Get Involved

Every year, more than 4,000 Fellows, Residents, Medical Students, patients and health care partners from coast-to-coast-to-coast fill over 6,000 roles across the Royal College, in service of advancing learning for specialist physicians to deliver the best health care for all.

Every year more than 400 committees guide, advise or create the Royal College’s products and services. Hundreds of leaders guide, inform and create patient, resident, faculty and Fellow education activities. They also conduct peer reviews of award and grant submissions, products, programs and institutions.

Fellows often report the positive impact their experience has had on their careers and professional development; fostering leadership skills, enhancing peer networks and developing a deeper understanding of Canada’s health care system.

We’re excited that you are here to learn more about how you can get involved.

We’re recruiting!

Committees of Council recruitment takes place in late fall, though there can be vacancies throughout the year. Learn more by visiting the Committees of Council webpage or email

Learn about opportunities for involvement

Fellows generally get involved with the Royal College through one of three areas: Organizational Stewardship, Fellowship Affairs, and Specialty Education. Select your area of interest for a brief overview of each area.

Organizational stewardship

The Annual Meeting of the Members

This event is open to all Members. Join us for an update on operational activities and to review the audited financial statements. Learn more about the AMM.


An open call for Council nominations takes place in the fall. Email or review the Council elections process.

Standing Committees & Committees of Council

Council is the Royal College’s senior governing body. Nine committees directly support its work:

Committees of Council recruit in late fall, though there can be vacancies throughout the year. Visit the Committees of Council webpage to see if there are opportunities in your areas of interest, or email

Indigenous Health Committee

The Indigenous Health Committee (IHC) is an independent body that comprises Indigenous physicians, scholars and other health care professionals. The IHC guides the Royal College on matters related to the health of Indigenous Peoples.

In the spirit of Indigenous self-determination and genuine partnership, the IHC provides leadership guidance to Council and other Committees of Council, as a separate entity that is not part of the Committee of Council appointment process. Learn more on the Indigenous Health webpage or email

Royal College International (RCI)

If you’re interested in learning about our international work, visit Royal College International (RCI).

Qualified Fellows can get involved through the RCI Board or, with contracting opportunities that support international projects and activities. If you’re interested in learning more, contact the RCI team at

Fellowship Affairs: Member Value; History & Heritage; Awards, Fellowships and Grants

The Fellowship Affairs Committee (FAC) aand its sub committees lead or inform activities that bring value to Members. With a focus on strengthening excellence, community, and careers, these roles are an enriching way to get to know the Royal College while collaborating with specialists of different disciplines, backgrounds and career stages. Visit the Committees of Council to learn more about the nomination process.

History & Heritage Advisory Committee

Fellows with interest in the history of medicine can visit the History & Heritage Advisory Committee to learn how they work to preserve and promote specialty medical history.

Nominate a Fellow for an Award

The Royal College recognizes Fellow excellence and supports professional development and medical education research to help broaden knowledge and foster scientific dialogue in specialty medicine. See the list of Royal College Awards and nomination criteria.

Apply for a Grant or Fellowship, or become a reviewer

There are many grant and Fellowship opportunities available throughout the year. Those interested in grant adjudication typically join a pool of Fellows who are called upon when their background or expertise compliments the grant’s themes. Learn more on the Awards & Grants webpage.

Specialty Education: Accreditation; Standards; Assessment; and Lifelong Learning

The Committee on Specialty Education (CSE), its sub-committees and other contributors support specialty medical education in four broad areas: Accreditation; Standards; Assessment; and, Lifelong Learning. Roles, recruitment and contact information is included in each section.


Five sub-committees of the Committee on Specialty Education (CSE) work all facets of Royal College Accreditation: Canadian & International Residency; Continuing Professional Development (CPD), Simulation; and, Area of Focused Competency (AFC). Read more on the Accreditation webpage.

Specialty and Discipline Standards

The Committee on Specialties (CoS) and the Specialty Standards Review Committee (SSRC), two sub-committees of the Committee on Specialty Education, provide system-level guidance and oversight on the Royal College’s work in accreditation, credentialing, training, and assessment. These national foundations guide the work of more than 100 discipline-specific or Area of Focused Competency (AFC) committees and subcommittees of the Royal College.

Committee on Specialties

Members provide insight and recommendation to the Committee on Specialty Education on the overall configuration of the system of specialty education, specifically on policy for discipline recognition, including the development of criteria for discipline recognition. They also delegate authority to specialty committees (specialty, subspecialty, and Area of Focused Competence) for key functions.

