Sarita Verma, LLB, MD, CCFP

Welcome to the first edition of EducationMatters, the biannual emagazine of AFMC's Department of Medical Education.

Through EducationMatters we will share with you AFMC's richness of leadership, innovation and advocacy that is influencing the education of medical and health professions. YOU – our Committees, Networks and volunteers – make a difference by contributing to AFMC's work, and EducationMatters will shine a light on who you are, and what you are doing.

Unprecedented changes in the past 5 years in the educational space have affected medical learning. The context of health care has been completely revolutionized by the introduction of new technology. Educators and learners are evolving, as is the society in which they are expected to practice using artificial intelligence, big data and rapid advances in health care delivery. The Revolution to CBME is underway and Medicine is grappling with EPAs, new assessment techniques and a shifting landscape for interprofessional practice. At AFMC our role is to lead in advocating for socially responsive innovation in medical education, and to ensure our Faculties are on the cutting edge of contemporary “discovery learning” in curricular design, methods of teaching and delivery of training. EducationMatters will share the headway we are making and highlight some of your innovations twice a year. EducationMatters.

We have impact. We will show it here.

Sarita Verma, LLB, MD, CCFP
Vice President, Education
Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada

Opioid Crisis
In November 2016, AFMC was invited, along with many of our sister organizations in medical education and health care, to participate in the Summit on Problematic Opioid Use held by Health Canada and the then Federal Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Philpott. Multiple organizations committed to specific...
Glen Bandiera

By Glen Bandiera

Glen Bandiera

Resident selection is one of the most critical activities that program committees do. Getting this right is key to everything from individual resident and program wellness to eventual societal impact of graduating cohorts. Furthermore, the process of applying to, and...

Indigenous Report
There are several ways in which AFMC is re-igniting the social accountability agenda. Our commitment to addressing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, and putting the education and training about Indigenous persons’ health needs in Canada are front and center. The AFMC Board...
Interprofessional Network

The NETWORKS at AFMC have evolved. Originally many started as “interest groups” of like-minded educators who came together naturally to share challenges and resources. A common refrain heard a decade ago was: “Well, we will all be at CCME anyway, so why don’t we meet there?” What began as an informal gathering of 2 groups (Professionalism and Social...

Dr. Reznick
Meet Dr. Richard Reznick, Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, Queen's University and Professor of Surgery For this inaugural edition we introduce A Glimpse into the Life of our Leaders, a regular feature of AFMC’s EducationMatters in which we get a different perspective on leaders in our academic...
Leslie Nickell

By Leslie Nickell

Leslie Nickell

The transition from medical student to resident physician has been widely acknowledged to present with increased vulnerability and challenge. One contributing factor to these challenges is the...


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CBME: Navigating the winds of change


CCME debate2018 marked the 14th edition of the Canadian Conference on Medical Education (CCME) which took place at the end of April in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The five CCME partners, The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada, The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, The Medical Council of Canada, The College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Canadian Association for...


The Canadian Medical Education (CMEJ) is an online open-access peer-reviewed journal exploring new developments and perspectives in medical education that may influence institutional, regional, and national policy and/or practices.
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Future of Medical Education in Canada (FMEC)

By Sarita Verma

Future of Medical Education in Canada (FMEC)

The Future of Medical Education in Canada (FMEC) initiatives aim to re-evaluate and rigorously improve Canadian medical education  and seeks to define the policies, structures and mechanisms that will enable this future national CPD system. The first two phases focused on undergraduate education (FMEC Medical Doctor (MD) and residency education (FMEC Postgraduate (PG) respectively, resulting in reports to guide future implementation. In recognition of the fundamental differences between the first two...

Vol. 1, Issue 1 December 2017