I hope at this point in the summer, you have all had an opportunity to relax, unwind and disconnect — if only for a short time (or at least have imminent plans to do so). I’ve been using this quiet time to reflect and to think ahead to what we have in store for the second half of 2018.
I was very heartened by your response to my last post, which introduced our Royal College Strategic Plan for 2018-2020. A number of you commented or emailed asking for more specific details — I’m delighted you are interested. As I told them, the strategic plan will be supported by a more detailed operational plan that will prioritize and define strategic initiatives. Our progress against those initiatives will be tracked and reported to Council quarterly. This report will review performance measures and metrics, risks and mitigations, and overall status. What’s top of mind to me as we work through the final planning stages of that operating plan is engagement and support of Fellows.
So far in 2018, we have worked with mdBriefcase Group to offer new self-assessment learning programs (a new one will be available in the fall). We continue to publish MOC Tips in our member newsletter and offer support to Fellows via our Royal College Services Centre. We’re progressing in our collaborative work on a new vision for continuing professional development (CPD) for physicians as part of the CPD component of the Future of Medical Education in Canada multi-phase project. We continue to extend the global value of the Royal College designation through our work with international partners. We also continue to monitor health workforce issues that affect our members; in June, we published new data in our Medical Workforce Knowledgebase and our next employment study will be released this fall.
We are actively evaluating how we can better support you in your practice of specialty medicine. These efforts include our new Professional Practice and Membership Office, several task forces (including one on the disruptive role of technology on medical education and health care) and soon a Member Value Survey that will look for your input on our current and potential services, and feedback on our communications efforts.
I am very proud of our Royal College staff, volunteers and members. The list of activities above doesn’t even speak to other core work related to implementing new efficiencies in exams, the progression of our Competence by Design initiative and work to refresh and modernize our accreditation system, among many other business functions. The commitment and dedication I observe every day is inspirational.
I would like to thank you all for your efforts. There are many things to look forward to in the latter half of the year and into 2019. I thank you for your continued engagement.
Andrew Padmos, BA, MD, FRCPC, FACP
Chief Executive Officer
P.S. My next message will reveal our 2018 Royal College Teasdale-Corti Humanitarian Award recipient. Stay tuned for that announcement, planned shortly before World Humanitarian Day on August 19.