Training innovative doctors to improve health outcomes of Canadians

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – September 5, 2019 – Today, the AFMC released its annual Graduation Questionnaire national report. This year’s report reveals that 73% of medical students have participated in research projects or scholarly activities with faculty members in 2019. Research undertaken in medical schools throughout Canada is responsible for many major advances in health care. “Health research is fundamental to the future health of Canadians” says Dr. Geneviève Moineau, President and CEO of AFMC.

AFMC releases Joint Commitment to Action on Indigenous Health

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – May 23, 2019 The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) is pleased to release the Joint Commitment to Action on Indigenous Health. This report provides a roadmap for concrete institutional change that will best enable Canadian medical schools to respond to the TRC Calls to Action and fulfill their social accountability mandates with respect to Indigenous health.

AFMC calls for an increase in physician residency positions

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – April 11, 2019 Again this year, an alarming number of Canadian medical school graduates will not enter residency and complete their training to provide the care Canadians need.

A total of 98 competent graduates did not match. This includes 36 students who withdrew after being unmatched in the first round, 31 who remained unmatched after the second round and 31 prior year graduates who are unmatched. The match resulted in 52 residency positions remaining unfilled.

AFMC Student Electives Diversification Policy

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – March 25, 2019 The purpose of medical school is to produce competent graduates who are ready to enter any entry-level residency program. The purpose of electives is to enable students to seek clinical experiences in a wide variety of disciplines to broaden their knowledge in all fields of medicine.

Undergraduate programs recognize their dual responsibility to ensure students undertake a full educational experience that prepares them for any potential career choice, while also optimizing their ability to engage the increasingly competitive match process.

AFMC applauds Federal Government for investments in young researchers and Indigenous students

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – March 20, 2019 The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) is pleased with the federal government’s investment in scholarships and fellowships in Budget 2019, which will invest $114 million over five years, with $26.5 million per year going to the federal granting councils’ Canada Graduate Scholarship program to create 500 master’s and 167 doctoral scholarship awards. Funding for parental leave has been expanded from 6 to 12 months for students and postdoctoral fellows who receive granting council funding.

AFMC advocates for better patient care through an improved transition to residency for graduates

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – December 17, 2018 Today, the Association of Faculties of Medicine released a report, Transition to Residency: A Call to Action to address major challenges in the Canadian medical education system. The recommendations in the report will improve the ability for medical students to train as residents in specialties that meet the needs of Canadians.