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Early Brain and Biological Development and Early Learning (EBBDEL)

Concerns about Canada’s poor support of early intervention and early learning programs prompted the Royal College to work with partner organizations to produce a position statement with recommendations on EBBDEL.

Released in 2014, the recommendations were drawn from a comprehensive review of appropriate literature, issues and initiatives; as well as an action plan that focuses on leveraging the Royal College’s experience and mandate in professional education, with an aim to influence public policy.

The position statement was produced in collaboration with representatives from the College of Family Physicians of Canada, the Canadian Medical Association, the Canadian Pediatric Society, the Canadian Association of Pediatric Health Centres, and other associations and academic partners.

Educational and Practice Resources

The Royal College in partnership with a number of subject matter experts in the area of EBBDEL has developed an inventory of educational and practice resources including videos, podcasts, and interactive tools. These have been grouped in 6 major categories. Each category groups the resources based on the intended audience (that is, medical students, residents, and/or physicians in practice).

New! Online, accredited CME on early child development

The Canadian Paediatric Society

A new online CME will help primary care physicians develop practical skills to promote early childhood development. Produced by the Canadian Paediatric Society in partnership with Memorial University’s MD-CME program, the case-based course uses tools like the Rourke Baby Record to cover topics such as infant crying, normal ranges of development, breastfeeding, and behaviour. Physicians will also learn how clinical observations and referrals to community resources can be used to support child development. The course includes videos and links to external resources, and allows users to test their knowledge through questions and discussion topics after each case. Developed by Dr. Andrea Feller and Dr. Kassia Johnson of the CPS Early Years Task Force, the course is accredited for both MainPro and MOC credits, and there is no charge. To register, follow the link from the CPS website or go to MD-CME. The course was supported with a grant from the Canadian Medical Association.

Position statement

Copies of the literature review and action plan are available: healthpolicy@royalcollege.ca.