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MOC Tip of the Month
Dr. Viren Naik, FRCPC

How I turned my regulator review into MOC credits

MOC Tip of the Month

Viren Naik

When I found out that the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) was going to review my practice, I was apprehensive, as most people are. I took a deep breath and recognized that it’s natural to feel nervous about being assessed, particularly by a regulatory authority. After 15 years in practice, this would be my first review with the regulator and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.

After having gone through it, I can honestly say the experience was quite constructive and positive! I also found several opportunities for MOC learning that I wish to share in case you, too, ever undergo a regulator review. My peer assessor was friendly and constructive, which encouraged me to see the review as a learning and coaching opportunity. I also had the support of my medical affairs department, which was aware of these mandated regulator activities and helped me assemble all the material necessary for the review.

I realized I was not alone in this process. And neither are you!

Want to know more? If you are about to go through a medical regulatory review and would like some peer-to-peer guidance, contact me! I would be happy to chat.

Tip #1: Before the review, use it as a reflection opportunity for your CPD activities

For many specialties, including mine (Anesthesiology), the regulator will review a sample of your patient charts as part of the process. This is because there is a correlation between chart review and clinical performance. Opening up your charts to someone else can feel awkward, but it’s actually a great opportunity to engage in reflection and learning.

For example, it had been years since I had thought about my clinical scope of practice (to whom I deliver anesthesia and where). I reflected on whether it had changed over the years. Who was I treating now and where?

After preparing and reviewing my chart sample for the CPSO, I concluded that although I started my career treating complex cardiovascular patients, over the years my practice had changed to a more general focus. I recognized the spread of my anesthetic delivery to patients in General Surgery, Orthopedics, Urology, and Obstetrics and Gynecology in a tertiary care centre. Having this information helped me reflect on gaps in my CPD goals. Specifically, it guided me to balance my CPD plans proportionally between my non-clinical interests/time and my clinical responsibilities. For example, if 40 per cent of my practice is dedicated to the delivery of clinical service, then I should rebalance my planned CPD activities so that 40 per cent is focused on learning the most current advances relevant to the areas where I deliver anesthetics.

Tip #2: During your review, reflect on the quality-improvement opportunities revealed in your data and feedback for Section 3 credits

At the beginning of this process, I was really focused on the review itself (sitting with the assessor to review the summary and discuss the feedback). However, I realized that valuable learning was embedded at every stage — from preparing my sample, to reading the assessor’s report, to reflecting on the ensuing impact on my practice and CPD plan. The actual review might have seemed like the catalyst, but the change process actually started before I met the assessor and continued well after we met.

I learned that the way I chart affects quality improvement measures not just at the individual level, but also at the specialty, institution and system levels. For example, I discovered it’s important for anesthesiologists to document patient demographics, such as height and weight, for every anesthetic (even an estimate for emergency cases). It’s also necessary to comment on blood loss, even minimal amounts, regardless of the complexity of the surgery. Apparently the anesthesia record is considered the most accurate reflection of blood loss in the chart. It’s studied by quality-improvement researchers to address system issues, such as how to reduce blood loss following different surgeries. Although I only used to record blood loss for major cases, I now record even a few drops.

Feedback from my review also made me decide I would add a narrative history and physical to all of my electronic records from now on. In an anesthesia record (paper or electronic), there’s a tendency to simply tick off boxes. However, a narrative not only enhances the anesthesia record for a regulator review, it also provides meaningful context for other practitioners and institutions when the inevitable handover takes place.

Record the process and outcomes for Section 3: Claim the time spent collecting data, receiving feedback, reviewing the feedback report, reflecting on the information and deciding on changes to your practice under Section 3 Practice Assessment for three credits per hour.

Tip #3: After your review, make it a group learning opportunity

If you have gone through one of these reviews, consider sharing what you have learned as an educational opportunity for the entire department and team. Ask your department chief if you can present some tips to guide best practices for your team going forward. For example, I will recommend to my colleagues at The Ottawa Hospital to record all blood loss, even if it’s just a thimbleful! In sharing my learnings, I can support their CPD and help them to pursue some quality improvement of their own, all in the interest of better patient care.

