Applying for recognition of an Area of Focused Competence diploma
Area of Focused Competence (AFC) diplomas represent areas of medical expertise that respond to significant societal needs, but do not meet the criteria of a subspecialty discipline. They are meant to enhance (not replace) a physician’s scope of practice. The intent is to recognize trends in specialization without further fragmenting medical education and practice. AFC diplomas are meant to establish pan-Canadian national standards for post-graduate medical education.
Interested applicants should submit a letter of intent to pursue recognition of an AFC diploma. The Office of Specialty Education (OSE) at the Royal College assists applicant groups with the process and can provide guidance and coaching. It typically takes one to two years to refine the application before formal submission.
|AFC Application Process||Documents Required||Notes|
|It typically takes one to two years for submitted applications to move through the committee approval process.
Deadline to submit final application: Two months prior to meeting (e.g., Feb. 1 for the spring meeting; Sept. 1 for the fall meeting).
|New applications are reviewed at COS meetings twice a year (fall and spring).||We strongly encourage applicants to submit preliminary drafts of their applications and associated documents (such as the CTR) well before deadlines so that our office may review them for completeness and offer feedback and guidance as needed.|
Applications should be submitted with all required documents in either PDF or MS Word format to firstname.lastname@example.org. All correspondence from the Office of Specialty Education will be sent to the primary contact person for the application. We will return incomplete applications to the applicant.