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Meet 5 women leading cutting-edge research on CBME in Canada

Physician at work

We’re proud to announce the latest recipients of our Royal College strategic grants. Selected from a competitive field of applications, these five researchers are all examining timely, well-thought out and innovative research projects focused on a variety of themes:

  • competence committees,
  • programmatic assessment,
  • the inclusion of patients in assessment and
  • developmental progress and potential barriers/facilitators to the implementation of competency-based medical education (CBME).

Please join in our congratulations!

Left to right: Dr. Cristancho, Dr. MacEwen, Dr. Moreau, Dr. Thomas and Dr. St-Onge.Left to right: Dr. Cristancho, Dr. MacEwen, Dr. Moreau, Dr. Thomas and Dr. St-Onge.

About our Research in CBME strategic grants
Each year, the Royal College invests in Fellows and researchers through our competitive grant programs. These programs support the conduct and development of education-focused research and the professional training of medical educators in Canada. This year, we placed our sights on advancing the mission of the Royal College by funding research that could further develop and shape competency-based medical education.

Discover our new grant recipients & their projects

Sayra Cristancho, PhD
Assistant professor, Western University

How do small groups make decisions about medical trainees?

That is what Dr. Cristancho and her team are investigating, as well as the implications for Clinical Competence Committees. Their work will contribute a process to monitor and better understand the decision-making practices of these committees. More details »

Laura McEwen, PhD
Director, Assessment and Evaluation, PGME; assistant professor, Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Health Sciences, Queen's University

How should we operationalize programmatic assessment (PA) in a Competence by Design residency education model?

Dr. McEwen and team’s research will construct a practice-focused framework to guide the implementation of competency-based PA by various stakeholder groups. They envision this tool supporting not only the initial implementation of competency-based PA, but also serving to support ongoing refinements. More details »

Katherine Moreau, PhD
Assistant professor, Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa

Do patients have a role to play in assessment?

Dr. Moreau and team will explore and document the plans for, and the present state of, patient involvement in learner assessment within programs that are transitioning or have transitioned to Competence by Design. In particular, they will identify the types of resources/activities needed to advance and sustain patient involvement in the assessment of learners’ nontechnical skills. More details »

Christina St-Onge, PhD
Associate professor, Université de Sherbrooke

Aliki Thomas, PhD, OT
Assistant professor, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University

At the core of the success of competency-based medical education is the assessment of developmental progress and the identification of potential facilitators/barriers that could affect its implementation.

Dr. St-Onge, Dr. Thomas and their team will lay the foundation for robust knowledge translation activities that they will aim to pursue in a subsequent study. More details »

We welcome your questions or comments. Please email

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Informed consent: 10 tips from the CMPA

Doctor speaking with patient

Allegations of inadequate consent and the failure to adequately document the consent discussion are recurring themes in medical-legal cases handled by the Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA).

To help manage your risk and ensure your patients are informed and aware, the CMPA has shared some abbreviated tips for you to consider.

10 tips to help ensure consent is informed

  1. Assess your patient’s understanding. Address language, cultural, or cognitive barriers.
  2. Discuss the diagnosis with your patient, including any diagnostic uncertainties.
  3. Discuss your proposed investigation/treatment and risks, including other reasonable treatment options.
  4. Discuss important limitations of the investigation or procedure.
  5. Inform your patient if other health care providers will be involved in their care.
  6. Invite questions and confirm your patient appears to understand your responses.
  7. Even if your patient waives explanation or discussion, document your efforts.
  8. Discuss actual or potential consequences if your patient refuses investigation or treatment.
  9. Use supporting materials to support your consent discussion – not replace it.
  10. Document your consent discussion in a timely manner.

For a full list of tips, read the CMPA risk fact sheet – Informed consent [PDF].

More resources from the CMPA

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MOC Tip of the Month
By Shahid Ahmed

A researcher’s guide to fulfilling your MOC

MOC Tip of the Month - By Dr.  Shahid Ahmed

During our professional careers, many of us pursue some kind of research activity, such as

  • writing a grant application,
  • conducting a clinical trial or
  • publishing an article in a peer-reviewed journal.

