Jennifer Hall, MD, CCFP, FCFP, President
Strengthening Medical Training in Canada
I hope you are all enjoying your summer! I have been busy attending a number of interesting meetings across the country, including a key one organized by the CFPC, the Royal College, and the Collège des médecins du Québec on the future of residency accreditation.
Our three organizations have launched a new group called the Canadian Residency Accreditation Consortium (CanRAC). The purpose of this group is to strengthen our existing training programs and standards in response to calls for change in certain areas. Together, the three colleges have devised a proposal to align our residency accreditation standards and support the ongoing transition in medical education toward a competency-based model.
Some of the proposed changes we have discussed involve introducing a longer accreditation cycle for programs and emphasizing a more continuous evaluation process. We want to create new standards to reflect the CanMEDS and CanMEDS-FM Frameworks. And we hope to digitize the accreditation system to reduce paperwork, introduce automated tools, and provide programs with data they can analyze to support quality improvement initiatives.
There is still much to sort out in the development of this complex process, but it is exciting to see momentum growing in this effort. This fall, CanRAC will begin a national consultation with key stakeholders on the draft standards. I look forward to hearing this feedback.
As I think back on my own training, I am reminded that a new cohort of family medicine residents across the country started their residencies in July. I wish you all the best as you embark on this exciting journey!