Media Advisory - Innovations in Residency Education and Physician Health:
Second International Conference on Residency Education

VICTORIA, Sept. 22 /CNW Telbec/ - Simulation training for Canadian physicians represents the leading edge in medical education. This is just one of several topics being explored by physician educators at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada's Second International Conference on Residency Education from September 24 - 26 in Victoria, B.C.

    
    WHERE:    Victoria Conference Center
              720 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC V8W 3M7

    WHY:      This innovation-based conference is the only forum in the world
              dedicated to postgraduate medical education. It is designed to
              inspire new ideas about how we train specialists to work in an
              increasingly challenging and complex environment.

    WHEN:     Thursday, September 24, 2009 - Saturday, September 26, 2009

    The conference will have over 65 workshops, posters, paper and plenary
    sessions, and will feature:

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    Thursday, September 24, 2009
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    What:     Simulation Summit featuring Dr. Amitai Ziv, Founder and
              Director, MSR - the Israel Center for Medical Simulation

    When:     7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (Pacific Daylight Time)

    Why:      Medical simulation is leading-edge technology that allows
              residents to experience scenarios and develop their assessment,
              reactive and technical abilities in a safe environment.

              Dr Ziv is a world renowned expert in the field of medical
              simulation and has been invited to give keynote talks at
              multiple medical conferences worldwide, as well as Grand Rounds
              at leading medical institutions including Mayo Clinic, McGill
              University, Hospital for Sick Kids in Toronto, Foundation for
              Medical Education in Japan and Albert Einstein Medical Center
              in Sao Paolo Brazil. He is also the recipient of national and
              international awards including The 2007 Charles Bronfman Award
              for Humanitarian Action and The 2007 Michener Honorary Diploma
              of Health Science Award for leadership and commitment to the
              Applied health sciences.

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    Saturday, September 26, 2009
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    What:     Launch of the CanMEDS Physician Health Guide: A Practical
              Handbook for Physician Health and Well-being with one of the
              editors, Dr. Derek Puddester

    When:     1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. (PDT)

    Why:      A physician's health affects the quality and efficiency of
              health care delivery.
              -  46 per cent of Canadian physicians are in an advanced stage
                 of burnout, (CMA 2007)
              -  77 per cent feel that they do not have enough time to get
                 everything done (Lamaire and Wallace 2008), and
              -  Only 47 per cent report that they have a balanced life.
                 (Lamaire and Wallace 2008)
              A first of its kind in Canada, this guide is a practical tool
              kit to help educators, learners and physicians better
              understand the broad meaning of "physician health" and to
              discover practical strategies to promote professional health
              and how to apply those strategies to their daily lives.

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    What:     Donald Wilson Award presented by Dr. Donald Wilson

    When:     6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. (PDT)

    Why:      This prestigious award will be presented by Dr. Donald Wilson
              himself, a former Royal College president after whom this award
              is named. He will be presenting it during the Clinician
              Educator Working dinner to a program director who has
              demonstrated a commitment to enhancing residency education as
              evidenced by innovation and impact beyond his or her program.

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About the Innovation in Residency Education Conference:

The Royal College's International Conference on Residency Education (ICRE) is the only forum in the world dedicated to postgraduate medical education (PGME). International participation has doubled at this year's conference, which brings together the movers and shakers in PGME - clinician educators, program administrators, program directors and faculty members - to explore this year's theme Innovations in Residency Education. To find out more, please visit: http://rcpsc.medical.org/meetings/index.php.

About the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada:

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada is the national professional society for specialty medicine in Canada. We are more than 42,000 specialists dedicated to setting the highest standards in postgraduate medical education, including lifelong learning, and to promoting sound health policy. To find out more, please visit: www.royalcollege.ca.

SOURCE Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

For further information: For further information: Kelly Goulet-Lewis, Consultant, Blueprint Public Relations, Tel: (613) 237-7400 x22, Cell: (613) 769-3411, kelly@blueprintpr.ca; Néomie Duval, Account Coordinator, Blueprint Public Relations, Tel: (613) 237-7400 32, Cell: (613) 219-6522, neomie@blueprintpr.ca

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