Thirteen Canadian health care organizations unite under a national framework for better patient care

Issue: BCMJ, vol. 59 , No. 3 , April 2017 , Pages 155 News

Thirteen national and provincial health care organizations have come together in the CanMEDS Consortium to carry out the CanMEDS Framework across the continuum of Canadian doctors’ education and careers.

Represented by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the College of Family Physicians of Canada, and the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada, the consortium’s mandate is to improve patient care by using a consistent model to educate doctors in training and evaluate those in practice.

The CanMEDS Framework organizes a common set of values and competencies for doctors under seven roles: medical expert, communicator, collaborator, leader, health advocate, scholar, and professional. The framework will apply to family physicians and all other specialists to help guide continuing professional development throughout physicians’ careers, create more consistent professional standards, and support better outcomes for patients. The aim is for the consistent approach to education and evaluation to increase efficiency for the organizations delivering the training and for the physicians receiving it, and to help medical regulatory authorities evaluate residents and licensed doctors along the same benchmarks.

CanMEDS Consortium members include: 
•    Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada 
•    College of Family Physicians of Canada 
•    Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada 
•    Canadian Federation of Medical Students 
•    Canadian Medical Association 
•    Canadian Medical Protective Association 
•    Canadian Patient Safety Institute 
•    Collège des médecins du Québec 
•    Fédération médicale étudiante du Québec 
•    Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada 
•    Fédération des médecins residents du Québec 
•    Medical Council of Canada 
•    Resident Doctors of Canada

. Thirteen Canadian health care organizations unite under a national framework for better patient care . BCMJ, Vol. 59, No. 3, April, 2017, Page(s) 155 - News.



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