Survey: Tell us how you will measure the success of our new strategic plan

April 29, 2021 | Author: Dr. Susan Moffatt-Bruce

Dear colleagues,

On behalf of the Royal College, I would like to first thank each and every one of you for your continued support during this ongoing health crisis. We truly appreciate how hard all of you have been working to care for patients, or to help implement and support participation in Canada’s vaccination program during this third wave of COVID-19. I know it has been incredibly difficult and we are very grateful for your dedication.

In the midst of this exceptional time, the Royal College remains focused on how we can support you, and this includes developing our next strategic plan. Given the uncertainties created by the pandemic, this will be a shorter two-year plan to March 2023.

First steps: A more agile approach

We’ve developed a more agile approach to planning, engaging with Fellows and residents through targeted focus groups, surveys and a newly established advisory group at key points in the process, while also respecting the impact of the pandemic to health care teams.

I’m pleased to share that the first phase – setting the Royal College’s True North – has been completed. The True North includes a new purpose (or vision) statement, a new mission statement, as well as statements that confirm the unique role of the Royal College in supporting Fellows and residents to provide the best care for all.

Our True North

Advancing learning for specialist physicians to deliver the best health care for all.

We partner with patients, Fellows, residents and others in the health care community to

  • lead specialty medical education, assessment and accreditation standards;
  • promote the specialist physician role through research, advocacy and health policy;
  • enable specialist physicians to adapt and continuously improve; and
  • foster patient trust and confidence in specialist physicians.

Together, these elements both provide the foundation and set the aspirations of the Royal College, and will guide the development of the 2021-2023 Strategic Plan.

Inclusive consultations

To ensure that the True North is representative of our partnership with Fellows, residents, patients and other health care collaborators, an inclusive consultation approach was critical to its development. This included focus groups with early-career Fellows and residents, interviews with partner organizations, a survey of targeted Fellows and Resident Affiliates, as well as multiple connections with Royal College leadership and staff.

Through the consultation process, we have also benefited immensely from the advice and guidance of our newly established Strategic Planning Advisory Group. This diverse group, comprising Fellows, residents, patient partners, and Royal College leadership and staff, was established in November 2020 to support our strategic planning efforts.

Next steps: Aligning our strategic priorities

Now that we’ve established our True North, we’re working on aligning our strategic priorities for the next two years. A first draft of our strategic priorities and success metrics will be reviewed by Council this week. Once our strategic priorities are approved, we’ll finalize the strategic plan and develop an implementation roadmap for review and approval by Council in June.

Measuring success: Have your say

In addition to defining our direction and aligning our priorities, it is important that we know if we are achieving our goals. As a member, what would be your one measure of success that would indicate we have achieved our goals in 2023? Please take a moment to share your input by responding to our brief survey.

I will continue to keep you updated on our progress and I look forward to sharing our new 2021-2023 Strategic Plan with you in the next couple of months.

Stay well,


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


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