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  • (August 18, 2022) Make your mark on CanMEDS 2025!

    Make your mark on CanMEDS 2025!

    Family physicians are invited to help shape the next iteration of the CanMEDS Framework by participating in Expert Working Groups and e-panels. The CanMEDS Framework is a major Canadian educational resource that is used across the continuum of medical education. Learn more about CanMEDS and the available opportunities, and express your interest by September 30th.


    Recruiting a Clinical Teacher for the Family Medicine Specialty Committee

    Are you a clinical teacher practising community-based medicine? Are you interested in becoming involved in College work and advancing the specialty of family medicine? Our Family Medicine Specialty Committee (FMSC) is seeking a motivated individual to serve a three-year volunteer term, starting this fall. The FMSC offers a flexible and engaging hybrid meeting format. Please send your expression of interest to [email protected] and a member of the team will follow up with more details.


    Attend Upcoming Conferences this Fall

    This fall, a few North American conferences are shaking things up by offering virtual, in-person, and hybrid workshops and events to satisfy your clinical learning appetite and appease your academic curiosity. Whether local or across the border, consider attending a conference to share ideas, challenges, innovations, and advance training. Please refer to each conference site in the following list for details.

    Conference     Location Date
    International Conference on Practice Facilitation (NAPCRG) Savannah, Georgia September 8–9, 2022
    Conference on Practice and Quality Improvement (STFM) Savannah, Georgia September 12–14, 2022
    The International Conference on Residency Education (ICRE) Montreal, Quebec October 27–29, 2022
    NAPCRG 50th Annual Meeting Phoenix, Arizona November 18–22, 2022

    If you prefer to stay close to home, registration is now open for hybrid Family Medicine Forum in November with a full slate of teaching sessions and events, or consider attending an upcoming CFPC Chapter family medicine conference:

  • (July 21, 2022) Leverage your educational leadership and hone your academic scholarship by joining a CFPC committee, registering for FMF, or submitting an abstract to a national conference

    Express your interest in joining the Faculty Development Education Committee as Chair-Elect

    This is an outstanding national volunteer leadership opportunity during an exciting time of change in family medicine education. Engage with our national membership to develop and support faculty development for teachers involved in the delivery of family medicine education across the education continuum. This is your chance to demonstrate leadership skills and have national impact! The Chair-Elect benefits from a staggered onboarding approach and mentoring by the Past Chair, as well as significant administrative support from CFPC staff.

    Contact us at [email protected] for a full overview of roles and responsibilities. While the workload of the Chair ebbs and flows, we estimate about two hours per week on average is required. Expressions of interest are welcome by August 25, 2022.


    Register early for FMF 2022 to maximize your conference experience

    Join us and learn from evidence-based, peer-reviewed sessions and workshops, network and join the fun with interactive social events, and celebrate milestones and achievements in family medicine. Tailored events for teachers, preceptors and educational leaders include the Knowledge Café, Fireside Chat, Celebrating Family Medicine Teaching Excellence Event, as well as over 40 hours of certified sessions for novice and advanced teachers. Sign up now for early bird registration and full access to the best evidence-based education, inspiring keynote sessions, and networking opportunities in person, virtually, and on demand.

    • November 9 – 12, 2022 – In-person in Toronto, Ontario
    • November 16 – 19, 2022 – Virtual

    Register now for the Ottawa and International Association for Medical Education Conferences

    The Ottawa and International Association for Medical Education conference (AMEE) 2022 conferences will be held as sequential but separate conferences in Lyon, France. Ottawa 2022 runs 26–28 August and AMEE runs 27–31 August. Register now to attend either or both conferences. These international conferences are key meetings for all involved in medical and healthcare professions and education including teachers, researchers, administrators, and students. It provides an opportunity to discuss the future of assessment and evaluation, network with others with similar interests, to hear and discuss the views of acknowledged experts, to take part in workshops and courses, and to present your own work through a short communication or poster.


    Submit an abstract for the Rural & Remote 2023 Medicine Course

    The 30th Annual Rural & Remote Medicine Course is currently accepting abstracts for presentations. Rural & Remote 2023 will take place April 20th to 22nd in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Abstracts are being accepted for two types of presentations related to any aspect of health and healthcare in a rural and remote setting:

    • Session lectures (breakout sessions)
    • Hands-on workshop

    Submit an abstract for Rural and Remote 2023 by September 30, 2022.


    Submit an abstract to the International Congress on Academic Medicine

    The International Congress on Academic Medicine (ICAM) will be a venue to promote innovation and scholarship in medical education and health research on an international scale. Taking place April 13 – 18, 2023, in Québec, Quebec, ICAM invites delegates to convene with Canadian and international colleagues to network and develop new relationships and collaborations. ICAM will include a special focus on all academic medicine learners including medical students, residents as well as graduate students. Abstract submissions for workshops, orals, and poster presentations are now being accepted until September 16, 2022.


