2016-2017 CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS

A key part of RDoC’s mandate is to “serve as the unified voice of Canadian resident doctors”. Dozens of volunteers from across Canada play an essential role in these efforts. Join us and help to shape the environment we work and train in.

RDoC’s annual volunteer campaign is now open with the following positions open for applications.

Committees

  • Prepare for, attend, and actively participate in all meetings and work of the Committee.
  • Review the agenda and accompanying materials prior to attending the meeting. Seek clarification of any items that are not clear.
  • Respond to email communications and deadlines in a timely manner.
  • Offer constructive comments or points of disagreement, as appropriate.
  • Be willing to listen to and consider other points of view.
  • Demonstrate professionalism, teamwork, and a spirit of cooperation.
  • Maintain confidentiality on Committee work, as appropriate.
  • Be mindful that the Committee’s work is intended to benefit the greater RDoC membership.

The RDoC Awards Program honours individuals or organizations who have contributed to improving resident wellbeing, medical education, and resident life in Canada. Past recipients have included residents, program directors, postgraduate medical education (PGME) administrators, and organizations that support residents. The Awards Committee is responsible for the annual nomination and selection process.

The Committee meets by teleconference three times a year.

Read more about the activities of the Committee here.

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The Practice Committee works on behalf of the RDoC Board of Directors to oversee the creation and realization of activities relating to Strategic Direction #1 “Training: to optimize the continuum of medical education,” and specifically to the goals of supporting the delivery of patient-centered care and seamless transitions from training into practice. Key areas of activity for this Committee include health human resources, career planning, entry disciplines, practice management and social accountability.

The Committee meets in person 1-2 times a year, and by teleconference in between Board meetings.

Read more about the activities of the Practice Committee here.

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The Training Committee works on behalf of the RDoC Board of Directors to oversee the creation and realization of Resident Doctors’ activities relating to Strategic Direction #1 “Training: To optimize the continuum of medical education,” and specifically to the goals of contributing to and advocating on national curriculum development, accreditation, certification, licensure and examination policy and resident matching.

The committee meets in person once a year, and by teleconference in between Board meetings.

Read more about the activities of the Training Committee here.

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The Wellness Committee works on behalf of the RDoC Board of Directors to oversee the creation and realization of RDoC activities relating to Strategic Direction #2 – “Wellness: to enrich the experience of medical education as trainees, teachers, and clinicians to inspire a redefined work environment for resident physicians, promote a culture of respect, and to champion the good health of Canadian resident physicians in mind, body, and spirit.”

The committee meets in person once a year, and by teleconference in-between Board meetings.

Read more about the activities of the Wellness Committee here.

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Liaison Positions

  • Be an ambassador and an advocate. Be mindful that you are attending this meeting on behalf of RDoC as an organization and of your fellow residents across Canada.
  • Be mindful of the important role you play in postgraduate medical education innovations, advocacy, and policy, through your participation in national stakeholder meetings on behalf of RDoC.
  • Participate in all meetings and teleconferences wherever possible, and advise the RDoC Office as soon as possible if you are unable to attend.
  • Review the agenda and accompanying materials prior to attending the meeting. Seek clarification of any items that are not clear. The RDoC Office will ensure you are properly briefed before your meeting.
  • Keep an eye out for issues that may have a potential impact (positive or negative) on resident training and include them in your report to the RDoC Board.
  • If you are not clear on RDoC’s position on an issue, please contact the RDoC Office as soon as possible so that staff can help you.
  • Immediately following a meeting or teleconference, provide RDoC with a written report summarizing key issues as they relate to RDoC, and identifying issues requiring action by RDoC.

Total Meetings: Teleconferences and one in-person meeting during the Canadian Conference on Medical Education (Spring 2017)

The purpose of the Resource Group is to facilitate national collaboration between all Faculties of Medicine, to facilitate advancement related to DME across Canadian Faculties of Medicine and to serve in an advisory role to the AFMC Board of Directors on matters related to DME in Canada. There are three Task Groups: Metrics, Learner Experience in DME and Resource Sharing.

