The coronavirus outbreak and impact to the Royal College

The Royal College’s Crisis Management Team is carefully monitoring the coronavirus outbreak. We sympathize with the stress our residents and Fellows are under during these unprecedented times, and our teams are here to serve you. The health of Canadians, our trainees and our Fellows remains our top priority. Thank you for all you are contributing, as we work through this pandemic crisis.

Annual dues payment for 2020-21: deadline extended to August 31, 2020

We recognize that COVID-19 has impacted many of our members, either directly or indirectly. This includes personal and professional hardships, as well as financial stresses and strains. We will be extending the 2020-21 annual dues deadline from April 30 until August 31, 2020. Late payment fees will only take effect after September 30.

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MOC Program requirements waived for 2020

In recognition of this unprecedented situation, and in alignment with our partners at the College of Family Physicians of Canada, the Royal College will be waiving all Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program requirements for 2020:

  • One year will be added to everyone’s cycle (everyone will now be on a six-year cycle).
  • While no credits are required to be submitted this year, any credits submitted will still be counted towards participants’ current (now six-year) cycle. We are waiving the traditional 40-credit minimum requirement for 2020.

FAQ: Impact of COVID-19 on 2020-21 MOC and dues cycles

COVID-19 and impact on travel, meetings and business operations

The Royal College has suspended all business travel outside of Canada. For more information on travel reimbursement guidelines for volunteers affected by cancelled/postponed meetings, please review our Travel Reimbursement FAQ [PDF].

At this point in time, the decision has been made to not hold in-person meetings. All meetings are either being held virtually or postponed until a later date.

Staff are working remotely, whenever possible, to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19. All Royal College buildings remain open at this time and we maintain a minimal presence. This is effective as of March 16 until end-of-day May 29 (inclusive). We will continue to closely monitor the situation.

Looking to learn more about this virus?

For more information and updates, the following resources are available:

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