The Royal College to collaborate with the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine on health research and education
Preferred partnership will foster collaborations in planetary health, social accountability, health-care provider wellness and other key priority areas
A new agreement between the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada will facilitate and expand collaboration in key priority areas of health research and education.
The agreement, signed on October 24, 2022, acknowledges the parties’ mutual interest in exploring opportunities to collaborate in the following areas:
- planetary health;
- international collaborations including education and research;
- advanced medical leadership training;
- social accountability, including but not limited to the health of populations and expanding patient-partnered care;
- health-care provider wellness; and
- evaluation of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and Competence by Design (CBD) opportunities and outcomes.
“The agreement will allow the Faculty of Medicine to expand our efforts in these sectors in which we are already becoming recognized as leaders, and it offers the key advantage of synergy with the Royal College to advance these initiatives,” says Dr. Bernard Jasmin, dean of the uOttawa Faculty of Medicine.
A governance committee, made up of three representatives from each party, will meet regularly to discuss opportunities to collaborate. Initial steps will include establishing priority collaborations.
“We look forward to exploring collaborative opportunities with the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine,” says Craig Ceppetelli, executive director of the Royal College’s Office of International Collaboration. “We see tremendous benefits expanding together on these important and timely initiatives, which will ultimately serve our members, health care providers, faculty and staff to help them deliver the best health care for all.”
Under the agreement, which came into effect on November 1, 2022, uOttawa and the Royal College agree to provide faculty and staff expertise and time to develop strategies, implement action plans and measure results. Additionally, both uOttawa and the Royal College commit to reaching out to other faculties of medicine to collaborate on common interests including ongoing projects. Finally, both organizations will report on results to their stakeholders.
The partnership will continue until the end of 2024 with the possibility of extension.
The Royal College looks forward to embarking on this agreement with uOttawa and engaging with other faculties of medicine on areas of mutual interest and collaboration.
About the Royal College
The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada is the national professional association that pursues excellence in medical education, professional standards, and building physician competence. We protect the health of Canadians by helping physicians build skills, knowledge and expertise through lifelong learning and continuing professional development. We accredit the university programs that train resident physicians for their specialty practices, and we administer the examinations that residents must pass to become certified as specialists. In collaboration with health organizations and government agencies, the Royal College also plays a role in developing sound health policy in Canada. To find out more, please visit www.royalcollege.ca.
About the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine
The University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine is the first and largest bilingual medical faculty in Canada, where learners have access to state-of-the art facilities and specialized institutions as they learn alongside world-class physicians and scientists. The Faculty of Medicine is consistently ranked among the top faculties in the world for research impact in biomedical and health sciences.