To ensure seamless transitions from training to practice, it is important that all residents receive standardized practice management (PM) training in the non-clinical (i.e., legal, administrative and financial) skills necessary for physicians to practice within their specialties.

RDoC’s Role

RDoC has taken a leadership role in practice management. We are examining and evaluating current practices with the goal of advancing the standardization of a PM curriculum across all Canadian residency programs.

March 2017: RDoC released a Practice Management Infographic 
This infographic provides a snapshot perspective of the importance of practice management training in Canadian residency education. We encourage all residents, medical educators and stakeholders to communicate and use the Practice Management Principles to help guide advocacy for the implementation of practice management training in PGME.

November 2016: RDoC has developed Principles for Practice Management Training in PGME
The principles promote successful Practice Management (PM) education for Canadian residents. Practice management training must be delivered universally to all resident doctors, through a curriculum that is consistent, comprehensive and evidence-based, and in collaboration with relevant organizations and sectors.

Fall 2015-Spring 2016: Literature review and survey analysis
RDoC conducted a comprehensive literature review and analyzed survey results from the 2015 National Resident Survey pertaining to practice management training to inform RDoC’s advocacy work and the development of draft guiding principles/criteria for PM training during residency.

2014: 2015 National Resident Survey Questions
RDoC developed survey questions to assess the current state of PM training and residents’ perceived needs and preferences.

2014: Practice Management Tools Review
RDoC conducted a review of existing practice management tools with the purpose of identifying strengths and weaknesses and suggesting improvements to optimize these resources to better align with resident doctor needs.

2014: Content Discussions
RDoC engaged in preliminary discussions with PM content developers/providers to learn more about their offerings and explore potential areas for collaboration in optimizing and standardizing PM training/resources for residents.

  • Explore opportunities for collaboration with the CMPA on the Professionalism Symposium to promote professionalism to residents.
  • Finalize development of guiding principles/criteria requirements for optimizing and standardizing PM training during residency.
  • Review and comment on accreditation standards (updates, application and evaluation) related to practice management skills and competencies.
  • Continue to assess PG training environment/resources and identify gaps/explore ways to optimize practice management training.