We are pleased to announce our regional Prix d’excellence-Specialist of the Year recipients for 2017. Hailing from across Canada, our recipients showcase the diversity of specialist practice and a shared passion for patient care.
Famed director Steven Spielberg once described “The delicate balance of mentoring someone [as] not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves.”
We are pleased to reveal this year’s regional Mentor of the Year recipients. These doctors know the importance of positive influence on career development and peer-to-peer support. Read on to find out who they are and, in their own words, what mentorship means to them.
Each year, we contribute to the advancement of medical education by supporting researchers and educators working across a diverse range of disciplines, health settings and environments. Please join us in celebrating our newest cohort of esteemed researchers!
Medical Education Research Grant recipients for 2017
This grant supports quality research in postgraduate medical education and continuing professional development involving Royal College Fellows.
|Principal investigators||Funded projects|
|Nha Voduc, MD, FRCPC (University of Ottawa)||Measuring development of competency with the Ontario Bronchoscopy Assessment Tool|
|Ryan Brydges, PhD (St. Michael’s Hospital) and Jeffrey J.H. Cheung, PhD(c) (The Wilson Centre, Toronto General Hospital and University of Toronto)||Competency by what design? Exploring the impact of integrated instruction on procedural skills transfer|
|Vicki Leblanc, PhD (The University of Ottawa)||The role of emotions in clinical reasoning and recall|
|Carmen L. Mueller, MD, FRCSC, MEd, FACS (McGill University)||Reciprocal peer mentorship for practicing surgeons - modernization of continuous professional development in surgery|
|Geoffrey Norman, PhD (McMaster University)||Diagnostic errors: knowledge deficit vs cognitive bias and checklists|
Find out more about these projects. Visit the recipients’ webpage to read project abstracts and to learn how these projects will impact medical education research.
Royal College/AMS CanMEDS recipient for 2017
This grant is offered in partnership with the AMS Phoenix Call-to-Caring to support research, development or implementation of projects that leverage the 2015 CanMEDS Framework; specifically, projects that aim to instill and sustain compassion, empathy and professional values in the environments in which health professionals learn and work.
|Principal investigator||Funded project|
|Melissa Duffy, PhD (University of Ottawa)||Managing emotionally-charged events: the impact of stress inoculation training on empathy in simulation|
Find out more about this project. Visit the recipients webpage to read the project abstract.
You MUST visit our MOC tips page! Here’s why.
- There are 16 MOC tips awaiting your discovery, written by Fellows for Fellows and other Health Care Professionals participating in the MOC Program.
- We have tips for each section of the MOC Program — group learning, self-learning and assessment.
- We add tips every month, so check back often and never miss a tip!
Check out the MOC Tips page today
(Note: Tips are arranged by MOC Program section)
Did you know? MOC tips are also readily accessible from your MAINPORT ePortfolio dashboard (under “MOC Resources” and “MOC Program News”).
Don’t miss these recent/timely tips
- Use video to improve your consultation skills
- Leverage metrics your hospital is already collecting for your MOC
- Turn your presentations into MOC credit opportunities
- Complete a Personal Learning Project in six simple steps
- Claim MOC credits while pursuing your research activities
- Triple your conference learning
- And many more …
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.
(Note: You’ll have a chance to review the final tip before it is published).
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
- Have you been eyeing a Royal College golf tee?
- Is there a CanMEDS publication missing from your personal library?
- Are you in want of a branded pen, mug, tie or pashmina?
Save up to 60% off our CanMEDS publications and items in our Insignia Collection. Our fall sale starts September 13 and runs while supplies last.
Over 1800 doctors passed their Royal College exams so far this year. Next month, newly-certified specialists will gather at Royal College Convocation to celebrate their achievement.
We’re asking you: What is the best advice you have for a new specialist?
This could be advice you were given (or advice you wish you’d been given!) Poignant, funny or practical – we’ll compile your best ideas and publish them in our October newsletter.
Contributor: Canadian Medical Protective Association
When your patient is harmed as a result of a patient safety incident, you have an obligation to disclose the reasons for the outcome. This conversation should occur in a timely, open and honest manner.
Disclosure is a process typically requiring several discussions at each of two general stages.
- Initial disclosure should be made with the patient as soon as reasonably possible, focusing first on the known facts and the provision of further clinical care.
- Post-analysis disclosure focuses on the reasons for harm as determined by appropriate analysis.
At both stages, ensure the patient knows who to contact with any concerns or follow-up questions. This information should be written down whenever possible. Let the patient know if a review will occur and clarify the timing and focus of the review, as well as the nature of the patient’s participation.
To learn more about your disclosure obligations, visit “Disclosing harm from healthcare delivery: Open and honest communication with patients.”
