CanMEDS and Faculty Development Resources

Get the latest publications that explore aspects of the CanMEDS Framework and how to apply it in medical education.

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Program Directors Handbook

Program Directors Handbook (2021 serialized release)

Fellows, Resident Affiliates and guests: Free


This eBook is written by numerous educators who have an in-depth, and often a personal, understanding of your role, responsibilities and context. Full of practical advice, this resource is designed to help you be an efficient and effective program director. The handbook is available in English or French, as an ebook released every few weeks over the fall of 2021.

CanMEDS Physician Competency Framework

CanMEDS Physician Competency Framework

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Describes the principal knowledge, skills and abilities of physicians oriented to optimal health and health care outcomes. The framework identifies the seven multi-faceted roles physicians will be called upon to play in their professional duties: Medical Expert, Communicator, Collaborator, Leader, Health Advocate, Scholar and Professional.

The updated CanMEDS 2015 Physician Competency Framework is the foundation project of the Royal College’s Competence by Design initiative. This edition of the framework further aligns with a competency-based approach to medical education. To achieve this, new competency milestones that can be applied in both residency and practice are being created for each existing CanMEDS Role.

CanMEDS Physician Competency Framework

The CanMEDS Teaching and Assessment Tools Guide


A standalone, practical resource to support program directors as they implement CanMEDS 2015.

CanMEDS Handover Guide

Handover Toolkit

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Written by physicians for physicians, this easy to use guide supports the teaching and assessment of the CanMEDS handover competencies within the Collaborator Role.

The Time Management Guide

The Time Management Guide


Are you always late for meetings? Is your medical work never-ending? Do you have trouble “getting it all done”?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, The Time Management Guide is for you. This practical resource for enhancing physician capabilities helps busy physicians manage their time more efficiently and effectively.

The Research Guide

The Research Guide: A Primer for Residents, Other Health Care Trainees, and Practitioners


A step-by-step guide for novice researchers and their supervisors. Written and reviewed by Canadian experts, this practical and accessible guide enables new and experienced researchers to effectively design a study, conduct the research and interpret the findings. Use as a stand-alone or modular curriculum.

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CanMEDS Educational Design

Educational Design: A CanMEDS Guide for the Health Professions


Educational Design: A CanMEDS Guide for the Health Professions provides the core theory and essential concepts to create or redesign education programs. How do I conduct a needs assessment? Which learning methods should I use? What are the key steps in faculty development? These are only some of the questions this how-to guide answers.

Situational  Awareness and Patient Safety: A learning package

Situational Awareness and Patient Safety: A learning package

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An important addition to any patient safety curriculum. For physicians and physicians-in-training, this resource enhances the provision of safe and quality care in dynamic settings. Instructors and learners are provided with practical tools and approaches for training in situational awareness, enhancing patient safety and reducing risk in medical practice.

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CanMEDS Physician Health Guide

CanMEDS Physician Health Guide


An introduction to the broad scope of issues that make up physician health, this is an easy-to-access resource for all physicians to pursue better physician health. With real-world situations and scenarios, this guide provides practical strategies for introducing, promoting and teaching physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.

CanMEDS Assessment Tools Handbook

CanMEDS Assessment Tools Handbook


Are you a program director, rotation coordinator or front-line educator responsible for your assessment program? This searchable, practical reference provides quick, evidence-based options for assessing all of the CanMEDS Roles.