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Competency-Based Medical Education

Competency Based Medical Education (CBME) will enhance patient care by improving specialist training and life-long learning ensuring physicians demonstrate the skills and behaviours required to continuously meet evolving patient needs. CBME measures learning rather than time, and learners progress by demonstrating their competence or mastery of knowledge or skill.

Schulich Medicine & Dentistry’s Family Medicine program is already engaged in transformative curriculum change, implementing the College of Family Physicians of Canada”s "Triple C" curriculum. Triple C is a competency-based curriculum for family medicine residents whose elements are: comprehensive education and patient care, continuity of education and patient care, and training centred in family medicine.

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons has mandated all its programs to transform their curriculum, teaching and assessment to competency based education. A plan is under development to roll out the new model beginning in 2017. It will begin with the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and the Division of Medical Oncology.

Dr. Shannon Venance is the Director of Competency-Based Medical Education (CBME) Implementation. In this role, Dr. Venance will work with residency programs, program directors, clinical departments and the Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) Office to facilitate the transition of the School's postgraduate training programs to a CBME framework. She brings a wealth of experience and expertise in implementation, change management and accreditation to this role. 

Programs are not in this alone in the transition to CBME and the implementation of CBME. The central PGME Office will be providing support, tools and resources to ensure successful implementation across all programs.

This website will provide information and access to the latest news, presentations and internal and external resources. It will be updated regularly, so be sure to check back to learn more about the progress of CBME.