With ICRE less than a month away, I am thrilled to see how this year’s program has come together and look forward to the many important discussions that will take place at this year’s conference.

As many of you are aware, we decided to take a different approach with this year’s plenary debate, and will be featuring an important discussion on the lessons learned from the Hadiza Bawa-Garba case.

We’ve heard from many of you about the importance of presenting this debate from all different lenses, and in putting together this year’s session, our planning committee is working hard to ensure that this emotive and controversial topic will be handled with extreme sensitivity and with patients as the focus.

The selected panel of experts features a mix of backgrounds, and each panellist is extremely passionate about the issues raised. The discussion will focus on systemic failures in the MedEd workplace and how things can be changed, tying to this year’s conference theme around understanding the learning environment. We believe that approaching the lessons learned from this angle will make for a thought-provoking discussion directly relating to improving residency education.

I look forward to seeing you in Halifax.



Jason R. Frank, MD, MA (Ed), FRCPC
Chair, ICRE 2018

The world is changing, particularly in MedEd. The transition to competency-based medical education (CBME) around the world and in Canada is rife with examples of innovation.  Leaders from across the country are working hard and making great progress.  Their experiences, good and challenging, represent excellent opportunities for learning and development.  This year at ICRE there will be a number of faculty-development sessions that will help you prepare for your own transition to Competence by Design (CBD), including the chance to ask questions from others working on CBD and CBME.

  1. “In the Meantime…”: Getting ready for a transition to a competency-based residency training program
    • Led by leaders in MedEd who are actively involved in CBD, including Drs. J. Sherbino, S. McIsaac and R. Anderson, this session is designed for educators looking better understand how to apply a change management framework to enable the transition, while also developing a connection with a least one other educator for future follow-up.
  1. Changing culture to facilitate competency-based medical education program implementation
    • Transitioning a specialty medical education program to CBD requires a culture change. Three presenters from the University of Calgary and one from the Royal College will lead this session, working directly with program directors and medical educators discussing how to design a framework to help guide this cultural change.
  1. Planning for CBD: Initiatives and innovations in a time of change
    • Are you a PA looking for a presentation specifically for smaller programs? We’ve got the session for you! Three people from the Northern Ontario School of Medicine will describe an innovative approach to CBD implementation within the existing program structures. They will discuss ways to incorporate these innovative approaches locally with traditional and CBD residents, as well as local implementation strategies for the development and function of a competency committee.

LE CCOn October 17-18, pre-ICRE, you’re invited to attend Understanding the Complex Construct of the Learning Environment: A Consensus Conference.

This conference aims to:

  • Explore the literature in the area,
  • Identify gaps in the literature, and
  • Create a theory-practice link that would allow educators to connect theory and policy to practical implementation of interventions for improvement of clinical learning environments

Get to know more about some of the many avenues that will be explored:

Exploring Educational aspects of the learning environment – the educational avenue:

As we dive deeper into the educational avenue, we will explore perspectives from different stakeholders especially our learners and teachers. We need to think about the impact of the learning environment on learning, teaching and assessment. The learning environment provides context for curriculum planning and implementation and must be part of a robust program evaluation. The intersection with other learning environment avenues will be explored with practical ideas, tips and next steps the planned outcome for this consensus conference.

Probing Psychological perspectives of the learning environment – the psychological avenue:

Drawing on literature from educational psychology, the working environment, quality improvement, and beyond, this article will identify key factors that positively or negatively impact the psychologic aspects of the clinical learning environment.  Moreover, differences in these factors between the level of learner within a profession (e.g. medical student, resident and faculty physician) as well as between professions (e.g. medical, nursing, pharmacy) will be explored, to better understand their relationships to psychological safety and the pursuit and development of professional identity. We will also investigate how aspects such as belongingness, support, justice, and feeling cared for, are weighed differently at various points of professional growth. Understanding these diverse psychological aspects is critical in a medical educator’s pursuit to optimize the clinical learning environment.

Deconstructing Digital components of the learning environment – the digital avenue:

A digital learning environment has developed through advances in technology which has impacted how medical trainees communicate, learn, and are assessed. Underscoring these changes are concerns regarding the privacy, safety, and governance of patient and learner data. This session will explore the impact of the evolving digital learning environment on postgraduate medical education.

Stay tuned for more details on other avenues to be explored at this year’s consensus conference – register today!

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, along with the ICRE planning committee, would like to congratulate the recipient of the 2018 Program Administrator Award for Excellence: Continue Reading »

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, along with the ICRE planning committee, would like to congratulate the recipients of the 2018 Program Director of the Year Award: Continue Reading »

On behalf of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the ICRE planning committee, we are thrilled to announce the recipients of the 2018 Kristin Sivertz Resident Leadership Award: Continue Reading »

During the 2018 International Conference on Residency Education (ICRE), three outstanding international recipients will take home the International Resident Leadership Award, and the International Medical Educator of the Year Award, respectively.

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, along with the ICRE planning committee, would like to congratulate the recipients of the 2018 Awards: Continue Reading »