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Your MAINPORT ePortfolio dashboard is getting a facelift!

Your MAINPORT ePortfolio dashboard is getting a facelift!

We’ve improved the MAINPORT ePortfolio dashboard with an updated, streamlined interface designed to

  • help you find resources faster: we’ve eliminated redundancies and decluttered the content to reveal a cleaner dashboard. Popular support tools, such as the MAINPORT ePortfolio Quick Start Guide and the Framework of CPD Activities will be easily and permanently accessible in your left-hand navigation pane.
  • get a visual on how many credits you’ve claimed for each MOC Program section: this feature will be especially useful to you if you must now document at least 25 credits in each section — 1, 2 and 3 — of the MOC Program before your five-year cycle ends.

Watch for your new dashboard coming soon!

MAINPORT Mobile App: Enhanced synch functionality is imminent

Have you ever lost connectivity (Wi-Fi) after logging in to the MAINPORT Mobile app and entering data? When this happens, your data is automatically saved in the “Activities to be synched” section of the app. Once connectivity is regained, your MAINPORT Mobile account is updated. But how do you know if your activities have been properly synched?

You will soon be able to access the “Activities to be synched” section from the app to check what activities are pending. You will also be able to delete duplicate activities and edit entries. To top it off, we are adding a message to let you know when connectivity is regained, and to confirm when your data transfers and account updates have been successful. Watch for these updates to the app, later this month.

We hear you!

We are continually working to make your MOC Program experience better and more seamless. These changes are all part of our response to your feedback from the MAINPORT ePortfolio spring 2016 survey. How are we doing? Let us know what you think at!


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MOC Tip of the Month
By Dr. John Parboosingh, FRCSC

“Check in” with a query, “check out” a self-learning idea: How question libraries can improve access to CPD

MOC Tip of the Month - By Dr. John Parboosingh, FRCSC

The MOC tip about using Yahoo Groups to enable “virtual hallway consults” inspired me. It’s amazing how much advances in information technology and the technical know-how of Fellows have the potential to give new life to Personal Learning Projects (PLPs).

If you’re exploring PLPs as a way to strengthen your own self-directed learning under the MOC Program, I invite you to consider the value of developing a PLP question library with your colleagues.

A shareable library of questions raised in practice

The idea is to create an archived, indexed and searchable database of PLP questions and statements of issues that Fellows encounter in their practices. Sharing questions with peers can initiate valuable group discussions and stimulate group learning activities around common challenges (clinical and administrative), as encouraged, for instance, in Alberta’s Physician Learning Program. (This program provides learning opportunities for physicians to explore clinical questions and start assessment projects that can be claimed for MOC Section 3 credits.)

Question libraries have the potential to benefit everyone

In addition to connecting Fellows with a common area of interest, question libraries can also be used by Fellows who mentor residents. Sharing CPD questions raised by practising physicians will help residents learn how to raise questions of their own in practice.

In addition, program planners can use question libraries to align their continuing professional development activities with real-time physician needs. Similarly, national specialty societies can use them to inform needs assessments for future conferences and bring together Fellows who are asking similar questions in practice.

Two ways to get started

  1. Start at your university library: If you are affiliated with a university, exploring the options already available to you with library staff is a good place to start. Your university library staff may already have a license to use software that has question‑library capabilities, or can suggest another avenue of exploration.
  2. Sign up for a free online database: These days, there are many Internet companies that specialize in online databases with simple interfaces that require no coding. For example, I have been using the free version of a PBworks wiki with a group of eight medical educators to share research questions on how to integrate social learning theory into CPD. 

I encourage you to try out a question library of your own and give new life to an old idea that’s tried and tested (Parboosingh 2000).

Dr. Parboosingh, FRCSC, is professor emeritus in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Medical Education at the University of Calgary. He was the Royal College’s first director of Continuing Professional Development and helped develop the “Question Library” of PCDiary in 1997, the first generation of what is today the Royal College’s MAINPORT ePortfolio. At that time, 1,400 physicians used PCDiary’s Question Library to share 35,000 learning items.

*Parboosingh, J. “Tools to assist physicians to manage their informational needs.” In Information Literacy: Models for the Future. Edited by Christine Bruce and Phil Candy. Published by Charles Stuart University Centre for Information Studies. Chapter 10 121-136 (2000).

