Who’s Who in the Canadian Medical Education System?
Associations and Organizations
- Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada: the association that represents Canada’s 17 faculties of medicine and serves as the voice of academic medicine in Canada.
- Canadian Medical Association
- Alberta Medical Association
- Québec Medical Association
- Doctors of BC
- Doctors Manitoba
- Doctors Nova Scotia
- New Brunswick Medical Society
- Medical Society of Prince Edward Island
- Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association
- Northwest Territories Medical Association
- Ontario Medical Association
- Saskatchewan Medical Association
- Yukon Medical Association
- College of Family Physicians of Canada: the college that is the accrediting and certifying body for family medicine education in Canada, ensuring the highest standards of training for this specialty.
- Fédération des médecins omnipraticiens du Québec
- Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec
- Medical Council of Canada: the organization that assesses all Canadian medical school graduates and international medical graduates seeking to practise in Canada.
- Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada: the college that is the accrediting and certifying body for specialty medical education in Canada, ensuring the highest standards of training for these specialties.
Student and Resident Associations
Throughout this tool, the term “student” refers to people engaged in Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree studies, also referred to as medical school, medical studies, or undergraduate medical education (UGME). “Resident” and “trainee” are used interchangeably to describe those engaged in residency, also referred to as post-MD education or postgraduate medical education (PGME). The term “training” refers to this aspect of becoming a physician, as well. “Learner” is used as a collective term to reflect both students and residents, while “trainee” is used more exclusively to describe residents.
Student and resident associations serve as the voice of learners throughout their educational journey. They defend learners’ interests at all levels of the political sphere, organize activities to enhance their learning, keep them informed about issues of interest and importance, and strive to reduce their expenses by negotiating rebates. They are learners working for learners.
Canadian Association of Internes and Residents: the national association that represents over 8,000 Canadian resident physicians.
Canadian Federation of Medical Students: the national association that represents Canadian medical students to the Government of Canada, the public, and national medical organizations.
Fédération médicale étudiante du Québec: the provincial association that represents more than 4,000 members from Quebec’s four medical schools.
Fédération médicale étudiante du Québec: the provincial association that represents more than 3,700 members from Quebec’s four medical schools.
Section of Medical Students Council of the College of Family Physicians of Canada: a national, elected committee of medical students established to serve as the voice of student members of the College of Family Physicians of Canada, represent individual universities at the national level, and link medical students across Canada.
Student Affairs Offices
Student affairs offices from Canada’s 17 medical schools collaborate to address various issues that have a direct impact on learners. Examples include policies and practices related to such topics as dress code, wellness, electives advising, student disabilities, technical standards, essential skills, advising for the Canadian Resident Matching Service, unmatched graduating students, mistreatment of learners, immunizations, and professionalism.
- Dalhousie University
- Lakehead University/Laurentian University (Northern Ontario School of Medicine)
- Memorial University of Newfoundland
- McGill University
- McMaster University
- Queen’s University
- Université de Montréal
- Université de Sherbrooke
- Université Laval
- University of Alberta
- University of British Columbia
- University of Calgary
- University of Manitoba
- University of Ottawa
- University of Saskatchewan
- University of Toronto
- Western University