My decision to become involved in the International Conference on Residency Education (ICRE) as a Chief Resident stems from the experience I had at my first ICRE conference in 2014. I attended ICRE as a third year resident and it opened my eyes to the exciting state and direction of medical education in Canada and internationally.
For all the residents and medical students out there who are considering attending this year’s conference in Niagara Falls, Canada, I would like to share with you my personal, “top three” list of things I discovered at ICRE:
- It’s an exciting time to be involved in medical education – as an educator and as a resident! The field of medical education is undergoing exciting and transformational change. As a resident in the middle of a training program, I hadn’t thought much about the fact that the training landscape was shifting underneath me: Shifting towards competency based training; embedding quality improvement in training; improving handover; cultivating better leaders; and enhancing the overall residency experience. At ICRE, I learned that these are only some examples of the exciting changes taking place. The thing that I find most amazing about all this is that these changes are occurring in complex systems, without interrupting the training itself. It’s like modifying a car’s engine while cruising at 120km/hr on the highway.
- ICRE showcases the cutting edge of medical education and research on an international stage. Within the first few minutes of arriving at ICRE, I was blown away by the quantity and quality of the sessions being offered. It was amazing to see how researchers and educators were blazing new trails in the field of residency education. The conference showed that this work was relevant to an international audience and was being done within and outside of Canada. I couldn’t help but feel a sense of pride learning that Canada was home to so many experts, educators and thought-leaders.
- Attending ICRE puts you right in the middle of the action. I had the opportunity to discuss cutting edge research that affects residents, brainstorm ways to improve education going forward, and ignite my own interest in areas of medical education by learning from the experts. The experience was much more engaging and interactive than I expected. Beyond posters and presentations, ICRE makes use of unique ways of engaging attendees – from interactive workshops to virtual posters, to a strong social media presence.
I’m excited to discover even more at ICRE this year and I’m looking forward to hearing what others discover. Whether you’re an enthusiastic educator, a quality improvement aficionado, or a resident curious about education, I hope to see you in Niagara Falls this September!
Dr. Stephen Gauthier is a resident in internal medicine at the University of Toronto. He is a former Chief Medical Resident at the Toronto Western Hospital and is completing a fellowship in general internal medicine. Dr. Gauthier has implemented a code blue debriefing session; has led an initiative to improve the feedback process on clinical teaching units; and has created a number of innovative teaching sessions. He has experience facilitating the General Internal Medicine Quality of Care Rounds with a focus on the intersection of quality and education. His academic interests include the evaluation of feedback in residency training, the use of technology in education, and improving feedback provided in clinical settings.