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Fellow readers, do you have a MOC tip that you would like to share with others?

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MOC credit opportunity: Browse resources from ICRE 2016, earn credits!

MOC credit opportunity: Browse resources from ICRE 2016, earn credits!

Attention Fellows: Continue your professional development by browsing select presentation materials and audio recordings from ICRE 2016!

Resources from the September 29–October 1, 2016, conference are now available online, and can be used by Fellows as source materials for learning and credits towards their Maintenance of Certification (MOC) credits.

As specified in Section 2 of the Framework of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Activities, learning activities such as listening to educational podcasts or audio recordings can be used by physicians to enhance their awareness of new evidence, perspectives or findings that may be potentially relevant to their professional practice.

Download some of our program highlights, including

Webcasts, podcasts and slides from all five ICRE 2016 plenary sessions can also be downloaded here.


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Accreditation 101: What is it and why is it changing?

Accreditation 101: What is it and why is it changing?

Within residency education, accreditation is a quality improvement process to ensure adherence to national standards across all programs and universities (e.g. consistent quality). This ensures that graduating medical doctors from across Canada are ready to enter practice with the competencies needed to deliver excellence in care.

But how do we ensure the excellence of our accreditation system?

Several years ago we embarked on a review of our accreditation system, along with our partners at the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFCP) and the Collège des médecins du Québec (CMQ). We identified several areas where we can improve; this month, we’re launching national consultations on our proposal. We’d love to know what you think!

Updating the system to align with 21st century practice

While the current accreditation system has its strengths (i.e. its systematic, rigorous process and peer review), there are also a number of challenges and inefficiencies. In 2012, we led focus groups and interviews with postgraduate deans and other stakeholders and the majority of those interviewed believed that a major transformation was required.

There were a number of important areas where significant challenges were identified:

  • lack of emphasis on quality program outcomes;
  • inappropriate categories of accreditation;
  • resident input is not always optimized;
  • time-consuming, paper-based process;
  • overemphasis on accreditation as a high stakes, at times punitive, “snapshot in time” site visit; and
  • idiosyncratic decision-making.

Working towards a new system

In 2013, we partnered with the CFPC and the CMQ to form the Canadian Residency Accreditation Consortium (CanRAC) and to develop a new accreditation system. Together, we have created a proposal that aims to preserve the strengths of the current system, while also modernizing it and aligning it with best practices and competency-based medical education.

Current System

  • Systematic rigorous process
  • Peer review
  • Manual, paper-based
  • Episodic, “snap-shot in time” site visit
  • Process-based standards that don’t focus enough on outcomes
  • Unclear categories of accreditation
  • Resident input not optimized
  • Inconsistency of decision-making
  • High stakes, punitive

Proposed System

  • Systematic rigorous process
  • Peer review
  • Digital platform
  • Continuous cycle of accreditation
  • More explicit standards with an increased focus on outcomes
  • Revised, clearer categories of accreditation
  • Robust system for resident involvement
  • Standardized and reproducible

Gradual implementation

Transitioning to a new accreditation system is complex. We know that universities and programs will need time and support to prepare. As such, accreditation visits for 2016 remain status quo. Initial prototype testing will continue through 2019. The plan is for the new standards and processes to apply to all programs and schools being reviewed after July 1, 2019. Learn more about our implementation plans on

Have your say: National consultations begin November 2016

This month, CanRAC is launching a comprehensive national consultation process. We want to hear from you about the proposed new standards for faculties of medicine and residency programs, as well as the proposed new accreditation process. For more information, please visit or email

How will competency-based medical education impact accreditation changes?

CanRAC’s proposal aims to align residency accreditation with 21st century best practices. This includes the shift towards competency-based medical education, which is reflected in the Royal College’s Competence by Design (CBD) initiative and the CFPC’s Triple C curriculum.

Learn how accreditation reform aligns with CBD [PDF].


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News from your Royal College Council (October 2016 meeting)

News from your Royal College Council (October 2016 meeting)

The Royal College Council held its fall meeting on October 20-21, 2016. In keeping with tradition, leaders from the Royal College’s partner organizations were invited to participate in the meeting on the Thursday afternoon. We’re pleased to share with you these highlights.

