In gratitude to you all
When I assumed the role of CEO of the Royal College in January 2020, I recognized there were going to be great opportunities ahead. I could never have predicted the speed at which the world would shift in a few short months. In what were extraordinarily challenging times for all of you, I want to express my sincerest gratitude for your commitment and support as we pivoted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
We adapted and changed many of our key services, including how we delivered exams and certification, how our committees function and collaborate, and how we oversee the implementation of medical education and conduct our international work. I recognize that there were challenges and it was not always a straight line, but I am proud that we were able to deliver on our important work and support postgraduate medical education and Fellows.
When I reflect on where the Royal College is right now, I am also proud of our collective commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion (EDI), anti-racism and reconciliation. We still have much work to do as a College and as a nation. Going forward, I am confident that the Royal College, its governing Council and Fellows will continue to work in solidarity with all so to address the racism that exists in health care. We cannot do this alone and I have been personally so grateful to all the voices and communities that have engaged with us. We have learned and unlearned together; I will hold these learnings close.
As I look towards the future, my hope for the Royal College is that it will continue to push forward. Whether it is the digital transformation we are undertaking or the enhanced learning products and a more user-friendly Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program dashboard, progress will be most assured. So many of you have boldly shared your vision for the future of the Royal College and I am confident that this transformation will deliver what you have been looking for.
I also want to take a moment to express my sincerest gratitude to the partner organizations across the country who unquestionably supported me and collaborated with us through such challenging times; to the voices who have not traditionally been heard, but have spoken loudly and clearly, I hope to continue to hear your voices in the years ahead; to my dedicated team at the Royal College and to you, the Fellows of the Royal College, it has been an honour to serve as your CEO through the greatest health challenge to face generations. Thank you for trusting me with this opportunity. Lastly, thank you to all the Council members and committee members who serve to guide, advance and support the work of the Royal College.
Whilst I will end my term as CEO as of February 28, I will always be a Fellow and a colleague, and I look forward to supporting the Royal College as it continues to grow and evolve in the years ahead.
In continued gratitude,
Susan D. Moffatt-Bruce, MD, FRCSC, PhD, MBA, FACS
Chief Executive Officer