Claim post-review MOC opportunities: All the specialists with whom you shared your tips in a group-learning activity can claim what they learned for Section 1 credit.

Share "what works" for you!

Big or small, we'd love to hear your MOC tip. Submit a tip through our online form. If we use it, we'll send it to our 40,000+ members in an upcoming issue of Dialogue (attributed to you). We'll also post it on our website where it can be searched and read by all our MOC Program participants.

What people are saying about MOC tips

“Thank you for your MOC Tip of the Month. I very much enjoyed it and used it to create a template for developing a PLP. As the CPD Chair for the Canadian Society of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, I am trying to assist our members in their CPD activities. We will use the template at our annual meeting this year for both the accredited and non-accredited educational activities.” — Gigi Osler, MD, FRCSC, 2017 President-Elect of the Canadian Medical Association

“I received several positive comments about my PLP tip. People felt the steps were helpful with the use of the personal example. In fact, one person is planning to attend a course on Indigenous health!” — Shahid Ahmed, MD, FRCPC, MOC tip author

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How to communicate with patients requesting medically unnecessary tests or treatments [1 of 3 free toolkits]

Resource stewardship respects the need to use resources wisely. It means ensuring that resources are equitably available and used fairly.

But how do you communicate with patients and their families about medically unnecessary tests or treatments?

A new toolkit focused exclusively on this issue has been developed by the Royal College in partnership with the College of Family Physicians and Choosing Wisely Canada.

In this toolkit:

  1. Learn communication skills associated with resource stewardship.
  2. Access a framework on how to communicate with patients and families who are requesting a medically unnecessary test or treatment.

Download the Resource Stewardship Toolkit on Communication.

This toolkit is one of three new toolkits aimed at preparing residents for the challenges associated with resource stewardship. While the content is written for medical educators and aligned with the stewardship competencies now included in CanMEDS 2015 (that will soon be a part of every resident’s training); the lessons serve as a good refresher for all practising physicians.

Learn more with our other two toolkits

Toolkit 1: Foundations of Resource Stewardship
Gain a foundational knowledge of resource stewardship and the ability to recognize opportunities to apply its concepts in daily practice through clinical care, teaching and assessment. Access it now.

Toolkit 2: Resource Stewardship in Postgraduate Training
Faculty supervising resident scholarly projects will benefit from assistance in the planning, supervision and assessment of resource stewardship projects. Access it now.

Questions or feedback

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New exhibit explores art of medicine through the five senses

Photo credit: Wellcome Library, London, CC 4.0 License (artist is Louis-Léopold Boilly)

Imagine a medical library where the walls are not lined with books, but with orderly rows of wax models. Hundreds of faces and body parts look down on you, collectively displaying the full spectrum of possible skin diseases. Now imagine medical students climbing up ladders to reach a wax model and bring it down to study, for example, the characteristics of skin tuberculosis or leprosy.

This was part of the educational experience of an anatomy student in 19th century Europe. Now you, too, can live this experience, albeit without the risk of falling off an old Parisian ladder.

A wall of touchable wax models or “moulages” and 3D organs is one of many delightful and interactive objects on display in the upcoming “Medical Sensations” exhibit in the brand-new Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa, Ont. Medical Sensations reveals the profession in a fresh and lively light — through an exploration of the five senses.

Dr. David Pantalony, curator of Physical Sciences and Medicine, and adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa, gave Dialogue a sneak peek. We’re very pleased to share some of the highlights of our tour with you.

Different century, different tools

The physicians and surgeons of today have many ultra-modern technologies in their back pockets that are invaluable aides during diagnosis and treatment. But long before the era of the ultrasound, MRI machine or CT scan, even before the age of the thermometer, stethoscope or microscope, the physicians of yesterday had to rely on other tools; they turned to the five senses — smell, sound, sight, taste and touch — to look inside the bodies of their patients and diagnose their ailments.

