2018-2019 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.
The deadline for applications is 2359hrs EDT, Tuesday, April 30, 2018.
The RDoC Office will contact those selected for Committee positions by Friday, June 22, 2018 and those selected for liaison positions by Friday, July 20, 2018.
Committees & Working Groups
Note that the following in-person Committee meetings are scheduled:
August 11, 2018: Training Committee & Resiliency Working Group
August 12, 2018: Practice Committee & Wellness Committee
- Prepare for, attend, and actively participate in all meetings and work of the Committee/Working Group.
- 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/Working Group work, as appropriate.
- Be mindful that the Committee/Working Group’s work is intended to benefit the greater RDoC membership.
The Awards Committee works on behalf of RDoC’s Board of Directors to oversee all aspects of the annual Awards program, from creation of new Awards, to the selection of recipients, and to the evaluation and revision of the program itself. Additionally, the Awards Committee considers and promotes RDoC nominees for national stakeholder awards where organizational nominations are
The Committee meets by teleconference three times a year.
Read more about the activities of the Committee here.
The Practice Committee works on behalf of the RDoC Board of Directors to oversee the creation and realization of RDoC’s 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.
The Resiliency Working Group works on behalf of the RDoC Board of Directors to oversee the creation and realization of RDoC’s activities relating to the Resiliency Curriculum.
The Working Group meets in person once a year, and by teleconference in between Board Meetings.
Read more about the activities of the Resiliency Working Group here.
The Training Committee works on behalf of the RDoC Board of Directors to oversee the creation and realization of RDoC’s 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.
The Wellness Committee works on behalf of the RDoC Board of Directors to oversee the creation and realization of RDoC’s 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.
- 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.
The Network on Indigenous Health has a mandate to: review and refresh AFMC-IPAC competencies and curricula in indigenous health; review the Faculties of Medicine responses to the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission; develop a position paper on the Role of the Medical Schools and their Social Accountability in addressing Indigenous Health issues in Canada; provide a venue for forums for discussions of national interest; and share knowledge and experience among Leaders across Faculties of Medicine, and with AFMC Committees as requested.
One in-person meeting (August)
The Family Doctors of Canada Forum works to promote information sharing, analysis, and research on issues surrounding General and Family Practice; to identify issues as early as possible through the application of an environmental scan; and to focus on health economics related to the health policy environment.
One in-person meeting at FMWC (fall)
The Federation of Medical Women of Canada (FMWC) is a national organization of female physicians committed to the social and personal development and well-being of women physicians and women in society. FMWC is also highly active in networking and professional development of female physicians and an advocate of women’s health initiatives in Canada.
One in-person meeting (next June)
FMRAC is a national association of provincial and territorial medical regulatory authorities. Its purpose is to provide a national structure for the provincial and territorial medical regulatory authorities to present and pursue issues of common concern and interest.
Two in-person meetings (fall and spring)
The Committee on Specialties is responsible for making recommendations on matters relating to the disciplines recognized by the Royal College. The major tasks are to: define requirements for the recognition of disciplines, perform periodic review of the status of recognized disciplines, evaluate submissions for recognition of new disciplines, and oversee the activities of the specialty committees that are established for every discipline.
One in-person meeting (fall)
The Competency-Based Continuing Professional Development National Advisory Committee is a program developed by the Royal College based on a vision to develop and implement competency-based CPD system that uses competencies to continuously improve specialty practice, patient outcomes, and the health system.
Two in-person meetings (fall and spring)
The Credentials Committee is a sub-committee of the Education Committee. It advises on policy related to credentialing issues as well as ruling on credentialing cases. The major tasks are to develop policies for assessing the eligibility of applicants for admissions to the RC specialty examinations and to determine the ruling of an applicant’s examination eligibility and/or the conditions to be met by the applicant to attain eligibility.
Virtual meetings (quarterly)
Potential in-person meeting
The Practice-based Assessment Working Group works to develop recommendations around external sources of data and feedback for physicians in practice, design “competency-based” assessments relevant to the CanMEDS framework, and facilitate integration of these feedback strategies and practice-based assessments into learning plans to improve performance and patient health outcomes.
Two in-person meetings (fall and spring)
The Residency Accreditation Committee is a subcommittee of the Accreditation Committee. The main role of the Residency Accreditation Committee is to ensure that Canadian residency programs accredited by the Royal College meet established requirements and guidelines and are conducted in a manner that permits graduates of the programs to achieve a level of competence compatible with Royal College certification.
Additional Opportunities with RDoC
Resident surveyors volunteer as members of a Royal College or CFPC accreditation survey team, during scheduled on-site full accreditation surveys and external reviews. This experience provides a unique opportunity to see how a program is currently meeting residency accreditation standards and to participate in a program’s quality assurance and quality improvement process. External reviews and full accreditation surveys occur on-site, at the institution and/or program undergoing accreditation.
Role and Responsibilities
- Review all pre-survey material prior to the full survey or external review;
- Attend teleconferences and respond to email communications and deadlines in a timely manner;
- Participate in site visits and team meetings during the on-site process;
- Demonstrate discretion, confidentiality, and professionalism;
- Seek guidance from the Royal College staff, the CFPC staff or survey team chair if needed;
- Follow the guidelines and instructions set forth by the Royal College and CFPC on the accreditation visit.
The RDoC office launches a call for resident surveyors periodically as needed throughout the year when the Royal College and CFPC’s full surveys and external review dates are confirmed. Applications are received, processed and assessed by the RDoC office. Selected volunteers are contacted via email and asked to confirm their availability. The Royal College and CFPC are informed of our final selection by email. Further communication concerning the program review, is communicated directly by the Royal College and CFPC to the resident surveyor.