What Is… Triple C?

Triple C is a competency-based curriculum for family medicine education that is:

  • Comprehensive
  • Focused on continuity of education and patient care
  • Centred in family medicine

A competency based curriculum depends upon well defined program outcomes that are congruent with teaching and learning strategies, resident assessment methodologies and an integrated curriculum design. It moves away from traditional rotation-based models of residency training.  It requires residents to be active learners shifting the role of a resident supervisor towards that of a resident’s “coach”.

The goal of the Triple C is to ensure that every training program in Canada develops graduates who are:

    1. Competent to provide comprehensive care in any Canadian community
    2. Prepared for the evolving needs of society
    3. Taught based upon the best available evidence on patient care and medical education

It  is a renewed curriculum that enhances what is taught, how it is taught, and how learners are assessed.

Triple C developed from a thorough review of post-graduate family medicine residency programs in Canada by the Working Group on Postgraduate Curriculum Review (WGCR), reporting to the Section of Teachers Council. The CFPC is coordinating the implementation of Triple C with university postgraduate family medicine residency programs and other key stakeholders.

To read the report and important background documents such as the Evaluation Objectives and the CanMEDS-FM Roles, visit http://www.cfpc.ca/Triple_C/. Check back often to see important updates on this innovative curriculum.

Triple C—Canada’s Family Medicine Curriculum

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