    Submit proposals to the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine’s 2023 Annual Spring Conference

    The 2023 call for presentations is now open for the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) 2023 conference. Taking place April 29 to May 3, 2023, in Tampa, Florida, STFM boasts more than 400 educational and interactive workshops, seminars, lecture-discussions, papers, hot-topic special sessions, and poster presentations. This is a unique opportunity to share the networking and educational value of representing your academic institution at the conference, as well as bring back a wealth of knowledge from south of the border. Deadline to submit an abstract is September 15, 2022.

  • (June 23, 2022) Read this month's newsletter to find the Top Five Teaching Resources you can add to your tool kit!

    Five Teaching Resources for Your Tool Kit

    1. Quality Improvement (QI) in Family Medicine Education – Plan It, Do It, Teach It!

    Image of a physician, holding N-95 mask and stethoscope in their hand.
    A collaboration between the Section of Teachers and Section of Researchers, view this recorded webinar on how QI can better inform and support your teaching practice. The accompanying Guide to Integrating Quality Improvement Into Family Medicine Residency Programs provides support for learning experiences that enable residents to attain QI competencies, and assess learners’ QI competence. Additionally, the Guide for Improvement of Family Medicine Training (GIFT) on QI Education in Family Medicine Residency is a quick reference document by residents for residents.

    2. Emerging topics bulletin for educators: Anti-Racism in Medical Education

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    Being, and teaching how to be, anti-racist continues to occupy multiple agendas in conversations and in quiet self-reflections. These served as catalysts for the development of the Bulletin on Anti-Racism in Medical Education, which aims to gather resources to deepen opportunities for action. Through identifying relevant resources, this Bulletin supports and invites further opportunities to join with others to address racism within our educational and clinical settings.

    3. Twelve Points to Consider When Talking to a Medical Student About a Career in Family Medicine

    Four images of a bunch of physicians and their patients.
    These points outline what family medicine educators and preceptors may want to consider when discussing a career in family medicine with a medical student. They highlight the benefits of family medicine, dispel the myths, are honest about the challenges, and encourage medical students to reflect on whether family medicine is a good fit for them. The College’s Family Medicine Professional Profile provides additional information that can be used to supplement these discussions.

    4. Tips for Supervising Family Medicine Learners Providing Virtual Care

    Image of a physicians using a mobile phone.
    This still-relevant-today guide focuses on the teaching and supervision considerations related to medical students and residents providing virtual care. Along with its accompaniments Peer Tips for Virtual Supervision and Pearls for Writing a Virtual Care Field Note, it continues to address the needs that teachers, preceptors, and educational leaders identified to support them in the evolving virtual care environment.

    5. Courageous Conversations: Shining a light on wellness and resilience for teachers

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    This recorded webinar is a much-needed conversation about mitigating stress and burnout in in family medicine. Consider how mindfulness, resilience, and role modelling can support your teaching practice. Learn from colleagues as they reflect on the effects of stress and burnout on teachers, preceptors, and educational leaders. Identify opportunities and strategies that help mitigate burnout and consider a resilience approach to use as you navigate the pandemic.

    Access these and many other valuable resources on the “For Teachers” page of the CFPC website.

  • (May 19, 2022) Upcoming webinar: Quality Improvement in Family Medicine Education – Plan It, Do It, Teach It!

    A collaboration between the Section of Teachers and Section of Researchers May 24, 2022 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (ET)

    Man holding his N95 Mask outdoor during COVID-19, "Coronavirus" pandemicJoin your fellow teachers, preceptors, and educational leaders for a conversation about incorporating quality improvement (QI) in your family medicine teaching role. This webinar is an opportunity to consider how QI can better inform and support your teaching practice. Our panelists will share their experiences, challenges, and expertise implementing QI in diverse education and practice settings. We hope the webinar will be of broad interest, and particularly for those who are developing QI teaching capacity. No pre-registration is required, simply join us via YouTube.
     


    The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) Gold Humanism Award and Lecture

    Dr. Martina Kelly

    The AFMC Gold Humanism Award and Lecture was created to emphasize, reinforce and enhance the importance of humanistic qualities among medical school students and faculty. Congratulations to Dr. Martina Kelly from the University of Calgary, and co-chair of the CFPC’s Undergraduate Education Committee, who is this year’s recipient.
     


    The Canadian Association for Medical Education (CAME)

    CAME

    The 2022 CAME Certificate of Merit is awarded to faculty members who are committed to medical education in Canada.