For the fourth consecutive year, the China Conference on Residency Education (CCRE) brought together an outstanding and diverse group of educators, researchers and thought leaders at the forefront of postgraduate medical education (PGME) in China and in Canada.
- Theme: Standardized Residency Training: Striving for Quality
- Location: Beijing, China
- Dates: June 15-17, 2017
This three-day conference is sponsored by the Royal College, the Peking University First Hospital and the Chinese Medical Doctor Association. CCRE plays an important role in supporting the Chinese government’s standardization of PGME across the country.
Are you a resident or early career physician? Are you interested in networking with and receiving invaluable, one-on-one professional development advice from a medical education (MedEd) expert? Don’t miss ICRE’s Mentorship Program!
The Mentorship Program provides participants with useful, individualized advice from an experienced educator with expertise in
- education leadership,
- education research,
- and more.
Check out our list of mentors for 2017 and discover which expert’s areas of academic interest most appeal to you.
Spots for ICRE’s 2017 Mentorship Program are limited. Pre-registration is required.
Enhance your conference experience with the 2017 ICRE conference app
Have the latest ICRE 2017 information and updates at your fingertips during the October 19-21 conference in Quebec City, Canada. Download the ICRE 2017 mobile app (available for iOS and Android devices).
This user-friendly app gives attendees quick access to valuable information about ICRE, including
- floor plans,
- plenary speaker bios,
- program schedules,
- conference abstracts,
- session evaluations,
- and much more.
New for 2017: The app contains a polling feature to allow conference participants to engage and respond to polls and questions in real-time during select sessions.
With five plenaries, 19 learning tracks, over 60 workshops and more than 200 poster and paper presentations, ICRE 2017 offers participants a lot to see and do. Enhance your ICRE 2017 experience by downloading the mobile app!
Time is running out to save on your Simulation Summit 2017 registration fees!
Don’t miss your chance to attend this unique, practical and interprofessional conference on medical education using simulation. Each year, it attracts hundreds of participants from around the world including simulation educators, researchers, health care professionals and others working in the field.
- View the full conference program for 2017 to find out more about this year’s four plenaries, more than 20 workshops and over 60 research presentations. Plus, check out details on the exciting social events taking place at this year’s conference.
- Remember to book your travel and accommodations through our official conference hotels and travel providers to receive discounted rates on airfare, train tickets, etc.
- Visit www.royalcollege.ca/simulationsummit for more conference details.
See you in Montreal, November 1-2, 2017!
Simulation Educator Training (SET) course
Learn to integrate simulation into teaching, training & professional development programs.
Upcoming (English language) courses
Montreal, Que. – October 29-31, 2017 Steinberg Centre for Simulation and Interactive Learning, McGill University (3575 Parc Avenue, Suite 5640, Montreal, H2X 3P9) Register now
Principles of Assessment in Simulation Supplement (PASS)
Practice and integrate simulation-based assessments into competency-based education.
Upcoming (English language) course
Montreal, Que. – November 3rd, 2017
Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel (1201 Boulevard Rene-Levesque West, Montreal, H3B 2L7) Register now
Meet staff face-to-face, ask questions and learn more about your Royal College.
International Conference on Residency Education (ICRE)
October 19-21, 2017
Quebec City, Quebec
Canadian Association of Physician Assistants (CAPA) Annual Conference
October 26-29, 2017
Canadian Cardiovascular Congress
October 21-24, 2017
Vancouver, British Columbia
Canadian Society of Internal Medicine Annual Meeting
November 1-4, 2017
2017 CSEM/Diabetes Canada Professional Conference & Annual Meetings
November 1-4, 2017
“While I always had aspirations to practise medicine, my parents still cannot believe I am an orthopedic surgeon,” Darren de SA, MD, FRCSC (“No bones about it: Surgeon helps keep patients on their toes,” The Hamilton Spectator).
“It’s clear that our current approach to drugs in this city and this country doesn’t seem to be having the desired impact,” Eileen De Villa, MD, FRCPC (“Should Toronto push to decriminalize all drugs? The city’s medical health officer ready to consider it,” Toronto Star).
“Although it would seem intuitive to test before treating, these conditions are often diagnosed and treated based on symptoms alone, partly because testing is not always readily available (especially within a short turnaround time),” Samir Gupta, MD, FRCPC (“Breathing issues are often under-tested, over-treated,” Toronto Star)
“In theory you do make it more likely that someone will turn to something that is more dangerous, but that doesn’t mean that it wasn’t the right thing to do in the first place,” David Juurlink, MD, FRCPC (“Crackdown on opioids fuels heroin increase,” London Free Press).
“In the industrialized world we’re seeing a very definite and clear decline in sperm counts, in quality, even among fertile men, and as the world becomes more toxic, the effect will be greater,” Art Leader, MD, FRCSC (“Let’s talk about male infertility,” Toronto Star).
