Message from the CEO

Meet Doug.

Dear colleagues, I'd like to introduce you to Doug Hedden who is joining the Royal College as Executive Director of Professional Practice and Membership. Doug is less than 30 days into a job that will directly impact your future interactions... Continue Reading →

Can we make the Royal College more relevant to you?

Dear colleagues, We regularly ask ourselves: how can we make the Royal College more relevant to Fellows, valuable to patients and of use to the health system? We need you (our members) to us help us define the answers. Contribute... Continue Reading →

We owe you an update: our activities on Medical Assistance in Dying

Dear colleagues, It’s been over a year since I wrote to you on the topic of medical assistance in dying. Around that time, we outlined our commitment to providing you with supplemental educational materials. Today’s message is a status update... Continue Reading →

Opioids: resources to help you prescribe safely

Dear colleague, What’s your role with respect to opioid safety? Have you considered this question? One of the core functions of our Royal College is to connect you with evidence-based information and learning materials to help you in your work.... Continue Reading →

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 →

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