2017-2018 CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS

A key part of RDoC’s mandate is to “serve as the unified voice of Canadian resident doctors”. Dozens of volunteers from across Canada play an essential role in these efforts. Join us and help to shape the environment we work and train in.

RDoC’s annual volunteer campaign is now open with the following positions open for applications.

Committees

  • Prepare for, attend, and actively participate in all meetings and work of the Committee.
  • Review the agenda and accompanying materials prior to attending the meeting. Seek clarification of any items that are not clear.
  • Respond to email communications and deadlines in a timely manner.
  • Offer constructive comments or points of disagreement, as appropriate.
  • Be willing to listen to and consider other points of view.
  • Demonstrate professionalism, teamwork, and a spirit of cooperation.
  • Maintain confidentiality on Committee work, as appropriate.
  • Be mindful that the Committee’s work is intended to benefit the greater RDoC membership.

The RDoC Awards Program honours individuals or organizations who have contributed to improving resident wellbeing, medical education, and resident life in Canada. Past recipients have included residents, program directors, postgraduate medical education (PGME) administrators, and organizations that support residents. The Awards Committee is responsible both for the annual nomination and selection process of the RDoC Awards recipients and RDoC nominations for awards bestowed by our stakeholders.

The Committee meets by teleconference three times a year.

For more information, email awards@residentdoctors.ca.

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The Practice Committee works on behalf of the RDoC Board of Directors to oversee the creation and realization of activities relating to Strategic Direction #1 “Training: to optimize the continuum of medical education,” and specifically to the goals of supporting the delivery of patient-centered care and seamless transitions from training into practice. Key areas of activity for this Committee include health human resources, career planning, entry disciplines, practice management and social accountability.

The Committee meets in person 1-2 times a year, and by teleconference in between Board meetings.

Read more about the activities of the Practice Committee here.

For more information, email practice@residentdoctors.ca.

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The Resiliency Working Group works on behalf of the RDoC Board of Directors to oversee the development, implementation and evaluation of the RDoC Resiliency Curriculum. This initiative relates directly to Strategic Direction #2 – “Wellness: to enrich the experience of medical education as trainees, teachers, and clinicians to inspire a redefined work environment for resident physicians, promote a culture of respect, and to champion the good health of Canadian resident physicians in mind, body, and spirit.”

The Working Group meets in person once a year, and by teleconferences in between Board meetings.

Read more about the activities of the Resiliency Working Group here.

For more information, email resiliency@residentdoctors.ca.

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The Training Committee works on behalf of the RDoC Board of Directors to oversee the creation and realization of Resident Doctors’ activities relating to Strategic Direction #1 “Training: To optimize the continuum of medical education,” and specifically to the goals of contributing to and advocating on national curriculum development, accreditation, certification, licensure and examination policy and resident matching.

The committee meets in person once a year, and by teleconference in between Board meetings.

Read more about the activities of the Training Committee here.

For more information, email training@residentdoctors.ca.

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The Wellness Committee works on behalf of the RDoC Board of Directors to oversee the creation and realization of RDoC activities relating to Strategic Direction #2 – “Wellness: to enrich the experience of medical education as trainees, teachers, and clinicians to inspire a redefined work environment for resident physicians, promote a culture of respect, and to champion the good health of Canadian resident physicians in mind, body, and spirit.”

The committee meets in person once a year, and by teleconference in-between Board meetings.

Read more about the activities of the Wellness Committee here.

For more information, email wellness@residentdoctors.ca.

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Liaison Positions

  • Be an ambassador and an advocate. Be mindful that you are attending this meeting on behalf of RDoC as an organization and of your fellow residents across Canada.
  • Be mindful of the important role you play in postgraduate medical education innovations, advocacy, and policy, through your participation in national stakeholder meetings on behalf of RDoC.
  • Participate in all meetings and teleconferences wherever possible, and advise the RDoC Office as soon as possible if you are unable to attend.
  • Review the agenda and accompanying materials prior to attending the meeting. Seek clarification of any items that are not clear. The RDoC Office will ensure you are properly briefed before your meeting.
  • Keep an eye out for issues that may have a potential impact (positive or negative) on resident training and include them in your report to the RDoC Board.
  • If you are not clear on RDoC’s position on an issue, please contact the RDoC Office as soon as possible so that staff can help you.
  • Immediately following a meeting or teleconference, provide RDoC with a written report summarizing key issues as they relate to RDoC, and identifying issues requiring action by RDoC.

