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A project funded by Health Canada

The goal of the Future of Medical Education in Canada Postgraduate (FMEC PG) Implementation Project was to adapt the postgraduate medical education system to changing societal needs while improving efficiencies to support a more sustainable health care system. Not since the Flexner Report of 1910 has such a fundamental shift in medical education been conceived for Canada and Canadians.

Between April 2013 and March 2016, FMEC PG charted a new course for major improvements to postgraduate medical education as Canada’s medical doctors move through residency and into independent practice. The ultimate goal was to ensure that medical residents receive the best training possible and are able to meet the changing healthcare needs of Canadians.

The process of renewing and modernizing Canada’s medical education system is necessarily inclusive and comprehensive. Its implementation drew on the expertise of hundreds of professionals at all levels of our healthcare research, delivery, education, regulation and funding networks and was spearheaded by a consortium of four organizations: the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC), the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), le Collège des médecins du Québec (CMQ) and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (Royal College).

Implementation activities centered on the Health Canada-funded FMEC PG Collective Vision, released in March 2012. The report was the product of extensive research, study and consultation with medical educators, professional societies, regulators, practicing physicians, surgeons, residents and students. More information on the creation of this report can be found here.

FMEC PG Phase 1 Activites:

  • Environmental Scan
  • Liaison and Engagement
  • Communications
  • Input of Canadian Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) Program Directors
  • Public Panel
  • International Consultations
  • Evaluation
  • National Public Opinion Poll

  • Priorities

    The ground-breaking FMEC PG Report focusses on 10 recommendations for achieving the project’s vision as well as the actions that must be taken in order to succeed.

    As part of the implementation phase, the Strategic Implementation Group, with the support of Health Canada, identified four main priorities:

    1. Ensure effective integration and transitions along the educational continuum
    2. Establish effective collaborative governance in postgraduate medical education
    3. Align accreditation standards and processes across the educational continuum in the UGME, PGME and CPD environments
    4. Promote and facilitate uptake of the other recommendations in the FMEC PG Collective Vision working as a consortium and building on the work being done by many stakeholders to date


    At the core of the FMEC PG Implementation Project is the vision that all physicians must possess, by the end of their training, the clinical competence and commitment to practice medicine based on the principles of quality, patient safety, professionalism, patient-centered and team-based care.

    Central to this vision is the belief that social accountability must inform physician training, and that medical education must be focused on the health and well-being of patients and their communities.


    The FMEC PG Implementation Project was funded by Health Canada and was spearheaded by a consortium of four organizations:

    *The AFMC acted as the Secretariat for the FMEC PG Implementation Project.