Did you know that these kinds of research activities are eligible for credit in the MOC Program?

In this tip, I’ll show you how to simplify a large research project into several stand-alone Personal Learning Projects (PLPs) for documentation in MAINPORT ePortfolio. To illustrate how this works, I’ll reference examples from a review paper called “Disparity in Cancer Care: a Canadian Perspective,” which I co-authored with Rabia K. Shahid in a peer-reviewed journal a few years ago.

Remember, the bookends of a PLP are your question and your reflection on the outcomes. From framing a research question to knowledge translation, there are many ways to make the most out of your research project.

Related content: Follow these 6 simple steps for a Personal Learning Project

Log your PLP credits: You will receive two credits for each hour spent on a PLP.

Break down your research activities into several stand-alone PLPs

Project 1: Conduct a literature review
The time you spend accessing, critically-appraising and assimilating current medical literature on your research topic can count towards a PLP.

  • During our literature review, we read many international studies and perspectives on health equity. While Canadian statistics and government reports were available, these mostly covered specific topics like tobacco use and the impact of rurality on health. We concluded that a thorough and comprehensive examination of disparities in cancer care in Canada had not been published before.

Project 2: Develop a research question (or questions)
The time you spend considering lines of enquiry, framing a research question and generating a hypothesis can count towards a PLP.

  • We reflected that a review paper on Canadian disparities in cancer care would fill a knowledge gap among Canadian health care providers and frame an important national health issue. We decided our review paper would explore the following questions
    • What are the concepts and definitions of equity in health and health care?
    • What are the health determinants that increase cancer risk in Canada?
    • What does cancer care inequity in Canadian high risk groups look like?
    • What could a possible conceptual framework to eradicate disparities look like?

Project 3: Manage, synthesize and analyze your data
The time you spend learning basic biostatistics, data management and synthesis, and conducting data analysis for your research project can count towards a PLP.

  • Data management and analysis skills are becoming extremely important as the incidence of chronic disease increases. When we wrote our paper, we considered if a systematic review of the literature could be performed to better demonstrate the validity of our research questions. We concluded that with sparse data and heterogeneity of the literature, a systemic review was not feasible. However, we were able to leverage our research findings to develop a conceptual framework to address gaps in cancer care.

Project 4: Recommend ways to advance your conclusions
The time you spend understanding how your research findings can move from a journal article into the hands of people who can put it into practical use can count towards a PLP.

  • When we wrote our paper, we considered ways to increase the potential for knowledge translation of our research. We decided to conclude our paper with a section on recommendations for action — including how communities, organizations and health sector partnerships could work together to try to eradicate disparities within the health care system and beyond — and to present our findings and recommendations to various groups.

Project 5: Navigate research ethics
The learning you acquire while navigating ethical review, informed consent and the regulatory approvals process can count towards a PLP.

  • Our particular paper did not necessitate a review from a research ethics board; however, research involving human subjects, animals or biological materials requires ethics approval. These approvals protect participants and researchers, and ensure that the conclusions the researcher is advancing are based in strong ethics. Consider setting an objective to strengthen your relationship with your ethics review board during your research project, and document an outcome in MAINPORT ePortfolio on how you engaged them more effectively as a result of your study.

The opportunities don’t end here!
A research project can lead to even more learning activities, including participation in conferences, group discussion, taking a course, and reviewing and reflecting on feedback provided by critiques and reviewers. Good luck with your scholarship venture and remember to use your research activities towards fulfilling your MOC requirements as you go!

Email Shahid

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Call for MOC tips: Share "what works" for you
Big or small, we'd love to hear them all. Send us your tip!

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The countdown is on! Competence by Design launches in under 2 months

Competence by Design event

This July 1st doesn’t just mark Canada’s 150th anniversary; it also marks the launch of the first significant changes to our country’s postgraduate medical education training system in over 100 years!

Competence by Design (CBD) will become a reality when the first two disciplines (Anesthesiology and Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery) launch their residency training in July under a new competency-based approach to medical education. Over the next five years, 66 other disciplines will follow.