Issues key to RDoC:

  • Policies and procedures
  • Travel for educational purposes
  • Intimidation and harassment
  • Faculty development and learner support
  • Social accountability
  • Technology
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Total Meetings: Teleconferences and one in-person meeting during the Canadian Conference on Medical Education (Spring 2017)

The AFMC Graduation Questionnaire (GQ) is an annual survey designed to elicit feedback about the educational experiences of students graduating from the Medical Doctor (MD) programs at the 17 Canadian faculties of medicine. The AFMC began administering an English- and French-language version of the GQ in February 2015. The GQ was developed with assistance from our Canadian Undergraduate and Student Affairs deans and the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS) secretariat, and replaces the Association of American Medical Colleges’ (AAMC) Canadian Graduation Questionnaire (CGQ).

Issues key to RDoC:

  • Potential trends in medical education as identified by incoming cohort
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Total Meetings: Quarterly teleconferencesDeveloped as part of the FMEC-PG Recommendations to improve transition to residency, this project aims to establish effective handover processes between medical school and postgraduate programs by developing a linked (UG-PG) portfolio of students’ strengths and needs. It relates to action 1 and 1b of the FMEC PG Collective Vision, and the goal is to implement this project in at least one Canadian medical school by the project end date and provide an evaluation plan for the project.

Issues key to RDoC:

  • Facilitating learner transitions (UG to PG)
  • Transparency of content, format and processes
  • Data sharing and privacy
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Total meetings: Monthly teleconferencesThe Pan-Canadian Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) Working Group will define EPAs that all graduates from Canadian medical schools should be able to perform with indirect supervision when starting a residency training program regardless of specialty. This is a Future of Medical Education in Canada (FMEC) Postgraduate group supported by the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC).

Issues key to RDoC:

  • Competency-based medical education
  • Assessment
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Total meetings: Teleconferences and one in-person meeting during the Canadian Conference on Medical Education (Spring 2017)The AFMC Physician Health and Wellness Group advises and assists members of AFMC on educational issues related to physician health and well-being across the physician life cycle. The Group also liaises with national and international organizations with a focus on physician health and well-being as appropriate to the mission and activities of AFMC.

Issues key to RDoC:

  • Resident health and wellness
  • Awareness of resident health initiatives
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The RDoC representative shall be an IM PGY2 or PGY3.Total Meetings: One meeting per year in Spring (usually May/June)

Issues key to RDoC:

  • Milestones /EPAs for Internal Medicine
  • PGY1 and PG4 match
  • AFC Diplomas/GIM Subspecialty
  • Duty hours
  • Exam timing
  • Issues of importance to Internal Medicine
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The CAME Board member also sits on the CAME Membership Committee and the Professional Development Program Committee. Meetings are held in conjunction with CCME and there are teleconferences during the year.Total Meetings: one in-person meeting in conjunction with the CCME, April 29-May 2, 2017 in Winnipeg, and teleconferences.

Issues key to RDoC

  • Future of medical education
  • Scholarly activities
  • Inter-professional education
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This committee advises the CAME Board of Directors on membership growth and retention; membership benefits, products and services; organizational branding, marketing and promotion; website composition.Issues key to RDoC

  • CAME membership issues
  • Resident involvement in CAME
  • Benefits to residents for participation in CAME
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This Committee plans develops, implements and evaluates CAME’s Professional Development Program.Issues key to RDoC:

  • Explore possibilities for the development of a variety of CAME PD offerings, including, but not limited to, courses, online resources, speaker bureaus, etc.
  • Explore the possibility of a CAME certificate program in medical education.
  • Regular evaluations of CAME’s overall PD program (versus individual courses) to ensure that the needs of the membership are met.
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Total Meetings: teleconferences and attendance at 2017 CCPH