    University of British Columbia Dr. Maggie Watt
    University of Alberta Dr. Lillian Au
    University of Manitoba Dr. Barry Lavallee
    University of Western Ontario Dr. Patricia Valcke
    University of Ottawa Dr. Jean Roy
    Northern Ontario School of Medicine Dr. Sarah Newbery
    McMaster University Dr. Sarah Kinzie
    Dr. Amanda Bell
    Université Laval Dr. Christian Rheault
    Dre Josette Castel
    Université de Sherbrooke Dre Marianne Xhignesse
    Université de Montréal Dr. Tania Riendeau
    Dr. Julie Desmeules

    The 2022 CAME Rising Star – Certificate of Excellence is awarded to learners who have demonstrated a commitment and/or passion for medical education, education research, curriculum or workshop development, leadership or advocacy.

    Université Laval Dr. Andrée-Anne Paradis
    Northern Ontario School of Medicine Dr. Josée Lalanne
    University of Calgary Dr. Michael Mak

     


    Resident Doctors of Canada (RDoC)

    RDoC Awards

    The Resident Doctors of Canada (RDoC) awards are presented to individuals recognized for their contributions to improving various elements of the lives of resident doctors in Canada.

    The Puddester Award for Resident Wellness
    • Kannin Osei-Tutu (with his Director of Resident Support colleagues from the University of Calgary)

    The Society of Rural Physicians of Canada

    SRPC

    The 2022 Society of Rural Physicians of Canada (SRPC) awards recognize physicians and organizations that have made a significant contribution and impact to rural medicine in Canada.

    Rural Mentorship Award
    • Dr. Dennis Dahl, Moose Factory, ON
    Rural Community Impact Award
    • Dr. Danielle Pichie, New Hazelton, BC
    Rural Leadership Award
    • Dr. Jill Konkin, Edmonton, AB
    Rural Resident Leadership Awards
    • Dr. Kimberley Chang, Nanaimo, BC
    • Dr. Robert McCarthy, St Bernards-Jacques Fontaine, NL

    Congratulations to all of our outstanding family medicine colleagues for their tremendous achievements.

  • (April 21, 2022) Save the date for an upcoming webinar, showcase your talent at the SOT’s Celebrating Family Medicine Teaching Excellence event, and submit topic ideas for the Knowledge Café

    Upcoming webinar

    Quality Improvement in Family Medicine Education – Plan It, Do It, Teach It!
    A collaboration between the Section of Teachers and Section of Researchers
    May 24, 2022 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (ET)

    Man holding his N95 Mask outdoor during COVID-19, "Coronavirus" pandemicJoin your fellow teachers, preceptors, and educational leaders for a conversation about incorporating quality improvement (QI) in your family medicine teaching role. This webinar is an opportunity to consider how QI can better inform and support your teaching practice. Our panelists will share their experiences, challenges, and expertise implementing QI in diverse education and practice settings. We hope the webinar will be of broad interest, and particularly for those who are developing QI teaching capacity. No pre-registration is required, simply join us via YouTube.
     

    The Section of Teachers’ got talent!

    Four microphones in the dark club with spotlights - stock photoWe are seeking members of the family medicine community to share their talents at our Celebrating Family Medicine Teaching Excellence in-person event at Family Medicine Forum (FMF) on November 10, 2022. The event is a great way to connect with fellow learners and teachers across Canada, celebrate accomplishments, and have fun! More information is coming soon, but in the interim please email [email protected] if you are interested in showcasing your talent in any type of performing arts.
     

    Submit your topic ideas for the Knowledge Café and Lunch at in-person FMF

    orange wooden chairs on a white background. - stock photoFMF 2022 is around the corner and, once again, we are looking to you for topic suggestions about family medicine teaching principles, timely themes, and hot-button issues at both the national and international levels. The Knowledge Café is back to being an in-person lunchtime event so please email us by June 1st with any new ideas for the SOT Council to consider for the Knowledge Café.

  • (March 24, 2022) Register now for upcoming conferences featuring sessions specifically targeted to support your teaching practice

    Society of Rural Physicians of Canada

    April 21–23, 2022 | Ottawa, ON

    Out of the ashes of COVID Stronger rural communities

    The Society of Rural Physicians of Canada (SRPC)'s annual conference offers up to 100 sessions on rural and remote medicine and rural generalism. Teachers may be interested in sessions such as:
    • Putting the CanMEDS-FM Indigenous Health Supplement into Action
    • Outcomes of Training Report
    • Moving Towards Cultural Safety and Reconciliation
    • Layered Learning: Teaching Tips for Residents and Early Career Preceptors

     