Find out where your specialty falls in the rollout plan.

Each program and faculty will have slightly different experiences implementing CBD, based on their unique opportunities, challenges and local contexts. We are committed to a staged and thoughtful approach, and to being co-creators learning with our partners and Fellows.

“Planning for CBD has involved a widespread, multi-stakeholder engagement process,” said Ms. Rhonda St. Croix, change initiative advisor in the Royal College’s Office of Specialty Education. “We continue to reach out to stakeholders to build those relationships and have the conversations that we need to have. We’ve done this in full knowledge that we must get their insights, guidance and practical help to improve and implement CBD.”

Learn more about this transformation project at

Thank you to our partners
CBD will modernize and improve the quality of the Royal College’s core business activities, including standards, processes and tools. Since our CBD journey began, we have sought out the collective wisdom of stakeholders who will be most affected by these changes. To prepare for implementation, we’ve worked closely with specialty committees, postgraduate deans, Competence by Design leads at hospitals, and provincial and territorial ministries. We’ve also been establishing closer ties with resident organizations to make sure their concerns and suggestions are heard and considered. We could not do this work without our partners. Thank you!

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Find out which global partner just achieved “institutional recognition”

A globe

The Kazan State Medical University achieved “institutional recognition” by the Royal College this April. They join three other global partners who have now achieved this status:

  • Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Santiago, Chile)
  • Peking University First Hospital (Beijing, China)
  • King Abdulaziz University — Faculty of Medicine (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
  • Kazan State Medical University (Kazan, Russia)

But just what is “institutional recognition” and why is it significant?

A pathway to Royal College accreditation of international residency programs
Institutional recognition is one step towards achieving Royal College accreditation of international residency programs. Being accredited by the Royal College has multiple benefits, including perceived stature/reputation and as a pathway to Royal College exams.

Find out more about this service offered by Royal College International online, via the links below or by emailing

Timeline of work with Kazan State Medical University (KSMU)

- January 2016: The Royal College and KSMU sign a collaborative service agreement.
- May 2016: The Royal College does a program consultation and institutional review.
- April 2017: KSMU receives Royal College “institutional recognition.”

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What this intensivist, surgeon and psychiatrist have in common

Dr. Rob Fowler, Dr. Robin McLeod and Dr. Karen Saperson Left to right: Dr. Rob Fowler, Dr. Robin McLeod and Dr. Karen Saperson

In case you missed it, last month we announced three of our national award winners for 2017. They include a soft-spoken Ebola-fighting intensivist, a surgeon-scientist champion of evidence-based and patient-centered care, and an inspiring psychiatrist whose keen insights have been channeled into transformative programs.

Get the full scoop on our 2017 National Award Winners

  • Royal College Teasdale-Corti Humanitarian Award winner: Dr. Rob Fowler worked at the forefront of the Ebola crisis in West Africa, where he introduced new care procedures to great success and later co-authored landmark publications. Read Dr. Fowler’s story »
  • Duncan Graham Award winner: With a unique specialization in clinical epidemiology and biostatistics, Dr. Robin S. McLeod helped nudge the culture of surgical practice to be more evidence-based. Read Dr. McLeod's story »
  • Royal College AMS/Donald R. Wilson Award winner: Dr. Karen Saperson is a pioneer in mentorship whose novel teaching methodologies raised the quality and quantity of research coming out of her department. Read Dr. Saperson's story »

Learn more about the Royal College’s awards program:

Don’t miss our special video introducing Dr. Rob Fowler!

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Profs from the UK & Montreal net 2017 visiting professorships

Profs from the UK & Montreal net 2017 visiting professorships

Many people don’t realize that in addition to our awards and research grants, we also support knowledge translation through various visiting professorship programs.

Get to know this year’s recipients (and more details on these grants).