Total Meetings: One meeting in spring (part of CCME); teleconferences

The purpose of the Resource Group is to facilitate national collaboration between all Faculties of Medicine, to facilitate advancement related to DME across Canadian Faculties of Medicine and to serve in an advisory role to the AFMC Board of Directors on matters related to DME in Canada. There are three Task Groups: Metrics, Learner Experience in DME and Resource Sharing.

Issues key to RDoC:

  • Policies and procedures
  • Travel for educational purposes
  • Intimidation and harassment
  • Faculty development and learner support
  • Social accountability
  • Technology
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Total Meetings: One meeting in spring (part of CCME); teleconferences

The purpose of the DME Resource Group is to facilitate national collaboration between all Faculties of Medicine, to facilitate advancement related to DME across Canadian Faculties of Medicine and to serve in an advisory role to the AFMC Board of Directors on matters related to DME in Canada.

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Total Meetings: One meeting in spring (part of CCME); teleconferences

The AFMC Graduation Questionnaire (GQ) is an annual survey designed to elicit feedback about the educational experiences of students graduating from the Medical Doctor (MD) programs at the 17 Canadian faculties of medicine. The AFMC began administering an English- and French-language version of the GQ in February 2015. The GQ was developed with assistance from our Canadian Undergraduate and Student Affairs deans and the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS) secretariat, and replaces the Association of American Medical Colleges’ (AAMC) Canadian Graduation Questionnaire (CGQ).

Issues key to RDoC:

  • Potential trends in medical education as identified by incoming cohort
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Total Meetings:Teleconferences (quarterly)

Developed as part of the FMEC-PG Recommendations to improve transition to residency, this project aims to establish effective handover processes between medical school and postgraduate programs by developing a linked (UG-PG) portfolio of students’ strengths and needs. It relates to action 1 and 1b of the FMEC PG Collective Vision, and the goal is to implement this project in at least one Canadian medical school by the project end date and provide an evaluation plan for the project.

Issues key to RDoC:

  • Facilitating learner transitions (UG to PG)
  • Transparency of content, format and processes
  • Data sharing and privacy
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Total meetings: Teleconferences (monthly)

The Pan-Canadian Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) Working Group will define EPAs that all graduates from Canadian medical schools should be able to perform with indirect supervision when starting a residency training program regardless of specialty. This is a Future of Medical Education in Canada (FMEC) Postgraduate group supported by the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC).

Issues key to RDoC:

  • Competency-based medical education
  • Assessment
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Total meetings: One meeting in spring (part of CCME); teleconferences

This is an interest group with the mandate to facilitate national collaboration between all Faculties of Medicine on physician health, and to advise the AFMC Board of Directors on this issue. The group aims to facilitate knowledge transfer, collaboration on initiatives, and advocacy of important issues among group members and within AFMC. Every faculty is represented within this group, with the exception of Dalhousie University.

Issues key to RDoC:

  • Resident health and wellness
  • Awareness of resident health initiatives
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Total meetings: One meeting in winter, potentially others

TUMEA has established two working groups; the “Process Working Group” will look at governance and operational issues in undergraduate accreditation. The chair of the Process Working Group is Dr. Trevor Young, Dean of Medicine at the University of Toronto. The perspective of residents – both as postgraduate learners and as recent medical students – is of course of great importance to UME accreditation, hence our desire to involve RDoC in this project.

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Total Meetings: One meeting in spring

CAIMPD is a nationwide group of Internal Medicine Program Directors who advocate on issues pertinent to all Internal Medicine residents.

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Total Meetings: One meeting in spring (part of CCME); teleconferences

CAME is a grass roots organization for the promotion and advancement of excellence in medical education. It aims to achieve excellence in all aspects of Canadian medical education by advocating for medical education and medical educators, supporting faculty development and encouraging research in medical education. RDoC’s representative to the CAME Board also participates in the Membership and Professional Development Program Committees.

