We are now exactly four months from the implementation of Competence by Design (CBD).
As I shared with you in our December newsletter, Canada’s 17 medical schools and the Royal College made an agreement in November to implement CBD starting July 1, 2017. The first two disciplines to launch their residency training under a new competency-based approach are Anesthesiology, and Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.
Our agreement is the result of committed action and engagement across the medical community. And that engagement continues. Since the November announcement, the Royal College has worked closely with the universities, specialty committees and resident groups, building readiness checklists so we know precisely what needs to be in place before we move forward on our first implementation. This work has been meticulous and highly productive. The cycle of input and feedback in recent months shows just how much can be achieved when we work together.
As a deliverable coming out of our November meeting, we are also in the process of establishing a committee to work with all our stakeholders, including residents, to determine precisely how assessment data will be handled and where it will be stored. We will find a solution that is agreeable to everyone.
Working together to implement CBD
Between now and July, we will meet with department chairs at the universities, and with the specialty committees, hospital executives and other key stakeholders, to build understanding about CBD, as well as how it will affect their work and the resident workforce. We will continue a productive series of workshops where the specialty committees come together with the Royal College to co-create the overall composition of CBD. A CBD national advisory committee will also begin to meet in the coming weeks with the goal of convening representatives from all stakeholder groups as we refine a strategy for rolling out CBD more widely.
It has been an extraordinary – and sometimes taxing – journey toward CBD implementation, and I want to thank everyone who has contributed to where we are today. We have made great progress by working together with our partners toward this important common goal. We are nearly there. And we are well positioned, with a solid plan of action, to implement CBD on schedule.
Andrew Padmos, BA, MD, FRCPC, FACP
Chief Executive Officer