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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 →

Santiago, Beijing and Jeddah: 3 cities, 3 institutions, 1 shared feat

Dear colleagues, I’m pleased to announce that, after several years of dedicated work, the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Santiago) achieved the first stage of Royal College accreditation (international recognition) earlier this year — our first international partner to do... Continue Reading →

Passing the 10 year mark as CEO: Some personal reflections

Dear colleagues, I find every day at the Royal College to be pretty exciting and exhilarating. If I were to pinpoint what exactly brought me to work here, I would say it was latent curiosity, on my part, as to... Continue Reading →

Remember your residency training? Here’s a preview of how it’s changing

Dear colleagues, Most of us can clearly recall our time as residents – whether it was five, 20 or even 40 years ago. Those are years of incredible expansion of the mind, of first experiences and the building blocks of... Continue Reading →

Mid-year highlights & a call for topic ideas

Dear colleagues, I’d like to take this opportunity to share my usual midsummer update. I’m sure many of you are enjoying some well-deserved vacation, so I’ll keep this brief and highlight just a small selection of activities from the first... Continue Reading →

Back from Beijing: some news & a call for volunteers

Dr. Yucun Liu, president of the Peking University First Hospital and new Royal College Honorary Fellow, stands with representatives of the Royal College at CCRE 2016. Dear colleagues, I recently returned from Beijing where I attended the third China Conference... Continue Reading →

Meet the Ojibwa surgeon who won our Indigenous Health Award for 2016

Dear colleagues, Today is National Aboriginal Day. “This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The Canadian Constitution recognizes these three groups... Continue Reading →

Palliative care is paramount in any consideration of medical assistance in dying

Dear colleagues, The Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling that struck down laws prohibiting physician assistance in dying (within certain parameters) has ignited debate and national discussion about what it means to have a good death, and Canadians’ right to one.... Continue Reading →

Let’s talk about competency-based CPD

Dear colleagues, As you know, we’re introducing a competency-based approach to medical education; we will soon be embarking on a similar approach to continuing professional development (CPD). Our current approach, the Maintenance of Certification Program – despite its imperfections –... Continue Reading →

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