Competency Based Medical Education

Postgraduate medical education in Canada is undergoing significant educational reform in response to societal and patient needs. Specifically, residency training programs must transform their teaching and assessment practices to a model of competency-based medical education (CBME). Family Medicine took the lead nationally a few years ago by transforming their residency training to a CBME approach called the Triple C Curriculum. More recently, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada established a CBME approach called Competence by Design (CBD) with the aim to transform Royal College specialty training in all programs across Canada by 2022.

Enhancing residency education at McGill University is an important priority. This is demonstrated through numerous initiatives with, and ongoing support for, program directors, clinician-teachers, residents, and administrative personnel in order to implement best practices in the smooth transition to CBME.

The following sections highlight the various strategies and approaches underway at McGill in the implementation of CBME, including governance, faculty development initiatives, and helpful tools and resources to assist in the renewal of curricular and assessment practices.


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