There are some things we know:
- new technologies (such as artificial intelligence) are impacting the medical profession, patients and how care is delivered;
- scopes of practice are evolving and innovative models of collaborative care are increasingly important to meet complex patient needs;
- barriers in access to specialist care remain an issue; and
- important changes lie ahead to support the ongoing evolution of continuing professional development.
Each year, we host the Royal College-National Specialty Societies (NSS) Specialty Medicine Summit. This year it was held on March 21, 2018. This summit is a valuable touch base and opportunity to dialogue on challenges we all face and solutions we should lead.
A summary of our discussion is shared below. Dr. Wong and Dr. La Roche, two presenters, have also shared their presentation slides.
Where do we go from here?
Council established a new working group, last month, to examine the impact of digital technology on medical education and health care. It is being chaired by Dr. Richard Reznick, FRCSC, dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen’s University. This group will report back to Council next year, at which time we’ll determine next steps.
Specific to our ongoing work with the NSS, we will keep the channels of communication open, continue to champion knowledge and data-sharing and pursue more opportunities for collaboration to address some of these issues. We will also hold a larger event in 2019 with a broader array of stakeholders to define solutions to pressing specialty care issues.
If we all continue to work together, I think it’s possible that this summit can be the place for the profession to build consensus and leadership for high quality specialty care.
How are you/your hospital/your teaching centre, tackling some of these practice realities? In what areas or on which issues are you in most need of educational or advocacy support?
Andrew Padmos, BA, MD, FRCPC, FACP
Chief Executive Officer
Discussion (Summary points)
Collaboration and scope of practice
DOWNLOAD THE PRESENTATION SLIDES: “Cross-Specialty Collaboration: What, Why and How,” Dr. Camilla Wong, St. Michael’s Hospital
Impact of technology
Breaking down barriers to access
DOWNLOAD THE PRESENTATION SLIDES: “Where can fellows find alliances to improve access to specialty services?” Dr. Robert La Roche, Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Division of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, Dalhousie
General themes (not previously mentioned)