Harry S. Morton Lectureship in Surgery
2017 recipients

Mike Lavelle-Jones

Professor Michael Lavelle-Jones, MD, HST, is an honorary senior lecturer and consultant general surgeon at Ninewells Hospital and Medical School in Dundee, Scotland. He is currently President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. In 2014, he won the Silver Scalpel award for Best UK surgical trainer. (United Kingdom)

Terry Jones

Professor Terry M. Jones, MBBS, FRCSEd, FRCS(ORL-HNS), MD, is a professor of Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Liverpool and cancer lead for the NCRN North West Coast Clinical Research Network, among other roles. In 2007, he co-founded the Mersey Head and Neck Oncology Research Group. (United Kingdom)

About this lectureship

  • Established in 2013 to advance and promote the study of (and research in) surgical training and the practice of surgery.
  • Up to five recipients per year are supported for their travel from the United Kingdom to centres in Canada.
  • Visits correspond with the timing of the annual Surgical Forum, other academic surgical conferences, or another meeting of a surgical National Specialty Society.
  • Recipients engage in discourse on emerging topics or innovative practices; they also take learnings, knowledge/techniques home to their own centres.

McLaughlin-Gallie Visiting Professorship
2017 recipient

Eric Latimer

Eric Latimer, PhD, is director of the Mental Health and Society Research Program at the Douglas Hospital Research Centre. He is also a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and associate member of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McGill University. (Montreal)

About this professorship

  • Established in 1960 to commemorate Dr. William Edward Gallie’s outstanding contributions to surgical science.
  • The recipient spends up to one week at each of two Canadian faculties of medicine.
  • The recipient participates in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, and in the exchange of ideas with staff, researchers and students.

Royal College Balfour M. Mount Visiting Professorship in Palliative Medicine
2017 recipient

Irene Higginson

Professor Irene Higginson, OBE, is dual-trained in palliative medicine and public health medicine. She is active in teaching and in clinical service, including as director of Research and Development and assistant medical director at King’s College Hospital. She is also director of the Cicely Saunders Institute at King’s College London. (United Kingdom)

About this professorship

  • Appointed in alternate years, the recipient visits the health science faculties of at least two universities in Canada (for 2-3 days at a time).
  • The recipient engages in discussion/lectures on the physical, psycho-social and spiritual needs of patients requiring palliative care.
  • The recipient also facilitates the work of the multidisciplinary team that contributes to palliative care expertise in the community and university being visited.

To learn more about this Royal College grant program, please visit and click on “Visiting professorships.” You can also email us at

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Who am I? Guess our 2017 Honorary Fellows from these clues

Honorary Fellow awards

We’ve given you five biographical details about each of our new Honorary Fellows. Can you guess who they are with just this information? When you’ve made your guess, click “Who am I?” to link to the recipient’s bio and check your answer.

Good luck!


  1. He completed his residency in General Surgery in his native country of Chile before moving to Paris, France, for training in Digestive Surgery.
  2. Active in research, he has published more than 120 articles in various scientific journals.
  3. He is a former chairman of the Latin American Society for Bariatric Surgery.
  4. He has been instrumental in introducing our Royal College to a Latin American audience, including through the Latin American Conference on Residency Education.
  5. For the last 6-7 years, he has been overseeing the Faculty of Medicine at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile as dean.

Who am I? »


  1. He is credited with pioneering Plastic Surgery and Laparoscopic Surgery in Pakistan.
  2. He is head of the Surgical Division of National Hospital and Medical Care in Lahore, Pakistan.
  3. He holds no fewer than eight Honorary Fellowships (in addition to ours) from world renowned medical institutions.
  4. He has been a regular participant at the Royal College’s International Medical Education Leaders Forum since its formation in 2008.
  5. He is the current president of the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan.

Who am I? »


  1. She holds a Master’s degree in Health Administration and a PhD in Education.
  2. She has published over 150 articles in peer-reviewed journals. Her research focuses on various areas, including the development, psychometric assessment and use of multi-source feedback (360 – degree evaluation) for practising physicians.
  3. She is both senior associate dean, Education, and a professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary.
  4. She is a past recipient of multiple professional awards like the Ian Hart Award for Distinguished Contribution to Medical Education.
  5. In 2011, she was featured as a plenary panelist at the Royal College’s International Conference on Residency Education where she spoke on transitioning into practice.

