Competence by Design program evaluation: Collaboration remains critical

April 27, 2021 | Author: Royal College Staff

In the summer of 2020, the Royal College conducted the second annual Readiness to Implement Checklist and the fourth CBD Pulse Check survey, which are designed to monitor the implementation of competency-based medical education (CBME) in specialty programs across Canada. Among the key learnings, we found that benefits include more meaningful feedback and clarity for residents.  Further key results are highlighted in the graphic below:

Competence by Design Program Evaluation Implementation Trends

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How is CBD implementation going?

Competence by Design (CBD) program evaluation results are encouraging with 73% of programs agreeing that implementation is going well. By July 2021, 61% of Canadian specialty and subspecialty programs will have launched a competency-based training program.

It is important to note that perfection is not attained – nor is it expected – right out of the gate.

Implementation challenges facing each school and program vary widely, including distinct impacts of COVID-19 on the learning environment. This underscores the need to remain flexible, open and respectful to the realities on the ground.  CBD is meant to be an iterative process that builds over time.

The bottom line reported from faculties of medicine: we are moving in the right direction and support for a competency-based model is strong.  Still, we need to continue to collaborate, communicate, dig into long-standing or new concerns impacting residency education, and work together to find solutions.

What is program evaluation? Why are we doing it?

Program evaluation efforts are used as a critical tool to monitor CBD implementation and inform ongoing decision making, helping us to:

  • Ensure CBD is being implemented as intended
  • Make any necessary improvements, and to understand the impact of CBD
  • Understand the outcomes of CBD
  • Provide a deeper understanding of and scholarship on CBME

Learn more about the Royal College CBD program evaluation strategy and reports.

What’s next? How can you get involved?

If you are looking to get involved with the program evaluation community, join our events!

  • The CBME Program Evaluation Forum provides a space to showcase program evaluation projects and allow attendees to network and collaborate.
    • Next webinar: June 9th, 2021
  • The CBME Program Evaluation Summit, an annual event held in conjunction with the International Conference on Residency Education (ICRE), provides the opportunity to share and hear about other CBME program evaluation initiatives and ideas, network and collaborate with others involved in CBME program evaluation, and hear from thought leaders in the field.



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