Vol. 6, Issue 2 — July 2015
IN THIS ISSUE
Message from the Executive Director, Office of Specialty Education
With summer approaching, this issue of MedEd Insight is intended to highlight some key activities coming up so you can ear-mark future events in your busy schedules. You’ll see we have included a special focus on several educational opportunities geared towards your particular interests as medical educators; we hope you will accept our invitation to engage with us and attend these special events! Read more »
Awards and Grants —
Message from the Executive Director of OSE
With summer approaching, this issue of MedEd Insight is intended to highlight some key activities coming up so you can ear-mark future events in your busy schedules. You’ll see we have included a special focus on several educational opportunities geared towards your particular interests as medical educators; we hope you will accept our invitation to engage with us and attend these special events!
I am confident that you will find something to support your development; be it bi-weekly KeyLIME podcasts or our four-day ASPIRE program, which will explore ways to assess and teach patient safety and quality improvement competencies, or the events associated with the official launch of the CanMEDS 2015 Physician Competency Framework at ICRE 2015.
These past few months, the Royal College has been busy advancing various projects. As you know, the Royal College’s Competence by Design (CBD) initiative is well underway, and our office is committed to engaging with leaders in the Postgraduate and Continuing Professional Development spheres, as always. For an update on CBD specific work, please see our CBD Community Touchpoint ePub. It is our goal to deliver the tools and necessary to successfully implement our shared vision for competency-based medical education. In anticipation of ICRE and the 2015 Simulation Summit, we look forward to connecting with volunteers, collaborators and partners to develop the directions and tools which will enable enhancements to residency and in practice education and learning.
As the CBD program continues to mature, we will make modifications based on our partnerships and our directions will be informed and guided by our stakeholders.
While we hope these educational tools, grants, awards and events resonate with you and your work, we also hope that you will be taking some time in the coming days to disconnect and enjoy the many summer activities available to you.
Kenneth A. Harris, MD, FRCSC
Office of Specialty Education
New French ASPIRE program: November 2015
The Royal College, the Canadian Patient Safety Institute and the Collège des médecins du Québec have partnered to offer a French ASPIRE program in Montreal on November 3-6, 2015 (rescheduled from June 2-5, 2015).
This four-day program will be held at Montreal’s Centre d’apprentissage de l’Académie CHUM and will feature a state-of-the-art simulation session and stellar faculty. French medical educators in medical, surgical or other health professions who are interested in teaching and assessing patient safety and quality improvement (QI) are invited to attend.
Given that patient safety and QI competencies have been explicitly weaved throughout the new CanMEDS 2015 Physician Competency Framework, this program will enable participants to get a first-hand look at how these two new competencies can be taught and evaluated.
Visit www.royalcollege.ca/events/aspire for more details.
KeyLIME — Key Literature in Medical Education
We are pleased to announce that at this year’s KeyLime LIVE @ ICRE 2015, not one, but two guest co-hosts will be selecting and disseminating an interesting MedEd article of their choice! Alongside our Key Literature in Medical Education (KeyLIME) hosts, Jason, Jon & Linda, our two special guests are Dr. Eric Holmboe, from Yale University, and Dr. Kevin Eva, from McMaster University. This unique KeyLIME podcast will be produced live in front of an ICRE audience on October 23, 2015, in Vancouver and available to stream after the event.
Apply for a Royal College grant by September 11
It’s awards-and-grants season at the Royal College and we welcome your submissions. Apply for a grant, scholarship or fellowship to advance your skills and competence, or celebrate an inspiring peer by nominating him or her for one of our prestigious awards.
Our goal is to support your development, no matter what stage you are at in your career.
Regional PD Grants available for Fellows
Fellows, are you looking for support for your self-learning? The Royal College’s Professional Development Grants are awarded year-round, across Canada. Funding is now available and successful applicants can receive up to $4,000.
The Professional Development Grant is intended to support your Section 2 (self-learning) activities in collaboration with a mentor or supervisor. This grant provides an excellent opportunity to advance your skills and competence, so apply today!
Advance your skills with other valuable grants
- Study the highest standards at home and abroad. Final-year residents and Fellows in their first five years post-certification can gain valuable experience at medical centres in Canada or abroad with the Detweiler Travelling Fellowship. Available in two categories (still-in-training and academic or private practice), Fellows who are more than five years post-certification are also eligible.
