Schulich Medicine is reshaping the Doctor of Medicine Program to a competency-based medical education (CBME) model. It is doing so based on the fact that our School and University strategic goals offer leading models of medical education and the best student experience for learners, and with the move toward improving the quality of patient outcomes in health care systems across North America, while meeting our Schools’ mandate to be socially accountable to our communities.

This change will position the School’s curriculum to be as a leading curriculum in medical education for the next decade. It will also align the curriculum with Western’s Strategic Priorities; Schulich’s Medicine & Dentistry’s Strategic Plan, mission and values; and address the key directions in the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) Future of Medical Education in Canada (FMEC) report.

The goals of the curriculum change are to:

1. Ensure our students all demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to meet the needs of Canadian patients and communities.

2. Deliver a curriculum that is better integrated and aligned from day 1 with actual patient care issues and challenges.

3. Better support students meeting our outcome competencies to graduate as well grounded generalists.

4. Through supporting students to continually improve across their career in each of our seven competencies, improve patient care.

5. Align with the principles of CBME as a model for all medical education in Canada.

6. Prepare our learners for personal continual growth along the continuum of life-long learning.