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. It will begin with the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and the Division of Medical Oncology.
Dr. Jennifer Vergel de Dios is the Director of Competency-Based Medical Education (CBME) Implementation. In this role, Dr. Vergel de Dios 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. Actively involved as the CBME Faculty Lead in Anesthesia since 2016, her enthusiastic, collaborative, and innovative approach to CBME led to the successful launch of Anesthesia in 2017. She has been actively involved in many of the PGME CBME retreats presenting on change management, assessment processes, and faculty engagement. In recognition of her excellence and commitment to medical education, Dr. Vergel de Dios was awarded the 2018 Canadian Association for Medical Education Certificate of Merit.
Programs are not in this alone in the transition to CBME and the implementation of CBME. All School Education Offices will be providing support, tools and resources to ensure successful implementation across all programs.