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Dialogue - July 2016

A fresh approach to lifelong learning: Rate your top considerations

Participants at the Invitational Summit on Competency-based Continuing Professional Development
Participants at the Invitational Summit on Competency-Based Continuing Professional Development

“How can assessment of competence, performance and patient outcomes contribute to the development and implementation of competency-based continuing professional development?”

More than 140 representatives from all areas of health care came together to help answer that question at the 2nd Invitational Summit on Competency-Based Continuing Professional Development. Participants identified six considerations that they feel are important for the development of a competency-based continuing professional development (CB-CPD) model.

See their list below and tell us if you agree by taking our short poll.

Creating a CB-CPD model: Important considerations

This list of considerations was identified by summit participants as being important for the development of a CB-CPD model that would be practical and relevant to all areas of specialty practice:

  1. Assessment must be patient-focused.
  2. Assessment strategies (including the process, tools, data and feedback mechanisms) must be supported and enabled by all organizations that physicians interface with in practice, and align with competency frameworks that focus on individual and collective competence. 
  3. Assessment “for learning” must align performance data with continuous quality improvement of practice.
  4. Assessment must ultimately achieve meaningful impacts on the quality and outcomes of health care.
  5. Assessment that is contextually relevant and societally responsive requires all stakeholders to contribute to a change in culture.
  6. Assessment in practice must promote continuous improvement and the pursuit of excellence.

How important are these considerations to you?

Let us know your level of agreement with the top considerations that were identified by the summit participants as being important.

Take our poll.

Competency-based CPD: Our next steps

Over the next several months these considerations will contribute to

  • developing and validating a vision for CB-CPD.
  • developing a CB-CPD model that aligns with our Competence by Design initiative.
  • designing a program of assessment  that describes  the data specialists will  need to
    • assess their individual competence,
    • assess the collective competence of their group or team, and
    • drive performance to continuously enhance the quality of patient care.
  • determining the educational support strategies needed to implement a CB-CPD model that is specialty and practice specific. 
  • creating a National Advisory Committee on CB-CPD with members from across all areas of specialty medicine, continuing professional development and health care.

A smooth transition to a competency-based continuing professional development model will require careful consideration, coordination and collaboration. We will continually share information and seek guidance and feedback from you throughout the design and development phase. We want to ensure that we move forward with a new CPD model that meets the needs and expectations of each specialty and the public.

For more information about our approach to competency-based education, please visit or email us at


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Former OB-GYN resident talks life after Royal College exams

Dr. David Smithson in downtown Ottawa on Canada Day 2016
Dr. David Smithson in downtown Ottawa on Canada Day 2016

Did you know our Royal College Council always has a resident representative? David Smithson, MD, FRCSC, was that representative from February 2012-2014. We recently caught up with David, an obstetrician-gynecologist, to discuss his life post-Royal College certification: what’s keeping him busy, some reflections on his exam experience and what job opportunity drew him away from Ontario to Western Canada.

What’s keeping you busy these days?
After my residency in OB-GYN in 2014, when I finished up my [Royal College] exams, I ended up coming here to Ottawa for a fellowship. That fellowship is still a further residency program with a written-only exam in September that I’ll be writing for the Royal College. I’ve deferred the Royal College Fellow-status from an official point-of-view because there is still a structured CME [continuing medical education] approach that you get with a post-grad fellowship.

What is your fellowship in?
Gynecologic Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility

What drew you to that area?
Since the first year of my residency, I knew that this was probably where I’d end up, but it wasn’t something I made a final decision on until I was really able to do some elective time in the subspecialty. Several aspects of it really drew me in. One is the fact that it’s such a young specialty. The technology has come leaps and bounds in terms of success rates — which is huge, as far as being able to really provide a benefit to patients — and I think the other thing is that the technology is moving from that kind of ‘unconventional’ treatment option to something that’s becoming a lot more accepted.

Infertility, as a condition, I think is something that a lot of people still find difficult to talk about. Building a family is one of those societal expectations. Once a couple or individual reaches a certain age, the ‘default setting’ is to have a baby. When that plan doesn’t work out, I think there is a lot of pressure — although not necessarily intentional. You know, you’re over at Thanksgiving dinner and your aunt asks ‘Oh, when is the baby coming?’ It’s usually meant as a benign conversation topic, but for some of these patients, they may have been trying for a year or longer.