Council meeting highlights

Unveiling of the Royal College vision and mission wall
Councillors and invited guests were invited to the unveiling of a mission and vision display in the entrance of the Royal College building at 774 Echo Drive, Ottawa, Ontario. The display will serve to continuously remind Fellows, guests and staff of our shared purpose to strive for “The best health for all. The best care for all.” whenever they enter the Royal College building.

Unveiling of the  Royal College vision and mission wall

Inaugural Royal College distinguished lecture
David Naylor, OC, FRCPC, FRSC, DPhi, past dean of medicine and president emeritus at the University of Toronto, delivered the inaugural Royal College Distinguished Lecture on health care reform and transformation. The title of his address was “Troubled Transitions: What is to be done about Canada’s healthcare systems?”

With the support of the Executive Committee of Council, the CEO introduced this Distinguished Lectures Series as a new standing feature of Council meetings to

  • create more opportunities for Council to contemplate significant topics of concern to the health and education systems, and
  • provide a stimulating context for promoting robust dialogue concerning the future of the Royal College.

Dr. Naylor’s lecture delivered on both fronts. Council members responded with probing questions and discussed how the Royal College can best contribute to debates about the future of Canada’s health care systems. The Royal College’s mandate to train future doctors was seen to be inextricably linked to the future of the practice environment. Council affirmed that the Royal College has a responsibility to work with its partners and help answer components of the deeply layered question posed by Dr. Naylor.

Future lecturers will be invited to build on the themes raised during the inaugural lecture and other important emerging issues, with a view to inspiring further strategic discussions and identifying actionable steps to be taken by the Royal College.

A CanMEDS framework for all physicians
Council approved the creation of a CanMEDS Consortium to facilitate the use of CanMEDS as the national physician competency framework across the continuum of medical education. CanMEDS is used primarily in postgraduate medical education (PGME). Council’s decision to create the consortium is a major step forward that will enable CanMEDS to expand beyond PGME and into undergraduate medical education, continuing professional development and the work of the medical regulatory authorities. While Council recognized that expanding the stewardship of CanMEDS through the consortium means relinquishing some of the Royal College’s autonomy, it was motivated to open new opportunities for collaboration with key partners.

The members of the consortium are the medical education stakeholders who initially served as the CanMEDS 2015 National Advisory Committee.

Competence by Design (CBD)
With guests from partner organizations, members of Council discussed in small groups the implementation of Competence by Design — the Royal College’s multi-year change initiative that is introducing competency-based medical education to improve physician training and lifelong learning. At this stage of the initiative, CBD is well-regarded among stakeholders as the way forward. Current efforts are focused on addressing implementation needs. 

Each small group was asked to adopt the perspective of a particular stakeholder (these included medical schools/deans, department chairs, residents, clinical learning and practice environments, ministries and Fellows) to identify concerns, next steps and information/tools needed to champion CBD. The exercise proved to be powerful in highlighting key messaging for each stakeholder group studied, and areas requiring action to support the successful launch of CBD, which is targeted for July 2017.

The Royal College, including members of Council, will continue to work with stakeholders in the areas of standards development, field testing and policy deliberations, as a critical decision point about the July 2017 launch date of CBD approaches.

The Committee on Specialty Education and the postgraduate deans will be meeting at the end of November 2016 to affirm the timing of the launch. 

Royal College research and scholarship
An overview of Royal College research and scholarship activity was presented to Council to encourage discussion of future opportunities. The inclusion of innovation, research and scholarship as a key result area of the strategic plan has been an important catalyst for increasing Royal College research and scholarly productivity.

Funds spent by the Royal College towards the development and conduct of research and scholarship are estimated to be nearly 9 per cent of the total operating budget; the Royal College is regarded as one of the major sources of funding of medical education research grants in Canada. Council underscored the central importance of research and scholarship to the core business of the Royal College and encouraged the further development of this portfolio.

The establishment of a Royal College Research and Scholarship Strategy Task Force will play a pivotal role in guiding and informing the fulfilment of this remit, and future reports to Council.