“One theory is, that depression that occurs right before Alzheimer’s disease is an early symptom or manifestation of the illness. Again, this points to the reason to seek treatment early,” Robert Madan, MD, FRCPC (“Depression in dementia patients can be tackled,” Toronto Star).
“This month marks three decades for me in a community-based pediatric clinic. ….The saying of ‘the more things change the more they stay the same,’ does not quite fit the shifting patterns of children’s health I have observed,” Peter Nieman, MBChB, FRCPC (“Dr. Peter Nieman: Reflecting on 30 years as a pediatrician,” Regina Leader-Post).
“There is a lot of information out there for cancer patients. But none of it talks about the quality of treatment and how to get top-notch care. Once I realized that information wasn’t out there, when I went through this journey with my friend, I realized that a how-to manual was needed,” David Palma, MD, FRCPC (“Cancer doctor writes book after his best friend’s diagnosis,” Toronto Star).
"I get phone calls and emails in my office every day from people in despair, because they don't know how to survive. They can't do things for themselves because of the seriousness of their condition," – Eleanor Stein, MD, FRCPC (“Chronic fatigue syndrome in Canada 'even worse than we thought': survey,” CTV News).
“In cell culture, we've been able to take that protein, and now we have a series of drugs that will reverse the process. We have these drugs and we can use them in cell culture. Now we need to take them to animal studies,” Michael Strong, MD, FRCPC (“Researchers close in on drugs for severe head injury, ALS,” CBC News).
“We believe we have a very effective model here. We would like to scale it up and work with regional partners,” Jeffrey Turnbull, MD, FRCPC (“The Ottawa Hospital to create a co-ordination service for medically assisted dying,” Ottawa Citizen).
Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Blake!
Jennifer M. Blake, MD, FACOG, FRCSC, CEO of The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada, has been awarded the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ (ACOG) Distinguished Service Award for 2018. This award is to recognize her “outstanding contributions to the practice of obstetrics and gynecology and the promotion of women’s health.” It will be presented at the ACOG’s Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting in April 2018. Congratulations, Dr. Blake!
Gobinda L. Chakrabarti (Dr. Chak), MBBS, FRCPC, died on July 19, 2017, in Scarborough, Ont., at age 85. Dr. Chakrabarti was certified by the Royal College in Neurology (1967) and Psychiatry (1968). A graduate of the University of Calcutta, he studied and practised medicine in England, Scotland, the United States and Canada before retiring in 2012. Read more about Dr. Chakrabarti.
Chifumbe Chintu, MD, FRCPC, died on May 4, 2017, in Zambia, at age 79. Dr. Chintu was certified by the Royal College in Pediatrics in 1973. A “medical icon” and “national treasure,” Professor Chintu was publically mourned by Zambia’s President Lungu and thanked for his “unequalled loyalty and distinguished service to the medical profession” – both in Africa and around the world. Read more about Dr. Chintu.
Winona (Win) Marion Copping, MD, FRCPC, died on July 23, 2017, in South Surrey, B.C., at age 90. Dr. Copping was certified by the Royal College in Psychiatry in 1973. She went on to practise in Kingston and in Ottawa, and is remembered for her “quiet wisdom” and “gracious and accepting approach to others.” Read more about Dr. Copping.
Ewald V. Dwersteg, MD, FRCSC, died on July 25, 2017, in Duncan, B.C., at age 90. Dr. Dwersteg was certified by the Royal College in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery in 1965. “Kind to a fault,” he lived a full life, including surviving six months as a prisoner of war. He will be sadly missed by those who knew him. Read more about Dr. Dwersteg.
Archibald (Archie) Gray Erwin, MD, FRCPC, died on April 22, 2017, in Ottawa, Ont., at age 77. Dr. Erwin was certified by the Royal College in Diagnostic Radiology in 1978. He is remembered as a “brilliant doctor and teacher” who serviced patients in Brockville for many years. Read more about Dr. Erwin.
John Howard Feindel, MD, FRCPC, died on July 18, 2017, in Chester, N.S., at age 86. Dr. Feindel was certified by the Royal College in Anesthesiology in 1963. While President of the Canadian Anesthesiologists' Society, he learned French — at the age 51 — so that he could make the annual meeting address in both official languages. Read more about Dr. Feindel.
William (Bill) George Gawman, MD, FRCPC, died on July 20, 2017, in Kitchener, Ont., at age 87. Dr. Gawman was certified by the Royal College in Diagnostic Radiology in 1963. He practised for many years in Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo and Fergus before retiring at age 81. Read more about Dr. Gawman.
Jelisaveta (Eli) Hollo, MD, FRCPC, died on July 25, 2017, in Winnipeg, Man., at age 92. Dr. Hollo was certified by the Royal College in Psychiatry in 1971. For more than 25 years, she took a daily bus ride to Selkirk Mental Health Centre where she worked, eventually retiring in 1988. Remembered as someone “who thrived on human interaction” she was never shy to engage in deep discussions or debates. Read more about Dr. Hollo.
