The College of Family Physicians of Canada is your College and the Section of Residents is your voice with the CFPC. The CFPC is the national voice of family medicine, representing family doctors at the local, provincial and national level. As a member you have an important and influential voice within your new discipline. We encourage you to participate.
Section of Residents
All first year family medicine residents automatically become members of the College and the Section of Residents. The Council of the Section of Residents (the governing body of the Section) is composed of R1 and R2 representatives elected by their peers from each family medicine program.
The Council’s mandate is to strengthen and improve family medicine training across Canada. It provides a strong voice for family medicine residents and has significant input into CFPC initiatives and policies with representation at the CFPC Board of Directors and on several key College committees. The CFPC values input from all family medicine residents and would encourage you to be in touch with your local representative. View a list of representatives.
These pages and the rest of the CFPC website are an important resource for you as you move through your training program and beyond. We encourage you to explore it and to become involved in your College now and in your future career.
Benefits for residents as CFPC members include:
- Free access to the online version of the Self LearningTM program, as well as access to the College’s library service for literature searches and other research support.
- Free subscription to the Canadian Family Physician (CFP), the College’s medical journal published monthly.
- Opportunity to apply up to 30 Mainpro-M1 and 5 Mainpro-C credits, earned during residency, to your first cycle as a practicing (Active) member through free online access to the College's Maintenance of Proficiency (MAINPRO®) program.
- Discounted rates to attend Family Medicine Forum (FMF), the largest family medicine conference in Canada and a great venue for networking and academic learning. FMF includes presentations and workshops led by leaders in family medicine. There are sessions prepared specifically for resident members and residents’ social evening is always highlight of the event.
- Approaching the exam - Family medicine residents are eligible to challenge the Certification Examination in Family Medicine during the last six months of their residency programs. The examination is conducted in multiple centres across Canada, in both official languages - in the spring and in the fall. Visit Exam Information for general information about deadline dates, fees and examination centres. For more specific information about the examination, frequently asked questions and resources to help you prepare for the examination, visit our Certification Examination in Family Medicine page. Examination results will be posted in the secure members section within eight weeks after the examination date.