The next Royal College Council meeting will take place February 23-24, 2017, in Ottawa. Questions relating to Council activities can be directed to


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10th anniversary ICRE heads to Halifax. Here’s what’s in store.

10th anniversary ICRE heads to Halifax. Here’s what’s in store.

Over the years, our International Conference on Residency Education (ICRE) has established itself as one of the most practical, scholarly and innovative educational conferences within the global health care landscape. Next year, we’ll be celebrating its 10th anniversary in Halifax, N.S., Canada, from October 19–21, 2017. Our dynamic program will aim to put important medical education lessons learned over the past decade into action.

The robust program will consist of inspiring plenaries, workshops, and poster/paper presentations, all revolving around the pertinent theme “Leadership and Change in Residency Training: A Call to Action.”

Want to be a part of ICRE 2017?

Submit a pre-conference workshop abstract today, for the opportunity to lead a half-day or full-day educational session, just prior to next year’s conference. Visit the ICRE 2017 website to download submission instructions before the January 4, 2017 deadline. While there, remember to schedule these other important deadlines into your calendar:

ICRE 2017 flyer

  • Call for in-conference workshop proposals
    Process opens: November 2016
    Deadline: January 27, 2017
  • Call for abstracts
    Process opens: January 2017
    Deadline: March 3, 2017
  • Call for Residency Education Awards nominations
    Process opens: January 2017
    Deadline: April 7, 2017

Congratulations to ICRE 2016’s top residency education researchers

Papers and posters submitted to ICRE provide a forum for those who use systematic, scholarly methods to evaluate educational programs, identify new phenomena, define aspects of training and assess competence.

During ICRE 2016, a number of outstanding individuals were recognized for their leadership in postgraduate medical education, and their cutting-edge health care research.

Please join us in congratulating this year’s trailblazing award winners!

Royal College/JGME Top Research in Residency Education Paper:

  • Dr. Lynfa Stroud, University of Toronto (Toronto, Canada): “Feedback credibility in a formative postgraduate OSCE: Effects of examiner type”

Royal College/JGME Top Resident Paper:

  • Dr. Roochi Arora, McMaster University (Hamilton, Canada): “Resident evaluations of faculty: Resident versus faculty perspectives”

Top What Works? Paper:

  • Dr. Chris Merritt, Alpert Medical School of Brown University (Providence, USA):  “Emergency medicine with follow-up: A situated learning model for teaching inpatient medicine to emergency medicine residents”

Top ICRE Poster Presentation:

  • Dr. Marina Y. Ibrahim, McGill University (Montreal, Canada): “Use of the surgical teaching rubric improves technical skills' acquisition and retention”

Visit the ICRE website to learn more about our research and residency education leadership awards.


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Revealing the location of our next Simulation Summit (and our “extreme” 2016 recap)

Revealing the location of our next Simulation Summit (and our “extreme” 2016 recap)

Hundreds of interprofessional simulation experts, educators and enthusiasts flocked to St. John’s, N.L., this October 14-15, to investigate advances in medical simulation and to collaborate with colleagues during the ninth annual Simulation Summit.

Inspired by its rugged location, and under the theme “Extreme Sim,” the conference explored simulation research, learning and practice in a spectrum of contexts and settings, including urban hospitals and more rural and remote backdrops.

Couldn’t make the trip? Here are the highlights you missed:

Extreme” SimTrek

An interprofessional medical team performs an in-situ simulation demonstration during the 2016 edition of SimTrek.
An interprofessional medical team performs an in-situ simulation demonstration during the 2016 edition of SimTrek.

In fitting with the conference theme, the 2016 edition of the much-anticipated SimTrek session showcased high-fidelity medical simulation in a truly “extreme” situation.

After a simulated stabbing at the St. John’s Conference Centre took participants by surprise, an emergency response team rushed to perform a high-energy, in-situ simulation demonstration that effectively took learning outside the lab.

Led by Glenn Posner, MDCM, FRCSC, Med, medical director of the University of Ottawa Skills and Simulation Centre (uOSSC), SimTrek was the culmination of all the theatre-based simulation principles discussed during the conference.

