April 2015

Garey Mazowita, MD, CCFP, FCFP

The journey of certificates of added competence continues

The College is pleased to officially launch the application process for certificates of added competence (CACs).

Initially conceived to better recognize our members who provide enhanced services to patients and communities, additional advantages have become apparent. First, in order to define the added competencies and skills deserving of a CAC, core competencies and skills needed to be examined. The CAC development process has fostered a more rigorous definition of core competencies in family medicine itself.

CACs have also provided fuel to remind our various publics that while these may be added competencies for an individual, they are in fact competencies acquired by many experienced family doctors. All CACs reflect the extended scope of practice of family medicine to ensure quality care for the people of Canada and to address evolving community needs. 

Recently, health authority and regulatory authority interests in some provinces have looked to our work with CACs to help define what is expected of family physicians with respect to facility privileges. This is valuable as it allows us to define our competency domains rather than having others do it.

Finally, important conversations are taking place between the CFPC, the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada (SRPC), the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (SOGC), and the Canadian Association of General Surgery (CAGS) regarding enhanced surgical skills relevant to rural and remote populations that might otherwise have to travel for treatment. The outcomes are likely to result in the development of special curricula for family medicine residents, leading to a CAC in enhanced surgical skills. This will help to facilitate the availability of this high quality and essential care in communities where it is needed. 

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Garey Mazowita, MD, CCFP, FCFP
President, CFPC

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