News in Brief: September 2013
Medical trainees in the Canadian healthcare system will soon see an overhaul in how their training programmes are set up. Starting in 2017, they can expect a shift away from time based competency programmes.
Currently, the emphasis on completion of training is dependent on how long a doctor has been in the programme—ranging from two years to five years across 76 programmes licensed by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The shift will be a move towards competency based education versus time spent in the programme.
“Our current residency programmes are weighted toward ‘knowledge’ and that’s not enough,” said Jason Frank, director of specialty education with the Royal College. “Some residents are able to do well on exams without having acquired certain competencies,” added Frank.
The plan is to see competencies as developmental milestones for a trainee’s career, as opposed to number of years of specialty programme