Provocative plenaries

From mountaineer TA Loeffler’s inspiring talk on how different simulation techniques helped prepare her for the physical and emotional demands of climbing Mount Everest; to Dr. Rajesh Aggarwal’s practical lecture on how to “simnovate” (innovate and transform health care through simulation); the 2016 plenary lineup truly reflected the diversity of this conference.

Simulation Summit Awards

Each year during the Simulation Summit, outstanding researchers are recognized for their important contributions to simulation-based education.

Please join us in congratulating our 2016 winners!

  • Becca L. Gas (Mayo Clinic, College of Medicine), winner of the 2016 Best Presentation Award for her presentation titled, “Simulated surgical procedures: Bending the learning curve.”
  • Dr. Melissa Langevin (Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario), winner of the 2016 Simulation Summit Research Award for her poster presentation titled, “Bridging the gap: Defining objectives for a high-stakes general pediatric simulation curriculum.”

Simulation Accreditation

Five newly accredited simulation centres are recognized during the 2016 Simulation Summit.
Five newly accredited simulation centres are recognized during the 2016 Simulation Summit.

Simulation programs accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada enjoy special recognition thanks to a rigorous peer-review process that measures their ability to meet the highest standards in administration, education and ethics.

During the 2016 Simulation Summit, five newly accredited simulation centres were officially recognized and inducted into the Royal College’s highly-regarded list of accredited programs.

Congratulations to the following simulation centres!

  • KidSIM Pediatric Simulation Centre (University of Calgary/Alberta Children’s Hospital, Calgary, Alta.)
  • Centre for Simulation Based Learning (McMaster University, Hamilton, Ont.)
  • Canadian Surgical Technologies & Advanced Robotics (CSTAR) (London Health Sciences Centre, London, Ont.)
  • Programme de formation de l'Académie CHUM (Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal, Montréal, Que.)
  • Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre (King Abdulaziz University Hospital, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia) — our first internationally-accredited simulation program.

Visit the Royal College website to learn more about our accredited simulation programs.

Mark your calendars for the 2017 Simulation Summit in Montreal!

While the 2016 Simulation Summit in St. John’s, N.L., explored simulation-based education in an extreme environment, the 2017 conference will bring the latest innovations in simulation to a more urban context: Montreal, Quebec!

Located in close proximity to a number of leading simulation centres, including the renowned Steinberg Centre for Simulation and Interactive Learning at McGill University, participants at our next summit can expect to gain cutting-edge knowledge and perspectives from a diverse group of simulation educators, researchers and professionals.

Mark your calendars and join us November 1-2, 2017, at Le Centre Sheraton.

Stay in touch

Want regular news and updates on the 2017 Simulation Summit? Email to be added to the mailing list and follow @RC_SimSummit on Twitter for up-to-date conference information and medical simulation news. 


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Five Fellows named Canadian Medical Hall of Fame inductees for 2017

Dr. June Carroll, representing the CMHF Selection Committee, describes the nomination and selection process (2016 CMHF Induction Ceremony). Credit: Mike Lalich, © Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. Used with permission.
Dr. June Carroll, representing the CMHF Selection Committee, describes the nomination and selection process (2016 CMHF Induction Ceremony). Credit: Mike Lalich, © Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. Used with permission.

Last month, five Fellows were announced as inductees to the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame for 2017. This shared honour celebrates and acknowledges their unique, lifelong contributions to medicine in Canada and elsewhere. They will be officially inducted at a ceremony next May in Quebec City, Que.

Please join us in congratulating:

  • Michel G. Bergeron, CM, MD, FRCPC (Internal Medicine)
  • Michel Chrétien, OC, MD, FRCPC (Endocrinology and Metabolism)
  • Richard Ballon Goldbloom, OC, MDCM, FRCPC (Pediatrics)
  • Michael Reuben Hayden, CM, MBChB, FRCPC (Internal Medicine)
  • F. Estelle R. Simons, MD, FRCPC (Pediatrics)

Dr. Bergeron of Quebec, Que., is world-leading infectious disease specialist who has contributed to global advancements in microbiology and the treatment of infections. He is also the founder of the renowned Centre de recherche en infectiologie at Laval University.

