Your top 10 CBME tips

Dr. Shannon Venance, MD, PhD, FRCP(C), Director of Competency-Based Medical Education (CBME) Implementation, has created her top 10 tips for your successful transition to CBME.

Working together as a team
There’s a great team supporting the transition to CBME. And together we will be successful.

Introducing some of our CBME Leads:

  • Paediatrics – Tamara VanHooren
  • Paediatrics – Eva Welisch
  • Family Medicine – Christina Cookson
  • Gastroenterology – Karim Qumosani
  • Urology – Sumit Dave
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation – Ricard Vian
  • Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine – Jennifer Vergel de Dios
  • Emergency Medicine – Matt Davis
  • Family Medicine / Emergency Medicine – Victor Ng
  • Nuclear Medicine – Rob Stodilka
  • Endocrinology – Jeff Mahon
  • Neurology – Anita Florendo-Cumbermack
  • Rheumatology – Tristan Boyd

Being prepared for challenges
Unquestionably, change comes with challenges. The School is prepared for that and meeting it head on with retreats such as the one held in November and a common assessment tool to ease the burden and increase the efficiency of program implementation.

Proposing solutions not barriers
During the retreat in November, 30 programs, six chairs, and representatives from the hospital and Postgraduate Medical Education office worked in teams to develop solutions. This has laid the foundation for future retreats and continued collaborative efforts. 

Increasing your knowledge with established resources and tools
The Royal College of Physician and Surgeons of Canada has a website dedicated to competency-based medical education. You can read more about the rationale for change and find valuable tools and resources.

Participate to benefit the whole
If each person does a little by participating on the committees, taking part in the retreats and attending town halls, there will be a collective benefit to the entire team.

Learn from those who have come before you
The medical community is in this together. The Department of Family Medicine, The Royal College and several other universities are openly sharing their own experiences, and there is a great deal we can learn from them. At Schulich Medicine, the Dean will be developing supports centrally.

Connecting with the PGME Office
Your PGME Office is there to offer assistance. They will be holding information sessions, town halls and retreats. Save the date for the next CBME retreat, taking place on April 21.

Talking to residents
Residents have a stake in their education and are keen to play a role in the transition. Consider asking your graduating residents what would be one or two core tasks that they are expected to do that may be piloted or trialed as an EPA.

Framing CBME as patient care and quality education for residents
CBME is about taking care of your patients and educating your residents to be the best that they can be. Approaching it this way helps to maintain the perspective on the change.  

Staying positive
CBME is upon us, and staying positive while embracing the opportunities it brings will help you be successful with the transition.