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AFMC releases new Strategic Plan

Over the last six months, AFMC has been consulting with the academic medicine community, our committees, networks and working groups to help guide our strategic priorities. In late January, the AFMC Board of Directors approved our 2021-2023 strategic plan. We are pleased to share with you our refreshed vision, mission and values as well our three strategic priorities with outcomes and actions.

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National Consortium for Indigenous Medical Education

The National Consortium on Indigenous Medical Education (NCIME) is a partnership between the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada, the College of Family Physicians of Canada, the Medical Council of Canada, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and AFMC and was formed to implement Indigenous-led work streams that will reform Indigenous medical education and contribute to the delivery of culturally safe care.

 

Funded by the Government of Canada, NCIME will provide leadership and support to partners as they fulfil their collective responsibilities to respond to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the TRC’s Calls to Action, and the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Calls for Justice.

 

The need for a safe health care system that responds to the needs of all who access it is clear, but given ongoing experiences of racism by Indigenous patients and Indigenous medical learners urgent action is needed so that the health and healthcare rights of Indigenous Peoples are fulfilled. Ensuring Indigenous Peoples access to care is high quality, culturally safe and free of racism begins with Indigenous-led systemic change in how medical professionals are instructed and evaluated.

 

The mandate of the NCIME focuses on six areas of common priority including:

  • Assessment of Indigenous studies, cultural safety and anti-racism
  • Anti-racism
  • Admissions/Transitions
  • Indigenous faculty recruitment and retention
  • Improving cultural safety in Curriculum
  • Indigenous physician wellness and joy in work

AFMC is looking for an Executive Director, NCIME

The Call for applications is open for the position of Executive Director, National Consortium for Indigenous Medical Education (NCIME). The Executive Director will work closely with the NCIME oversight committees and will lead the Secretariat housed at AFMC. Applicants are invited to submit their interest here by February 14, 2021.

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2021 AFMC Award Winners

AFMC is pleased to announce the 2021 AFMC Award Winners.

 

New Opioid Curriculum Launched

On January 21, AFMC launched a series of online educational modules for medical students across the country. This would not have been possible without the contribution of a multidisciplinary team of subject-matter experts and stakeholders from medical schools across the country. The new curriculum will be freely available to all 17 faculties of medicine and any other interested group.

 

The Government of Canada has extended its funding to include the development of a national, bilingual, comprehensive, and competency-based curriculum for post-graduate medical education (PGME) and continuing professional development (CPD). This project will build on the concepts and content of the undergraduate curriculum as well as draw on subject matter experts and have input from those with lived experiences. This new curriculum will be launched in early 2023. 

 
 

CANPREPP has had over 19,000-page views since its launch

To date, CANPREPP has worked closely with over 500 residency programs to develop unique program promotion pages. The National Calendar of Events on CANPREPP features over 500 events from every single faculty across almost all specialties. Since launch, CANPREPP has logged over 19,000 page views! As we shift gears to focus on the planning and development of the second iteration in time for the next match period, we continue to keep an ear on what our stakeholders are saying:

 

It has been very exciting to see this initiative, CANPREPP, be put together by AFMC and residency programs across the country in very short order to support learners purposing residency training. As a recent medical school graduate, I would have been grateful to have a resource like this when I was exploring and learning about various residency programs. As a PGY1 resident, I’ve been glad to contribute to the information that best represents our program on the website, including sharing a resident-led program webinar that was well attended – I think in part through sharing the event on CANPREPP!" - Yipeng Ge (PGY1), uOttawa, Department of Public Health and Preventative Medicine

 

In case you missed it

CCME 2021 registration is open!

Given the current global situation, the Canadian Conference on Medical Education (CCME) 2021 is going virtual. Join us from anywhere in the world, from the comfort of your home for an inspirational program and impactful networking opportunities. This year, the conference theme is Making Waves: Exploring the Waters of Medical Education. Register here.

Fact Sheet: Anatomy of Post-M.D. Trainees Across Canada

CAPER released a new infographic (Anatomy of Post-M.D. Trainees Across Canada). This infographic highlights the overall status of the post-M.D. landscape prior to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the CAPER Census for the 2020/21 academic year coming soon this infographic serves as a reminder of where the post-M.D. system was last year. You can view the infographic here. 

Award for Excellence in Education in Medical, Dental & Veterinary Schools

The closing date for the 2021 round of submissions for the ASPIRE-to-Excellence award is February 14. Full details of the submission process are on the ASPIRE website. The ASPIRE-to-Excellence initiative was established to provide a unique system which encouraged excellence in education in medicine and the healthcare professions by identifying, recognizing and rewarding excellence in key aspects of education delivery.

 
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