“In science museums and science centres, we’re so used to talking about the latest cutting-edge technologies, and I think it’s the same in medicine,” said Dr. Pantalony. “You can get caught up in the power of ‘whizbang’ and forget about the human perspective, the doctor-patient relationship and the role that the five senses play in the art of practising medicine.”

The doctor’s bag — a symbol of relationship

One of the objects on display is an “exploded doctor’s bag” with all its instruments. At first glance it represents the different ways that historical doctors built a picture of what was happening inside a patient’s body. However, what really secured its spot in the exhibit was public nostalgia for a long-lost symbol of medical practice.

“We found out during our consultations that the doctor’s bag is a powerful symbol of medicine for the public,” said Dr. Pantalony, who is also a member of the Royal College’s History and Heritage Committee. “To some people it signifies just how far we’ve come in terms of medical technology. To others, it is an icon of what we’ve lost — that human connection between doctor and patient at the bedside during a home visit.”

The art of listening goes deeper than gurgles and pumps

Dr. Pantalony calls the stethoscope “the MRI of the 19th century,” which is why the Medical Sensations exhibit has a whole display dedicated to them. Invented in 1816, it was one of the first medical technologies. It opened up new worlds of better health outcomes for patients, and a simple and elegant way to listen inside the body for doctors. If you visit, look for William Osler’s actual stethoscope on loan from the Osler Library. There are also many others showing small innovations made over the centuries for different purposes.

The Medical Sensations exhibit also challenges museum-goers to consider the art of listening in a deeper sense. Anishinaabe physician Dr. Lisa Monkman, CCFP, has brought an Indigenous medical perspective to the exhibit. She explains the importance of holistic listening beyond the gurgles and pumps of the heart and lungs to the whole patient: their history, their community, where they’re from and the conditions they live in. The doctor-patient relationship has always been at the heart of Indigenous health care and it is also a central theme in this exhibition.

“This medical exhibit targets the five senses in a seamless weaving of science and history, of diagnostic and therapeutic tools, of innovative past approaches alongside contemporary ones,” said Dr. Shelley McKellar, associate professor at Western University’s Department of History and the Jason A. Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine. “The art of medicine emerges as a connecting exhibit theme amongst the power of the senses and the gleam of the tools.” Dr. McKellar also sits on the Royal College’s History and Heritage Advisory Committee and helped play an advisory role for the exhibition.

Visit Medical Sensations

The Medical Sensations exhibition opens November 17, 2017, at the Canadian Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa, Ont. More details are available on their website.

Urine connoisseurs?

Liven up your dinner-time conversation by exploring these fun facts and objects from the exhibition. Each one is a conversation starter!

  • SMELL — Bottled cloves: Did you know that neurologists sometimes ask their patients to smell bottled oils? This is a test for anosmia (loss of the sense of smell) that can sometimes happen after head injuries or nasal conditions.
  • SOUND — A record heart beat: Did you know that you can listen to an old record from the 1940s with the first-ever recording of a person’s heart beat? The sound was extracted and re-recorded by sound archeologists just for Medical Sensations. “The record is so fragile, they’ll probably never be able to do that again, but we’ve captured that sound for people to listen to,” said Dr. Pantalony.
  • TOUCH — A 3D-printed heart: Did you know you can touch a 3D heart modeled from a real patient? Physicians sometimes use 3D-printed models to plan surgeries or to study problems. Occasionally models are taken to the patient at the bedside to help explain what’s going to happen during their surgery. There’s a touchable wall of these models in the exhibition courtesy of Dr. Frank Rybicki’s medical imaging team at The Ottawa Hospital.
  • SIGHT — See the guts of an MRI machine: Did you know that Toshiba created a special cutaway MRI machine just for Medical Sensations so that people can look inside? MRIs are mysterious, even intimidating, but go to the museum and look — you’ll see it’s just a giant magnet!
  • TASTE — Medieval urine wheel and flask: If you’re a physician, a visit to Medical Sensations will make you thankful that you weren’t practising medicine in the Middle Ages. Among the objects on display are a medieval urine wheel and a urine flask. Yes, physicians used to diagnose patients by tasting their urine! Some were even urine connoisseurs — diagnosing “sweetness” in diabetic patients and using the urine wheel to link urine colour to a particular disease. Annie Jacques, the exhibit’s interpretation officer, consulted historians of medicine to get the colourful translations correct. Urine analysis is a good example of the surprising role that taste played in medicine up to about a hundred years ago. Of all the five senses, taste is the only one that doctors do not use anymore — and they are probably happier today as a result!