Issues key to RDoC:

  • Resident wellbeing
  • Exposure to national and local initiatives and research addressing physician health
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Also attended by RDoC Executive Director.Total Meetings: 1 in-person meeting annually (Fall 2016 or Spring 2017) + 2 teleconferences

Issues key to RDoC:

  • Promote use of CAPER data in RDoC initiatives
  • Bring forward RDoC’s data needs to CAPER
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Total Meetings: 2 in-person; (conjoint with the RC Accreditation Committee)

The CFPC accredits residency training programs in family medicine; family medicine/emergency medicine; and enhanced skills at all 17 medical schools in Canada. The accreditation of residency programs attests to the educational quality of accredited programs and allows residents from across Canada to qualify for the CFPC examinations.

Issues key to RDoC:

  • Program accreditation
  • Triple C Curriculum
  • CanMEDS-FM and Conjoint accreditation standards
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Priority given to RDoC Board MemberTotal Meetings: One in-person meeting + teleconferences during the year.

The Board of Examiners is the Committee responsible for overseeing the CFPC’s examinations. This Committee is also responsible for standard setting for the examinations and sets the pass/fail criteria. It is responsible for maintaining the quality of the examination process through regular monitoring of the performance of the examination and the conduct of examination research.

Issues key to RDoC:

  • Certification examinations
  • Harmonization of exams
  • Alternative Route to Certification
  • Future of assessment and examination
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Total Meetings: approximately 4-5 hours per month including a monthly teleconference

In collaboration with RDoC, Choosing Wisely Canada is launching a platform to provide support and recognition for residents engaged in resource stewardship activities. This aims to build a network of resident leaders from coast to coast and representing many specialties who are focused on improving the quality of care for patients by reducing harm from unnecessary care and overuse. RDoC leads will help to develop the strategy for the platform design and help with the communications to residents about this opportunity. Team members should have an interest in resource stewardship and knowledge of the Choosing Wisely Canada campaign.

Issues key to RDoC:

  • Patient safety
  • Social accountability in medicine
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Due to CMA’s governance structure this liaison representative position is for 2017-2018Total Meetings: 2; Fall 2017; Spring 2018; Ottawa

The Committee on Ethics interprets and recommends amendments to the CMA Code of Ethics, addresses problems related to ethics referred to the CMA, advises CMA on matters pertaining to ethical issues that arise from scientific and technological progress in the health sciences and ethical issues of interest or concern to the medical profession, and advises the CMA on ethical issues related to its core strategies and priorities.

Issues key to RDoC:

  • End-of-life Care/Physician Assisted Death
  • Professionalism
  • Privacy issues
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Total Meetings: 4; August 2016, November 2016, February 2017, May 2017 – Ottawa

Issues key to RDoC:

  • Monitor involvement of residents in CMPA risk management program
  • Education Initiative for trainees
  • Raising awareness amongst residents re: rights, processes in academic matters
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Total Meetings: Teleconferences and one in-person meeting at the AGM (Fall 2016)

The FMWC’s AGM is a once a year opportunity for women physicians and associates to benefit from a weekend of stimulating educational discussions and networking.

Issues key to RDoC:

  • Diversity in medicine
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Total Meetings: one in-person meeting, June 2017

Issues key to RDoC:

  • Promote equitable policies for both Canadian trained physicians and IMGs
  • Monitor IMG credentialing process
  • Labour mobility
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Total Meetings: one in-person meeting, September 2016

Issues key to RDoC:

  • Costs of examinations
  • IMG credentialing process
  • Standards of professionalism
  • National Assessment Collaboration
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Total Meetings: A minimum of 2 in-person meetings per year, ad-hoc teleconferences and email communication.

The purpose of the TSC Technical Advisory Group is to oversee the data aspects of the PPRAC, including model scope and development for pan-Canadian physician resource planning to better inform physician supply and need/demand.

