A monumental change that shaped the Royal College

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November 13, 2019 | Author: Guest post
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Dr. William Goldberg

Dr. William Goldberg

“I had the privilege and honour to be on the Council of the Royal College from 1964 to 1972. I think the major accomplishment in that period, which shaped the future of the Royal College, was the linking of all residency programs under the aegis of the faculties of medicine throughout Canada. Prior to that time, they were under control of the individual hospitals with a rather loose relationship to the academic institution they were attached to. In fact, some were not even in teaching hospitals. I believe we were the first country to do so. I know we did it before the Americans. This was led by Dr. Robert Dickson from Dalhousie who personally visited all the faculties of medicine to gain their cooperation.

I was on the Residency Accreditation Committee at that time and later reviewed the programs in Sherbrooke, Toronto and Ottawa. I feel this monumental change really lies at the source of the great strides the Royal College has made since then and should be recognized by current members. This change was not easy given the then individuality of the involved hospitals with their rival and controlling temperaments.

I just thought I would bring this to the attention of the Royal College because some historical context must be maintained in order to understand the present and influence the future.”

William M. Goldberg, MD, FRCPC, FACP

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Annual meeting 1964. New members of Council. Dr. Goldberg is on the left.

Annual meeting 1964. New members of Council. Dr. Goldberg is on the left.

Council member (1970). Dr. Goldberg is the seventh from the left.

Council members (1970). Dr. Goldberg is the seventh from the left. From the left: Dr. F. E. Bryans; Dr. K. McFarlane; Dr. Douglas Miller; Dr. C. Drake; Dr. J. Hilton; Dr. R. Dickson; Dr. W. Goldberg; Dr. C. Crosby; Dr. J. Gemmel; Dr. R. Laird; Dr. Malcolm G. Brown; Dr. Jacques Turcotte; Dr. Fraser N. Gurd; Dr. Walter C. MacKenzie; Dr. F.G. Kergin; Dr. R. G. Christie; Dr. Ian Rusted; Dr. D. Wilson; Dr. Robert B. Kerr; Dr. E. Gagnon; Dr. D.F. Moore; Dr. J Grandbois; Dr. C. Ferguson

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Avatar Toghra Ghaemmaghami | November 26, 2019
Are we going to be pitied by next wave of enhanced social conciseness? Why are we mutilating our patients under the sanction of gender flexibility? Why are we introducing dangerous drugs into mainstream of our therapeutic arena? At times I believe that medicine has its own cycle of dark ages. Somehow we get duped by inherent human ignorance. But the impact of our faulty judgment is far more serious than its counterpart by a fashion icon, a greedy government or business person who is singularly driven by greed. We will be registered in history and painfully humbled for some time until ignorance takes power again.
Avatar Ian MacDonald | November 14, 2019
The readers might have wanted to see the names of some of the Council members. I sense one is Walter Mackenzie.
Avatar | December 19, 2019
Hi Dr. MacDonald, we have updated the photo caption with the names of the other Council members. You are correct — one of the members is Dr. Mackenzie! – Royal College Communications
Avatar Fructuoso de Souza | November 13, 2019
Top Health Care issue Development of an ongoing process for health care reform that matches need , cost , keeping up with advance and change , manpower ( PC - neutral gender power to conform with Canadian self image ) as these factors affect health care delivery .