Excellent accredited medical education and training are critical for producing doctors to meet the health care needs of Canadians. At RDoC, we contribute to this core strategic direction in these ways:

  • anticipating and providing leadership on national medical education issues;
  • being an integral part of accreditation, certification, licensure, examination policy and national curriculum development; and
  • partnering and collaborating with medical education stakeholders as the national leader on resident issues.

Select a topic below for background information, current activities, recent presentations and related publications.


Postgraduate medical education (PGME) accreditation is a process in which the services and operations of an institution are examined by a third party to ensure that applicable standards are being met. It is necessary for maintaining excellence in medical training/education. Read more >


Competency-based medical education (CBME) has emerged as an important theme in medical education in recent years. Interest and debate on the topic continues to grow with the pending paradigm shift in Canadian medical residency programs. Read more >


The health of under-resourced and/or marginalized populations locally, nationally, and abroad is a key aspect of the Canadian medical residency experience. Increasing numbers of medical learners are pursuing research and clinical elective placements in Global Health. Read more >


Mentorship is an integral component of the education and professional development of resident doctors. Mentors are essential resources for advice and guidance pertaining to topics outside of the regular academic curriculum, such as research, career planning, networking, work-life balance, and transition into practice. Read more >


Patient handover, or the transfer of accountability for patient care, is a frequent occurrence in medical settings across Canada. As front-line health providers, resident doctors are often responsible for patient handover, so RDoC believes that it is critical that resident doctors receive mandatory formal training in this process. Read more >


Residents may transfer from one residency program to another for many reasons, including changes in professional interests, evolving personal circumstances, or employment prospects in a particular discipline. Read more >