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One meeting; teleconferences

CAPER (Canadian Post-MD Education Registry) is an organization established in the late 1980s to gather data on post-M.D. trainees. They publish an annual report as well as other reports on statistics and trends for more than 80 residencies including family medicine, medical and surgical fields.

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Total Meetings: Two meetings (one of which takes places in winter)

The CFPC accredits residency training programs in family medicine; family medicine/emergency medicine; and enhanced skills at all 17 medical schools in Canada. The accreditation of residency programs attests to the educational quality of accredited programs and allows residents from across Canada to qualify for the CFPC examinations.

Issues key to RDoC:

  • Program accreditation
  • Triple C Curriculum
  • CanMEDS-FM and Conjoint accreditation standards
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Total Meetings: Two meetings (winter and spring); teleconferences

The Board of Examiners is the Committee responsible for overseeing the CFPC’s examinations. This Committee is also responsible for standard setting for the examinations and sets the pass/fail criteria. It is responsible for maintaining the quality of the examination process through regular monitoring of the performance of the examination and the conduct of examination research.

Issues key to RDoC:

  • Certification examinations
  • Harmonization of exams
  • Alternative Route to Certification
  • Future of assessment and examination
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Total Meetings: Meeting dates and frequency TBD

This group aims to develop a proposal that will address the challenges experienced by early career physicians in the area of practice management. This group will meet to review the resources and curriculum that are currently in place, and the gaps that have been identified. Based on that, they will develop a proposal and make recommendations about how to address gaps and improve what is currently being offered.

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Total Meetings: Teleconferences (monthly)

In collaboration with RDoC, Choosing Wisely Canada is launching a platform to provide support and recognition for residents engaged in resource stewardship activities. This aims to build a network of resident leaders from coast to coast and representing many specialties who are focused on improving the quality of care for patients by reducing harm from unnecessary care and overuse. RDoC leads will help to develop the strategy for the platform design and help with the communications to residents about this opportunity. Team members should have an interest in resource stewardship and knowledge of the Choosing Wisely Canada campaign.

Issues key to RDoC:

  • Patient safety
  • Social accountability in medicine
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Total Meetings: Meeting in Ottawa, September 7-9, 2017; teleconferences

Issues key to RDoC:

  • Resident wellbeing
  • Exposure to national and local initiatives and research addressing physician health
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Due to CMA’s governance structure this liaison representative position is for 2018-2019Total Meetings: Two meetings in Ottawa (fall and spring)

The Committee on Ethics interprets and recommends amendments to the CMA Code of Ethics, addresses problems related to ethics referred to the CMA, advises CMA on matters pertaining to ethical issues that arise from scientific and technological progress in the health sciences and ethical issues of interest or concern to the medical profession, and advises the CMA on ethical issues related to its core strategies and priorities.

Issues key to RDoC:

  • End-of-life Care/Physician Assisted Death
  • Professionalism
  • Privacy issues
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Total Meetings: Four meetings: August 24-25 2017 in Quebec City (part of CMPA AGM); November 16-17 2017 in Ottawa; winter 2018 (Ottawa); spring 2018 (Ottawa)

Issues key to RDoC:

  • Monitor involvement of residents in CMPA risk management program
  • Education Initiative for trainees
  • Raising awareness amongst residents re: rights, processes in academic matters
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Total Meetings: One meeting in fall; teleconferences

The Federation of Medical Women of Canada (FMWC) is a national organization of female physicians committed to the social and personal development and well-being of women physicians and women in society. FMWC is also highly active in networking and professional development of female physicians and an advocate of women’s health initiatives in Canada.

Issues key to RDoC:

  • Diversity in medicine
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Total Meetings: Dates and frequency of meetings TBD

This group aims to define and promote acceptable disability accommodations in residency training and examinations.

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Total Meetings: One meeting (summer)

FMRAC is a national association of provincial and territorial medical regulatory authorities. Its purpose is to provide a national structure for the provincial and territorial medical regulatory authorities to present and pursue issues of common concern and interest; to share, consider and develop positions on such matters; and to develop services and benefits for its members.

