6 things you can expect from your CBME lead

December 19, 2022 | Author: Royal College Staff
Lisa St-Amant, educational development lead, Temerty Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto and chair, national CBME leads offers six ways your school lead can support you with CBD implementation.


Each of our 17 Canadian medical schools has at least one representative, called a CBME lead, who supports programs as they implement Competence by Design (CBD). Your school’s CBME lead is your designated go-to resource for all things CBD. In addition to supporting and guiding you through the implementation process, your lead can help locate targeted CBD resources, connect you with programs that have had challenges like yours, or simply answer any questions that you have relating to CBD and your implementation.

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Here are six ways to benefit from your CBME lead.

1. We help you adapt the national CBD standards to your local context

CBME leads collaborate with in-house curriculum designers as well as other faculty experts—program faculty assessment leads, curriculum leads and consultants at the postgraduate level—to help programs develop educational frameworks and devise strategies for CBD implementation.

Assistance typically begins eight to 12 months ahead of implementation and is specific to a specialty’s context and practice environment. We ensure that all educational requirements are met by your program’s CBD initiative. Our work as CBME leads generally results in new support materials for programs, such as technical guides for competence committees and entrustable professional activity (EPA) observations.

2. We are your liaison with the Royal College

CBME leads hold regular meetings with the Royal College about CBD implementation so it’s beneficial to tell us about your program-level or institution-level challenges. For example, when multiple programs flag a similar challenge, we prioritize it to find a common solution. Communicate regularly with your CBME lead to benefit from this process.

3. We can direct you to helpful resources and learning events

We provide programs with resources, workshops, training in educational technology and advice on change management, to name a few. Does your program know about the various feedback and coaching models it can use? Do you need more practice with workplace-based assessments? Whatever resource you need, reach out to your CBME lead for more information and support.

4. We work with programs to evaluate all aspects of CBME curricula, assessment tools and frameworks for the purpose of quality assurance and improvement

We lead, plan and help you conduct program evaluation. It is important to monitor the efficacy and improvement of your CBME program, as quality improvement is a major part of the accreditation process. Your CBME lead is here to collaborate with you on quality assurance and improvement.

5. We consult with educational technology personnel to integrate systems in support of CBME

Send your feedback about technology systems to your CBME lead. We consult regularly with educational technology units and can translate your feedback into such tangible changes as improved usability, easier reporting and a simplified process for creating progress reports.

6. We can advocate to postgraduate deans for improved program supports

By communicating regularly with postgraduate deans about your program’s progress, resource needs and key challenges, CBME leads funnel information to university leadership, who can assign the time, finances and people you need to help make your CBD implementation a success.

How do you contact your school’s CBME lead? You can find us on the CBME Leads Directory. We look forward to hearing from you.


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