Who am I? »

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8 reasons all medical educators should attend #ICRE2017

ICRE participants

Warning: Shameless self-promotion ahead.

Are you involved in medical education? If you answered yes, then our International Conference on Residency Education is not to be missed!

Register now for ICRE 2017

Each year, our conference team puts together a comprehensive program aimed at helping you do your job better. We don’t just give you the information; we connect you with the research, tools and people to continue the conversation throughout the year.

Join us this October 19-22 in Quebec City and discover #ICRE2017 for yourself…

Still not convinced? 8 more reasons to attend ICRE

  1. Learn about the forces and science behind the quality revolution in medicine.
  2. Be exposed to best practices and research in residency education.
  3. Glean new developments in competency-based medical education and the implications for residency education.
  4. Discover current trends in residency education and the implications for your own program(s).
  5. Determine new approaches for enhancing excellence in residency teaching and assessment.
  6. Hear about approaches to residency education from other countries and jurisdictions.
  7. Find out the implications of new technologies for residency education.
  8. Observe novel designs for residency education in the 21st century.

(And those are just the learning components!)

Register today and save with the early bird rate:

BIG news: Announcing our 2017 conference speakers (click for all the details!)

Join the conversation:
@ICREConf | @CIFRConf | @drjfrank (Conference Chair) #ICRE2017

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Simulation Summit: Call for abstracts closes May 16

Conference participants

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to present your research amid a group of engaged health professional educators.

Submit an abstract (Deadline: May 16, 2017)

Submissions should present rigorous scholarly work, and advance knowledge of simulation-based education and assessment, broadly. Abstracts must fall under one of two categories: research or innovation, and can be presented through an oral or poster presentation.

Click here for the submission form and instructions for abstracts

  • A Best Presentation Award is given to the best oral presentation of a scholarly paper. The recipient receives a certificate and is featured on the Royal College website and publications.
  • A Simulation Summit Research Award is given to the best poster presentation of simulation-based research. The recipient receives a certificate and is featured on the Royal College website and publications.
  • An Emerging Investigator Award is given to the best simulation-based research by an emerging investigator. Candidates are judged on the impact on the field of simulation, originality and scientific merit.

Save the date: Online registration

Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel - fall (Source: Sheraton Gallery)

The 2017 Simulation Summit will be at Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel in Montreal, Quebec, from November 1-2, 2017. This two-day conference brings you to the heart of historical downtown Montreal. Registration details will be available on our website in May:

Connect with us:
@RC_SimSummit | @doc4brains (conference chair) | #SimSummit17

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Join us this July at the ACES Instructor Course

ACES Instructor Course

Are you a physician who teaches simulation? We’re looking for participants to join our national Acute Critical Event Simulation (ACES) Instructor Course being held at the George Brown College Centre in Toronto from July 6-7, 2017.

Learn more about the ACES Instructor Course here [PDF] and register today!

Have questions? Email us at

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Members in the news

Doctor walking down a hospital hallway

“We are making intimate partner violence everyone’s issue, and particularly orthopedic surgeons’ issue,” - Mohit Bhandari, MD, FRCSC (“Fight against domestic violence calls on orthopedic clinics,” The Province).

“Tuberculosis remains an epidemic in many parts of the world, and newer, nastier versions are only a plane ride away,” writes Sarah Brode, MD, FRCPC (“Doctors' Notes: Why tuberculosis remains a problem in Canada,” Toronto Star).

"Every year it is controversial when we talk about a product that is only given to a select group of patients," - Aaron Chiu, MD, FRCPC (“Provinces spent $43M on preemie drug experts say can be made for a fraction of the cost,” CBC News)

"What was clear from the beginning is that the status quo was unacceptable, that Winnipeg did have too many EDs [emergency departments] relative to its population and relative to other Canadian centres," - Alecs Chochinov, MD, FRCPC (““'There are risks': ER closures could bring needed change, health-care providers say,” CBC News)

