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Canadian Conference on Medical Education Feedback from Gerry Cooper

Friday, April 26, 2013

I've just returned from the 2013 Canadian Conference on Medical Education (CCME) in Quebec City.
Since 2005, this conference has been cooperatively organized by the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC), the Canadian Association of Medical Education (CAME), the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (RCPSC) and the Medical Council of Canada (MCC). CCME conferences are typically held in April every year and rotate throughout the county; next year's host will be Ottawa. I encourage you to try to attend this conference at some point in your career. There are many varied and rich learning opportunities that showcase how Canada is at the forefront of medical education.

Medical learners contribute significantly to the CCME and this year was no exception. Not only does the Canadian Federation of Medical Students' (CFMS) Annual General Meeting coincide with the CCME conference, many CCME presentations are delivered by medical students. I was delighted to see several such presentations that included contributions from Schulich Medicine students from both London and Windsor!

These conferences also provide us with a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our affiliations with medical education peers and colleagues. I'd like to briefly highlight an example of an informal connection:

I had the opportunity to connect with some Schulich Medicine students whom I've yet to meet in person when we attended the Dean's Schulich Medicine/Western University reception. One additional anecdote hopefully underscores the strong connections we make along the way in medical education. As I was walking along the beautiful streets of old Quebec City with my wife, we met up with one of my former students from NOSM (he's just completing his clerkship). Anyhow, we gave one another a warm embrace and it was so good to reconnect with him even though I've not seen this student for almost two years! Such are the important relationships that we form as part of our attachment to medical education: rich relationships that endure!

Best regards,