Do us a favour: ask us a question

Royal College Staff
November 27, 2019 | Author: Royal College Staff

We get it. Annual meetings are, well, meetings. And they don’t tend to be the most exciting of meetings, since they have to cover off all the important legal stuff. Nevertheless, these meetings are an important time to cover organizational business and report back to members.

So, as we prepare for our 2020 Annual Meeting of the Members (AMM), we have two favours to ask.

Block off this 1 hour in February

The 2020 AMM will be Friday, February 21, 2020, from 1:30-2:30 p.m., ET, at the Royal College in Ottawa (774 Echo Drive). You can attend in person but there is also a convenient webinar option.

The official notice of the meeting, with more details, will be issued on January 24, 2020.

Influence our meeting agenda

Something you can do while you wait for the official notice is to submit a question.

I’m sure there’s something pertaining to the Royal College that you’re curious about. Maybe you want to know how Competence by Design is progressing, or what the Professional Practice and Membership Office is working on for 2020. Whatever it is, we’ll use your submissions to help shape the meeting agenda (well, the part of the meeting that isn’t the required legal stuff) — and if your question doesn’t make it on the agenda, we’ll still try to answer your question in a future news item.

Please take a minute to let us know what you’re thinking!

My question for the Royal College

Please keep questions respectful. Ideally, questions should be of potential broad interest to a large group of members. Questions specific to you (e.g. an MOC reporting question) should be sent through regular channels:

Questions that aren’t accompanied by a name and member ID number will not be considered.




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Avatar Richard Schuld | December 13, 2019
I have been a member of th Royal College since 1975. I have enjoyed practice in a small urban center. While I was grateful for the wide exposure I received, I think that the Royal College needs to emphasize the contribution of general, or larger field specialty medicine. Unfortunately the very high caliber of very specialized medicine seems to leave the generalists with very little appreciation by the College in the field of delivering high quality medicine in the setting of a generalized practice of high quality medicine. It has always baffled me that specialty training is frequently only done at medical schools, as high quality medical education post-grad may be much better achieved by the apprentice model by generalists who are the only ones delivering personal care to individual patients under trying, or emergency circumstances. The fellows and residents may often be better trained than by being the on call for someone with an academic posting. These individual teachers may be good at imparting didactic knowledge but learning patient care is probably often better given through the apprentice model.
Avatar | February 21, 2020

Thank you for your comment to the Royal College. We appreciate the time you have taken to correspond with us.

We agree completely with your points about the importance of generalism within the health care system, and we are currently undertaking work in this area. We have convened a working group that is looking at Access to Specialty Care in Rural and Remote Communities, where this topic has come up frequently. In particular, we are looking at how we can encourage residents to do more rotations in community settings like those you have described. We feel it is important to introduce them to this type of practice so that some will give it more consideration when making career choices but also it is important that they understand the environment in which their rural colleagues are practicing. We also acknowledge that these would be excellent training venues for them.

We have also discussed the importance of identifying the range of skills and competencies that a specialist needs to work in a rural community, which is likely to be much broader than those used in an academic centre, as you have illustrated. We are planning to engage the various Specialty Committees of the Royal College in this work.

I would be pleased to connect with you directly if you would like to discuss ideas in more detail. If you would like to set up a phone conversation, please connect with me via the contact information provided below.

Once again, we thank you for sharing your thoughts and ideas with us.

Douglas Hedden, MD, FRCSC
Executive Director, Professional Practice and Membership

Avatar | December 19, 2019
Hi Dr. Schuld, thank you for sharing your thoughtful point-of-view. We will pass on your feedback to our leadership team. – Royal College Communications