Special Meeting of the Members – Voting information

Here is what you need to know about how to participate and vote in the upcoming Special Meeting of the Members on May 28, 2020:

  1. You must be a Fellow or Resident Affiliate to attend the meeting.
    • Resident Affiliates are welcome to attend member meetings to listen to the discussions and ask questions. Resident Affiliates are not eligible to vote at this meeting.
    • Not a Resident Affiliate? Becoming a Resident Affiliate is easy and free – apply now.
      • Only residents from Canadian training programs are allowed to register as Resident Affiliates.
      • Health-care professional (HCP) program participants who are currently participating in Canadian residency training programs need to be registered as a Resident Affiliate to participate in the meeting. To register, please contact us at membership@royalcollege.ca
      • Unfortunately, international medical graduate exam candidates cannot register as Resident Affiliates.
  2. You must pre-register to join the meeting by May 26.
    • All who pre-register and are authenticated as Royal College Fellows or Resident Affiliates will be sent unique credentials and further instructions on how to join the meeting.
    • Register now
  3. For Fellows: You must be a Fellow in attendance at the special meeting to vote.
    • There is no advance voting or proxy available, so you will need to attend to cast your vote.
  4. For Fellows: Your vote is directional, not binding.
    • The special meeting vote will provide guidance to Council’s future decisions. The proposed resolutions as framed by the petitioners are outside the powers of the members set out in the bylaws and legislation to bind the organization. Because of this, the vote result is not binding.
    • If passed by the Fellows, the resolutions will provide important policy guidance to Council.
    • The special meeting and its results are important, regardless of the non-binding nature of the vote. It means Council will have a strong sense of what matters to you – our members.
  5. Your needs will be balanced with the medical authority regulatory imperatives within which we operate.
    • The Royal College has a dual role of representing your needs and interests and supporting the regulation of health professionals, in cooperation with the medical authorities. These roles go hand in hand.
    • With this in mind, it is important to know that the Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada (FMRAC), representing all physician licensing organizations, has indicated that specialist certification is required for a full, unrestricted license to practise in Canada and that certification includes a standardized pan-Canadian examination.
    • We stand with our health and academic partners on the importance of evaluations and as long as exams are required, our role is to deliver them responsibly in accordance with our principles of safety, equity and quality.
  6. You will be able to ask questions during the meeting.
    • The purpose of the special meeting is to hear from you. The primary focus of the meeting will be an open forum for Fellows and Resident Affiliates to ask questions and get answers.
    • The virtual meeting will allow you to ask questions via chat box. We will be monitoring the questions throughout the discussion and will be answering the most frequently asked questions during the Question and Answer period.
  7. You’re voting on the spring 2020 exam proposed motions only – not the fall 2020 exam.
    • Review the three-fold resolution Dr. Neary and the petitioners put forward.
    • Following receipt of the letter and proposed resolutions, along with input from others across the country, we announced a four-point plan on April 9, 2020.
  8. You will hear the outcome of Council’s deliberations by June 5, 2020.
    • The Council will meet after the special meeting to discuss the outcome of the members’ vote on the resolutions, which will provide important guidance to Council.