Notice of Request to Remove Internal Medicine as an Entry Route into Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

July 8, 2020 | Author: Royal College Staff


We are seeking feedback from members on a proposal from the Specialty Committee in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology to remove Internal Medicine as an entry route into their discipline.

Current Entry Routes Proposed Entry Routes Deadline for feedback
·        Pediatrics

·        Internal Medicine

·        Pediatrics September 05, 2020

Rationale and process for change

The Specialty Committee in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology requested the removal of Internal Medicine as an entry route into their discipline. The Specialty Committee asserts that a strong background in general pediatrics is necessary to complete training in their subspecialty; the discipline builds upon the competencies gained through residency in Pediatrics, rather than through Internal Medicine. Moreover, the route is unused: no trainees have entered into Pediatric Hematology/Oncology from Internal Medicine for at least the last five years.

The request was reviewed by the Royal College’s Committee on Specialties during their March 26, 2020 meeting. The committee agreed to proceed with the intent toward the change. They are now inviting feedback from stakeholders before a decision is made.

Send your feedback by September 05, 2020

Stakeholders are invited to provide feedback concerning the request outlined above within sixty days of publication of this notice (08/07/2020). Feedback can be forwarded to the Office of Specialty Education at, Attn: Jason R. Frank, MD, MA(Ed), FRCPC, Director, Specialty Education, Strategy and Standards.

All feedback received within this timeframe will be used by the Royal College’s Office of Specialty Education in reaching a final decision regarding the above request. Should the application be accepted, a notice will be made to Royal College staff, committees, and stakeholders to this effect.