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Committee on Examinations - Family Medicine

Who we are

The Committee on Examinations – Family Medicine is made up of experienced and certified family medicine physicians who develop content for the Certification Examination in Family Medicine. This group of volunteers meets four times a year to develop five Simulated Office Orals (SOOs) and Short Answer Management Problems (SAMPs) for the written component.

Chair

Dr. Lisa Graves, Ancaster, Ontario

Members

Dr. Marlow Anduze, Montreal, Quebec

Dr. John Chmelicek, Edmonton, Alberta 

Dr. Doug Dalton, Montreal, Quebec

Dr. Shumona De, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Dr. Pauline Desrosiers, Montreal, Quebec

Dr. Aaron Digby, Fredericton, New Brunswick

Dr. Loredana Di Santo, Maple, Ontario

Dr. Manon Dubois, Montreal, Quebec

Dr. Michael Evans, Toronto, Ontario

Dr. Marie-Claude Gagnon, Ottawa, Ontario

Dr. Jacob Jung, Calgary, Alberta

Dr. Kathy Lawrence, Regina, Saskatchewan

Dr. Isabelle Leblanc, Montreal, Quebec

Dr. Nirvair Levitt, Vancouver, British Columbia

Dr. Susan MacDonald, Paradise, Newfoundland

Dr. Andries Muller, Warman, Saskatchewan

Dr. Ginette Poulin, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Dr. Andrew Rossiter, Mount Pearl, Newfoundland

Dr. Kevin Shi, Vancouver, British Columbia

Dr. Lina Shoppoff, Ottawa, Ontario

Dr. Richard Tatham, Penticton, British Columbia

Consultants 

Dr. Carlos Brailovsky, Québec, Quebec

Dr. Judy Belle Brown, London, Ontario

Annabelle Torsein, Toronto, Ontario

Coordinators

Manager, Operations and Administration Certification and Assessment

Exam Production Coordinator

Test Development Coordinator

What we do

Short Answer Management Problems (SAMPS)

The Committee on Examinations – Family Medicine develops Short Answer Management Problems (SAMPs) for the written examination which are designed to test a candidate’s recall of factual knowledge and problem-solving abilities related to health problems, management of health problems, and critical appraisal.

Simulated Office Orals (SOOs)

The Committee also develops five simulated office orals (SOOs), each 15 minutes in length, for the oral examination.

SOOs are designed to duplicate, insofar as possible, the actual “setting” in which the family physician conducts a practice. Family physicians are trained to role-play patients with specific complaints. The physician playing the role of the patient notes how the candidate manages the case and will score the candidate according to predefined criteria.

This examination will assess both the definition and management of health problems. The scoring system focuses on the candidate's approach to dealing with patients—including their ability to understand the patient’s unique experience and to establish a positive doctor-patient relationship.

Getting the “right diagnosis” plays only a minor role in the scoring. There are no hidden agendas.

The College of Family Physicians of Canada believes that physicians who use a patient-centered approach best meet their patients’ needs. The patient-centered clinical method is explained in detail in the book, Patient-Centered Medicine: Transforming the Clinical Method.*

*Stewart M, Brown JB, Weston W, McWhinney I, McWilliam C, Freeman T, eds. Patient-Centered Medicine: Transforming the Clinical Method. 3rd ed.   London: Radcliffe Publishing; 2014.

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