Distributed Medical Education (DME)

What is Distributed Medical Education

Distributed education to our rural and regional sites has been a hallmark of the undergraduate medical education (UGME) program. The Rural Medical Education Network (RMEN), formally created in 2010, enhances this by providing increased opportunities for physicians to become an integrated part of medical education along the continuum of lifelong learning, to have responsibility for the administration of the MD and residency training and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programs, and to contribute to scholarship in education.

Rural and remote clinical rotations are built into the UGME curriculum during pre-clerkship and clerkship, including mandatory rural family medicine core rotation and a rural selective. As distributed teaching sites continue to grow, there has been an increase in the number of Royal College community/rural places as part of residency. Likewise, distributed education was further solidified in 2017 with the creation of Discipline of Family Medicine’s Streams program, which provided residents with two years of training in a rural and remote site.