- Advance your surgical skills in the U.K. Surgeons and surgical residents can train in the United Kingdom under the Royal College’s Harry S. Morton Travelling Fellowship in Surgery. This fellowship awards up to $50,000/year and is a wonderful opportunity to benefit your practice, and to contribute to excellence in Canada’s academic programs.
- Research the historical archives of the Royal College. If you are undertaking a history of medicine research project, the Peter Warren Travelling Scholarship (exclusively for residents) will fund your visit to our celebrated Roddick Room library and Royal College archives in Ottawa, Ont.
Nominate your peers for a Royal College award
- Nominate an inspiring humanitarian. One of Canada’s most prestigious medical awards, the Royal College Teasdale-Corti Humanitarian Award is for Canadian physicians who go beyond the accepted norms of routine practice.
- Celebrate a colleague who’s an Indigenous health advocate. Recognize excellence in a colleague devoted to the rights of Indigenous Peoples with a nomination to the Dr. Thomas Dignan Indigenous Health Award.
- Honour a peer in medical education. Nominate a colleague who has demonstrated excellence in integrating the CanMEDS Roles into a Royal College training program with the Royal College/AMS Donald R. Wilson Award.
Suspension of the FIRE mechanism
In December 2015, the Royal College’s Education Committee passed a motion to temporarily suspend the Fundamental Innovations in Residency Education (FIRE) mechanism, along with any future applications, until such time as the implementation of the Competence by Design (CBD) initiative is more fully underway.
Please rest assured that this decision was not taken lightly, and we are confident this adjustment will help ensure the ongoing success of the initiatives currently underway.
This page was modified in January 2016 to reflect the changes to the FIRE project.
ICRE 2015: Transforming training for modern care
As the world’s largest conference devoted exclusively to advancing residency education, the International Conference on Residency Education (ICRE) welcomes more than 1,500 medical educators from across Canada and internationally each year to explore the latest trends and hear a diversity of radical views on a broad range of medical issues.
With the theme for this year being Residency Rediscovered: Transforming Training for Modern Care, ICRE 2015’s programming will offer unique learning opportunities for all those involved in the changing landscape of residency education. From workshops on eLogs and ePortfolios to an exciting plenary debate on the pros and cons of competency-based medical education, ICRE 2015 promises to be an invaluable forum for medical educators to network, collaborate, and take home valuable tools and knowledge to enhance their programs or practice.
Altogether, this year’s conference will feature:
- five plenaries,
- fifteen learning tracks,
- more than fifty workshops, and
- approximately two-hundred poster and paper presentations.
The official launch of the CanMEDS 2015 Physician Competency Framework will also take place at ICRE 2015, and will include the final editions of the CanMEDS Framework and Milestones Guide, as well as faculty support tools.
ICRE 2015 takes place from October 22-24 in beautiful Vancouver, Canada. For more information, visit the ICRE website.
Don’t miss the International Resident Leadership Summit!
Residents attending ICRE 2015, be sure to mark October 23-24, 2015 in your calendars for this year’s International Resident Leadership Summit (IRLS)! The two-day event, held conjointly with ICRE, is dedicated to enhancing resident leadership skills in time management, strategic planning, and more.
Between plenary sessions with dynamic keynote speakers, informative workshops, and lively (large and small) group discussions, IRLS 2015 presents a unique opportunity for residents to develop an international network of like-minded peers and learn about future leadership opportunities.
Back by popular demand this year and co-presented with ICRE is Resident Survival Stories – a practical and informative panel session that highlights both the challenges and triumphs experienced by residents. The panel discussion will serve as an opportunity for fellow residents to share best practices and hear examples of successful navigation in the areas of leadership, career planning, and resident wellness.
Join colleagues from around the world in Vancouver, Canada, for IRLS 2015. Residents of all levels are welcome!
Visit the IRLS website today for complete registration information.
Break trail in Banff at the 2015 Simulation Summit!
This year’s Simulation Summit invites all health care professionals to explore the latest innovations in simulation-focused learning, research and practice – in one of Canada’s most truly picturesque locations!
Taking place from November 25-26 in Banff, Alberta, the 2015 Simulation Summit is open to all individuals engaged in the field of simulation, across all healthcare disciplines.
