Message from the CEO

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 →

Announcing our national award winners for 2016

Dear colleagues, We recently selected our national award winners for 2016 and I’m very excited to introduce them to you. Like our Fellows, they are a diverse group. They include a family physician from Waterloo, Ont., who has worked in... Continue Reading →

Here’s how Competence by Design is taking shape

Dear colleagues, I was in Montreal and Halifax earlier this month for outreach visits with medical schools. A topic of considerable interest (not surprisingly) was Competence by Design and how that work is progressing. The short answer: things are beginning... Continue Reading →

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