Competency-Based Medical Education (CBME)

The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry CBME website provides 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.  

EPAs and Milestones

CBME Rollout Schedule

Resources

Presentations

Surgical Foundations 

Competency-based medical education is an outcomes-based approach to the design, implementation, assessment and evaluation of a medical education program using an organizing framework of competencies. Historically, residency education has been focused around a time-based learning model, where participating in a particular number of cases, surgeries or years of training would allow a resident to reach an appropriate level of competency to practice independantly.

In a CBME system, curriculum is organized around the outcomes expected of a resident, and their advancement is dependant on having achieved those outcomes. It also provides a new approach to teaching and assessment with regular, direct observations to confirm residents are achieving Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) in real-life situations.

Competency by Design (CBD) is the Royal College’s version of CBME in Canada, using the adapted CanMEDS framework and the competency continuum as a guide.

Royal College CBD Continuum Image

EPAs and Milestones

An EPA (Entrustable Professional Activity) is a task in the clinical or work setting that may be delegated to a resident by their supervisor once sufficient competence has been demonstrated. Typically, each EPA integrates multiple milestones.

A milestone is an observable marker of an individual’s ability or competence along a developmental continuum, used for planning and teaching.

CBME Rollout Schedule

Each surgical specialty has a different time line for the rollout of CBME. On July 1, 2018, Urology and Surgical Foundations will be the first programs to implement CBME with their PGY1 cohort.

CBME Rollout Schedule by Year
2018 2019 2020 2021 2022/2023
Surgical Foundations Cardiac Surgery General Surgery Thoracic Surgery
Urology Orthopaedic Surgery
Plastic Surgery
Vascular Surgery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Resources

Presentations