Meet the Curator

Museum curator Dr. David Pantalony explains why Sound is his favourite module and a microcosm of the whole exhibition.

Behind the scenes at Medical Sensations

  1. Indigenous physician Dr. Lisa Monkman, CCFP, challenges museum-goers to think of health in a holistic way

    Credit: Lisa Monkman & Danielle Morrison
  2. Dr. David Pantalony stands before the Sound exhibit, his favourite module in the Medical Sensations exhibition. He is Curator of Physical Sciences and Medicine, Adjunct Professor at the University of Ottawa and a member of the Royal College’s History and Heritage Advisory Committee.
  3. Medieval doctors used this urine wheel from 1506 to link the colour of their patients’ urine to a particular disease

    Credit: Wellcome Library, London, CC 4.0 License
  4. A consummate listener, Dr. William Osler sits at the bedside of one of his patients. The Medical Sensations exhibit displays one of his stethoscopes.

    Credit: Osler Library of the History of Medicine, McGill University, William Osler Collection 4
  5. The artist Louis-Léopold Boilly captured all five senses in one amusing illustration. Can you tell which sense is which?

    Credit: Wellcome Library, London, CC 4.0 License
  6. Behind the scenes at an exhibit in the making — museum crew install the “exploded doctor’s bag,” one of the artifacts that will be on display at Medical Sensations

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Landmark: Indigenous health to become mandatory component of PGME

On October 26, 2017, Royal College Council approved a landmark recommendation from the Indigenous Health Advisory Committee (IHAC) that Indigenous health become a mandatory component of postgraduate medical education. This will include within curriculum, assessment and accreditation.

“I’m pleased to share this news with you,” wrote Andrew Padmos, MD, FRCPC, CEO of the Royal College, in a statement. “Implementation will take years and working together will be key to success. We will work collaboratively with IHAC and all stakeholders [including Canada’s postgraduate medical education community, healthcare partners, the Committee on Specialty Education and other Royal College committees] to ensure we develop a feasible implementation plan and timeline.”

Making a difference in the lives of Indigenous Peoples

Calling for “cultural competency training for all health-care professionals”, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada recognized the central role of education in addressing health inequities. This collective response acknowledges that, unlike the general population, Indigenous Peoples

  • face distinct determinants of health and wellbeing, and generally suffer poorer health and outcomes compared to any other population in Canada;
  • endure the lasting legacy of Canadian legislation, racism and policies aimed exclusively at them;
  • are uniquely recognized in Canada’s constitution; and
  • represent the fastest growing population in the country. Since 2006, Canada’s Indigenous population has grown by 42.5 per cent — more than four times the growth rate of non-Indigenous populations over the same period — and now number more than 1.7 million people or close to five per cent of Canada’s population.

Together, the IHAC recommendation and Council’s decision signal a shared commitment to address the ongoing health inequities and racism faced by Canada’s Indigenous Peoples.

“Enhancing postgraduate medical education to address these inequities is a tangible opportunity within our shared scope of responsibility and influence. Together, we can improve the health and health care of Indigenous Peoples by ensuring that Canada’s future doctors provide culturally safe care,” Dr. Padmos added.

Working together

This historical decision will take years to fully define and implement and will build on the work of medical educators who are leading successful Indigenous health initiatives. Led by co-chairs, Dr. Tom Dignan and Dr. Lisa Richardson, IHAC members and others will bring the perspectives and expertise needed to ensure our efforts will properly address the health needs of Indigenous Peoples in this country.

