Royal College Contributor – Orientation & Support Resources


Welcome and thank you for contributing your skills and talents to the Royal College!

For almost 100 years, passionate professionals such as yourselves have been contributing in service of the Royal College’s vision of advancing learning for specialist physicians to deliver the best health care for all.

Fellows were an integral part of the Royal College back when it was founded in 1929, and remain so today. Our 100th anniversary is in 2029, which means you’re contributing during the Royal College’s Centennial Decade!

About the Royal College

We partner with patients, Fellows, residents and others in the health care community to:

  • Lead specialty medical education, assessment and accreditation standards;
  • promote the specialist physician role through research, advocacy and health policy;
  • enable specialist physicians to adapt and continuously improve; and
  • foster patient trust and confidence in specialist physicians.

Together, these elements both provide the foundation and set the aspirations of the Royal College, and have guided the development of our new Strategic Plan 2021-2023

Read highlights in our Annual Review.

Overview of Governance and closer look at our Committee Structure.

Quick links to our policies, procedures and guidelines

  • Code of Conduct*
  • Accessibility awareness*
  • Privacy policy*
  • Conflict of Interest policy*
  • Indigenous Health Primer*
  • Travel policy (if needed)*
  • Crisis site
  • Using Alfresco
  • Cybersecurity tips
  • No scents is good sense – please refrain from wearing scented products when on-site.
  • *Required reading for first timers

What to expect before you start

We want you to be comfortable with your role and responsibilities & clear on the support you will receive from us. Your primary contact is here to support you, and will work with you to ensure that you have everything you need to be successful. Speak with your contact about your needs.

Before you begin, you can expect that your primary Royal College contact will make sure that you receive information covering:

  • Overview of your Committee’s priorities and Terms of Reference, or overview of your project/initiative;
  • Your specific role, term and the context of your role within the Royal College (including expectations, boundaries and limits);
  • Any role-specific policies you need to read;
  • A list of the other members on your committee, working group, or project team
  • Workplans, deliverables, timelines;
  • What will be expected of you in your first meeting;
  • Background reading or prep material; and
  • Any software programs (e.g., Webex, Zoom) that you will need to use in your role.
  • Individual units, committees and project teams may offer additional resources, such as matching you with a mentor or providing access to learning modules relevant to your role.

Thank you for your commitment to the Royal College and specialty medical education. We look forward to welcoming you to the team!

History and Heritage

You’re playing a crucial role by being a part of 90+ years of Royal College history where dedicated physicians and health care collaborators continue to envision, lead, shape and re-shape and medical education and better patient care in Canada.

In June 1929, an act of Parliament established the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada to stimulate postgraduate study and promote higher standards of medical service with the establishment of two divisions: Medicine and Surgery. Initially Certification and/or Fellowship was limited to professors of Medicine, Surgery, and Obstetrics and Gynecology. Now, the Royal College recognizes almost 100 specialties, subspecialties, special programs and Areas of Focused Competence (AFC-diplomas).

The first final examinations in General Surgery and Medicine were administered by the Royal College in 1932. Throughout the 1940s and 1950s, there was significant expansion into new disciplines recognized by the Royal College at the certification and Fellowship levels.

Other key milestones in the Royal College’s development include:

  • the approvals of hospital programs and facilities for specialty residency training in 1947, a first step in the organization’s accreditation activities;
  • the addition of the Royal College’s role in advancing health and public policy in its Letters Patent of Continuance in 1972; and
  • the establishment of the Royal College Canada International (RCI) in 2011 to serve as the Royal College’s mechanism for facilitating international initiatives.

Learn more in the History and Heritage section. Just as you evolve your specialties to meet modern specialist and patient needs, we are committed to evolving how we support your contributions by providing an equitable and inclusive environment. Read the Roadmap for more.