    Canadian Conference on Medical Education

    April 23–26, 2022 | Calgary, AB + Virtual

    Unlearning and Relearning: Reinvigorating self and system in times of renewal

    The Canadian Conference on Medical Education (CCME) is a forum for those involved in medical education across the continuum to come together to share their experiences, research, and innovations. Join us at the CFPC session on Tuesday, April 26th, at 9:00 a.m. (MT) to learn more and talk about the Outcomes of Training Project report and recommendations. CCME 2022 will also feature a host of excellent sessions on themes covering current and emerging issues. Below are just a few of the sessions featuring family physicians:
     

    Society of Teachers of Family Medicine

    April 30 – May 4, 2022 | Indianapolis, IN

    2022 STFM Annual Spring Conference

    As the leading American national community of family medicine academic leaders, the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM)’s annual conference offerings include up to 50 hours of in-person and on-demand presentations for teachers. Thought-provoking general sessions include:
  • (February 17, 2022) Now recruiting for volunteer membership on several national education committees

    The following volunteer positions are open to all College of Family Physicians of Canada™ (CFPC) members. We encourage diverse viewpoints, applications from individuals who self-identify as members of racialized communities, and we seek broad geographical, language, and skill set representation. Terms of office are typically three years, with committee members meeting two to four times per year (in a combination of virtual and/or in-person meetings in non-pandemic times). Expenses will be reimbursed in alignment with the CFPC policy. If working with preceptors, teachers, and educational leaders from across Canada to foster a culture of collaboration and scholarship in family medicine education is for you, please contact [email protected] to express your interest or for more details.

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    Section of Teachers Council

    The Section of Teachers Council (SOTC) is seeking a dynamic leader to be its next Chair Elect. This is an outstanding national leadership opportunity during an exciting time of change in family medicine education. Engage with our broad membership to inform educational transformation and be the voice of teachers, preceptors, and educational leaders. Ask us for a full list of roles and responsibilities. Transitional mentoring from the Past Chair will be available to support the Chair Elect.

    The Council is dedicated to advancing family medicine education by supporting and engaging family medicine teachers, preceptors, and educational leaders. This ensures community-adaptive family physicians serving health care needs in Canada through lifelong learning. It also ensures links between family medicine undergraduate, postgraduate, and continuing professional development activities, and it provides guidance for educational initiatives to support the transition to independent practice including clinical, teaching, and research competencies.
     

    Section of Teachers’ FMF Planning Committee

    The CFPC Section of Teachers’ Family Medicine Forum (FMF) Planning Committee is looking for new members with experience in:
    • Rural education
    • Undergraduate expertise
    • Faculty development
    • Enhanced skills
    • Early practice family medicine physicians

    Members ensure learning opportunities for teachers at all career stages are integrated throughout the FMF program; review abstracts submitted for the teaching and faculty development stream; and advise on the planning of special events.
     

    Faculty Development Education Committee

    The Faculty Development Education Committee (FDEC) is looking to add three or four more members to its positive, energetic committee. All teacher applicants are welcome; however, the following representations are especially in demand:
    • Diverse contexts with experience and/or interest in faculty development concepts and principles
    • University faculty development setting
    • Rural based
    • Francophone
    • In the first five years of practice

    You can have a role shaping the CFPC’s faculty development directions by sharing your views as a voting member of the FDEC. This is an opportunity (and minimally taxing at that!) for early, mid-career, or more senior faculty seeking to demonstrate a national level presence as part of their university academic profiles.

    The FDEC strives to develop and support faculty development for teachers involved in delivering family medicine education across the education continuum.
     

    Postgraduate Education Committee

    The Postgraduate Education Committee (PGEC) is seeking individuals with a mix of senior and junior family medicine education experience levels who wish to contribute, through the work of the PGEC, to the future of family medicine postgraduate education in Canada.

    We are currently looking for as broad a membership as possible, so we would be keen to hear from you if any of the following apply, based on your current or previous role(s), your passion, and your energy:
    • Site director
    • Curriculum director
    • Assessment director
    • Francophone
    • Anti-oppression/anti-racism teaching
    • Educational scholarship
    • Rural education

    The PGEC guides and supports postgraduate family medicine/enhanced skills programs in the ongoing development, implementation, and critical review of the curriculum and approaches to competency-based assessment to train residents who are competent to enter and adapt to the independent practice of comprehensive family medicine anywhere in Canada. The recent publication of the CFPC’s Outcome of Training Project report makes this a particularly exciting and important time to become part of this committee.


The Section of Teachers community helps to bring together preceptors, teachers, and educational leaders from across Canada to share, collaborate, and support one another. We encourage you to join this community each year, which is as simple as checking off your interest in the SOT in your CFPC membership portal.

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