Issue No. 7 - Clinical Teachers
November 17, 2015
Clinical teachers are crucial to a quality medical education

"In their own words":   FMEC PG's  Recommendation 7

" Clinical teachers play a decisive role throughout the learners' medical training. During daily teaching and assessment activities, they lead the students to help them master their professional skills, acting as mentors and role models. In an effort to better support them and recognize their huge contribution, the FMEC PG Clinical Teachers Committee, in a spirit of collaboration, focused on identifying mechanisms allowing for the enrichment of their work (particularly at the accreditation level) and the creation of a repository aimed at pooling tools to both facilitate clinical supervision and their progression in their own teaching skills."

- Andrée Boucher
AFMC / University of Montréal

About the FMEC PG Implementation Project

The Future of Medical Education in Canada Postgraduate (FMEC PG) Implementation Project is helping to ensure that medical residents in this country continue to receive the best training possible and are able to meet the changing healthcare needs of Canadians.

The FMEC PG Implementation Project is funded by Health Canada and a consortium of four organizations: The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC), The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), Le Collège des médecins du Québec (CMQ) and The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (The Royal College).
To read about all ten recommendations and their transformative actions, please consult the FMEC PG Collective Vision.

Reflections from Dr. Nick Busing, Project Lead

The importance of the contribution of our clinical teachers to the  education of our residents in all disciplines cannot be emphasized enough. We have committed to decentralizing the training environments for many of our residents in an increasing number of disciplines. This will help us address our social accountability obligations and hopefully improve the distribution of the workforce. But it comes with challenges, not the least of which is to recruit more clinical teachers, and most importantly to provide them with the skills to be effective teachers, mentors, role models and evaluators. We need to work with all our clinical teachers on a daily basis to ensure that they are well-integrated into the learning environment, and are supported in all respects. We want to ensure the equivalency of the quality of the learning experience, be it in a quaternary care center or a rural and remote site. Areas of support have been clearly identified, and they include recognition, governance, resources, faculty engagement, continuing professional development, assessment, non-physician teachers, and role description. It will take the collaborative effort of our PGME Deans, our program directors and our certifying bodies to ensure that we make progress in supporting our clinical teachers.

Dr. Nick Busing led transformative change from 2005-2013 as President and CEO of the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada. Prior to joining AFMC, Dr. Busing spent 20 years at the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Medicine. He is a past president of the CFPC and a past chair of the Canadian Medical Forum.