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 phases of medical education and continuing professional development (CPD) including the number and type of participating organizations, professional identity of audiences, practice settings, the need to align curriculum to individuals’ scopes of practice, and measures of success, among others – the FMEC CPD  is being co-led by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the College of Family Physicians of Canada. The first phase for FMEC CPD began with an environmental scan and convening a meeting of national CPD stakeholder organizations in December 2012.  A National Invitational Summit was held in April 2014 which formed the foundation for the development of a strategy and business plan for FMEC CPD which was endorsed by 7 funding partner organizations. The vision of FMEC CPD is the development of a pan-Canadian CPD system that sustains innovation and ongoing quality improvement for the health of Canadians.  

One of the key strategies to realize the intended outcomes from FMEC CPD is to intentionally integrate the work of CPD stakeholder organizations in contributing to the outcomes across the selected project themes. The FMEC CPD project is using a “collaborative results based approach” that will include the outcomes from multiple projects led by CPD organizations in Canada in contributing to the development of a set of recommendations that address each theme and the overall vision for FMEC CPD. An invitational FMEC CPD Summit will be held on May 4, 2018 to share the findings from the preliminary report. For more information on FMEC CPD please see http://www.fmec-cpd.ca/