Given that you’re still training, did you feel a sense of transition from residency?
Despite still being in a training program, one of the things I’ve been able to do, especially since moving to Ottawa, is to become more engaged as far as teaching and giving back to junior trainees. In the last two years, I’ve helped out with the departmental OSCE exams, as well as assisting with focused prep for the fifth years. Having gone through the process relatively recently, I think that’s an advantage in teaching the fifth years, just as far as having a resource to really give them a sense of what the [Royal College] exam is, the process of preparing for that exam, and making the most of the transition phase of that last year. I’m in a transitional phase myself, come July. I see it as a step towards becoming a full ‘Royal College Fellow’ despite in name having that behind me.

How was your exam experience? Was it as stressful as you anticipated?
It’s an interesting question. I think no matter what specialty you’re in, even no matter what profession that you’re in, there is always going to be some form of certification, some kind of milestone that needs to be reached before you become an independent provider of whatever service or skill that you’re training in. I’d imagine that there are stress levels across the board that are pretty comparable.

Your last year of your residency is spent doing a lot of chief or more senior rotations where there’s a decent amount of expectation on you from an administrative or skills standpoint. At the same time, you’ve got to balance that out with making sure that you’re prepared for the exam. I would say, looking back, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be as far as the process; but I think part of that was being prepared and preparing in a way that worked for me.

How did you approach readying yourself for the exams?
There were six of us in our year, we all passed which is fantastic, and we all approached it a little bit differently. Four of the six of us ended up doing subspecialties, so we all ended up having a little area which we would serve as point person for and I think that helped. If there was a trickier topic that came up, depending on what domain of OB-GYN it was in, we’d have our own responsibility to look it up and come back to the group.

Looking back, it was a heavy year, especially once we got to the point where we were getting close to the exam and preparing for the orals. Residents will always have a healthy respect for the exams; some people start preparing far earlier than others. One of the things I would say is to work at your own pace and keep a schedule. At least for me, pace was important as I didn’t want to ‘peak’ too early and burn out before I needed to be able to perform.

Looking back, what’s funny is there are definitely a few routine clinical things that you probably had a sense of throughout residency, but you never officially knew the detailed reasons behind until you’d been studying for a while. You’ll be going through and you’d say: ‘Ah, okay, that’s why we do that.’ Sometimes that’s the way you find out how some of the seemingly simple decisions that are made came about, whether in terms of their history, how a certain treatment was developed or how a certain physiologic process works. That’s kind of a universal finding, I think, that residents in their final year experience when they’re studying and taking a step back, looking through the textbook a little bit more closely, looking at the guidelines with a little more scrutiny.

You mentioned that four of the six residents in your year did fellowships.
Yes. Other than me in GREI, one of us did Maternal-Fetal Medicine in Hamilton. Another one is just finishing up Uro-Gynecology at Western. Another is doing minimally-invasive gynecology here in Ottawa. The remaining two went into general practice: one in Pembroke [Ont.] and the other works in the GTA [Greater Toronto Area]. We all have different sets of interests, as far as how we took our training after residency.

Have you encountered any common challenges with transitioning from residency?
I would say I’ve been lucky, as far as finding and securing a job and having something all lined up at the end.  Despite the transition-to-practice information that’s provided, whether by the Royal College, the CMA [Canadian Medical Association], the provincial organizations or even our specialty society, the acquisition of a staff position is not the structured process provided by CaRMS for securing a residency spot. There are some job opportunities that are clearly and publicly posted, but a lot of it is ultimately being in the right place at the right time and keeping your ear to the ground as far as opportunities go.

The further we go along in training after medical school, the less feasible it is to provide focused services as far as making that transition; everything becomes quite specific to the needs of the community, facilities, faculties and departments.

Is there anything you can think of that would have helped with this transition?
Aside from continued efforts by the Royal College, the CMA, and provincial associations to communicate and coordinate opportunities, one idea would be to move up the timing of the exam a bit, possibly to the beginning of fifth year in five-year programs. We spend a lot of our fifth year preparing for our exam. If the exam were moved up, more of fifth year could be spent working on that transition to practice.

I know you’re moving out West. Can you tell me anything about your new job?
Sure. It’s exciting. It’s a brand new IVF clinic that’s being set up in downtown Edmonton to contribute to infertility service provision to the Edmonton-area. It officially opens in July. I think it’s going to be a really unique opportunity to help shape a new clinic right from the get-go with the support of its parent clinic out of Vancouver behind it. I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve been in Southern or Eastern Ontario, as far as school and work, up until now; so it’s a new adventure to make the move to Alberta.


