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A guest post from Dr. Kelly Caverzagie


Kelly Caverzagie

Dr. Kelly Caverzagie

When people ask why I attend ICRE every year, the answer is simple.  ICRE tackles the “big” topics in medical education.  The problems that confront us as a global community.  At ICRE, I am able to learn from friends and colleagues worldwide who are working on these issues and I learn new ways to address these problems at my own institution. 

By comparison, most conferences that I attend dedicate significant energy to update attendees about the latest regulatory changes or clinical updates about a disease or condition.  While they certainly have their place in education, these conferences don’t help me to advance my thinking or explore new solutions.  ICRE helps me to do the things that I want to do, as opposed to the things that I need to do.

At ICRE, the conference themes are fresh, timely and important. The conference pushes the envelope and helps the worldwide community actively advance a collective agenda as opposed to listen passively so that we can “check all of the boxes.”  In short, ICRE, with its diverse perspectives and viewpoints demands that attendees engage.

Recent conference themes have included the implementation of competency-based medical education, improving the clinical learning environment and our current meeting which focuses on promoting diversity and inclusivity in residency education and beyond.  Each is a frequent topic of discussion at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and I suspect the same can be said at your program or institution as well.

What makes ICRE so unique is its international flavor where attendees come from across the globe to contribute to the conversation.  In fact, the last five years have seen an average of 33 countries represented, a number that is certainly expected to continue to grow.  I’ve spoken with many of these attendees and they are very happy that they have chosen to attend.  They commend how ICRE provides an opportunity to think, engage, network with kindred spirits and most importantly, take steps to solving the “big” problems of medical education.

I strongly encourage you to attend ICRE 2019.   See you in Ottawa!

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ICRE recently connected with Dr. Lorelei Lingard, professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Western Ontario and the inaugural Director of the Centre for Education Research & Innovation at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, to get insight into changing medical education and what we can expect from her ICRE 2013 plenary lecture. (more…)

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Want to better understand competency-based education? We have dynamic and challenging sessions that will help you move forward. Below are just samples of some of ICRE’s most engaging and innovative learning tracks!


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Want practical ideas to improve your educational practice? ICRE’s Teaching and Learning in Residency Education track offers dynamic sessions on everything from handovers to teaching safety competencies. Below are some of the challenging sessions you’ll find at ICRE. (more…)

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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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In this PowerPoint presentation, Dr. Adelle Atkinson, associate professor of Pediatrics and director of postgraduate medical education at the University of Toronto, looks at the challenges and rewards of being a program director. Dr. Atkinson also offers 10 tips for new program directors to help manage their time, improve their program and make the experience a rewarding one. (more…)

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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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