International collaboration

Our work in postgraduate medical education is integrated into our efforts to improve health systems, at home and abroad. By helping schools and academic health centres graduate highly qualified physicians and surgeons, patients and populations benefit.

Together with our partners in medical education and health care, we are reducing barriers to excellent specialty care.

Our six areas of involvement

  1. International consulting (to increase quality and capacity in postgraduate medical education)
  2. International development and collaboration
  3. Academic partnerships
  4. Contributions to Canadian Consortium (to promote Canadian health education)
  5. International conferencing (e.g. satellite ICRE and IMELF meetings)
  6. Research and promotion of global health

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Central and South America

  • We co-hosted the fourth Latin American Conference on Residency Education with the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.
  • We co-hosted the first International Medical Education Leaders Forum (IMELF) held outside of Canada in Santiago, Chile.
  • We awarded our first Honorary Fellowship to a medical leader from Latin America: Dr. Luis Ibañez, dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.
  • We signed a Memorandum of Understanding and an Executive Agreement with the Universidad del Desarrollo — a private university working with the largest private clinic in Chile. They are working to achieve institutional accreditation.
  • An Executive Agreement was signed with the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Mexico, for the purpose of conducting faculty development workshops and co-hosting of a regional IMELF in December 2018.


Haiti: It’s all about capacity

Our work in Haiti has focused on bolstering medical education infrastructure and capacity so that future doctors are more practice-ready and able to provide better care. We sent a small team to help set up the county’s first simulation centre at l’Université de Quisqueya in Port-au-Prince using equipment we donated in late 2016. While there, our team instructed faculty on the use and maintenance of equipment, as well as curriculum design and teaching techniques. By our invitation, two Haitian faculty members came to Montreal to extend their learning at our Simulation Educators Training course.

In April, we were invited to participate in a Ministerial Roundtable with various Canadian NGOs, academia and government departments. We shared about our experiences and challenges working in Haiti. This knowledge-exchange was to assist the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, to determine how best to align Canada’s financial support and resources to Haiti.


  • We co-hosted the fourth consecutive China Conference on Residency Education.
  • We co-hosted our second International Medical Education Leaders Forum held outside of Canada in Hong Kong.
  • Royal College Accredited Institution status was granted to the Kazan State Medical University (in Kazan, Russia).
  • We renewed our Collaborative Services Agreement with Kazan State Medical University, with a focus on working towards program accreditation.
  • We renewed our Collaboration Services Agreement with Peking University First Hospital (Beijing, China) with a focus on working towards program accreditation.

Middle East

  • Royal College Accredited Institution status was granted to the Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University and King Saud University (both in Saudi Arabia); as well as the Kuwait Institute for Medical Specialization.
  • We conducted 40+ courses and workshops, including Advancing Safety for Patients in Residency Education (ASPIRE) workshops in Riyadh and Jeddah. ASPIRE was such a success that the National Guard Hospitals are thinking about incorporating the course into its annual Patient Safety Conference.
  • We signed a Master Executive Agreement with the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties, with a focus on increasing training capacity within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.


Kuwait: Examination and program standards

We signed our largest international agreement with the Kuwait Institute for Medical Specialization (KIMS) in late 2016. Over the course of the next several years, we will assist them with the development and delivery of advanced specialty examinations.

We spent 2017 coaching and mentoring our partners on how to deliver more effective and efficient exams. This included workshops, committee meetings and site visits. Before the year was out, we had co-developed and delivered Kuwaiti certification examinations for 21 medical specialties with the assistance of over 100 Fellow-examiners. We also began our review of eight specialty programs to assess their readiness for program accreditation.


Satellite IMELFs: Our first foray into hosting satellite editions of our International Medical Education Leaders Forum (IMELF) was so successful that five more are planned for 2018: Kuwait City, Kuwait – February 10; Sydney, Australia – March 8; Cape Town, South Africa – May 17; Stockholm, Sweden – September 21; and Monterrey, Mexico – December 13.

Criteria for global engagement: To guide our organization in making market and partner selection decisions, our international team established criteria that will bring consistency to our decisions in accepting international consulting projects, and international development and collaboration engagements. Each project will be subjected to assessment and approval before engagement is permitted. The criteria have been presented to Council in February 2018 and are now before the RCI Board for final approval and implementation commencing April 1, 2018.

New collaborations in Mexico: We will be presenting a series of workshops in 2018 at the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey to support the professionalization of both their chief residents and program directors.

Simulation projects in China: We will be delivering a Simulation Educators Training (SET) course at Shanghai First Maternity and Infant Hospital in April 2018. The team will also conduct a workshop on how to develop customized curriculum scenarios within a simulation environment.