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MOC Tip of the Month
Rod McFadyen

Catch up on reflective self-learning with a summer reading list

MOC Tip of the Month - Rod McFadyen

I always like to catch up on some reflective self-learning during the summer months when I have more time and inclination for reading. The MOC Program’s Section 2 (Self-Learning) offers lots of ways to claim credits, including through different types of reading activities:

  1. Read a book: Whether you’re sitting dockside or enjoying a quiet afternoon in the backyard, reading a book is a great way to claim 10 valuable credits. A book on my summer reading list this year is Service Fanatics: How to Build Superior Patient Experience the Cleveland Clinic Way by James Merlino, MD. I’m reading it with a view to developing my competencies in multiple CanMEDS Roles: Leader, Health Advocate, Collaborator, Communicator and Professional.
  2. Read a journal: If you find yourself alone at the kitchen table one morning, consider starting your day with a couple of journals to claim two credits per issue (under the “reading a journal volume” option in the MOC Program framework and MAINPORT ePortfolio). For example, I receive a number of journals, such as the Canadian Medical Association Journal, digitally as RSS feeds on a regular basis after each issue is published. I've discovered many a great article by scanning the journals and storing the articles as PDF files in my iPad, ready to go for reading during my summer travels.
  3. Read lots and record your reading in bulk! If your summer reading is more about variety and you consume a lot of articles from various sources, check out the Royal College’s handy bulk upload form (PDF). It’s an efficient option for voracious readers. Just save it to your desktop or print off a hard copy. Use it to record your journal articles and associated learning outcomes not only over the summer, but all year long. Then at the end of the year upload it to your MAINPORT ePortfolio and watch the credits roll in!

Reading is a great way to brush up on all of the CanMEDS competencies and not just the Medical Expert Role we often focus on. Simply document your reflections in your MAINPORT ePortfolio and watch your Section 2 credits grow.

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Do you use your Royal College membership card?

Hand holding a membership card

We’re trying to use our resources more responsibly and better understand your needs.  

Since the Royal College’s Membership Unit began mailing out 2016/17 membership cards in May, it has received a notable number of messages from Fellows indicating that a physical membership card is no longer necessary.

We want to hear from you – do you use your Royal College membership card?  Please take one minute to answer our very short poll.


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(VIDEO) The story behind our latest award winner: Dr. Nadine Caron

Dr. Nadine Caron standing at a podium
Dr. Nadine Caron

Sagamok Anishnawbek (Ojibwa) surgeon, Dr. Nadine Caron, MPH, FRCSC, has been providing surgical care to the people of rural and northern B.C. for more than a decade. However, it is her distinction as a role model and her success in co-creating a Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health that has led her to receive the Royal College's 2016 Dr. Thomas Dignan Indigenous Health Award.

“Receiving the Dr. Thomas Dignan Indigenous Health Award is an incredible honour,” she said. “Thank you for having this award, for realizing the importance of what this award means and for your support of Indigenous health.”

An exceptional role model for Indigenous women and girls

Dr. Caron is a general and endocrine surgeon in Prince George, B.C., and teaches as an associate professor in the Northern Medical Program, a distributed site of the University of British Columbia’s [UBC] Faculty of Medicine delivered in partnership with the University of Northern British Columbia.

Her extraordinary legacy of firsts began in 1997 when she became the first Indigenous woman to earn a medical degree at UBC, graduating at the top of her class.

She said, “I’m often asked what it feels like to be the first female First Nations graduate from UBC School of Medicine and that means a lot; I was the first, not because I was special, but because of where we are in society in Canada. I think it’s made a lot of people reflect on the fact that we need to focus on increasing the numbers — not only of First Nations females, First Nations physicians, First Nations surgeons — but also just the representation of Indigenous Peoples in Canada’s health care professions across the board.”

She has since gone on to become Canada's first female First Nations general surgeon.

“Nadine embodies the values of role-modelling, mentoring and changing the status quo that define the Dr. Thomas Dignan Indigenous Health Award,” said Royal College CEO Andrew Padmos, MD, FRCPC, FACP. “She has become a shining example for others, especially Indigenous girls and women, to aspire to higher education and careers in science and medicine.”