Dr. Chrétien of Montreal, Que., is a trailblazer in the field of neuroendocrinology and has helped transform Canada’s research landscape. A scientific director and oft-cited research-scientist, his discoveries have bridged basic and clinical sciences with clear medical benefits.

Dr. Goldbloom of Halifax, N.S., is a former physician-in-chief and director of research at the Izaak Walton Killam Hospital for Children. Among his many contributions, he opened one of the first Care-by-Parent Units in Canada and authored a popular medical textbook.

Dr. Hayden of Vancouver, B.C., specializes in genetic medicine and is the world’s most-cited authority on Huntington Disease. His work has advanced understanding of the disease’s genetic basis, produced reliable predictive tests and new hope for prevention and treatment.

Dr. Simons of Winnipeg, Man., is a physician-scientist who has helped transform understanding and management of allergic diseases through landmark investigations and research. She has also contributed to building the field of Clinical Immunology and Allergy.

Read full biographies of this year’s inductees on the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame’s website:


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International outreach: New collaborations (in images)

Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Danielle Fréchette, executive director of Health Systems Innovation and External Relations at the Royal College (left) signs a Memorandum of Understanding with l’Université Quisqueya in June 2016. The objective of this collaboration is to strengthen faculty development and continuing professional development, so that health care professionals will improve their competencies leading to improved health care in Haiti.

Chinese delegation visits Ottawa
Chinese delegation visits Ottawa

A delegation from the Shanghai Commission for Health and Family Planning and the Henan Family Planning Commission visited Canada this October. The purpose of their three-week visit was to learn about the Canadian health care system and all aspects of the Canadian medical education system. They hope to incorporate some of our best practices into the various sections of their own health care system, focusing primarily on China’s residency training programs.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabiaa
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Dr. Andrew Padmos, FRCPC, CEO of the Royal College (fourth from right) with Royal College International regional directors Dr. Karim Qayumi, FRCSC (fourth from left) and Dr. Jerry Maniate, FRCPC (second from right) with the president of King Abdulaziz University (KAU) and his senior team. This photo was taken shortly after we presented the KAU with letters attesting to their successful attainment of first-stage Royal College International Accreditation and Royal College accreditation of their simulation program.

Kuwait City, Kuwait
Kuwait City, Kuwait

Dr. Andrew Padmos, FRCPC, CEO of the Royal College (right) stands with Dr. Ibrahim Hadi, FRCPC, secretary general of the Kuwait Institute for Medical Specialization (KIMS) after signing an official agreement with KIMS this November. This partnership will help the institute reform its postgraduate medical training programs.


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Members in the news

Doctor walking down a hospital hallway

Patients who developed new depression, or worsening depression at six months, subsequently had higher risk of death at 12 months.

– Jonathan Afilalo, MD, FRCPC (Internal Medicine, Cardiology)
Quoted in “Depression is deadly for elderly after heart valve surgery: Montreal study
(Montreal Gazette)


The costs [of hypertension] are staggering, at about $14 billion this year, with the bill expected to rise to $20 billion by 2020.

– Norman Campbell, MD, FRCPC (Internal Medicine)
Quoted in “Groundbreaking MaRS funding initiative takes aim at high blood pressure
(Toronto Star)


There are many women from ethno-cultural minority communities, immigrant women, Indigenous women, in high-income countries who also don't have equal access to cervical and breast screening and care.

– Ophira Ginsburg, MD, FRCPC (Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology)
Quoted in “Breast and cervical cancer screening and care called unequal
(CBC News)


The actors are trained to adapt the emotional tone to what they're receiving from the health professional.

– Brian Hodges, MD, FRCPC (Psychiatry)
Quoted in “How actors help an award-winning Toronto doctor teach his students
(CBC News)


I am not sure I even recognized the type of power this kind of technology could have.

– Joshua Landy, MD, FRCPC (Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine)
Quoted in “Medical apps have proven indispensable for doctors in Syria
(The Globe and Mail)


We came up with a tool to identify aggressive tumours so that people can have just the right amount of surgery. No more, no less.

– Todd McMullen, MD, FRCSC (General Surgery)
Quoted in “The calling card of aggressive thyroid cancer
(uAlberta Medicine)


Canadian discussions around the legalization of marijuana must include a clear-headed assessment regarding the impact of legalization on road safety.

