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 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.