First Indigenous woman to establish a Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health

As her surgical career took off, Dr. Caron carved out time to pursue research and teaching. She earned a Master’s in Public Health from Harvard University, working with a community to draft a proposal for a Mohawk First Nations Health Centre that could also serve as a model for training Indigenous health professionals in Canada. 

She was further inspired after accepting teaching opportunities at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Centre for American Indian Health.

“The curriculum was amazing and there was incredible capacity-building at the community level in research — it was exactly what we wanted to create in Canada,” said Dr. Caron.

She took the opportunity to enrol students from UBC and the University of Northern British Columbia in the courses she was teaching at Johns Hopkins, enabling the transfer of new skills and knowledge to influence curriculum development in Indigenous health at UBC.

In 2014, after much consultation with mentors, communities and colleagues, Dr. Caron co-created and became co-director of UBC's Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health. The centre aims to not just reduce the disparity in health outcomes between Indigenous Peoples and their non-Indigenous counterparts, but also optimize Indigenous wellness beyond the basic goal of health equity.

The centre’s focus on recruitment and retention is also increasing the number of Indigenous Peoples studying and working in health care professions. As well, its community-based programming is empowering Indigenous populations to play a greater role in improving their own health outcomes.

She said, “When I’m asked what advice I would give to an Indigenous youth right now in Canada… beyond any other [it] would be just believe in yourself. Don’t let what other people say sway you from your beliefs, sway you from your dreams, sway you from what you want to do. There are enough people in the world who will tell you that it’s going to be too hard, that you won’t be able to make it. Don’t ever let your voice be one of those who you hear saying that.”

Listen to Dr. Nadine Caron’s interview with The Current about her trailblazing path as a First Nations surgeon


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Documenting history: It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3

Box of old photographs

Are you interested in documenting and preserving the history of your specialty? Or, do you have another preservation project you’d like to tackle (for example, documenting a committee’s or other project’s history)?

At last month’s Fellowship Affairs Summit, our archival and collections experts shared a process for researching and recording the milestones that make up the history of specialty medicine. These steps can easily be extended for all sorts of historical projects.

“The history of the Royal College starts in 1929, but the history of specialty medicine is much older than that. It’s important to know what has gone on before and appreciate both the ordinary and extraordinary people in the past who, in incremental and great ways, have allowed us to be where we are today.”

— Dawna M. Gilchrist, MD, FRCPC, session presenter

Follow these steps to get started on your preservation project!

Our three-step approach to documenting history

  1. Identify: Take a look at what you have and develop a plan and approach for setting it up as a historical collection. What records do you have and where are they kept? Committee meeting minutes, bylaws, publications and photographs are all examples of records found in the Royal College’s archival collection.
  2. Get started: Determining what is historically significant and how to preserve your materials can be difficult. Fortunately, several collections-based organizations and archival associations — such as the Canadian Conservation Institute, and Library and Archives Canada — have templates and expertise you can leverage to assist you with your own project. At the Royal College, we prioritize records that capture the growth and milestones of the Royal College and those that capture the development and evolution of specialty medicine in Canada.
  3. Execute: During this stage, you will want to consider how to organize and store your collection. For example, do you want to create a mini museum exhibition or produce a commemorative video? You will also want to invest in maintenance and preservation, for example, archival grade storage materials, such as acid free boxes that delay the onset of degradation. Lastly, you will want to develop a plan for protecting your collection and managing access.

Do you need help with a historical research or collections management project?

Email us at We’re happy to answer questions and offer support!


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Reminder: Sept. 9 deadline to apply for a variety of awards & travelling fellowships

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To apply for these opportunities, visit or click on the hyperlinked titles below.

The deadline for all applications and nominations is September 9, 2016.

Regional Professional Development Grants (Year-round)
Successful applicants (Active Fellows) can receive up to $4,000 to support Section 2: Self-learning activities in collaboration with a mentor or supervisor.


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Are you registered in a Master’s or PhD-level program for studies in medical education? Apply for this fellowship

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Apply for a Robert Maudsley Fellowship for Studies in Medical Education. This competitive fellowship supports the training of medical educators in Canada.

Successful candidates will …

  • receive financial support towards their studies, as they acquire knowledge and skills in the field of medical education in order to develop educational programs, evaluation methods and medical education research.

