Patient handover, or the transfer of accountability for patient care, is a regular occurrence in medical settings across Canada. As front-line health providers, resident doctors are often responsible for patient handover.

RDoC’s Role

RDoC has advocated for a formal handover curriculum as part of the accreditation standard for medical education. We believe the curriculum should reflect the core competencies of the CanMEDS framework. We also believe that the curriculum will be strengthened by acknowledgement that handover is a learned skill − trainees’ handover skills improve as they gain seniority.

June 2014: Handover Education in Canadian Residency Programs Policy Statement
RDoC released a policy statement on Handover Education. It provided five recommendations for improving handover education, leading to enhances patient safety.

April 29, 2014: Resident Handover in Canada: Results of the Canadian Association of Internes and Residents 2013 National Resident Survey
RDoC presented this poster at the Canadian Conference on Medical Education (CCME) in Ottawa.

September 28, 2013: Trial and tribulations of handover: Experiences from residency programs across Canada
Drs. J. L. Meloche, M. Rayar, A. Yarascavitch presented this workshop at ICRE in Calgary.

June 7, 2015: Challenges in Continuity of Care: The Role of Fatigue and Importance of Handover
Dr. Melanie Adams presented this paper during the session panel Continuity of Patient Care: Challenges and Opportunities as part of the 2015 Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada Annual Meeting and Conference in Fredericton.

October 25, 2014: Best Practices in Handover Education
This workshop was presented at the International Conference on Residency Education (ICRE) in Toronto. It was co-developed by Drs. Chris Little, Meera Rayar, and Nureen Sumar of RDoC’s Advocacy and Policy Committee as well as Drs. Trey Coffey and Zia Bismilla of the I-PASS program at Sick Kids.

  • Continue to collaborate with stakeholders in PGME to develop and promote patient handover tools and resources for use by members.