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Total Meetings: September 17-19, 2017

The Medical Council of Canada (MCC) is responsible for promoting a uniform standard of qualification to practice medicine for all physicians across Canada. The qualification, known as the Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC), remains acceptable to provincial medical regulatory authorities. This ensures portability across the country, and that each province and territory maintains the right to grant the license to practice medicine.

Issues key to RDoC:

  • Costs of examinations
  • IMG credentialing process
  • Standards of professionalism
  • National Assessment Collaboration
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Total Meetings: Two meetings; teleconferences

The purpose of the TSC Technical Advisory Group is to oversee the data aspects of the PPRAC, including model scope and development for pan-Canadian physician resource planning to better inform physician supply and need/demand.

Issues key to RDoC:

  • Development of a pan-Canadian physician planning tool to better inform physician supply and need/demand
  • Better coordination of physician planning nationally
  • Best practices related to physician resource planning modelling
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Total Meetings: Teleconferences every 1-2 months

This group is a committee under the Royal College that is part of the Accreditation renewal process. The intent of this project is to inform and provide the three colleges with guidance in the further development of systems, processes, and policies that ensure a rigorous, defensible, and balanced residency education accreditation system.

Total Meetings: One meeting; teleconferences every two weeks

Note: must be FM rep

The Accreditation Standards Integration Committee oversees the development and integration of the new standards for accreditation of residency education institutions and programs in Canada. It is responsible for reviewing and providing feedback on the draft residency standards developed by the accreditation standards working groups and will also be asked to approve the accreditation standards for presentation to the governing bodies for accreditation at the Royal College, CFPC, and CMQ for discussion, refinement, and approval in time for an in-depth national consultation with all stakeholders involved in accreditation beginning in the fall of 2015.

Issues key to RDoC:

  • Development of conjoint standards of accreditation for PGME
  • Resident input into the accreditation process for PGME
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The voting position is appointed by the Royal College from nominations submitted by RDoC.

Total Meetings: One meeting on November 20-21 2017 in Ottawa; one meeting in spring 2018

The Assessment Committee is a subcommittee of the EdC. It advises on all assessment matters relating to Royal College specialty certification examinations, including requests from candidates for formal reviews. The committee is responsible for developing standards and policies governing the conduct and quality of specialty and sub-specialty examinations, performing annual reviews of the content and administration of all specialty and subspecialty examinations, reviewing and approving requests for changes to examination formats, and participating on Formal Review panels (appeals) for examinations when required.

Issues key to RDoC:

  • Annual reviews of the content and administration of all specialty and subspecialty exams
  • Standards and policies governing the conduct and quality of specialty and subspecialty exams
  • Timing of examinations
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Total Meetings: Dates and frequency of meetings TBD

The CanMEDS for Practice working group will develop recommendations on how the CanMEDS framework can be integrated within a competency-based CPD Program and MAINPORT to continuously enhance practice.

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The voting position is appointed by the Royal College from nominations submitted by RDoC.

Total Meetings: One meeting on November 2-3 2017 in Ottawa; one other meeting in spring 2018

The COS is a subcommittee of the CSE. It is responsible for providing advice and making recommendations on matters relating disciplines recognized by the Royal College by:

  • defining requirements for the recognition of disciplines.
  • performing periodic reviews of the status of recognized disciplines.
  • evaluating submissions for new disciplines recognition.
  • overseeing the activities of the specialty committees that are established for every discipline recognized by the Royal College.

Issues key to RDoC:

  • Recognition of new disciplines
  • Status of recognized disciplines
  • Discipline specific content issues (standards, credentials, assessment, accreditation)
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The voting position is appointed by the Royal College from nominations submitted by RDoC.

Total Meetings: Usually two in-person meetings per year

A standing committee of Council, the CSE:

  • Develops policies to enhance the quality and effectiveness of the Royal College’s lifelong learning continuum and its evaluation and assessment processes in order to maintain the Royal College’s high standards.

Issues key to RDoC:

  • Specialty-specific objectives and training requirements
  • Accreditation Standards
  • Evaluation instruments and processes
  • Assessment of applications for academic certification
  • Promotion and implementation of policies that enhance PGME
  • Oversees the process for appeals of a Royal College ruling on training credit or eligibility for the exams
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The voting position is appointed by the Royal College from nominations submitted by RDoC.

