Staying current on the most important and innovative medical education articles is a necessary, but time consuming, affair. How do you find the most relevant articles, let alone have the chance to read them thoroughly?

Bi-weekly podcast Key Literature in Medical Education (KeyLIME), produced by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, does the work for you.

keylime_live_banner_e1In each episode, co-hosts Drs. Jason Frank, Jon Sherbino and Linda Snell sum up the key points of valuable medical education research in less than 20 minutes.

Now, for the second year in a row, a lunchtime KeyLIME LIVE session is coming to ICRE! Two special co-hosts, Dr. Eric Holmboe (Yale University) and Dr. Kevin Eva (McMaster University) will join KeyLIME’s regular panel to synthesize their selected articles

Register for ICRE 2015 today, and attend KeyLIME LIVE at ICRE on Friday, October 23, 1215-1330 (PDT).

Seating for this session is on a first come, first serve basis; so arrive early to secure your spot!

Do you have experience with evaluating educational innovations, but are looking for pointers? Think your time-tested framework still has room for improvement?


Whether you are at the intermediate or advanced level, the half-day, ICRE 2015 pre-conference workshop Evaluating Educational Innovations: The Key is to Start Early is sure to be a valuable tool for program directors, staff and residents alike.

Led by an international team of experts from Leiden University Medical Center, Netherlands, this session is designed to help participants diagnose various types of counter pressure in their department; use the STARR method for interviewing residents in order to assess generic competencies; and explain the role of residents as active learners.

We’ve already evaluated this workshop for you, and we think it’s a winner!

When: Thursday, October 22 from 1200-1530 (PDT).

For more information about this, or other ICRE pre-conference workshops, visit the ICRE website.


Although the term “social network” has a more complex meaning in the digital age than it once did, developing tangible networks in the face of a rapidly changing medical landscape is still crucial.

That’s why ICRE and its accompanying resident development event, the International Resident Leadership Summit (IRLS), are thrilled to offer resident doctors an exciting forum in which to share ideas, challenges, innovations, and advance training.

The 2015 lineup for ICRE/IRLS is chock-full of great networking opportunities – but we’ve chosen our Top 5 to share with you!

  1. Exciting exhibitors: Strike up a lively conversation with one of our many exhibitors, or tap into your creative side at The Body Electric Digital Visual Art Exhibition, and explore themes of discovery and transformation within medicine and healthcare.
  1. Dynamic workshops/plenary sessions: Make new acquaintances during your choice of five plenaries, 15 learning tracks, 50+ workshops and 200 poster and paper presentations.
  1. Social events: Whether you’re interested in going for a guided sprint around the city, or becoming a “Sommelier”, there is a social event for everyone at ICRE/IRLS.
  1. Mentorship program: Explore an issue in-depth through invaluable, one-on-one mentoring sessions with experts in medical education.
  1. Lunchtime networking sessions: Grab a bite to eat and bring along your burning questions to the popular IRLS facilitated networking lunch!

To find out more about these and other networking opportunities at ICRE/IRLS 2015, visit royalcollege.ca/icre.


Are you a resident leader searching for provocative (and practical) programming that caters specifically to you? Look no further, because the official lineup for the 2015 International Resident Leadership Summit (IRLS) has just been announced!

Held conjointly with ICRE, IRLS is one of Canada’s premier resident development events. With dynamic plenaries, panels and 12 resident-focused workshops taking place over two exciting days (October 23-24, 2015), IRLS provides residents with an unrivalled opportunity to enhance and develop leadership skills while building up their professional networks.

Bring your appetite and your most burning questions for leaders in medical education to the IRLS facilitated networking lunch; listen as your peers share stories of thriving and surviving residency during the Resident Survival Stories panel; learn about the changes to the CanMEDS 2015 framework; and be inspired by the IRLS plenary session Empowering Physicians to Become Leaders, led by Dr. Roger Wong.

Those with focused interests can also choose from a variety of workshops being offered, with topics including:

  • Digital age leadership
  • Time management
  • CanMEDS: Manager to Leader role
  • Leadership outside an academic centre
  • Thinking past the final exam – career development for residents

Visit the IRLS website to view the full program, and begin putting together your workshop wish list.

Don’t forget: Pre-registration is required for resident-specific workshops and the lunchtime facilitated discussion with MedEd leaders.

See you in Vancouver, residents!

IMG_7617Are you planning to create or enhance a competency-based training program? Looking to gain an in-depth understanding of how CBME is changing the face of residency education? If so, ICRE 2015 has a two-day pre-conference learning program that can’t be missed!

Led by a team of CBME experts, What is Competency-Based Medical Education (CBME) will help you start to develop and implement an outcomes-based curriculum in postgraduate or residency education.

A unique professional development opportunity for leaders and curriculum developers in medical education, this course will provide a comprehensive, intensive immersion into the world of competencies, milestones, programmatic assessment and much more.

Armed with learnings from the course, participants will be prepared to lead the transformation of any training enterprise to a CBME approach.

Are you ready to make the shift towards CBME?

When: Wednesday, October 21 from 0800-17000 (PDT) and Thursday, October 22 from 0800-1530 (PDT).

For more information about this, or other ICRE pre-conference workshops and sessions, visit the ICRE website.


ICRE is committed to supporting physician health and well-being – and what better way to explore beautiful Vancouver, Canada than on foot?

Back by popular demand, you can join other participants on a guided walk or run around Vancouver’s downtown core, during ICRE 2015.

New this year, two yoga sessions will also be offered. Participants will receive a yoga mat and a workout t-shirt as part of their registration.

Registration for ICRE 2015 social events is now open on our website.


Are you working on a submission for the Body Electric Digital Visual Art Exhibition? Still trying to dream up a way to reflect the themes of discovery and transformation within medicine and healthcare within a visual art piece?

If you’re running up against creative block, try checking out this video, featuring last year’s curated art work, for inspiration:

Remember, artists: visual submissions can be in any medium (i.e. photography, drawing, painting, sculpture, film), but will be represented digitally. Approach the theme broadly and expand the viewer’s experience of transformation; discovery; invention and wonder.

Deadline for submission is August 1, 2015. The submission form and instructions can be found on the ICRE website.

The inaugural Body Electric exhibit in 2014 included works by artists and health care practitioners that engaged broadly with several themes:

  • perspective and situated knowledges
  • naming and mapping
  • simulation and hybridity
  • how art can disrupt medicine’s dominant ways of knowing

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