2017_icre_chiefresident_fleming_photoIt is fair to say that, before my last trip to Canada (that makes me sound very jet set-like, it was in fact, also my only trip to Canada), I really did not know what to expect; of the country, of the people and certainly not of the ICRE, which I attended in Vancouver.

It was a revelation.

Of the country, none of the stuff you read online covers it. It’s every postcard, every nature program, and every dream holiday brochure rolled into one. Of the people, the stereotypes hold true – they are the nicest, friendliest, and most welcoming people I have ever had the chance to meet. Trust me, when a British guy says a people are polite, he knows of which he speaks.

Then we come to the crux of the matter – the International Conference in Residency Education. This is the largest conference in the world, focused on the training and improvement of education of junior doctors around the world. It is mind boggling.

I have always had an interest in medical education which, over time has become a passion and a real focus of my career. For the first time ever, I found myself in a conference that spoke my language. These were my people. Everyone there had the same agenda– to share ideas, compare programs, explore and communicate to one another the multitude of ways we train doctors, undergraduate, postgraduate and beyond and, more importantly, how to make it better. It doesn’t matter what country you’re from– this is an international goal.

This year’s ICRE, in Quebec, will far surpass any that have come before. I was both honoured and not entirely flabbergasted to be appointed one of the Chief Residents, along with Drs. Mitch Goldenberg and Brie Yama. As Chief Residents, we have played a small part in the organisation of this superlative event. As President of the British Orthopaedic Association, I have had many behind the scenes experiences, seeing how these behemoth events are run, and it’s with no hint of hyperbole that I say, I have never seen anything like the ICRE. Every topic is covered. Every speaker is a leader in their field. Every workshop is a ‘do not miss’ opportunity.

So here is the crux of the matter. If you are a trainee, a resident, a trainer, a program director, an educator or just interested in medical education, you need to go to ICRE.

If you want to meet Mickey Mouse, you go to Disney.

If you want to see Big Ben, you go to London.

If you want to play a part in improving medical education around the globe, you go to ICRE. (And if you’re a resident, you apply to be a Chief Resident too!)


Dr. Simon Fleming is a trauma and orthopaedic registrar on the Pott Rotation in London, UK, and a PhD candidate in medical education at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry. He is currently serving as president of the British Orthopaedic Trainees’ Association (BOTA). While passionate about orthopaedics and surgical training, Dr. Fleming’s special interests also lie in hand surgery; competency attainment; improved delivery of orthopaedic training; mentoring; and combating bullying, undermining and harassment in surgery through the UK’s #HammerItOut campaign. He is a recent recipient of the Surgeon Educator Award from the Royal College of Surgeons (UK) and the Academic Support Award from Queen Mary University, and Barts and The London Medical School. Twitter: @OrthopodReg


We are pleased to welcome back The Body Electric exhibit to this year’s conference.

The Body Electric showcases artistic talent in visual art, including photography, drawing, painting, sculpture and film.

This year, submissions should reflect the ICRE 2017 theme, Leadership and Change in Residency Training: A Call to Action, as well as the theme of change and social action within medicine and health care.

Deadline for submission is July 10, 2017.

Visit the ICRE website for more information and submission instructions.

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Old Quebec City view Canada

The wait is over! Online registration for the 2017 International Conference on Residency Education is now open.

Join more than 1,800 medical education leaders, clinical educators, program directors, residents and policy makers from around the world in Quebec City, Canada, October 19-21, for the world’s largest conference devoted exclusively to advancing residency education.

Headlined by leadership and change management experts, this year’s conference will:

  • explore the theme of Leadership and Change in Residency Training: A Call to Action
  • feature five plenary sessions, 19 learning tracks, 60+ workshops, and more than 200 paper and poster presentations

Click here to register for ICRE 2017.

The early bird deadline for online registration is Tuesday, September 5, 2017.

We can’t wait to see you in Quebec City!



We all know incredible MedED trailblazers who are making incredible contributions to the field of residency training, advocacy and practice.

Show your appreciation by nominating your peers for a Residency Education Award!

The 2017 selection committee is currently seeking nominations for the following awards:

The deadline is April 7, 2017 for all categories listed.

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Old Quebec City view Canada

Do you have a great research, innovations or quality improvement topic you’d like to share with an international audience of medical education experts?

There’s still time to submit an abstract for presentation at ICRE 2017 in one (or more) of the following categories, before the March 6, 2017 deadline:

Abstracts can be presented in poster or oral form, and should speak to one or more of the topic areas as defined under our official conference Learning Tracks.

Visit the ICRE website for more information, and to download our submission guidelines.


We live in the age of Big Data. Information technology has allowed us to collect amazing amounts of data about what we do every day, and how we go about our daily tasks.  For example, consider how Google can predict the words you are likely to type next when you search online; or, how your favourite online store knows exactly what to recommend for your next purchase. Analyzing this data can provide powerful insights.

In education, we are just beginning to understand how to use data to enhance the way students learn. Currently, the amount of available sources of information on how trainees learn is unprecedented. As data from learners’ performance increases exponentially, modern IT tools provide solutions for combining and presenting this data for the benefit of learners and supervisors.

But can information gleaned from these sources truly help trainees accelerate their growth in a discipline? The promise of analytics is that the compilation and presentation of data back to trainees can indeed promote learning.

Educational data mining can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Join us at the 2017 International Conference on Residency Education (ICRE) in beautiful Quebec City for the Learning Analytics Summit: Demystifying the Use of Big Data for Medical Education.

Together with an international panel of experts, participants will have the opportunity to help build a community of scholars from the ground up that will debate the pertinent issues and establish an agenda for future development.

We are pleased to include the following panelists on the program: Dr. Rodrigo Cavalcanti (University of Toronto); Dr. Jason Frank (Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada); Dr. Stan Hamstra (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education); Dr. Karen Hauer (University of California); Dr. Martin Pusic (New York University School of Medicine); Dr. Tim Shaw (University of Sydney); Dr. Brent Thoma (University of Saskatchewan); Dr. Amol Verma (University of Toronto); and, Dr. Eric Warm (University of Cincinnati).

Visit the ICRE website to learn more about this exciting two-day pre-conference event.

Dr. Rodrigo Cavalcanti MD, MSc, FRCPC, is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto and Director for the HoPingKong Centre at UHN. He is also a CanMEDS Clinician Educator at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Since 2010, he has been a member of the planning board for the International Conference on Residency Education, and is Chair of this year’s Learning Analytics Summit.


Want to share your research, innovations and other successes with an international audience of medical education experts?

Consider submitting an abstract for presentation at ICRE 2017 in one (or more) of the following categories:

Abstracts can be presented in poster or oral form, and should speak to one or more of the topic areas as defined under our official conference Learning Tracks.

Deadline for all abstract submissions is March 3, 2017.

Visit the ICRE website for more information, and to download our submission guidelines.