Issues key to RDoC:

  • Development of a pan-Canadian physician planning tool to better inform physician supply and need/demand
  • Better coordination of physician planning nationally
  • Best practices related to physician resource planning modelling
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Total Meetings: Bi-monthly teleconferences and two in-person meetings

The Accreditation Standards Integration Committee oversees the development and integration of the new standards for accreditation of residency education institutions and programs in Canada. It is responsible for reviewing and providing feedback on the draft residency standards developed by the accreditation standards working groups and will also be asked to approve the accreditation standards for presentation to the governing bodies for accreditation at the Royal College, CFPC, and CMQ for discussion, refinement, and approval in time for an in-depth national consultation with all stakeholders involved in accreditation beginning in the fall of 2015.

Issues key to RDoC:

  • Development of conjoint standards of accreditation for PGME
  • Resident input into the accreditation process for PGME
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The voting position is appointed by the Royal College from nominations submitted by RDoC.

Total Meetings: 2 in-person

The Assessment Committee is a subcommittee of the EdC. It advises on all assessment matters relating to Royal College specialty certification examinations, including requests from candidates for formal reviews. The committee is responsible for developing standards and policies governing the conduct and quality of specialty and sub-specialty examinations, performing annual reviews of the content and administration of all specialty and subspecialty examinations, reviewing and approving requests for changes to examination formats, and participating on Formal Review panels (appeals) for examinations when required.

Issues key to RDoC:

  • Annual reviews of the content and administration of all specialty and subspecialty exams
  • Standards and policies governing the conduct and quality of specialty and subspecialty exams
  • Timing of examinations
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The voting position is appointed by the Royal College from nominations submitted by RDoC.

Total Meetings: Usually meets two or three times per year.

The COS is a subcommittee of the CSE. It is responsible for providing advice and making recommendations on matters relating disciplines recognized by the Royal College by:

  • defining requirements for the recognition of disciplines.
  • performing periodic reviews of the status of recognized disciplines.
  • evaluating submissions for new disciplines recognition.
  • overseeing the activities of the specialty committees that are established for every discipline recognized by the Royal College.

Issues key to RDoC:

  • Recognition of new disciplines
  • Status of recognized disciplines
  • Discipline specific content issues (standards, credentials, assessment, accreditation)
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The voting position is appointed by the Royal College from nominations submitted by RDoC.

Total Meetings: Usually meets twice per year.

The Credentials Committee (CC) that reports to the Assessment Committee.

  • It advises on policies relating to credentialing issues and rules on selected credentialing cases.
  • The CC also reviews relevant policies and regulations to ensure that each step in the process leading to certification is appropriate, effective, and efficient.

Issues key to RDoC:

  • Practice Eligibility Route
  • Transfer of credits
  • Waiver of Training
  • Examination eligibility
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Total Meetings: Teleconferences as needed and one in-person meeting

The Royal College ePortfolio Advisory Committee provides guidance and perspectives related to the design, development, testing and continuous enhancement of an expanded Royal College ePortfolio for residents, Fellows and MOC Program participants. This is one component of the Royal College’s Competence by Design (CBD) initiative facilitating the transition to a competency-based medical education model for residency education and continuing professional development. The CBD initiative includes a number of strategic projects including but not limited to revisions to the CanMEDS competency framework (CanMEDS 2015) and enhancements to Royal College’s ePortfolio (MAINPORT) to support learning and assessment from the beginning of residency to retirement.

Issues key to RDoC:

  • Resident input in implementation and evaluation of competency-based medical education
  • Revisions to the CanMEDS competency framework
  • Enhancements to Royal College’s MAINPORT
  • Protection of residents’ data
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Total Meetings: 2; December 8, 2016 – Ottawa; Spring 2017

The FAC, a standing committee of the Royal College Council, addresses a wide spectrum of issues pertinent to Fellows of the Royal College. FAC receives recommendations and reports from its subcommittees and serves as one mechanism for the membership to provide input to Council and other Royal College committees on College programs and policies.