“The decision is a historic moment not only for medical education but for reconciliation in health care,” said Dr. Richardson. “It should not be viewed as an act of benevolence on the part of the Royal College. It represents an acknowledgment of the rights of Indigenous peoples in Canada to reach their full potential in all realms, including the attainment of health outcomes that are equal to those of non-Indigenous people in Canada. Based on this landmark recommendation, all specialists in Canada will now play a role in this critical transformation.”

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“We are not at the top of the mountain”

The Royal College was honoured to have Ariel Lefkowitz, MD, FRCPC, deliver the 2017 Royal College Convocation address at the October 20 ceremony. Dr. Lefkowitz is a 2017 certificant in Internal Medicine. He was selected to deliver the convocation address based on a video submission in which he responded to the following questions:

  • How do you think medicine will change in the next five years?
  • What do you think will be the impact of these changes on peoples’ health and the practice of medicine?
  • How should new specialists prepare and adapt?

Dr. Lefkowitz delivered an inspiring and compelling convocation address. You can read the convocation address here or view his address.

Royal College Convocation Address – October 20, 2017

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Highlights from the October 2017 Royal College Council Meeting

Council met on October 26 and 27 in Ottawa. There was a full agenda covering various topics from the appointment of our new President-Elect to cyber security. Here are some highlights:

Appointment of a new President-Elect

Ian Bowmer, MD, FRCPC, was appointed as the Royal College’s next President-Elect. Dr. Bowmer will take up this position at the conclusion of the Annual Meeting of the Members on February 22, 2018. He will serve in this role for one year. As President-Elect, Dr. Bowmer will join meetings of Council and the Executive Committee of Council, Governance Committee and Nominating Committee. He will also work closely with President, Françoise Chagnon, MD, FRCSC, in representing the Royal College nationally and internationally.

Indigenous health and postgraduate medical education
Council approved a landmark recommendation from the Indigenous Health Advisory Committee (IHAC) that Indigenous health become a mandatory component of postgraduate medical education including curriculum, assessment and accreditation. (Read more about this decision).

Competence by Design

A comprehensive update on the implementation of Competence by Design (CBD) was delivered to Council. On October 19, 2017, Royal College leadership, including the specialty committee chairs, CBME leads and the postgraduate deans agreed on the 6 disciplines that will launch their residency training under a new competency-based approach on July 1, 2018: Emergency Medicine, Forensic Pathology, Medical Oncology, Nephrology, Surgical Foundations and Urology. At that time, 20 per cent of residents will be enrolled in a CBD training program.

Additional points emphasized during the report to Council included

  • the importance of learning lessons from the implementation of the first two-disciplines, Anesthesiology and Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (launched this past July) to inform the transition to CBD for subsequent disciplines;
  • the need for a two-staged implementation approach across the education continuum to manage the complexity of the CBD initiative, with implementation at the residency level being purposefully further advanced at this point in time than at continuing professional development level; and
  • the commitment of every major office at the Royal College to ensure the success of this initiative by continuing to collaborate with faculty members, committee members and stakeholders.

Looking ahead to the successful launch of the second cohort of disciplines, members of Council indicated that they would like to hear direct feedback at their next meeting from residents and program faculty of the first two disciplines that have launched CBD training programs.

Strategic planning

Council continued with its strategic planning efforts initiated earlier this calendar year and confirmed a revised vision and mission for the Royal College. The revised drafts of these statements were shared last week with Fellows through a Message from the CEO. Public discussion across the Royal College community of these statements is encouraged via the CEO’s blog post. At its October meeting, Council also spent time in small groups discussing priorities in four areas of strategic importance: education and lifelong learning, value to Fellows and professional practice, health system and international collaboration. By the time of Council’s next meeting in February, it is anticipated that a first full draft of the 2018-2020 strategic plan will be ready for consideration.

Council education: Cyber security

A guest speaker from the Conference Board of Canada delivered a presentation to Council on the topic of cyber security. During his address, he explained that organizations can be the best at what they do and still be liable for a cyber security breach. Given that cyber security depends on both technology and human behaviour, he emphasized that no information technology system can be 100 per cent secure, noting that it is not a question of if a cyber-attack will occur but when. The speaker thus spoke about the importance of cyber resilience – measured by how quickly an organization can respond to a breach and resume regular business after such events.

