Medical groups recommend sweeping reforms to resident training in Canada

Rosanna Tamburri, University Affairs, May 31, 2012
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Changes to Canada's medical training system are being proposed by a study called “The Future of Medical Education in Canada: a Collective Vision for Postgraduate Medical Education” (PDF) conducted by the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC). Among other things, the report "calls for a shift to a competency-based curriculum, which would require residents to obtain a certain skill-level regardless of how long or how little time it takes." Additionally, "the report also calls for postgraduate programs to give residents supportive learning and work environments and to address such issues as resident fatigue, sleep deprivation and the so-called 'hidden curriculum'." It also calls on measures to have interns work in diverse and underserved populations. "We really need to educate our future physicians in the places where they will end up practicing and have experiences in those environments."

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