CCME 2018 - 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 Medical Education welcomed nearly 1,500 of their colleagues from all over the world to learn, collaborate and network. This year’s theme Competency Based Medical Education – Navigating the Winds of Change featured over 440 educational sessions, 4 main plenary sessions and countless business and social events and was, by all accounts, a resounding success. The Conference kicked off with Canadian Icon and Mental Health Advocate, Margaret Trudeau. Ms. Trudeau’s very personal narrative of her struggles with mental illness gave insight into the patient-perspective. This raw and honest account evoked empathy and resonated with the audience. Another highlight and hugely popular session featured a two-physician CBME-style debate. While there was no clear winner, it definitely generated a lot of buzz and set #ccme18 trending on Twitter.

Now that 2018 is behind us, planning is well underway for next year in Niagara Falls, Ontario. CCME 2019 ‘Disruption Driving Change – Would Sir William Osler Adapt?’ will take place from April 13-16th and will be hosted by McMaster University. If you would like to present at next year’s conference, the Call for Abstracts is now open, with submissions due mid-September. For all information about abstract submissions and pertinent conference information, please visit the CCME website and follow us on Twitter @MedEdConference for all the latest news!