– Chris Rumball, MDCM, FRCPC (Emergency Medicine)

…when marijuana is legalized, there will be an increase in crashes, injuries and fatalities.

– Jeffrey Brubacher, MDCM, FRCPC (Emergency Medicine)

Both quoted in “Fatal car crashes triple among drivers high on marijuana after legalization in Colorado; double in Washington state
(Vancouver Sun)


We must address overprescribing of opioids.

– Hakique Virani, MD, FRCPC (Community Medicine) and David Juurlink, MD, FRCPC (Internal Medicine)
Quoted in “Opinion: 'Long past time' to act on Canada's deadly opioid epidemic
(CBC News)


I think this would have happened to this individual even if he did not have hepatitis C.

– Eric Yoshida, MD, FRCPC (Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology)
Quoted in “Acute hepatitis after heavy energy drink use 'a warning to the consumer,' liver specialist says
(CBC News)


We’re asking for a concrete, rational and effective federal investment directed toward improving the mental health of individuals and the mental health of our population.

– Catherine Zahn, MD, FRCPC (Neurology)
Quoted in “Mental illness afflicts about 20% of Canadians, gets 7% of health funding
(Toronto Star)



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In memoriam


Edward John Ashworth, MBBS, FRCPC, died on September 16, 2016, in Hamilton, Ont., at age 87. Dr. Ashworth was certified by the Royal College in Anesthesiology in 1962. He helped the open heart surgery come to Hamilton and is also credited for his role in the development of the city’s first pain clinic. Read more about Dr. Ashworth »

Henry J.M. Barnett, MD, FRCPC, died on October 20, 2016, in Toronto, Ont., at age 94. Dr. Barnett was certified by the Royal College in Neurology in 1952. He was a member of Royal College Council from 1980-1984. The “father of stroke prevention,” he is renowned for his work leading clinical trials, including the first trial to show that aspirin helps prevent stroke. He was co-founder of the Robarts Research Institute and its first scientific director. He is a Companion of the Order of Canada and was inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame in 1995. In 2008, he was the first non-European to be awarded the Karolinska Stroke Award for Excellence in Stroke Research. Read more about Dr. Barnett »

Eugene Giuseppe Caira, MBChB, FRCSC, died on September 5, 2016, in Salmon Arm, B.C., at age 97. Dr. Caira was certified by the Royal College in General Surgery in 1959. He earned a Master of Science in Experimental Surgery from McGill and helped bring the first Nuclear Medicine scintillation camera to Canada in 1970. Read more about Dr. Caira »

George Francis N. Collins, MBChB, FRCPC, died on August 12, 2016, in Ottawa, Ont., at age 81. Dr. Collins was certified by the Royal College in Pediatrics in 1967. He was a member of the Royal College Pediatric Cardiology Examination Board from 1979-1983. In his long career, he worked in a variety of cities: Toronto, Montreal, Winnipeg and Riyadh. Read more about Dr. Collins »

Richard Henry Devey Farmer, MD, FRCSC, died on October 6, 2016, in Hamilton, Ont., at age 89. Dr. Farmer was certified by the Royal College in Plastic Surgery in 1961. He was a former President of the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgery and served in the R.C.A.M.C. militia as Lt. Col. and C.O. of the No. 16 Medical Company. Read more about Dr. Farmer »

Geoff Charles Dunkley, MD, FRCPC, died on October 18, 2016, in Wakefield, Que., at age 66. Dr. Dunkley was certified by the Royal College in Community Medicine in 1982. He was a member of the Royal College Community Medicine Examination Board from 1989-1997. He spent more than 20 years working in public health in the city of Ottawa, including at the forefront of the response to the Ice Storm of 1998. Read more about Dr. Dunkley »

James Ian Jeffrey, MDCM, FRCSC, died on October 7, 2016, in Ottawa, Ont., at age 93. Dr. Jeffrey was certified by the Royal College in Orthopedic Surgery in 1953. He spent his career in Ottawa at the Civic Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. He also worked at the Riverside Hospital, where he was chief of Orthopaedics before he retired. Read more about Dr. Jeffrey »

