News at Medicine - March 2012 - A Collective Vision for Postgraduate Medical Education

A Collective Vision for Postgraduate Medical Education
March 30, 2012
Faculty members had the opportunity March 29 to learn more about the postgraduate project of the Future of Medical Education in Canada, published in the report A Collective Vision for Postgraduate Medical Education in Canada. A webinar offered insights into the project and questions were submitted via twitter and answered.

The Future of Medical Education in Canada Postgraduate Project (FMECC PG) sets out a vision for educating the kind of doctors Canada needs – today and in the future. Building on the work of the Future of Medical Education in Canada Medical Doctor Education Project, the FMEC PG  project examined postgraduate medical education as part of the learning continuum for physicians, focusing on medical students as they move into postgraduate training and, later, into practice. The project has 10 recommendations for change.

The Health Canada-funded FMEC PG project was undertaken by a consortium of four organizations: the Association of Faculties of Medicine in Canada, the College of Family Physicians of Canada, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and the College des Medecine du Quebec. Representatives of these four organizations were available through the webinar to explain the 10 recommendations in the report and the transformative actions necessary to implement these recommendations.

The 10 recommendations are:
• Ensure the right mix, distribution and number of physicians to meet societal needs.
• Cultivate social accountability through experience in diverse learning and work environments.
• Create positive and supportive learning and work environments.
• Integrate competency-based curricula in postgraduate programs.
• Ensure effective integration and transitions along the educational continuum.
• Implement effective assessment systems.
• Develop, support and recognize clinical teachers. Foster leadership development
• Establish effective collaborative governance in postgraduate medical education.
• Align accreditation standards.

To download the full report, visit