"A lot of the original health-care workers that started to treat patients themselves had become sick and many had already died," - Robert Fowler, MD, FRCPC (“Canadian doctor Rob Fowler recognized for life-saving treatment in Ebola outbreak,” CBC’s The Current)

"In all of medicine, I think this is one of the top success stories: in just 50 years, to go from zero to 90 per cent survival," - Paul Grundy, MD, FRCPC (“Better survival rates from childhood leukemia reflect decades of progress,” CBC News)

“We really need to develop more innovative and integrated ways to address both mental and physical illness in a large population that is burdened by both types of conditions," - Paul Kurdyak, MD, FRCPC (“People With Schizophrenia Have Unseen Physical Health Needs,” Huffington Post Canada).

“I think it’s safe to say that patients waiting for a re-transplant are scrutinized even more closely because that balance of risk and benefit is a little bit harder to kind of get around,” - Les Lilly, MD, FRCPC (“Egan: When a life-saving organ begins to die — ‘If this is it, I accept that,’Ottawa Citizen)

"If we're not doing our due diligence by monitoring carefully for the appropriate use of these medications, then problems can happen," - Peter MacDougall, MD, FRCPC (“Amid national opioid crisis, Dalhousie teaches doctors how to prescribe safely,” CBC News).

“In the eyes of the law, my mistakes matter most, so I ask two questions in enough different ways that the answers are as clear as possible: what exactly are you here for, and why, exactly, today?,” - James Maskalyk, MD, FRCPC (“Patients after midnight: One night in a Toronto ER,” excerpt from Dr. Maskalyk’s new book in the Toronto Star).

“Health care delivery is a provincial matter. But which province? Is it that of the patient, or that of the treating physician? At present, Quebec residents fall through the cracks.” - Charles S. Shaver, MD, FRCPC (“Opinion: Quebecers deserve fully portable health benefits within Canada,” Montreal Gazette).

"I think this is a good opportunity for everybody to look to see what their immunization status is, for themselves and for their children and their family, and if they're not sure about that they can contact Health Link or the local community health centre," - David Strong, MD, FRCPC (“Calgary measles case prompts exposure warning,” CBC News).

“Being recognized by patients is the highest honour I could receive, since it is patient care that is the focus of my career,” - Geoff Williams, MD, FRCPC (recipients of Doctors Nova Scotia‘s 2017 Patient’s Choice Award. Read the official announcement).


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In memoriam


James Douglas Baxter, MDCM, FRCSC, died on March 13, 2107, in Burlington, Ont., at age 93. Dr. Baxter was certified by the Royal College in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery in 1952. Under the McGill Baffin Program, he developed treatment programs for ear disease and hearing loss in the Inuit population. Read more about Dr. Baxter.

William G. Bensen, MD, FRCPC, died on March 15, 2017, in Ancaster, Ont., at age 67. Dr. Bensen was certified by the Royal College in Internal Medicine (1977) and Rheumatology (1978). He practised in Hamilton, Ont., for almost 40 years, improving treatments and helping to introduce team-based Rheumatology care. Read more about Dr. Bensen.

Abraham Bernstein, MD, FRCSC, died on March 11, 2017, in Toronto, Ont., at age 91. Dr. Bernstein was certified by the Royal College in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1956. Known for his warmth, compassion and clinical skills, he trained countless residents at Mount Sinai Hospital. Read more about Dr. Bernstein.

Francis Xavier Borg, MD, FRCPC, died on March 1, 2017, in Orillia, Ont., at age 91. Dr. Borg was certified by the Royal College in Anesthesiology in 1960.

Ronald David Brown, MDCM, FRCPC, died on February 18, 2017, in Montreal, Que., at age 72. Dr. Brown was certified by the Royal College in Psychiatry in 1975. He was a past director of the Psychotherapy Training Program at the Jewish General Hospital and also taught at McGill University. Read more about Dr. Brown.

Roger Alan Chambers, MBBS, FRCPC, died on March 31, 2017, in Burlington, Ont., at age 75. Dr. Chambers was certified by the Royal College in Pediatrics in 1971. He began a practice in gastroenterology at Joseph Brant Hospital in Burlington in 1972. He was a strong advocate of treating the patient, not just the disease. Read more about Dr. Chambers.