D’Arcy Douglas Lawrence, MD, FRCPC, died on September 16, 2016, in Victoria, B.C., at age 74. Dr. Lawrence was certified by the Royal College in Diagnostic Radiology in 1970. He practised medicine for 43 years, including 15 as chief of Radiology at the Vancouver Island Health Authority. Outside of medicine, he was also a competitive squash player. Read more about Dr. Lawrence »

James C. W. Parrott, MD, FRCSC, died on October 4, 2016, in St. John, N.B., at age 74. Dr. Parrott was certified by the Royal College in Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery in 1974. He started the Heart Surgery Program at the Winnipeg Health Science Centre while head of Cardiac Surgery, Winnipeg General Hospital (1981-1991). He later transitioned from medicine into a career in politics. From 2010-2014, he was MLA for the Fundy River Valley riding. Read more about Dr. Parrott »

George Robert Irvin Power, MDCM, FRCPC, died on September 14, 2016, in Ottawa, Ont., at age 96. Dr. Power was certified by the Royal College in Diagnostic Radiology in 1961. He later practised medicine with the Canadian Armed Forces and was head of the Radiology Department at the Ottawa Civic Hospital. Read more about Dr. Power »

Charles Edward Reeve, MDCM, FRCPC, died on August 1, 2016, in Gabriola, B.C., at age 80. Dr. Reeve was certified by the Royal College in Internal Medicine in 1968. He was part of the first organ transplant team in British Columbia. He also directed the B.C. kidney transplant program for close to 20 years, before a second career operating a resort and marina with his wife. Read more about Dr. Reeve »

G. Gregory Roberts, MD, FRCSC, died on September 18, 2016, in Magrath, Alta., at age 36 after a battle with cancer. Dr. Roberts was certified by the Royal College in Urology in 2014. A talented athlete, he played basketball for team Alberta and later received many accolades for his missionary service. He was also a published author of two children’s books. Read more about Dr. Roberts »

Ralph Ogilvie Robertson, MDCM, FRCSC, died on October 4, 2016, in Selkirk, Man., at age 89. Dr. Robertson was certified by the Royal College in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1962. He was one of the founders of the Selkirk Medical Clinic and worked in private practice for many years, before working for Manitoba Health. He was also an avid organist, contributing his talents to his church. Read more about Dr. Robertson »

James Frederick Ross, MDCM, FRCSC, died on September 30, 2016, in Harmony, N.S., at age 91. Dr. Ross was certified by the Royal College in General Surgery (1956) and Plastic Surgery (1960). He served as a paratrooper during World War II, and later specialized in the treatment of accident victims, cleft lip/palate reconstructions and burn treatments. He helped create the first burn units in the Canadian Maritimes. Read more about Dr. Ross »

Raold Gary Serebrin, MD, FRCPC, died on September 21, 2016, in Scarborough, Ont., at age 63. Dr. Serebrin was certified by the Royal College in Neurology in 1983. He formerly worked as a neurologist at the North York General Hospital and died after a short battle with cholangiocarcinoma. He was most fulfilled by his family life: his beloved wife and daughters. Read more about Dr. Serebrin »

Robert Harold Sheppard, MD, FRCPC, died on October 2, 2016, in Cobourg, Ont., at age 91. Dr. Sheppard was certified by the Royal College in Internal Medicine in 1955. He was one of Canada’s first endocrinologists. He spent many years working in Toronto before contributing his time and talents to Horizons of Friendship and other global-facing projects, post-retirement. Read more about Dr. Sheppard »

Sangeeta Somers, MD, FRCPC, died on October 10, 2016, in St. John’s, N.L., at age 62. Dr. Somers was certified by the Royal College in Anatomical Pathology in 1999. Prior to her death, she worked at the James Paton Memoriam Hospital in Gander, N.L. Read more about Dr. Somers »

Sushil Kumar Warma, MBBS, FRCSC, died in Ingersoll, Ont., at age 84. Dr. Warma was certified by the Royal College in General Surgery in 1963. Born in Lahore, India (now part of Pakistan) he spent most of his career working as a general surgeon, and later, chief surgeon at Alexandra Hospital. He had a significant impact on the lives of the people of Ingersoll, whom he served for 45 years. Read more about Dr. Warma »


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