ACCREDITATION

All post-graduate medical education (PGME) programs in Canada must be accredited. Accreditation is meant to improve the quality of residency education by ensuring that all necessary resources are used efficiently and that residents are able to meet the training requirements of their specialty, subspecialty, or area of focused competence.

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 surveys of the residency programs of each Canadian medical school is facilitated by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (Royal College), the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) and the Collège des médecins du Québec (CMQ; for schools within Quebec).

RDoC’s Role

RDoC is committed to the development of a robust accreditation process. Our work in this area includes:

  • educating resident doctors about their role and the importance of their participation;
  • obtaining ongoing input from resident doctors;
  • facilitating accreditation workshops for new resident surveyors;
  • administrating our Pre-Accreditation Questionnaire to secure confidential quantitative and qualitative resident feedback; and
  • providing resident surveyors to the CFPC and Royal College full survey teams.

March 16-17, 2017: Collaboration with the Royal College and CFPC Survey Teams on the pre-survey accreditation visit at the University of Alberta.
Dr. Clinton Lewis and Dr. Pamela Lai presented, alongside the Royal College and CFPC accreditation survey team, to residents at the University of Alberta. The goal of this presentation was to share with residents present, RDoC’s role in the accreditation process and that of the RDoC pre-accreditation questionnaire.

January 15, 2016: Presentation to College of Family Physicians of Canada’s (CFPC) Accreditation Committee
Dr. Robin Clouston and Mr. Irving Gold presented on the topic of enhancing resident input in the residency accreditation process. They also facilitated a discussion on exploring opportunities to enhance resident input in the accreditation process while at the same time ensuring that residents continue to have an opportunity to provide confidential, anonymized, qualitative feedback during the accreditation process.

November 14, 2015: Role of Resident Representative on Accreditation Visits Workshop
Dr. Robin Clouston and Dr Steve Hawrylyshyn participated in this workshop at Family Medicine Forum (FMF) focused on sharing and discussing the proposed major changes in both accreditation standards and accreditation processes for family medicine residency training.

October 2, 2015: Accreditation Workshop
Hosted by RDoC and the Royal College hosted at the Professional Association of Residents of Ontario (PARO) in Toronto.

August 2015: Delegate Motion on the Pre-Accreditation Survey
Presented by Dr. Salina Teja and Dr. Natasha Snelgrove and approved during a Strategic Session on Building Momentum for Change in the Postgraduate Medical Training System at the CMA General Council Meeting in Halifax.

August 2015: Accreditation Manual
The third edition of our accreditation manual, The Accreditation Process – Ensuring Quality Postgraduate Medical Education in Canada: A Manual for Residents was released.

August 2014: Accreditation Information Session
In collaboration with the the Royal College and the CFPC to deliver this session to the Assembly of the Provincial Association of Resident Physicians of Alberta (PARA), in the lead-up to the full survey at the University of Calgary.

June 2014: Accreditation Workshop Evaluation and New Strategy
We re-evaluated our accreditation workshops for new resident surveyors and implemented a multi-pronged strategy. This strategy included: continued joint collaborations with the CFPC and the Royal College; information sessions on Accreditation; one-on-one briefings prior to an onsite survey; recruiting resident surveyors who have participated in internal reviews at their postgraduate institutions; and, attendance at the Colleges’ accreditation workshops.

2010-2012: Nationwide Workshops
RDoC hosted Accreditation Workshops in a variety of locations across Canada.

February 13, 2009: Train the Trainer Session Piloted
A pilot National Train the Trainer Accreditation Session was held in Ottawa.

November 14, 2015: Role of Resident Representative on Accreditation Visits
Dr. Robin Clouston and Dr Steve Hawrylyshyn participated in this workshop at Family Medicine Forum (FMF) focused on sharing and discussing the proposed major changes in both accreditation standards and accreditation processes for family medicine residency training.

April 2, 2015: Accreditation Briefing
Presented by Dr. Michael Gousseau, Co-Chair Training Committee at Professional Association of Residents of Ontario.

August 26, 2014: Accreditation Information Session
Presented by Dr. Michael Gousseau, Board Member, Denis Laliberté, Royal College, Judith Scott, CFPC at Provincial Association of Resident Physicians of Alberta Assembly Meeting.

  • Orient and support residents and the Provincial Housestaff Organizations (PHOs) prior to an onsite accreditation survey.
  • Continue to appoint resident surveyors on Royal College and CFPC Survey Teams.
  • Continue to provide organizational feedback on the new residency accreditation standards.