Réjean Lebel, MD, FRCSC, died on July 16, 2017, in Boston, USA, at age 76. Dr. Lebel was certified by the Royal College in Orthopedic Surgery in 1974. From 1985 until 2000, he worked at the Redington Fairview Hospital. He is remembered for his “undying passion for life” and “dedicated love for his work.” Read more about Dr. Lebel.
Richard Leslie (Dick) Loomer, MD, FRCSC, died on June 26, 2017, in New Westminster, B.C., at age 78. Dr. Loomer was certified by the Royal College in Orthopedic Surgery in 1975. An adventurer and lover of life, he practised his speciality in Westminster, Whitehorse and Haidi Gwaii. Read more about Dr. Loomer.
William Grant (Bill) Macrae, MD, FRCSC, died on July 7, 2017, in Collinwood, Ont., at age 77. Dr. Macrae was certified by the Royal College in Ophthalmology in 1971. Honoured with numerous awards, including one his students developed for him (Millennium Mentor award); the University of Toronto awarded him with the Excellence in Postgraduate Medical Education Award upon his retirement. The school also established the William Macrae Fund for Excellence in Ophthalmic Education. Read more about Dr. Macrae.
Tilak Raj Malhotra, MBBS, FRCPC, died on July 17, 2017, in Prince Albert, Sask., at age 78. Dr. Malhotra was certified by the Royal College in Pediatrics in 1977. For more than 40 years, he served the Prince Albert community. He holds the distinction of being the first pediatrician from Saskatchewan to be invited to participate on the national board for the Canadian Pediatrics Society. Read more about Dr. Malhotra.
Brian Francis A. G. McKenna, MBChB, FRCSC, died on August 1, 2017, in Saskatoon, Sask., at age 88. Dr. McKenna was certified by the Royal College in Orthopedic Surgery in 1966. Before retiring in 1995, he practised at the Medical Arts Building, and City and St. Paul’s hospitals in Saskatoon. Read more about Dr. McKenna.
Rosman Frederick Miranda, MD, FRCSC, died on August 1, 2017, in Belleville, Ont., at age 91. Dr. Miranda was certified by the Royal College in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery in 1968. Born in Trinidad, he worked as a surgeon at the Belleville General Hospital and in private practice for many years. Read more about Dr. Miranda.
Aditya Vikram Mishra, MD, FRCSC, died on August 4, 2017, in Halifax, N.S., at age 55. Dr. Mishra was certified by the Royal College in Ophthalmology in 1990. Before his death, he worked as an associate professor in the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences at Dalhousie University. He is remembered as a “great doctor,” teacher and mentor. Read more about Dr. Mishra.
Donald Edward Morris, MDCM, FRCSC, died on July 19, 2017, in Tantallon, N.S., at age 90. Dr. Morris was certified by the Royal College in General Surgery in 1963. For years he worked in Dartmouth, N.S., as a member of the surgical staff at Dartmouth General and the Halifax Infirmary. He also had a practice at the Woodlawn Medical Clinic. Read more about Dr. Morris.
Zelick Perler, MD, FRCSC, died on July 6, 2017, in Vancouver, B.C., at age 82. Dr. Perler was certified by the Royal College in Urology in 1966. Remembered for his kindness, compassion and dedication to others, he will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Read more about Dr. Perler.
Benoît-Philippe Poitras, MD, FRCSC, died on June 27, 2017, in Montreal, Que., at age 75. Dr. Poitras was certified by the Royal College in Orthopedic Surgery in 1972. He dedicated his career to pediatric patients, where he was known to listen attentively to them. He is remembered by his family as a man of action and peace. Read more about Dr. Poitras.
Suzanne Richter, MD, FRCPC, died on April 2, 2017, in London, Ont., at age 46. Dr. Richter was certified by the Royal College in Internal Medicine (2009) and Medical Oncology (2010). At the time of her death, she was a medical oncologist at London Health Sciences Centre and a member of the faculty at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, Western University. Read more about Dr. Richter.
Gerald William Scott, MBBS, FRCSC, died on July 13, 2017, in Salt Spring Island, B.C., at age 86. Dr. Scott was certified by the Royal College in General Surgery in 1964. Surgeon and scientist, he was director of the Surgical Medical Research Institute at the University of Alberta for 10 years (1978-1988). Read more about Dr. Scott.
Jacques Turmel, MD, FRCPC, died on April 25, 2017, in Quebec, Que., at age 89. Dr. Turmel earned his medical degree from Laval University in 1953 and was certified by the Royal College in Psychiatry in 1958. He will be missed by family and friends. Read more about Dr. Turmel.