Get more details on this funding opportunity or apply »

Application deadline: September 9, 2016

Apply if you meet these three qualifications:

  1. You are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  2. You are a Royal College Fellow or resident registered in a Royal College-accredited program.
  3. You are registered in a Master’s or PhD-level university program in education or a subject or program closely related to medical education (full or part-time studies).

2016 Robert Maudsley Fellowship recipients

“Our mixed-methods study will elucidate barriers to high-quality communication related to outpatient handover, as the first step to overcoming them.”

— Kathleen Huth, BASc, MD, FRCPC
MMSc-Medical Education Candidate, Harvard Medical School

“[Our] novel simulation tool […] enables new means of teaching and evaluating cognitive task load management within settings containing multiple high-acuity patients.”

— Kenneth Van Dewark, BMSc, MD PGY4, FRCP
Emergency Medicine Program, McMaster University

"My research will use a critical, sociohistorical approach to interrogate CPD [continuing professional development] practices in chronic disease management.”

— Rene Wong, MD, MEd, PhD Candidate, FRCPC
Assistant professor, Division of Endocrinology, University of Toronto


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If you’re passionate about quality improvement, don’t miss this special conference!

Participants at a pre-conference during ICRE 2015

As health care demands continue to shift and evolve, studies suggest that a systemic quality and safety chasm persists in clinical environments around the world. To improve patient care and outcomes, experts advise that health professions training and medical education, overall, need to figure out a way to bridge this gap.

That’s why we’re issuing an urgent call to educators and medical professionals from around the world:

Attend Building the Bridge to Qualitya special consensus conference on quality improvement and health professions education — on September 28-29, 2016, in Niagara Falls, Canada (just prior to ICRE 2016).

Click here to learn more or to register.

What to expect as a participant

During this important two-day event, you will

  • listen to dynamic panels and plenary sessions, including an inspiring headlining address from quality improvement pioneer Dr. Linda Headrick.
  • join breakout groups facilitated by a number of international leaders in patient safety and quality improvement (see the conference poster to find out who's coming).
  • contribute to important discussions around the question: What would an integrated model of patient safety and quality improvement education actually look like?
  • generate an actionable list of recommendations that you can take home to guide the transformation of patient safety and quality improvement education at your own institution/organization.

Click here to view the program outline.

Make a commitment to health care quality improvement: Register today.

Explore ICRE 2016’s program lineup

Don’t forget, this year’s International Conference on Residency Education (ICRE) has an added focus on quality improvement. Travel to Niagara Falls for the Building a Bridge conference and stay for ICRE. Participants will have ample opportunity to take part in both specialized and general interest sessions, choosing from

Visit the ICRE website to explore the full line-up, or view the program by track or by day.

New programming will be added throughout the summer, so be sure to subscribe to the ICRE blog and follow ICRE on Twitter @ICREConf for all the latest updates.


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Explore the 2016 Simulation Summit’s extreme program

Simulation Summit 2015 attendees standing with their research poster

From virtual reality and 3D printing, to high-fidelity simulation and dynamic plenary sessions, the 2016 Simulation Summit promises a unique professional development opportunity.

Explore the program:

This year’s conference will be held October 14-15, 2016, in St. John’s, N.L. Inspired by the theme, Extreme Simulation, the two-day meeting will explore simulation research, learning and practice in a spectrum of contexts and settings.

The early bird deadline for online registration is August 13, 2016. Register today.

Exciting workshops added to the 2016 roster

This year’s conference will feature 20 exciting workshops, including:

  • Surgical simulation: A potpourri of educational tactics and resources
  • Virtual reality – just a toy unless we use it properly: Current uses and future direction
  • How to get started on your first high-fidelity sim
  • 3D printing for simulations: What you need to know
  • Patient centered assessment: Working with standardized patients

Sign-up for an “UnWorkshop”

This year’s program will newly include two “unWorkshop” sessions: a unique participatory format where peer-to-peer learning, collaboration and creativity can be unleashed. While attendees will be asked to select from a list of simulation-related topics to guide the discussion, the session’s ultimate direction will be completely up to its participants!

Submit your best simulation “rant” before August 13

Don’t forget to get your camera out this summer to record your best “rant” for presentation at the 2016 Simulation Summit. Your rant should try to persuade others to see things your way on a particular topic in an educational (and entertaining) way.

Deadline for submission is August 13, 2016.

