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Top moments from 2017 (so far)

Above: Talking with Dr. Tom Dignan and Ms. Danielle Fréchette (Executive Director, Health Systems Innovation and External Relations) at the February 2017 Council meeting in Ottawa. Dear colleague, We’re halfway through 2017. What are your highlights so far? Each summer,... Continue Reading →

Canada celebrates 150, we celebrate T minus 0

Above: The Dominion Medical Council of Canada celebrates the establishment of national training standards for Canada’s medical institutes (November 1912, Parliament Hill, Ottawa). Dear colleagues, In just a few days, on July 1, medical schools across Canada will launch a... Continue Reading →

Announcing 2 new award winners (with VIDEO) + bonding over bannock?

Dear colleagues, When Jason Pennington attended the University of Toronto from 1996 to 2000, he was for a time the only identified Indigenous student in the entire medical school. What’s more, in his four years of study, there was only... Continue Reading →

Studying the specialist workforce (and why it’s difficult)

Dear colleagues, Understanding and planning a medical workforce capable of meeting patients’ specialized health care needs is an ongoing challenge. It’s something various national specialty societies (NSS), physician organizations and governments have been grappling with for years — and to... Continue Reading →

Our 2017 National Award Winners — the big reveal (+ VIDEO)

Dear colleagues, Please join me in congratulating our newest award winners: • An intensivist who worked at the forefront of the Ebola crisis in West Africa, where he introduced new care procedures to great success and later co-authored landmark publications.... Continue Reading →

“It’s never about you, without you” (how Haitians are guiding our aid)

Dear colleagues, When you think of Haiti, what comes to mind? For the vast majority of us, it’s probably the 2010 earthquake and subsequent relief efforts. Haiti, in many respects, is a country synonymous with extreme devastation and poverty. But... Continue Reading →

A Major Step Forward For the Profession

Dear colleagues, CanMEDS, Canada’s renowned physician competency framework was introduced 25 years ago. Since that time, it has been applied in postgraduate medical education programs, residency training, and professional learning and development — both in Canada and around the world.... Continue Reading →

Fundamental changes in how we do our jobs

Dear colleagues, We’re part of an evolution that is probably going to have as dramatic an effect on how we practice medicine as the introduction of antiseptics or antibiotics. You’ve probably noticed that our role as physicians has been evolving... Continue Reading →

Data tells the story: Canada’s medical workforce is changing

Dear colleagues, We’ve heard repeated calls to produce a physician workforce that has the right number, mix and distribution of specialists to meet the needs of Canadians. But, until recently, little had been done to integrate all available data in... Continue Reading →

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