OTTAWA, May 18, 2018- The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) and The Arnold P. Gold Foundation for Humanistic Healthcare Canada (APGFC) are pleased to announce the establishment of the AFMC - Gold Humanism Award and Lecture. The goal of the award is to emphasize, reinforce and enhance the importance of humanistic qualities among medical school students and faculty.
HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA, April 28, 2018 - The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) and the Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine have an enduring commitment to social accountability. The AFMC dedicated a Board meeting today to hear from leaders and learners about physician burnout with a particular focus on the strategies to build resiliency among medical students, residents and faculty in medical schools.
OTTAWA, April 17, 2018 - An alarmingly increasing number of Canadian medical school graduates will not enter residency and complete their training to provide the care Canadians need. One hundred fifteen (115) current year medical graduates are unmatched. This includes 46 students who withdrew after being unmatched after the first round and 69 who were unmatched after the second round. The number of prior year unmatched has also increased from 46 to 54.
OTTAWA, March 1, 2018 – The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) is pleased with the federal government’s major commitment to health research in Budget 2018, which provides a new investment of $1.22 billion over five years to the Tri-Council, including $354.7 million for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and the new funds of $275 million over five years for interdisciplinary and international research, and of $21 million to increase diversity in science.
OTTAWA, February 27, 2018 - On March 1st, the majority of graduating Canadian medical students will finally learn which specialty they will train in and the location of their training for the next two or more years. This is the culmination of a process that has occupied our students from as early as the beginning of medical school. Some students will proceed to the next round of the residency match and consider a new career path or location from amongst the remaining residency positions.
OTTAWA, February 13, 2018 - Immediate attention is required to address the growing number of Canadian medical students who are unable to match to a residency and then practice medicine. In 2009 the number of unmatched was 11, in 2017 it was 68. By 2021 the number of current year unmatched students is projected to exceed 140 while prior year unmatched will exceed 190.
AFMC is responding to the surge of overdoses and opioid-related deaths in Canada by leading the creation of a Canada-wide, competency–based curricula for future physicians in pain management, problematic substance use and substance use disorders.