Looking for inspiration? Watch Dr. Glenn Posner’s “rant” about simulation debriefing.


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Members in the news

Doctor walking down a hospital hallway

We are rebooting the immune system like you might reboot a computer.

– Mark Freedman, MD, FRCPC (Neurology)
Quoted in “I got a second chance at life’: An aggressive Canadian treatment offers stunning results for MS patients” (Toronto Star)


It’s important for men to know about preventive strategies, nutrition and how to listen to one’s body.

– Larry Goldenberg, MD, FRCSC (Urology)
Quoted in “Smoking, drinking could cost an unhealthy guy more than $8.6 million over lifetime: study” (Toronto Star)


Transplant surgeons and transplant physicians are being faced with difficult decisions: Do we accept this organ, or don’t we?

– Andreas Kramer, MD, FRCPC (Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine)
Quoted in “Canadian organ donors have gotten fatter and sicker throughout 21st century, new study shows” (National Post)


Indigenous Peoples are ready for health-system transformation.

– Alika Lafontaine, MD, FRCPC (Anesthesiology)
From the column, “Lafontaine: Time for an Indigenous health revolution in Canada” (Ottawa Citizen)


If you can quit tobacco, you can quit crack, heroin, whatever it happens to be.

– Smita Pakhalé, MD, FRCPC (Internal Medicine, Respirology)
Quoted in “Egan: How to get street people off drugs? Get them off smokes, study suggests” (Ottawa Citizen)


I just stared and stared at [the screen]. Tears were pouring down my cheeks. I was completely captivated by it. It tugged at my heart. I said to myself, one day, I’m going to do that.

– Joan Ross, MD, FRCSC (General Surgery)
Quoted in “Transforming lives aboard the hospital ship Africa Mercy” (National Post)


We are not good at being very accurate. The vast majority of patients have less time than we predict.

– Debbie Selby, MD, FRCPC (Internal Medicine)
Quoted in “Can doctors actually predict how long patients have left?” (The Globe and Mail)


It’s kind of like going into a circuit board and snipping some wires there, so the output isn’t as good as it was before.

– Eric Smith, MD, FRCPC (Neurology)
Quoted in “Having a stroke more than doubles risk of developing dementia, report says” (Toronto Star)


I think if we could decrease some of the stigma, people would perhaps be better able to come forward earlier and we’d have (fewer) tragedies.

– Valerie Taylor, MD, FRCPC (Psychiatry)
Quoted in “Mental illness still viewed as a sign of weakness” (Toronto Star)


Albertans expect outstanding care from AHS, and they expect us to get good value from every health dollar. We will deliver on both counts.

– Verna Yiu, MD, FRCPC (Pediatrics, Nephrology)
Quoted in “AHS appoints Dr. Verna Yiu as President and CEO” (CTV News Edmonton)



Congratulations to all of our Fellows who have recently received an award.

Alberta Health Services’ President’s Excellence Awards

  • Jean-Francois Lemay, MD, FRCPC and the rest of the team at the Alberta Children’s Hospital Child Development Services Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnostic Clinic (Award category: Quality improvement)
  • Drs. Andrew Demchuk, FRCPC, Mayank Goyal, FRCPC, and Michael Hill, FRCPC and their ESCAPE Trial Team (Award category: Research)
  • Kathryn Ann Dong, MD, FRCPC and the rest of the Addiction Recovery and Community Health Team (Award category: Innovation)
  • Bruce MacLeod, MD, FRCPC (Award category: Distinguished service)


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In memoriam


Teertharaj K. (TK) Belgaumkar, MBBS, FRCPC, died on May 25, 2016, in Victoria, B.C., at age 80. Dr. Belgaumkar was certified by the Royal College in Pediatrics in 1971. He moved to Canada from India in 1968. He is credited with setting up the first Neonatal Unit at the Regina General Hospital in Saskatchewan. Read more about Dr. Belgaumkar »

Michael John Chamberlain, MD, FRCPC, died on May 18, 2016, in Guelph, Ont., at age 78. Dr. Chamberlain was certified by the Royal College in Internal Medicine (1985) and Nuclear Medicine (1976). He formerly worked at the Ottawa Civic Hospital and Merivale Medical Imaging. Read more about Dr. Chamberlain »

