Accreditations: Reason to Celebrate!

December 9, 2011 at 5:05 pm

As a Faculty of Medicine, all of our programs are regularly evaluated and assessed through accreditation site surveys. We have enjoyed an exciting fall with continuing accreditations granted in UGME, Continuing Professional Development, and the Physician Assistant Education Program. Congratulations to Associate Deans Drs. Ira Ripstein, Bruce Martin and Jose Francois on the successful accreditations, and all of the faculty and staff who contributed to these achievements.

Our programs were cited for strong leadership, solid administrative structures, good working relationships with external and internal stakeholders and partners, and commitment to continually enhance our education and training opportunities.

Next on the horizon is the Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) accreditation in 2014, under the leadership of our new Associate Dean, PGME Dr. Cliff Yaffe and with additional resources in the PGME office.

The majority of our 59 residency training programs programs are certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) or the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC).

One of the exceptions is the Clinical Psychology Residency Program, which is accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association. It was recently re-accredited for another seven years. Congratulations to Dr. Robert McIlwraith, Head, Department of Clinical Health Psychology and Dr. Michael Teschuk, Director of Training, Department of Clinical Health Psychology.

Mid-way in the six-year PGME accreditation cycle, we are mandated by the Royal College to conduct internal reviews of all programs, We have established an Internal Review Committee, chaired by Dr, Kurt Skakum. Each internal program review will be conducted by 2 program directors/faculty members and a resident. This process is an important part of self-evaluation and quality improvement to ensure we are meeting national standards and providing the highest quality medical education and training.

We are proud of all of the recent accreditation successes throughout the Faculty of Medicine over the past few months and look forward to working together toward a positive PGME accreditation.

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