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MedTwitterSocial media (or SoMe), is an ever emergent force in the world of academic conferences and the International Conference in Residency Education (ICRE) has recognised that to be at the forefront of residency education is to engage with social media.

If the purpose of a conference is to share knowledge, opinions, research and to network, both with like-minded people and perhaps those who differ in ideas, then social media is the perfect tool for all these. Continue Reading »

We recently asked Dr. Adelle Atkinson, ICRE 2017 resident track co-chair about the new resident learning track, Engaging residents: Inspiring the next generation of leaders.

This is the first time that ICRE has a resident specific learning track. Can you tell us a bit about how it came to be?

AA:  What we’ve done in creating this new resident track this year is we’ve captured the great things that have happened over the years at the International Resident Leadership Summit (IRLS). While IRLS doesn’t exist in its current form anymore, we’ve really tried to make sure that anything from there that the residents found really useful is included in this new track.

Our goal is to really incorporate resident sessions into main conference programming, while focusing on content that can provide resident development. We asked ourselves what topics would residents find very timely in this point of time in their training, and what can they really use and bring back to their day-to-day skill building and training. Continue Reading »

AppeBullHave the latest ICRE 2017 information and updates at your fingertips during the October 19-21 conference in Quebec City, Canada. Download the ICRE 2017 mobile app (available for iOS and Android devices).

This user-friendly app gives attendees quick access to valuable information about ICRE, including:

  • floor plans,
  • plenary speaker bios,
  • program schedules,
  • conference abstracts,
  • session evaluations,
  • and much more.

New for 2017: The app contains a polling feature to allow conference participants to engage and respond to polls and questions in real-time during select sessions.

For the first time, ICRE’s Chief Residents are excited to announce the introduction of the Resident Networking Reception at ICRE 2017 in Quebec City.

This exclusive event is an opportunity for attending residents to participate in an evening of networking among colleagues and medical educators from around the world.

“We wanted to give residents attending ICRE the opportunity to meet some of the leaders of medical education, face-to-face, in a comfortable and fun setting,” says Dr. Brie Yama, 2017 ICRE Chief Resident. “As ICRE Chief Residents, we get to interact with many of these great minds, and we wanted other residents to share in this experience.”

In a casual setting, residents will have the opportunity to mix and mingle with peers and many of the ICRE presenting speakers and leaders in medical education.

The reception will take place on Thursday, October 19 from 18:00-19:00 in Foyer 2 of the Quebec City Convention Centre.

Tickets to the Resident Networking Reception are $20.00 and include:

  • Two cocktails at the bar,
  • Passed hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, and
  • Exclusive networking opportunities with several of the most influential educators.

If you’re a resident, this reception is not to be missed!

To register for the reception, click here.

Each year, we like to celebrate an outstanding program administrator who has demonstrated a commitment to enhancing residency education as evidenced by innovation and excellence beyond his/her program.

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, along with the ICRE planning committee, would like to congratulate the recipient of the 2017 Program Administrator Award for Innovation and Excellence:

Sara CoverMs. Sara Cover, Northern Ontario School of Medicine (Sudbury, Canada)

Ms. Sara Cover from the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) in Sudbury, Canada is this year’s Program Administrator Award recipient.

Ms. Cover is the program administrator (PA) for the Anesthesiology program at NOSM, which is the newest anesthesiology residency program in Canada, and one of the first programs to transition to Competence By Design (CBD). Continue Reading »

Tasked with the responsibility for ensuring that residents are able to achieve the competencies of their specialty, and making certain that learners are thoroughly prepared for their certification examinations and future careers as specialist physicians and surgeons; the role of a program director is no easy feat.

That is why each year, we like to celebrate an outstanding program director who has demonstrated a commitment to innovation in residency education, and successfully enhanced residency education within (and beyond) his/her program.

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, along with the ICRE planning committee, would like to congratulate the recipient of the 2017 Program Director of the Year Award:

Donna Steele, MD, MA, FRCSC, University of Toronto (Toronto, Canada) Donna Steele

Dr. Donna Steele, MA, FRCPC is Program Director of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Canada.

Dr. Steele is recognized by her colleagues for her leadership, innovation, and the impact she’s made on the University of Toronto. She led the introduction of a Night Float (NF) call system, an alternative to traditional 24-hour call system that has resulted in reduced fatigue and improved continuity of patient care. Continue Reading »

As future medical education leaders and health practitioners, today’s residents have an important stake in tomorrow’s medical training and health care systems.

During the 2017 International Conference on Residency Education (ICRE), two resident leaders will be recognized, who exemplify leadership within Canadian specialty education and encourage the development of future leaders in medicine.

On behalf of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the ICRE planning committee, we are thrilled to announce the recipients of the 2017 Kristin Sivertz Resident Leadership Award:

Victoria CookVictoria E. Cook, MD, FRCPC, University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada)

Dr. Victoria E. Cook, FRCPC is a PGY5 pediatric clinical immunology and allergy fellow at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada.

Dr. Cook’s enthusiasm for research is clear, as she completed numerous projects in her residency, including presentations and publications that are beyond impressive for her level of training. Her research covers clinical areas of the immunology and allergy specialty, including primary immunodeficiency, asthma, food allergy, and atopic dermatitis. She has also published extensive reviews of mobile health publications in clinical practice and advocated for the need for physicians to be more involved in the development of the medical content of mobile health apps. Continue Reading »