Joseph N. H. Du, MD, FRCPC, died on March 19, 2017, in Winnipeg, Man., at age 83. Dr. Du was certified by the Royal College in Pediatrics in 1967. Generous and kind, he is fondly remembered by former patients and colleagues for his contributions to their care and to the city of Winnipeg. Read more about Dr. Du.

Kenneth Richmond Ferguson, MD, FRCPC, died on March 17, 2017, in Guelph, Ont., at age 93. Dr. Ferguson was certified by the Royal College in Psychiatry in 1958. He worked at the Douglas Hospital in Montreal for 15 years before moving to Guelph to join the staff at Homewood Health Centre. Read more about Dr. Ferguson.

Cornelius “Terry” Gillespie, MDCM, FRCPC, died on March 23, 2017, in Sackville, N.S., at age 89. Dr. Gillespie was certified by the Royal College in Psychiatry in 1965. Dedicated to aiding the treatment of Cystic Fibrosis, he was director of the IWK Cystic Fibrosis Clinic from 1966 until his retirement in 1992. Read more about Dr. Gillespie.

James Hugh Goldie, MD, FRCPC, died on February 22, 2017, in Vancouver, B.C., at age 80. Dr. Goldie was certified by the Royal College in Internal Medicine in 1966. Researcher and former head of Medical Oncology at the British Columbia Cancer Agency, he authored many papers and served on multiple committees. Read more about Dr. Goldie.

Thomas Arthur Johnson, MD, FRCPC, died on March 8, 2017, in Medicine Hat, Alta., at age 63. Dr. Johnson was certified by the Royal College in Anesthesiology in 1994. Known for his big heart and big smile, he practised in Fort McMurray, Alta., Saskatoon, Sask., and Medicine Hat. Read more about Dr. Johnson.

Robert James Johnston, MD, FRCSC, died on January 7, 2017, in Edmonton, Alta., at age 96. Dr. Johnston was certified by the Royal College in General Surgery in 1952. He served on numerous medical boards and at the University of Alberta Hospital in a variety of executive positions. Read more about Dr. Johnston.

Douglas (Doug) William Kennedy, MD, FRCPC, died on March 24, 2017, in Houston, TX, USA, at age 84. Dr. Kennedy was certified by the Royal College in Pediatrics in 1964. He is remembered as being a devoted physician, and good and generous man. Read more about Dr. Kennedy.

Norbert Andrew Kerenyi, MD, FRCPC, died on March 24, 2017, in North York, Ont., at age 89. Dr. Kerenyi was certified by the Royal College in General Pathology in 1960. A Holocaust survivor, he later graduated first in his medical class at the Semmelweis University in Budapest. Read more about Dr. Kerenyi.

Frederick (Fred) Langer, MD, FRCSC, died on March 20, 2017, in Toronto, Ont., at age 76. Dr. Langer was certified by the Royal College in Orthopedic Surgery in 1969. He will be fondly remembered by his family and friends. Read more about Dr. Langer.

Robert George Lee, MD, FRCPC, died on March 31, 2017, in Calgary, Alta., at age 80. Dr. Lee was certified by the Royal College in Neurology in 1967. His career took him from Northern Ontario as a family doctor to specialist practice in Calgary. He also mentored doctors in Nepal, Laos, Philippines, Tajikistan and Malaysia. Read more about Dr. Lee.

Shun Wei Michael Lee, MBBS, FRCPC, died on March 27, 2017, in Toronto, Ont., at age 74. Dr. Lee was certified by the Royal College in Psychiatry in 1973.

Robert Levine, MDCM, FRCSC, died on January 3, 2017, in Westmount, Que., at age 98. Dr. Levine was certified by the Royal College in General Surgery in 1949. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Read more about Dr. Levine.

Israel Libman, MDCM, FRCPC, died on February 19, 2017, in Mont-Royal, Que., at age 85. Dr. Libman was certified by the Royal College in Neurology in 1961. He served as neurologist-in-chief of the Department of Neurology at the Jewish General Hospital for over 30 years. He was renowned for his brilliant teaching methods. Read more about Dr. Libman.