Roger A. Couture, MDCM, FRCPC, died on May 31, 2016, in Kanata, Ont., at age 86. Dr. Couture was certified by the Royal College in Internal Medicine in 1964. He taught at the University of Ottawa, and was a well-respected clinician noted for his contributions to the kidney dialysis unit at the Ottawa General Hospital. Read more about Dr. Couture »

Michael Richard Goldberg, MD, FRCSC, died on April 1, 2016, in Toronto, Ont., at age 75. Dr. Goldberg was certified by the Royal College in General Surgery (1970) and Vascular Surgery (1983). He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Read more about Dr. Goldberg »

Amir Himaya, MBChB, FRCSC, died on May 22, 2016, in Ottawa, Ont., at age 81. Dr. Himaya was certified by the Royal College in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1967. He worked for many years as an attending physician in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Riverside Hospital in Ottawa. Read more about Dr. Himaya »

John Duncan Webb Hunter, MBBS, FRCSC, died on May 17, 2016, in Elginburg, Ont., at age 82. Dr. Hunter was certified by the Royal College in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1969. He had a diverse professional life, including time as a medical officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force and as director of Community Medicine, Grenfell Regional Health Services, St. Anthony, N.L. Read more about Dr. Hunter »

John William Ibbott, MDCM, FRCPC, died on May 26, 2016, in West Vancouver, B.C., at age 87. Dr. Ibbott was certified by the Royal College in Internal Medicine in 1962. He was a former president of the BC Medical Association and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC. He also co-founded the Medical Legal Society of BC. Read more about Dr. Ibbott »

Nathan Kaufman, MD, FRCPC, died on May 11, 2016, in Toronto, Ont., at age 100. Dr. Kaufman was certified by the Royal College in Anatomical Pathology in 1968. He made many significant contributions to his specialty, including as executive director of the US-Canadian Academy of Pathology. He was also the founder and editor of Modern Pathology (The International Academy of Pathology’s journal). Read more about Dr. Kaufman »

Cosmas Woon Ming Leung, MBBS, FRCPC, died on May 28, 2016, in North Vancouver, B.C., at age 72. Dr. Leung was certified by the Royal College in Emergency Medicine in 1983. He formerly worked at St. Paul’s Hospital and is remembered by colleagues as a calm, respectful and exceptional doctor. Read more about Dr. Leung »

Charles Leslie (Charlie) MacAdams, MD, FRCPC, died on May 11, 2016, at Mount Everest Base Camp in Tibet, at age 61, after a successful ascent and return. He was certified by the Royal College in Anesthesiology in 1987. During his career, he helped train more than 150 doctors in cardiac anesthesia. Read more about Dr. MacAdams »

Douglas Keith Mills, MD, FRCPC, died on May 8, 2016, in Ottawa, Ont., at age 88. Dr. Mills was certified by the Royal College in Psychiatry in 1961. He formerly worked in private practice and as a member of the psychiatric staff at the Ottawa Civic Hospital, and as an associate professor of Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa. Read more about Dr. Mills »

Dagnija (Dag) (nee Kalnins) Proctor, MD, FRCPC, died on May 27, 2016, in Mississauga, Ont., at age 75. Dr. Proctor was certified by the Royal College in Diagnostic Radiology in 1970. Remembered for her positive outlook, she will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Read more about Dr. (Kalnins) Proctor »

Amritpal Singh Sasan, MBBS, FRCPC, died on June 10, 2016, in Oakville, Ont., at age 47. Dr. Sasan was certified by the Royal College in Psychiatry in 2014. He previously worked at the William Osler Health Centre, Brampton Civic Hospital Site, Department of Psychiatry in Brampton, Ont. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.

David Stubington, MBBS, FRCPC, died on May 25, 2016, in Montreal, Que., at age 89. Dr. Stubington was certified by the Royal College in Internal Medicine in 1954. He particularly enjoyed clinical practice and teaching Cardiology. He is remembered as an enthusiastic, knowledgeable and “unforgettable” teacher. Read more about Dr. Stubington »

Karen Elaine Sutherland, MD, FRCPC, died on June 1, 2016, in Winnipeg, Man., at age 55. Dr. Sutherland was certified by the Royal College in Psychiatry (1994) and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (2013). She formerly practised Psychiatry at the Health Sciences Centre and MATC (Manitoba Adolescent Treatment Centre). She settled permanently at the MATC in 1995, and became medical director in 2000. Read more about Dr. Sutherland »


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