Growing careers, supporting you better

June 28, 2021 | Author: Dr. Susan Moffatt-Bruce

Dear colleagues,

Whilst undoubtedly the past 18 months have been very difficult, we have been humbled by your fortitude and unwavering commitment to patient care in the midst of this unprecedented health crisis. On behalf of everyone at the Royal College, I would like to express our gratitude and admiration.

The pandemic has forced all of us to adapt to new ways of life and work. And we have learned a great deal. As we cautiously look beyond this crisis, we turn our attention to how the Royal College can better listen, respond and adapt our programs and services to support you — both in the current reality and in preparation for the demands of the future.

The details are in our Royal College Strategic Plan (2021-2023), which we hope you will read.

Four priorities: continuously improving so to support you

We believe that better learning leads to better care. In my April CEO Message, I shared our new Royal College vision and mission statements. I also detailed our agile approach to strategic planning and our emphasis on inclusive consultations so to hear many voices and opinions. I am pleased to now share the resultant strategic priorities and how we plan to deliver on them.

Strategic priority areas

  • Building community: We will engage the diverse expertise, capabilities and interests of individuals and groups who can contribute to the shared goal of excellence in specialty medicine and better care for all.
  • Growing careers: We will support residents and Fellows with the appropriate tools, programs and content to ensure their education and lifelong learning meet the evolving demands of their careers.
  • Fostering excellence: Our leading programs of assessment and accreditation will ensure specialist physicians meet the highest standards throughout their careers.
  • Stewarding our resources: We will actively seek new and diverse voices to guide our work, and embrace a culture of continuous improvement across all programs.

We will be relying on your feedback over the next two years, as we implement the Royal College Strategic Plan (2021-2023) but also look to the future beyond.

Diverse voices and views laid the foundation for this plan

We want all members, residents, Fellows and our volunteers to feel supported, as we grow and ready ourselves for the years ahead. I am truly grateful to all of you who responded to our survey in April or who reached out through other means to share your thoughts on how the Royal College can measure its success. We have immensely benefitted from your candour, unique perspectives and thoughtful responses.

I am also indebted to the diligent work of our strategic plan advisory group that included patients, Fellows, residents, volunteers and staff. The rich discussions and diverse ideas that came forth from our meetings built the foundation of this new strategic framework.

I hope you all share in my enthusiasm for this continued evolution of our Royal College.

With gratitude,


Susan D. Moffatt-Bruce, MD, FRCSC, PhD, MBA, FACS
Chief Executive Officer / Directrice Générale

Please note: In July, I will be taking a break from my regularly scheduled CEO Message. I will be back with a new message in late August.


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