By Jonathan Sherbino (@sherbino)
If you’ve been following the #meded buzz, you may have noticed excitement coming from the Royal College.
After countless hours of work by staff, stakeholders and expert working group members – including: literature reviews, stakeholder surveys, focus groups, interviews, consultations, consensus-building exercises and debate – the updated CanMEDS Framework is complete.
The revitalized CanMEDS 2015 Physician Competency Framework CanMEDS Framework will launch on Saturday, October 24 at the International Conference on Resident Education (ICRE) 2015 in Vancouver, BC.
For the past three years, the Royal College has been working with partners across the country to update CanMEDS as part of the Competence by Design (CBD) initiative – the Royal College’s program to introduce a competency-based medical education model (CBME) to training and specialty practice in Canada. You can find more information about the background and consultation process for the CanMEDS 2015 Framework on our website.
A Framework for the 21st century
At its core, CanMEDS is intended to improve patient care by enhancing physician training. Working collaboratively with our experts, we’ve crafted a Framework which better reflects 21st century education and practice needs.
The new Framework is more coherent, includes simpler language and integrates new content like patient safety, physician health, handovers and eHealth. We’ve also developed a series of milestones which reflect competencies needed in each of the CanMEDS Roles and align with the CBD Competence Continuum stages of progression.
Through the Framework and the milestones, educators will have useful markers of progression to use as the basis for meaningful feedback to learners. Learners will be able see clear learning paths and will have the feedback they need to both enhance and record their educational progress.
Supporting your CanMEDS use
To help you incorporate the new CanMEDS content into your program and to support your teaching and assessment activities, with the Framework, the Royal College will be launching a number of faculty development tools at ICRE.
The following tools will be available on our website on October. You can also visit the CanMEDS booth at ICRE to see samples, test out CanMEDS Interactive (a digital education resource) and purchase printed copies of the Tools Guide.
- CanMEDS Interactive – With this FREE online, interactive platform you can explore and engage with the CanMEDS 2015 Physician Competency Framework, including with the milestones across each stage of the competency continuum. Discover CanMEDS in way that you haven’t before by using filters to generate the milestones that you choose to use. http://canmeds.royalcollege.ca/ (AVAILABLE: OCT. 23)
- Teaching Quality Improvement in Residency Education – Author Roger Y.M. Wong has developed an innovative curriculum to teach quality improvement to residents. The FREE electronic publication covers topics such as setting learning objectives, assessing competencies, evaluating curriculum from fundamentals to advanced quality improvement. www.royalcollege.ca/teachingQI (AVAILABLE: OCT. 23)
- CanMEDS Teaching and Assessment Tools Guide – The CanMEDS Teaching and Assessment Tools Guide is a standalone, practical resource to support program directors as they implement CanMEDS 2015. The guide is designed as a practical teaching and assessment resource for competency based medical education, and will help clarify important educational concepts. www.royalcollege.ca/CanMEDStoolsguide. (AVAILABLE: OCT. 23)
- CanMEDS Introduction for Clinical Teachers – Video Series – This FREE video series features short videos with our Clinician Educators, who explain the changes to each CanMEDS Role, provide information on teaching and assessing each Role, and share how the Roles can be incorporated into practice. http://bit.ly/1VJnJDY (AVAILABLE: OCT. 23)
If you are attending ICRE, here are some of the CanMEDS related sessions that you might want to check out.
Thanks to our staff, medical educators, practising physicians and specialists, residents, volunteers and committee members for their tireless work and support.
Leave a comment below and let us know what you think of the new Framework.
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