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
possible.

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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

One in-person meeting at CCME (spring)
Teleconferences

The AFMC Distributed Medical Education Resource Group studies the inherent challenges in distributed medical training at all levels.

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One in-person meeting at CCME (spring)
Teleconferences

The Graduation Questionnaire Strategic Group develops 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.

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One in-person meeting at CCME (spring)
Teleconferences

The Learner Education Handover 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.

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Teleconferences

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.

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One in-person meeting at CCME (spring)
Teleconferences

The Physician Health and Wellness Group facilitates national collaboration between all Faculties of Medicine on physician health and advises the AFMC Board of Directors on this issue.

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One in-person meeting (spring)

CAIMPD is a nationwide group of Internal Medicine Program Directors who advocate on issues pertinent to all Internal Medicine residents.

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One in-person meeting at CCME (spring)
Teleconferences

CAME is a grass roots organization for the promotion and advancement of excellence in medical education, advocating for medical educators, supporting faculty development and encouraging research in medical education.

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One in-person meeting (spring)
Teleconferences

CAPER is an organization established in the late 1980s to gather data on post-M.D. trainees.

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Two in-person meetings (fall and spring)
Teleconferences

The Board of Examiners Committee is responsible for overseeing the conduct of the College’s examinations in family medicine and emergency medicine.

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Two in-person meetings (fall and spring) in Mississauga

The Residency Accreditation Committee works to accredit residency training programs in family medicine; family medicine/emergency medicine; and enhanced skills at all 17 medical schools in Canada.

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Teleconferences
Potential in-person meetings

Choosing Wisely Canada is a campaign to help clinicians and patients engage in conversations about unnecessary tests and treatments and make effective choices to ensure high-quality care.

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One in-person meeting at CCPH (next fall)
Teleconferences

The CCPH Planning Committee helps to inform the planning and development of the annual conference.

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Term allotted a year in advance; now accepting applications for 2019-2020

Two in-person meetings (fall and spring)

The Committee of Ethics directly reports to the General Council on matters concerning ethics and ethics-related CMA policies.

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Four meetings (fall, winter, spring, AGM in summer)

The CMPA provides advice and assistance when medical-legal difficulties arise, and resources to help manage risk and contribute to safe medical care.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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One in-person meeting (fall)

The Medical Council of Canada (MCC) is responsible for promoting a uniform standard of qualification to practice medicine for all physicians across Canada.

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The Drug Shortages Group was created to provide the CMA Board of Directors with advice and recommendations on issues and options for alleviating and mitigating the impacts of prescription drug shortages and on advocacy strategies vis à vis the federal government and the pharmaceutical industry.

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Teleconferences

The Technical Advisory Group oversees 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.

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Two in-person meetings (fall and spring)

The Assessment Committee is the subcommittee of the Education Committee. Its goal is to develop standards, perform annual review and content of all specialty and subspecialty exams.

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Teleconferences (quarterly)

The CanMEDS for Practice Working Group develops recommendations on how the CanMEDS framework can be integrated within a competency-based CPD Program and MAINPORT to continuously enhance practice.

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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.

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Two in-person meetings (fall and spring)

The Committee on Specialty Education develops policies to enhance the quality and effectiveness of the Royal College’s lifelong learning continuum and evaluation and assessment processes.

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One in-person meeting (fall)
Teleconferences (quarterly)

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.

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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.

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One or two in-person meetings per year
Teleconferences

The Fellowship Affairs Committee (FAC) addresses a wide spectrum of issues pertinent to Fellows and the Royal College.

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Two in-person meetings (fall and spring)

The Health and Public Policy Committee provides advice and recommendation on policies and approaches that assist the College to fulfill its mandate and strategic plan in areas related to health and public policy, advocacy and research.

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One in-person meeting (spring)

IHAC guides the Royal College on matters pertaining to Indigenous health and care.

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Monthly teleconferences
One in-person meeting at ICRE (next 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.

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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.

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Two in-person meetings per year (fall and spring)

The Professional Learning and Development Committee is a subcommittee reporting to the Committee on Specialty Education, responsible for developing, monitoring and promoting excellence in lifelong learning processes and strategies.

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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.

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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.

Selection Process
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.

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