Issues key to RDoC:

  • Resident Membership in Royal College
  • Communications between Fellows & Residents
  • Volunteer support and recognition
  • Support and enhance members’ continuing education
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Total Meetings: Teleconferences and one in-person meeting (Spring 2017)

The Fellowship Affairs Summit brings together members of the Royal College’s Fellowship Affairs Committee and the five Regional Advisory Committees to help shape national initiatives, strategies and programs that are relevant to the Royal College’s core mission.

Issues key to RDoC:

  • Resident Membership in Royal College
  • Communications between Fellows & Residents
  • Volunteer support and recognition
  • Support and enhance members’ continuing education
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Total Meetings: Teleconferences and two in-person meetings (Fall 2016, Spring 2016)

The HPPC, a subcommittee of the Executive Committee, provides advice and recommends policies and approaches that assist the College to fulfill its mandate in areas related to health and public policy, advocacy and research, in keeping with the vision, values and mission of the Royal College.

Issues key to RDoC:

  • Medical Professionalism
  • Health Human Resources
  • Labour mobility/changing regulatory landscape
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Total Meetings: Monthly teleconferences and one in-person meeting at ICRE in Fall 2017. The RDoC rep starts his/her term following ICRE 2016 in the Fall.

The ICRE Committee is responsible for defining the program content of the ICRE, inviting participants and performing all the organizational tasks necessary to run the conference. The goal of the conference is to promote excellence in residency education in Canada and worldwide.

Issues key to RDoC:

  • Resident contributions to conference theme, speakers, workshops
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Total Meetings: Teleconferences and email correspondence

The key responsibility of the International IRLS Planning Committee is the regular conduct of the IRLS at the Royal College International Conference on Residency Education (ICRE). This will typically include organization of the workshops, plenary sessions, and gatherings of and for residents attending the annual event. The IRLS planning committee is the leadership forum for the IRLS. Its primary purpose is to facilitate the goals and objectives for the event, as well as develop programs in concert with Royal College objectives to benefit residents.

Issues key to RDoC:

  • Resident contribution to IRLS program content and development
  • Offering perspectives regarding resident professional development training and education
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Two-year term to June 2018

Total Meetings: 2; Fall 2016 (Ottawa); Spring 2017

The PLDC is a subcommittee reporting to the Committee on Specialty Education (CSE). The committee is responsible for developing, monitoring and promoting excellence in lifelong learning processes and strategies (including Maintenance of Certification, MAINPORT ePortfolio, preparing for practice, and Continuing Professional Development).

Issues key to RDoC

  • Continuous quality improvement
  • Continuing professional development theory and practice
  • Maintenance of Certification and MAINPORT ePortfolio

The voting position is appointed by the Royal College from nominations submitted by RDoC.

Total Meetings: Usually two in-person meetings per year

A standing committee of Council, the CSE:

  • Develops policies to enhance the quality and effectiveness of the Royal College’s lifelong learning continuum and its evaluation and assessment processes in order to maintain the Royal College’s high standards.

Issues key to RDoC:

  • Specialty-specific objectives and training requirements
  • Accreditation Standards
  • Evaluation instruments and processes
  • Assessment of applications for academic certification
  • Promotion and implementation of policies that enhance PGME
  • Oversees the process for appeals of a Royal College ruling on training credit or eligibility for the exams
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Total Meetings: Usually 2 in-person meetings/year.

The Simulation Program Accreditation Committee (Sim-AC) is a subcommittee that reports to the Accreditation Committee.

  • The Sim-AC’s main role is to ensure that simulation programs accredited by the Royal College meet the requirements and guidelines for accreditation.

Issues key to RDoC:

  • Resident involvement in accreditation surveys
  • Conjoint standards of accreditation
  • Assessments of accredited residency programs
  • Accreditation workshops and training
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Total Meetings: Teleconferences of up to two hours every four to six weeks. It is anticipated that over the summer months (2016), and potentially during national consultation taking place beginning in Fall 2016, that meeting frequency will decrease.