Total Meetings: One meeting on November 23 2017 in Ottawa

The purpose of the Royal College’s Competency by Design (CBD) initiative is to transform residency education and continuing professional development to reflect a competency-based model of medical education. The National Advisory Committee on Competency-based CPD provides advice, perspectives and recommendations on the development and implementation of a competency-based CPD model that will support learning and assessment of Fellows and other specialists and enhance the quality and safety of care provided to patients.

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The voting position is appointed by the Royal College from nominations submitted by RDoC.

Total Meetings: Two meetings (fall and spring)

The Credentials Committee (CC) that reports to the Assessment Committee.

  • It advises on policies relating to credentialing issues and rules on selected credentialing cases.
  • The CC also reviews relevant policies and regulations to ensure that each step in the process leading to certification is appropriate, effective, and efficient.

Issues key to RDoC:

  • Practice Eligibility Route
  • Transfer of credits
  • Waiver of Training
  • Examination eligibility
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Total Meetings: Teleconferences; potentially one in-person meeting

The Data Stewardship Committee is charged with making recommendations regarding the collection and protection of learner data as the CBME model is adopted into the Canadian medical education system.

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Total Meetings: Meeting dates and frequency TBD

This group was assembled to discuss how the Royal College should strategically address resident and physician health.

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Total Meetings: Two meetings (winter and spring)

The FAC, a standing committee of the Royal College Council, addresses a wide spectrum of issues pertinent to Fellows of the Royal College. FAC receives recommendations and reports from its subcommittees and serves as one mechanism for the membership to provide input to Council and other Royal College committees on College programs and policies.

Issues key to RDoC:

  • Resident Membership in Royal College
  • Communications between Fellows & Residents
  • Volunteer support and recognition
  • Support and enhance members’ continuing education
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Total Meetings: One meeting (fall); teleconferences

The HPPC, a subcommittee of the Executive Committee, provides advice and recommends policies and approaches that assist the College to fulfill its mandate in areas related to health and public policy, advocacy and research, in keeping with the vision, values and mission of the Royal College.

Issues key to RDoC:

  • Medical Professionalism
  • Health Human Resources
  • Labour mobility/changing regulatory landscape
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Total Meetings: One meeting on October 20 2017 as part of ICRE; monthly teleconferences divided up between the two selected liaison representatives, so that each rep participates in a teleconference every two months

The ICRE Committee is responsible for defining the program content of the ICRE, inviting participants and performing all the organizational tasks necessary to run the conference. The goal of the conference is to promote excellence in residency education in Canada and worldwide.

Issues key to RDoC:

  • Resident contributions to conference theme, speakers, workshops
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Total Meetings: TBD

One of the key principles of competency-based medical education is that is outcome-focused. As the Royal College transitions to a competency-based medical education strategy across the continuum, defining the outcomes for competency-based CPD are intended to focus on how learning and assessment can demonstrate continuous improvement of performance and the health outcomes experienced by patients.

The voting position is appointed by the Royal College from nominations submitted by RDoC.

Total Meetings: Up to 3 meetings per year, including October 24-25, 2017.

The Residency Accreditation Committee is a subcommittee that reports to the Accreditation Committee. The main role of the Residency Accreditation Committee is to ensure that Canadian residency programs accredited by the Royal College meet established requirements and guidelines and are conducted in a manner that permits graduates of the programs to achieve a level of competence compatible with Royal College certification.

Additional Opportunities with RDoC

Accreditation is a peer-reviewed process of continuous quality assurance, based on standards common to all PGME training programs in Canada. A system of regular accreditation surveys of the residency programs of each Canadian medical school is facilitated by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Collège des médecins du Québec (CMQ; for schools within Quebec).Through RDoC, residents can volunteer as resident surveyors on Royal College and CFPC survey teams for external reviews and full accreditation surveys. The survey team visits the medical school during the scheduled on-site review and ensures that standards for residency education are being maintained in all programs.

Read more about RDoC’s role in the accreditation process »

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