Six ways we’ve been working for you (fall 2019 update)

We heard your request and promised to keep you better informed on matters flagged by you through our Member Value Survey. This update covers the ways we’ve been working for you between April and September 2019. Going forward, we’ll provide an update quarterly.

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Fostering pride

From showcasing award winners, convening thought leaders, celebrating exceptional physicians, leading changes in medical education and improving patient care around the world, we are stoking pride in Royal College Fellowship.

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We showcased thought leaders with our Professor-in-Residence program. In June, Dr. Brian Hodges, FRCPC, presented his lecture “The Future with AI: What will we need specialists for?” that explored the role of physicians in the changing world of technology.

On July 1, 12 new disciplines launched their move to a competency-based model of residency education. This means that now more than half of Royal College disciplines are either actively in, or have completed, the preparation process. This is significant progress and something all partners can take pride in.

In June, we launched our Indigenous Health Primer. Written and edited by Indigenous authors, the primer provides core information about Indigenous health through stories and case studies of Indigenous experiences. It is essential knowledge for Fellows, health care providers, learners and educators on caring for Indigenous Peoples.

Canada’s new postgraduate medical accreditation system, called CanERA, launched in July after years of fruitful collaboration among the Royal College, the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Collège des médecins du Québec.

We launched a new Award for Early-Career Leadership in Medical Education as a new avenue of recognition for Fellows who have shown outstanding leadership, initiative, service and/or innovation in medical education and/or continuing professional development.

The Royal College supports medical education research through funding that helps broaden knowledge and foster scientific dialogue in specialty medicine. This is just one way that we contribute to maintaining high standards in medical education and enhance the value of Royal College Fellowship. In August, we announced our latest grant recipients.

As part of our vision to be a global leader in medical education, the Royal College was pleased to announce in August that Kazan State Medical University in Russia became our first international partner to achieve Royal College Accredited Program status for one of its residency programs.

This August, we also highlighted Angela Enright, OC, MD, FRCPC, and her lifetime contributions to surgical safety. A Fellow and anesthesiologist, she is the 2019 recipient of our Royal College Teasdale-Corti Humanitarian award.

We continue to showcase some of the extraordinary work done by exceptional Fellows in our new online newsroom.


Listening to you

Whether it’s face-to-face or online, we’ve been gathering your thoughts and ideas.

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We created a new online newsroom that allows you to comment and share stories distributed through our monthly e-newsletter Dialogue. In fact, the launch of our latest employment study results and Dr. Padmos’ CEO Message on our Member Value Survey are neck-and-neck for most comments!

The Royal College Services Centre and CPD Unit staff took over 4,000 calls from Fellows during this time and answered at least as many e-mails, supporting members in their MOC Program participation and assisting with membership-related inquiries.

Do you remember hearing about our Council task forces? We reached out for your input on artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies through a survey sent this summer. Another survey closely followed on reaffirmation of competence. Thank you to everyone who already submitted feedback; it’s not too late to submit yours. Here’s how you can contribute your thoughts on these topics via these surveys.

This month, we are launching our series of RAC (regional advisory committee) meetings and town halls at cities across Canada. We are also planning more sessions for 2020. We value these opportunities to hear from Fellows at the grassroots of specialist care, to answer your particular questions and to provide updates on the Royal College’s work and efforts. We hope you will join us in person at a RAC meeting or submit a question.


Amplifying your voice

Through new tools and resources, we are helping to amplify your voice to affect change in the health care system.

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For the 2019 federal election, we created an online advocacy tool kit to support you in your conversations with federal candidates. The tool kit comprises backgrounders on priority areas, FAQs and a tool that enables you to easily email your candidate a call-for-action in four priority areas to improve access to specialty care in Canada: technology, pharmacare, academic research and Indigenous health.

We also added online polls to our newsroom so we can gauge your opinion on timely matters and use your answers to fuel our future plans.


Being more transparent

You asked for greater transparency and openness, and we heard you.

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So you can know more about our leadership team, we posted their names, roles and photos to our website. While you’re there, you can also read about our President, Past-President and CEO. And, we have a whole section with bios of our Council members.

We partnered with you in our search for our next CEO, in light of Dr. Padmos’ retirement at the end of the year. This July, we announced Dr. Susan Moffatt-Bruce as his successor. You may not know this but we directly emailed this news to all Fellows prior to reaching out to our partners and sister organizations!

In response to question from a Fellow, and to increase our transparency on how we gather data on membership communications, we added some text to the footer of Dialogue — our monthly e-newsletter. That text links to more information about our service provider, Constant Contact. We also updated our cookies policy to clarify that we work with third party services (like Constant Contact) that use cookies to measure preferences, so that we can improve our content and outreach.


Delivering more CPD content

To help support your continuing professional development (CPD), we’ve created more tools for you.

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As part of our commitment to championing patient safety in Canada, we offer Prescribing Safely.  This is a digital assessment and eLearning tool focused on minimizing medication errors. The training is currently aimed at specialists in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Family Medicine.

We also launched “Little things make BIG differences” — a new online module for all Fellows that teaches specialists how to recognize and manage disruptive behaviour in the clinical environment.

We also offered new Assessment Activity Development Grants to Royal College-accredited CPD providers, to assist in the development of accredited self-assessment or simulation activities within Section 3 of the MOC Program.


Providing value

We continue to invest in, and disseminate, evidence-based knowledge about our health care system.

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On May 1, 2019, we released new findings from our employment study. Since the Royal College began gathering employment data in 2011, new specialists have reported problems securing a job right after they have been certified. The latest study findings show that these challenges are, in large part, a by-product of shortcomings in workforce and health care planning.

In June, we released a comprehensive report focusing on the care physicians provide to seniors. Health Care for an Aging Population: A Study of how Physicians Care for Seniors in Canada is based on an analysis of 216 million medical services provided by almost 54,000 physicians and hones in on fundamental questions, such as how much care do physicians provide to seniors, how intensively do different specialists focus their practice on seniors and what types of medical care do seniors receive.


Contribute to the conversation

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In our membership survey, we were pleased to hear that members are interested in contributing articles for our publications. So, we’ve created some new tools so you can tell us your stories, share your tips, contribute your ideas, and tell us about your books.

Use on online form to tell us things that you wish you were told as a resident.

Are you a published author? Use our online form to tell us about your book. We may feature it in an article and upcoming newsletter, shared with your specialist peers and colleagues.

More forms will be regularly added. In the meantime, we have also launched a new dedicated email account for our newsroom. Email with your content ideas on work-related achievements and other stories you think Fellows will want to read.




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