One of six Working Groups responsible for undertaking an in-depth analysis and development of residency education accreditation standards associated with their respective domains. Each working group is expected to prepare a draft set of standards, which will be finalized by the Integration Committee for ultimate approval by the governing bodies for accreditation at the Royal College, CFPC, and CMQ in time for an in-depth national consultation with all stakeholders involved in accreditation beginning in the fall of 2016. Following the national consultation, each working group will receive guidance from the Integration Committee in reviewing the feedback received and regarding recommended changes. The final standards will be provided to the Integration Committee, which will be asked to approve the accreditation standards for presentation to the governing bodies for accreditation at the Royal College, CFPC, and CMQ for approval in 2017.

Issues key to RDoC:

  • Development of conjoint standards of accreditation for PGME
  • Resident input into the accreditation process for PGME
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Total Meetings: Teleconferences of up to two hours every four to six weeks. It is anticipated that over the summer months (2016), and potentially during national consultation taking place beginning in Fall 2016, that meeting frequency will decrease.

One of six Working Groups responsible for undertaking an in-depth analysis and development of residency education accreditation standards associated with their respective domains. Each working group is expected to prepare a draft set of standards, which will be finalized by the Integration Committee for ultimate approval by the governing bodies for accreditation at the Royal College, CFPC, and CMQ in time for an in-depth national consultation with all stakeholders involved in accreditation beginning in the fall of 2016. Following the national consultation, each working group will receive guidance from the Integration Committee in reviewing the feedback received and regarding recommended changes. The final standards will be provided to the Integration Committee, which will be asked to approve the accreditation standards for presentation to the governing bodies for accreditation at the Royal College, CFPC, and CMQ for approval in 2017.

Issues key to RDoC:

  • Development of conjoint standards of accreditation for PGME
  • Resident input into the accreditation process for PGME
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Total Meetings: Teleconferences of up to two hours every four to six weeks. It is anticipated that over the summer months (2016), and potentially during national consultation taking place beginning in Fall 2016, that meeting frequency will decrease.

One of six Working Groups responsible for undertaking an in-depth analysis and development of residency education accreditation standards associated with their respective domains. Each working group is expected to prepare a draft set of standards, which will be finalized by the Integration Committee for ultimate approval by the governing bodies for accreditation at the Royal College, CFPC, and CMQ in time for an in-depth national consultation with all stakeholders involved in accreditation beginning in the fall of 2016. Following the national consultation, each working group will receive guidance from the Integration Committee in reviewing the feedback received and regarding recommended changes. The final standards will be provided to the Integration Committee, which will be asked to approve the accreditation standards for presentation to the governing bodies for accreditation at the Royal College, CFPC, and CMQ for approval in 2017.

Issues key to RDoC:

  • Development of conjoint standards of accreditation for PGME
  • Resident input into the accreditation process for PGME
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Additional Opportunities with RDoC

A surveyor ensures that standards for residency education are being maintained in all programs. Resident surveyors are part of a team that visits the medical school during the scheduled on-site process.Read more about RDoC’s role in the accreditation process »

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These first-person accounts are intended to help learners with their career decision-making process. The story-telling format presents a “true-to-life” description of what it is really like to be a resident training in various specialties by presenting the personal experience of a Resident Doctor.View our existing resident profiles »

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Contribute to RDoC’s ongoing social media strategy and help curate relevant content for our social media platforms.Requirements:

  • Active user of one or both of RDoC’s main SoMe channels, FaceBook, Twitter
  • Periodic teleconferences
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Trainers deliver practical, skills-based resiliency training to their peers in order to help residents understand and address anticipated stresses faced during residency.Requirements:

  • Attend orientation session
  • Strong public speaker
  • Interest in issues relating to resiliency and physician wellbeing

Read more about our resiliency initiative »

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