To ensure Council is adequately informed of how the information and assets of the Royal College are being protected from risks of this nature, additional cyber-education sessions will be planned for future meetings of Council and the Royal College’s Financial Reporting and Risk Oversight Committee.

The next Royal College Council meeting will take place from February 22-23, 2018. Questions relating to Council activities can be directed to

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Withdrawal of a suggested book from our "Top summer reads" list

In the July 2017 issue of Dialogue, we were pleased to publish a list of books submitted by our Fellows as their recommended reads for the summer holidays. This list was not curated, rather presented as submissions from Fellows that their colleagues could form their own opinions on; unfortunately, this intention was not adequately communicated and the final selections were interpreted by some readers as a list of books the Royal College recommends and endorses.

One of the suggestions on the published list was Robert Whitaker’s Anatomy of an Epidemic. Within a few hours of posting the reading list, it was brought to our attention that Mr. Whitaker’s book has met with considerable opposition within the psychiatric community and that this selection was highly-offensive to some of our members working in Psychiatry. As this article was intended to be a lighthearted feature, we determined that it would be best to remove this controversial book from the list. While we value a variety of perspectives and points-of-view, upon further reflection, we felt that such a selection would benefit from a platform that would allow for open, online debate where members could share their personal views on the book. Unfortunately, the digital platform we are currently using doesn’t yet include such a forum function.

Soon after removing that book from the list, one of our Fellows expressed concern with the book’s withdrawal and asked that it be reinstated. After much thought and deliberation by members of our Royal College senior leadership (including offline discussions with the individuals who asked that the book be removed and who asked that the book be reinstated) we decided to uphold our decision. We felt that re-posting the book without the means for opinion-sharing would be upsetting to Fellows on both sides of the discussion.

We regret if our decision and the way it was handled gave the impression that we were tampering with Dialogue and lacking in transparency and honesty — this was not our intention. We are currently working to upgrade our platform to enable Fellows to express their opinions through online discussion. In future, we will also be clearer around criteria for selecting summer reading suggestions and any other editorial decisions that take place post-publication.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email

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Improve patient safety and team performance in acute care

A rapid and coordinated team response can save a patient’s life in an acute care setting. Optimizing Crisis Resource Management to Improve Patient Safety and Team Performance helps acute care professionals optimize their (and their team’s) crisis resource management skills.

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Relive #ICRE2017 through Twitter

ICRE 2017 drew more than 2,300 registrants from 33 countries to Quebec City, Canada, where they took part in workshops, plenaries and paper/poster presentations.

From provocative plenary panel discussions and debates, to the success of new programming such as the Resident Networking Reception and Golden Ticket Program, ICRE 2017 was a great success.

Check out our Storify recaps from each day of the October 19-21 conference to take in the most-talked about moments that were shared on Twitter.

Get ready for #ICRE2018 in Halifax!

Be a part of ICRE 2018 in Halifax, Canada!

Feeling inspired by the workshops you attended at ICRE 2017?

Have cutting-edge insights to share related to residency education and training?

Consider submitting a pre-conference workshop for ICRE 2018!

Submissions related to one of our 19 Learning Track topic areas will be considered for presentation at next year’s conference in Halifax, Canada.

Visit the ICRE 2018 website to download submission instructions before the January 5, 2018 deadline.

While there, remember to schedule these other important deadlines into your calendar:

  • Call for in-conference workshop proposals

    Process opens: November 2017
    Deadline: January 26, 2018

  • Call for abstracts

    Process opens: January 2018
    Deadline: March 2, 2018

  • Call for Residency Education Awards nominations

    Process opens: January 2018
    Deadline: April 6, 2018

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Highlights from the Simulation Summit

Hundreds of inter-professional simulation experts, educators and enthusiasts from 10 different countries flocked to Montreal, Que., from November 1-2, to investigate advances in medical simulation and to collaborate with colleagues during the 10th anniversary of Simulation Summit.