Specialty Standards Review Committee (SRCC)

Members conduct comprehensive peer reviews of discipline-specific standards that underpin the core activities of the Royal College, with special attention to accreditation, credentialing, training, and assessment. Learn more on the Specialty Standards Documents webpage. Members of the SSRC are all current or former members of Royal College committees or subcommittees. Learn more about the committee mandate and composition by visiting the committee’s webpage or by reading the Terms of Reference.

Specialty or Area of Focused Competence (AFC) Committee

  • As a member of a Specialty or Area of Focused Competence (AFC) Committee, you will have the opportunity to work with colleagues to shape the training standards and provide guidance on accreditation and the future of your discipline.
  • Each committee has up to nine voting roles (chair, vice-chair/chair-elect, regional representatives, etc.)
  • As a member of a discipline-specific committee you will have the opportunity to work with colleagues to shape the training standards and provide guidance on accreditation and the future of your discipline.
  • There are up to nine voting roles (chair, vice-chair/chair-elect, regional representatives, etc.) on each of the specialty and AFC committees. Members are appointed into voting roles for two-year terms. These terms are renewable twice, up to a maximum of six years per role for most positions.
  • Specialty and AFC committees also include non-voting members such as committee chairs of related disciplines, the National Specialty Society, and representatives from the associated Exam Board.
  • Learn more about the Specialties unit.


The AssessmentCredentials and Examinations Committees aare responsible for setting the requirements and process required to verify that a physician meets and maintains all the requirements necessary for Royal College certification.

Exam Boards

The Royal College examination is of great importance in any Candidate’s career. Examination Boards support the validity and fairness of this process, and are responsible for the planning, development, administration and evaluation of the Royal College’s 68 specialty examinations. Each Examination Board is supported by the Royal College in the production and execution of the annual examination, including logistics and psychometric analysis.

Examination Boards are composed of appointed Fellows with a demonstrated or expressed interest in assessment bringing experience from both academic health science and community practice.

  • Each of the 68 Royal College accredited disciplines have an Examination Board and follow a Spring or Fall exam development cycle.
  • Board structure and roles are determined by the number of components and candidates.
  • Members are appointed by the Specialty Committee annually for a 2-year term, renewable twice.
  • Boards are representative of the demographic mix of Canada, French and English language and area of expertise i.e. Adult / Pediatric.
  • New members are typically recruited as part of succession planning or as required in response to an increase in candidates in a particular year.
  • Part of succession planning or in response to an increase in candidates.

Lifelong learning

The Professional Learning and Development Committee (PLDC) is responsible for developing, monitoring, and promoting excellence in lifelong learning processes and strategies for physicians in practice. Committee members work closely with the Continuing Professional Development Accreditation Committee (CPD-AC).

Responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action

In late 2017, Royal College Council approved a recommendation from our Indigenous Health Committee (IHC) to make Indigenous health a mandatory component of postgraduate medical education (PGME).

This commitment led to the creation of the Indigenous Health Specialty Post-Graduate Medical Education Steering Committee, whose goal is to integrate cultural safety education in postgraduate medical education while also addressing the health-related recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to ActionLearn more on the Indigenous Health webpage or email

Learn about our commitment to equitable access and diverse participation

In June 2020, we issued a statement on behalf of Council and staff committing the Royal College to address systemic racism in health care. While many of you reached out to express appreciation and/or pride that the Royal College had made a public statement, many of you also expressed frustration and challenged us to learn more about members who are Black, Indigenous or people of colour. We will continue to listen, we will continue to learn. And, we are acting.

The Spectrum of Engagement recognizes the diversity in peoples’ sources of inspiration, modes of putting their values into action, skills to contribute and capacity to donate time. The most vibrant organizations offer and welcome opportunities within the full spectrum of engagement

In October 2020, the Royal College formally adopted the Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement (CCVI), a nationally recognized set of 10 Standards and best practices that encourage meaningful involvement. While the standards are designed for volunteers, we plan to apply relevant standards and best practices across the entire spectrum of engagement, ensuring a best in class Member engagement experience.

Our top three priorities are: establishing standards & measures; creating new orientation & training; and, addressing valid concerns raised around equitable access and diverse participation in the Royal College’s involvement activities. Read more about our progress.