Accreditation FAQs and the RDOC pre-accreditation questionnaire
University of Ottawa – May 5 – 10, 2023
Postgraduate Medical Education at the University of Ottawa will soon be undergoing its regular accreditation review and Resident Doctors of Canada (RDoC) is here to support residents through the process.
Resident engagement in the accreditation process is critically important to improving medical education. The feedback provided by residents will help programs continue to promote areas of strength and simultaneously, focus on areas that need improvement. Maintaining standards means maintaining excellent programs and producing physicians who are ready for practice.
The accreditation review will provide a firsthand evaluation of the institution and all programs. This process will determine the extent to which each program and institution meets the Canadian Residency Accreditation Consortium (CanRAC) Standards of Accreditation that allow for the objective assessment, accreditation, and continuous quality improvement of institutions and programs.
For more information about what accreditation is and what its objectives are, visit RDoC’s Accreditation FAQs.
RDoC’s role is to prepare residents for the accreditation review. RDoC prepares residents by providing information in the form of web resources and the pre-accreditation workshop, and obtaining insight into the programs and institution through the RDoC pre-accreditation questionnaire (RPQ). RDoC also confirms resident surveyors who are full members of the survey teams during the review and help ensure resident voices are heard.
As noted on the uOttawa PGME’s Accreditation webpage, residents need to be present for the interviews that take place during the on-site review. The pre-accreditation workshop described below prepares residents for what to expect and how to best participate.
In preparation for the review, RDoC invites all residents to attend one of the two for-resident, by-resident pre-accreditation workshops offered in collaboration with the Professional Association of Residents of Ontario (PARO) and CanRAC. Residents will receive an invitation from PARO and will have protected time to attend one of two workshops on:
- Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023 from 9-11 am ET; OR
- Thursday, Feb. 29, 2024 from 9-11 am ET
RDoC Pre-Accreditation Questionnaire (RPQ)
The RDoC Pre-Accreditation Questionnaire (RPQ) is specifically designed to obtain the resident perspective on their training. It was developed by residents, for residents. RDoC asks questions that gather quantitative and qualitative information on the overall residency experience. It is an opportunity to provide a unique perspective on training confidentially. RDoC asks that every resident in a Royal College or College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) program at the University of Ottawa complete the RPQ. It is also critically important to also be part of the interview during the on-site review to provide perspective directly with the survey teams.
How is the information from the RDoC Pre-Accreditation Questionnaire used?
Resident responses help prepare resident surveyors for the on-site review by providing important information about each program’s strengths and areas for improvement. This helps determine which programs resident surveyors visit and what types of questions they might ask.
RDoC will collate the results and prepare an RPQ Report based on the feedback received.
The information residents provide will not be shared with program administration, program directors, faculty, institution, or Residency Program Committee. Only the resident surveyors on the Royal College and CFPC Survey Teams will receive these reports to prepare them for the on-site visit.
RDoC will also prepare high-level RPQ Synthesis Reports. These reports contain very general collated information, synthesized from the results of the questionnaire. The RPQ Synthesis Reports will be shared with the Royal College and CFPC Accreditation Survey Teams, respectively. All information provided will remain confidential, and no individual responses will be shared in any component of the shared materials.
How can residents best prepare for the on-site accreditation review?
- Attend a RDoC Pre-Accreditation Workshop during which residents learn more about the accreditation process and specifically their role in it.
- Complete the RDoC Pre-Accreditation Questionnaire to help prepare the resident surveyors for the actual on-site review.
- Meet as a group with their program’s co-residents early to discuss what they feel are the strengths and areas of improvement for their program, and what they would like to share with the surveyors during the interview.
- Identify concerns about a training program before the on-site accreditation visit (for example, at the Residency Program Committee, University-led Internal Review).
- Be prepared to answer key questions from the survey team. Providing feedback will help their program continue to promote (work on) the areas of strength while also focusing on areas that need improvement.
If you wish to read more information about accreditation from a resident’s perspective, please visit RDoC’s accreditation webpage.
Become a resident surveyor for other accreditation reviews by filling out our expression of interest form.
Learn more about the Canadian post-graduate medical accreditation process from our videos.
Learn more about how you can shape your residency program through accreditation from our webinar.