Inspired by the intersection of health professional education and the health care system, the 2017 conference theme, Simulation for Health Systems, Care and Quality explored how simulation relates to stakeholders and affects standards of care and quality.

This year, we welcomed over 300 participants who engaged in four plenary sessions, over 20 workshops, more than 60 research presentations, and the always exciting, SimTrek.

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 2017 winners!

  • Ilana Bank winner of the 2017 Best Presentation Award for her presentation titled, “A trauma patient’s journey: From arrival to disposition.”
  • Justine Garcia winner of the 2017 Simulation Summit Research Award for her poster presentation titled, “Simulated aortic tissue using 3D printed multi-material composites.”
  • Yiqun Lin winner of the 2017 Simulation Summit Research Award for her poster presentation titled, “Assessing Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) mattress compressibility during CPR with standard backboard and real-time feedback: A simulation-based study.”
  • Andrew Petrosoniak winner of the 2017 Emerging Investigator Award for his/her poster presentation titled, “Video-based framework analysis: A novel technique for latent safety threat identification during in situ simulation.”

Mark your calendars for the 2018 Simulation Summit in Ottawa!

Next year’s Simulation Summit will be held at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa, Ont., September 28-29, 2018. The 2018 conference theme, Negotiating the Channels through Simulation will explore the translation that takes place from the clinical world to curriculum development and assessment as channels bridged by simulation.

Mark your calendars and join us September 28-29, 2018, at the Shaw Centre.


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Members in the news

Doctor walking down a hospital hallway

“Studies across America show a dramatic increase in childhood marijuana poisoning in states that had either legalized medicinal or recreational marijuana. This can be quite a serious condition,” Patricia Daly, MD, FRCPC (“B.C. doctors warn legalizing edible pot could increase risk for children,” Ottawa Metro).

"We have the challenge that parts of your brain are essential for function, even the essence of who we are and how we communicate and how we laugh at jokes. We don't want to remove or harm those areas that are essential for us to function and make us the people who we are," Peter Dirks, MD, FRCSC (“Glioblastoma, brain tumour that took Gord Downie's life, tough to treat: doctors,” CTV News Toronto)

“They're the only twins that I'm aware of who are alive and remain conjoined with this shared connectivity,” Juliette Hukin, MBBS, FRCPC (“Tatiana And Krista Hogan Featured In CBC Documentary 'Inseparable',” Huffington Post Canada)

“Over the past 100 years, the incidence of IBD in western countries has climbed and then plateaued. Our research shows that countries outside the western world now appear to be in the first stage of this sequence,” Gilaad Kaplan, MD, FRCPC (“Research predicts increase in inflammatory bowel disease in developing world,” UToday, UCalgary)

“I find this a very engaging population. They’re thoughtful and kind and compassionate. They show courage every day,” Jeffrey Turnbull, MD, FRCPC (“Top Ottawa doctor leaving hospital post to treat homeless,” CTV News)

"It's going to change, we think, not just North American, but global practice," David Wood, MD, FRCPC (“B.C. doctor says Canadian-led heart valve surgery will ‘blow people’s minds’,” The Globe and Mail)


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In memoriam


Raja Hani Ataya, MBChB, FRCPC, died on September 21, 2017, in Beaumont, Texas, USA, at age 76. Dr. Ataya was certified by the Royal College in Pediatrics in 1982. He worked as a pediatrician in Beaumont since 1985, where he was considered a pillar of the community. Read more about Dr. Ataya.

Catherine M.-Y. Bergeron, MD, FRCPC, died on September 18, 2017, in Toronto, Ont., at age 67. Dr. Bergeron was certified by the Royal College in Neuropathology in 1979. She was a Professor Emerita of Neuropathology at the University of Toronto and founder of the Canadian Brain Tissue Bank. Read more about Dr. Bergeron.

