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Want practical ideas to enhance resident assessment? ICRE’s Assessment: Cutting-edge Tools and practical techniques track offers dynamic sessions on everything from teacher assessment to virtual patients to observation. Below are just a few of the challenging sessions you’ll find at ICRE.


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ICRE_12_1077More than 1,400 educators worldwide attend ICRE each year to explore the latest trends and innovations in postgraduate medical education. They benefit from more than four plenary lectures, 60 workshops and more than 180 paper and poster presentations focused exclusively on residency training.

Why should you plan to join them?

  1. Enhancing Educational Outcomes: This year’s theme is Educational Outcomes: Inspiring Residents, Improving Care. Attended and you’ll not only learn about how to strengthen the link between training and patient care, but also practical assessment and teaching methods to improve how you improve performance. (more…)

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IRLS Contest FlyerResidents worldwide can now win free registration to the International Resident Leadership Summit (IRLS). To win, they must answer this question in 400 words or less: “How could your residency program better enhance leadership skills?” Innovations big and small are welcome. This contest is open to residents in all disciplines, including Family Medicine.

The three most engaging entries will receive free registration. Submission information and contest rules are available online. Hurry, contest closes June 15!

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As part of its ongoing effort to highlight innovation in residency education, ICRE recently spoke with Dr. Adelle Atkinson, FRCPC, program director in Pediatrics at the University of Toronto, about their resident-run committee that advocates for children’s health.

Why did you decide to form the child advocacy committee?

The child advocacy committee is an extracurricular activity that was originally formed by residents to do a winter clothing drive for a local school. The school’s principal was very forward thinking and suggested that we set up a formal relationship. Since that time, the committee has grown to nine projects. The committee is made up of residents and chaired by residents but is overseen by faculty. One project delivers health curriculum to high schools in disadvantaged neighbourhoods. (more…)

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ICRE recently spoke with Dr. Teresa Chan, an ICRE 2012 What Works finalist, about the pilot project, Developing McMAP: The McMaster modular assessment program. Dr. Chan developed the program with Dr. Jonathan Sherbino, FRCPC, at McMaster University. The pilot was launched in October 2012.

What was the impetus behind this project?

The Emergency Medicine program at McMaster University had wanted to look at how we could better identify earlier those residents who were having difficulties and to better understand exactly what they needed help with.  Residents were also finding that they weren’t receiving helpful feedback because it was often very vague – for example, “read more.” We decided that we needed to create a new daily evaluation that would rate residents on a specific task. We do have  a global rating, but we also have specific tasks to be rated, for instance, how is this person’s charting? Every day, various tasks are assessed. (more…)

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There is a continuum of behaviours pertinent to the CanMEDS Collaborator Role competencies. Download the audio recording and slides from this practical workshop and learn how to adapt at least one teaching tool and at least one assessment tool for the Collaborator Role for use within your programs.

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Download or play a short podcast with Dr. Jackie Duffin, practicing hematologist, medical historian and the Hannah Chair of the History of Medicine at Queen’s University, discussing how teaching residents about medical history can impact their development.

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