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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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Watch Dr. Lorelei Lingard’s recent lecture at TEDxBayfield titled “Collective Competence: Thinking differently about competence to improve healthcare”.  Dr. Lingard is a leading researcher in the study of communication and collaboration on healthcare teams. She is a Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Western Ontario (UWO) and the inaugural Director of the Centre for Education Research & Innovation at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry.

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ICRE recently connected with Dr. Darrell G. Kirch, president and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), to get insight into implementing change in medical education and what we can expect from his ICRE 2013 opening plenary lecture.


In the past, you’ve spoken about creating a true educational continuum. What do you mean by this?

When I and others speak about a true continuum of medical education, what we mean is that the educational process provides the skills and competencies in each stage to support learning and success in later stages, all on a trajectory to mastery in practice.  In this view, the material taught in premedical education supports learning at the undergraduate medical education (UME) level, and so on.  Another way of looking at it is that each of the phases in the medical education process—premedical education, UME, graduate medical education (GME), and lifelong learning in practice—contributes to the next in a meaningful way, and that all share a common vision of the ultimate product: the “good doctor.” (more…)

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In 2012, the Department of Medicine, King Abdulaziz Medical City, King Fahad National Guard Hospital, in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, introduced three new models to enhance competency-based training activities of its residents. The first model improves case or topic presentation. The second focuses on diagnostic labeling in order to improve decision making by the residents. The third promotes the cognitive conceptualization of medical management to improve quality of care. ICRE recently spoke with Dr. Imad Hassan about these innovations. (more…)

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ICRE recently spoke with Dr. Moyez Ladhani about the project, “Mandatory Group Learning Activities (MGLA): Getting residents ready for lifelong learning”. This collaborative project between McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, and McGill University, Montreal, Quebec was implemented about five years ago.

What was the impetus behind the project?

Because attendance was low at mandatory group learning activities, we decided to implement mandatory group learning activities (MGLA) that basically mimics what the Royal College expects of its Fellows in terms of Maintenance of Certification. We linked MGLA to the role of Scholar and Manager for CanMEDS. In addition to improving attendance and teaching the role of scholar and manager, we figured MGLA would help residents model future accountability – they could do the same thing that the Fellows are required to do. (more…)

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Submit your conference workshop proposal online by January 30, 2013. Don’t miss this chance to share your expertise with 1,500 medical educators and leaders. Visit the ICRE website for the online form or to learn about the complete submission details.

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Want to learn practical ways to better teach and assess professionalism? Download the audio recording and PPT slides from this practical workshop led by Drs. Andrew Warren, Lara Hazelton and Karen Mann.

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