2016 call for submissions!
The Simulation Summit planning committee is looking for submissions in several categories:
Presentation content must be diverse and appeal to an interprofessional health care audience. This audience may include physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, first responders, simulation program administrators, simulation technicians and operators.