The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada welcomes new President, Dr. Richard Reznick

February 25, 2021 | Author: Royal College Staff

Effective today, Richard Reznick, MD, FRCSC, MEd, FACS, FRCSEd (hon), FRCSI (hon), FRCS (hon), takes on a new role as the 46th President of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Dr. Reznick succeeds Past President M. Ian Bowmer, MDCM, FRCPC, FRCP, FCAHS, an internist and infectious disease specialist and former dean of medicine and professor emeritus at the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University.

During his tenure, Dr. Reznick aims support the College’s ongoing work on equity, diversity and inclusion. He will continue to reinforce the importance of establishing Indigenous health in postgraduate medical education and to promote cultural safety in health care, anti-racism interventions in the health care system and self-determination for Indigenous Peoples.

Dr. Reznick plans to champion the continued implementation of Competence by Design, a once in a generation change to the way future medical specialists are trained. Further, he wants to listen, support and engage trainees and Fellows of the Royal College throughout their careers.

“It’s clear the future of specialty medicine is changing rapidly, with artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies becoming front and center for the profession,” he explains. “The Royal College plays a role in providing physicians with the tools and skills needed to foster better patient engagement in this new digital age.”

Some highlights from Dr. Reznick’s career include:

  • Former dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen’s University
  • Former chair of the Department of Surgery at University of Toronto and former vice president, education at University Health Network
  • Founding director of the Wilson Centre, a renowned health profession education research institute
  • Instrumental in developing the OSCE that is now used for medical licensure in Canada
  • Championed the introduction of competency-based medical education for all residency programs at Queen’s University
  • His contributions to medical education have been recognized by numerous organizations around the world, including the Medical Council of Canada, the National Board of Medical Examiners and the Karolinska Institutet.

Dr. Reznick has been actively involved with the Royal College for nearly three decades. He has served in various leadership capacities, including as the Royal College’s vice president of education and vice chair of Royal College International.

“Dr. Reznick is a world leader in medical education research and development.,” says Royal College CEO Susan Moffatt-Bruce, MD, FRCSC, PhD, MBA, FACS “I look forward to working alongside him as we continue to evolve in providing better systems and supports for residents and Fellows to improve patient care.”

Dr. Reznick’s full biography can be found online at

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