John Martin Ellison, MD, FRCSC, died on September 13, 2017, in Fonthill, Ont., at age 77. Dr. Ellison was certified by the Royal College in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1972. He practised medicine for more than 40 years, 27 of which were in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Welland Hospital. Read more about Dr. Ellison.

Lawther (Pat) Logan, MDCM, FRCPC, died on September 21, 2017, in Calgary, Alta., at age 94. Dr. Logan was certified by the Royal College in Internal Medicine in 1955. After moving to Calgary in 1956, he established the city’s first medical practice in Cardiology. He continued to work as a cardiologist for a further 35+ years. Read more about Dr. Logan.

Jacques Melanson, MD, FRCPC, died on September 7, 2017, in Boucherville, Que., at age 84. Dr. Melanson was certified by the Royal College in Internal Medicine in 1962. He leaves behind many family and friends. Read more about Dr. Melanson.

James Rosslyn Mitchell, MD, FRCSC, died on September 8, 2017, in Winnipeg, Man., at age 97. Dr. Mitchell was certified by the Royal College in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1953. He was awarded a lifetime achievement award in 2000 from the Canadian Medical Association in recognition of his contribution as a practitioner and associate professor at the University of Manitoba. Read more about Dr. Mitchell.

James Gordon Parish, MBChB, FRCPC, died on September 19, 2017, in Perth, Scotland, at age 91. Dr. Parish was certified by the Royal College in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in 1961. Read more about Dr. Parish.

Thomas Allen Patterson, MD, FRCPC, died on September 9, 2017, in Toronto, Ont., at age 85. Dr. Patterson was certified by the Royal College in Medical Microbiology in 1973. He loved both music and medicine, and impacted many lives. Read more about Dr. Patterson.

Patricia Mary Rebbeck, MBChB, FRCSC, died on September 22, 2017, in Vancouver, B.C., at age 82. Dr. Rebbeck was certified by the Royal College in General Surgery in 1966. She was the first female surgical resident in Vancouver and the fourth female to be certified in General Surgery in Canada. Read more about Dr. Rebbeck.

Robert Thomas Richards, MD, FRCSC, died on September 15, 2017, in Burnaby, B.C., at age 78. Dr. Richards was certified by the Royal College in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1968.

Norman “Derek” Royle, MBChB, FRCSC, died on September 19, 2017, in Kelowna, B.C., at age 88. Dr. Royle was certified by the Royal College in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1963. He worked for many years as an obstetrician, later learning and offering colposcopy. He fully retired in 2002. Read more about Dr. Royle.

Jacques St-Cyr, MD, FRCPC, died on September 7, 2017, in Chicoutimi, Que., at age 90. Dr. St-Cyr was certified by the Royal College in Physician Medicine in Rehabilitation in 1962. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Read more about Dr. St-Cyr.

Hugh Taylor, MD, FRCPC, died on September 30, 2017, in Winnipeg, Man., at age 86. Dr. Taylor was certified by the Royal College in Pediatrics in 1962. He had a very fulfilling career, including terms as President of the Winnipeg Children's Hospital and President of the Canadian Pediatric Society. Read more about Dr. Taylor.

Howard Carl Trupp, MD, FRCPC, died on October 2, 2017, in Brantford, Ont., at age 88. Dr. Trupp was certified by the Royal College in Psychiatry in 1962. After receiving his medical degrees from the University of Toronto, he practised for many years in Brantford. Read more about Dr. Trupp.

Sama Parthasarathy Usha, MBBS, FRCPC, died on September 18, 2017, in Whitby, Ont., at age 76. Dr. Usha was certified by the Royal College in Psychiatry in 1972. She practiced in Whitby for over 34 years, fully retiring in 2013. Read more about Dr. Usha.

Patricia Anne Wightman, MD, FRCPC, died on September 18, 2017, in Winnipeg, Man., at age 85. Dr. Wightman was certified by the Royal College in Psychiatry in 1982, after having practised anesthesia for a number of years. After obtaining her certification, she practised Psychiatry at the Health Sciences Centre until her retirement this past June 2017. Read more about Dr. Wightman.


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