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Chair's Column

Competence by Design: A Threat or an Opportunity?

There is a lot happening right now in the academic medicine environment, not least of which is the impending formal implementation of the new Competency by Design (CBD) framework for our residents. In case you haven’t heard, CBD is the Royal College’s initiative to, “improve physician training and lifelong learning,” to, “transition specialist medical education from a traditional time-based model to a hybrid form of competency-based medical education (CBME).” “CBD focuses on outcomes – organizes physician training around desired outcomes and looks at the needed competencies.” Read more.

Vice-Chair's Column

The Clinician in Quality and Innovation

The department's 39 CQI faculty include six associate professors, 28 assistant professors, and five lecturers. Ten of these faculty members have undergone Continuing Faculty Appointment Review (CFAR) with a 100% pass rate. Four faculty members have gone forward for promotion – also with a 100% success rate. Yes, the 95% confidence for 4/4 is wide. Nevertheless, the success rate for both promotion and CFAR is something to celebrate. A new academic position description might well have stumbled more often coming out of the blocks. Read more.  Read more.

Editorials & Opinions

An Ethics Review Process for Quality Improvement Projects

Quality improvement (QI) initiatives are integral to enhancing patient experience and safety, improving outcomes and reducing costs. It has been said that evidence based medicine focuses on, “doing the right things;” while QI focuses on, “doing things right.” Scholarly QI work is often encumbered by Research Ethics Board Processes that are prohibitively long and onerous. Read more.

Announcements & Events

Appointments & Awards

Appointments & Awards: September 2016

New Faculty, New Faces

Welcome the Department's new recruits

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