Sean Buller Murphy, MDCM, FRCSC, died on March 16, 2017, in Westmount, Que., at age 93. Dr. Murphy was certified by the Royal College in Ophthalmology in 1953. A former president of the Canadian Ophthalmological Society, he also formerly served as chairman and professor of the McGill Department of Ophthalmology. Read more about Dr. Murphy.

Premanand Kumbla Nayak, MBBS, FRCSC, died on February 16, 2017, in Cincinnati, OH, USA, at age 80. Dr. Nayak was certified by the Royal College in Orthopedic Surgery in 1969. A graduate of Kasturba Medical College in Manipal, India, he later worked for many years in Cincinnati as a well-respected surgeon. Read more about Dr. Nayak.

Stanley Allen Olson, MD, FRCPC, died on March 29, 2017, in Edmonton, Alta., at age 73. Dr. Olson was certified by the Royal College in Anesthesiology in 1972. He is remembered as a pioneer and advocate for Anesthesia in Alberta, where he worked for almost 50 years. Read more about Dr. Olson.

Paul-Émile Patry, MD, FRCSC, died on April 3, 2017, in Victoriaville, Que., at age 90. Dr. Patry was certified by the Royal College in General Surgery in 1960. He is fondly remembered by his family and friends. Read more about Dr. Patry.

Edward Charters Percy, MDCM, FRCSC, died on March 10, 2017, in Saanich, B.C., at age 92. Dr. Percy was certified by the Royal College in Orthopedic Surgery in 1957. Iconic for his contributions to sports medicine, he was highly-sought for his skills and so-called medical miracles. He worked with a variety of clubs including the Montreal Canadiens; he was also chief medical officer with the Canadian Olympic, Commonwealth and Pan American teams. Read more about Dr. Percy.

William (Bill) Ernest Powles, MDCM, FRCPC, died on March 19, 2017, in Gatineau, Que., at age 97. Dr. Powles was certified by the Royal College in Psychiatry in 1952. His career took him to the B.C. provincial health service, to the University of Cincinnati and finally to Queen’s University in Kingston. Read more about Dr. Powles.

Bernard Quesnel, MD, FRCPC, died on February 14, 2017, in Lasalle, Que., at age 86. Dr. Quesnel was certified by the Royal College in Pediatrics in 1960. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Read more about Dr. Quesnel.

Sorin Sonea, MD, FRCPC, died on January 8, 2017, in Montreal, Que., at age 96. Dr. Sonea was certified by the Royal College in Medical Microbiology in 1959. He was a professor emeritus at the University of Montreal. Read more about Dr. Sonea.

Joan C. Stevenson, MD, FRCPC, died in Saskatoon, Sask., on April 27, 2017, at age 62. Dr. Stevenson was certified by the Royal College in Anesthesiology in 1984. A well-respected and caring physician, she worked most recently in the post-anesthesia care unit at Saskatoon City Hospital. Read more about Dr. Stevenson.

Irvin Strathman, MD, FRCSC, died on March 25, 2017, in Tampa, FL, USA, at age 93. Dr. Strathman was certified by the Royal College in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1953. For 25 years he worked in Windsor, Ont., where he delivered more than 7000 babies and introduced laparoscopy to the city. He later continued his career in the United States. Read more about Dr. Strathman.

I. Henry Upmalis, MD, FRCSC, died on March 10, 2017, in London, Ont., at age 91. Dr. Upmalis was certified by the Royal College in General Surgery in 1960. Born in Latvia, he completed his medical studies in Canada at the University of Western Ontario. He practised in Kitchener-Waterloo for more than 30 years. Read more about Dr. Upmalis.

William-Paul Warren, MD, FRCPC, died on March 10, 2017, in Toronto, Ont., at age 81. Dr. Warren was certified by the Royal College in Internal Medicine in 1966. He was the first recipient of the Allergy Asthma & Immunology Society of Ontario’s Lifetime Achievement award. Read more about Dr. Warren.


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