Dear colleagues,

I know that you’re busy and may not have a lot of time to keep up with changes and activities at the Royal College, so let me assure you that the College is strong, committed and running well.

We have now completed our new strategic plan to guide us for three years. To complete the new plan, we consulted hundreds of Fellows, staff and stakeholders in meetings large and small. We discussed, debated and refined our ambitions and commitments for

  • high quality specialty medical education,
  • residency training and lifelong learning, as well as
  • healthy public policy,
  • engagement and support of Fellows, and
  • international outreach and collaborations.

Our new vision is bold and aspirational — we want to be the global leader in specialty medical education and care! Our introduction of Competence by Design places us among the leaders around the world; we want to share our expertise and experience to improve the care of patients and populations, at home and abroad.

Our updated mission statement places patients and populations at the centre. Our 50,000 Fellows value the Royal College because of its high standards, principles and practices that underpin residency education and lifelong learning, which enable and support the highest quality clinical service, education and research that patients want and deserve.

Put simply: Better education, better care.

I hope that you find some time to read the plan and that you contact me with your comments and questions at any time. Have a safe and enjoyable summer!

With all best wishes, sincerely,


Andrew Padmos, BA, MD, FRCPC, FACP
Chief Executive Officer


View strategic plan [PDF]

Royal College Strategic Plan 2018-2020