Participants at the 2015 Simulation Summit will have the opportunity to:
- collaborate with international colleagues
- investigate advances in medical simulation for health professions
- plan to integrate medical simulation for health professions across the education spectrum
In addition to dynamic workshops, presentations and plenaries, this year’s Simulation Summit will once again feature the highly-popular, fun and interactive SimTrek session; an annual exposé of scenario construction, team leadership styles and debriefing. The SimTrek experience is the culmination of all the high-fidelity simulation principles discussed at Simulation Summit!
For more information on this year’s conference, visit the Simulation Summit website.
Key Contact Information
Interactive org chart – click or hover over bubble to reveal what each unit is up to, who to contact and key projects.
Executive Director, Office of Specialty Education
Kenneth A. Harris, MD, FRCSC
Executive Assistant, Office of Specialty Education
Change Initiative Advisor
Rhonda St. Croix, MBA, CMA
For information regarding change strategy and the transformation of specialty education.
Director, Continuous Professional Development
Craig Campbell, MD, FRCPC
For inquiries regarding the Office of Specialty Education’s tools and educational strategies to promote lifelong learning, ‘informed’ self-assessment and workplace based assessments of competence and performance of individuals, groups or health care teams.
Director, Product Development & Dissemination
For inquiries regarding the development, dissemination and maintenance of educational products and services of the Royal College, in support of educators across the medical education continuum.
Director, Specialty Education, Strategy & Standards
Jason R. Frank, MD, MA(Ed), FRCPC
For inquiries regarding issues related to the specialty PGME system, including applications for specialty recognition, current specialty reviews, as well as specialty education policy and development initiatives.
Associate Director, Assessment
Farhan Bhanji, MD, MHPE, FRCPC
For further information concerning assessment, faculty development, examiners, examination committees, and on research activities related to medical education and evaluation issues.
For information regarding the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program, the MAINPORT ePortfolio, the regional CPD Educators program, and the CPD Accreditation portfolio for provider organizations, accredited group learning or assessment.
Associate Director, Educational Strategy and Accreditation
Sarah Taber, MHA
For information on the Office of Specialty Education’s strategic and research activities, accreditation standards, related key issues, trends in postgraduate medical education (PGME) and accreditation of residency programs in Canada.
Associate Director, Specialties
Jolanta Karpinski, MD, FRCPC
For further information concerning specialty committees, and the development and renewal of specialty standards documents.
Associate Director, The McLaughlin Centre for Evaluation (TMCE), Operations
André St-Pierre, MBA
For further information on the McLaughlin Centre for Evaluation (TCME).
ManagerAdvisor, CanMEDS 2015
Cynthia Abbott, M. Pl
For inquiries regarding the next evolution to the CanMEDS Framework including the development of competency milestones, new content and faculty development tools.
Manager, CanMEDS & Faculty Development
For inquiries regarding the Royal College's innovative framework of physician competencies, known worldwide as CanMEDS, and the various related publications, tool kits, mobile apps and podcasts.
Manager, Credentials Unit
For applications for the assessment of residency training, credentialing, and training requirements for each Royal College discipline.
Manager, Educational Research Unit
Gary Cole, PhD
For information on research activities related to medical education and evaluation issues and faculty development, including workshops for surveyors, examiners, chairs of examination committees, and specialty committee chairs.
Team Lead, Educational Strategy, Innovations and Development Unit (ESID)
For information on the Office of Specialty Education’s strategic and research activities related key issues and trends in postgraduate medical education (PGME) and the Royal College’s Committee on Specialties and activities pertinent to discipline recognition, including Areas of Focused Competence (diplomas) applications.
Team Lead, Accreditation Program Development, Educational Standards Unit (ESU)
For general standards of accreditation and information concerning the accreditation policies for residency programs in Canada.
Team Lead, Survey Deployment, Educational Standards Unit (ESU)
Email: email@example.com For general information regarding the accreditation of residency programs in Canada.
Manager, Examination Administration, The McLaughlin Centre for Evaluation (TMCE)
For inquiries regarding the registration for examinations or for information regarding a specific exam, for eligible candidates only.
Manager, Examination Production, The McLaughlin Centre for Evaluation (TMCE)
For inquiries regarding the planning, organization and creation of examinations, for eligible candidates only.
Jennifer Stewart, MHS/MES
For inquiries concerning specialty committees' role, meetings, and membership, as well as specialty specific document revision.