Resident duty hours, Indigenous health to be among the topics to be explored
CALGARY, Sept. 23, 2013 /CNW/ - If you have visited a hospital or clinic in Canada, there's a good chance you've been seen by a resident; a doctor-in-training practicing medicine under the supervision of a licensed physician. Advancing the education and training of residents is the focus of this year's International Conference on Residency Education (ICRE). Hosted by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, physicians and educators from across Canada will share best-practices and compare notes with colleagues from over 30 countries during the conference, running September 26-28, 2013 in Calgary.
"This meeting is all about how to train the best physicians to serve Canadians. Canada has been consistently pushing for change and new methods in medical education, thanks to the work of clinicians and teaching hospitals across the country," says conference chair, Dr. Jason Frank. "But we know there are innovations happening around the world - and that's why this conference is so important. It's chance for all of us to learn from each other - from the best that's out there."
This year's conference will focus largely on competency-based education, which focuses on learning rather than time; exploring the trends and best-practices of a reality that will soon become a major part of the future of medical education in Canada.
With over 60 workshops and 200 papers and poster sessions presented, ICRE 2013 will provide a unique opportunity to explore the challenges and opportunities associated with resident training and education.
With the theme Educational Outcomes: Inspiring Residents, Improving Care, the 2013 ICRE will feature sessions such as:
World Summit on Outcomes-Based Accreditation in Medicine: The world's first summit dedicated to improving accreditation standards and techniques worldwide.
Indigenous health values and principles; their implications for medical education: this interactive session will help participants understand the key issues affecting the health and healing of many indigenous communities in Canada, and through extension, the disparities and inequities in the quality of health care of other groups under threat.
Towards a Pan-Canadian consensus on resident duty hours: Final report and recommendations This session is designed for those with an interest in the impact of changing resident duty hours on training and patient care. It will provide information on the system- and program-level implications of the directions outlined in the recent report from the National Steering Committee on Resident Duty Hours.
Program Director Survival Stories: a unique plenary panel examining innovative tools and techniques to help program directors thrive in one of medical education's most challenging positions.
International Showcase: featuring innovations, research and techniques from the University of Calgary, U.S.'s Virginia Mason Medical Centre and Chile's Pontificia Universidad Católica.
The ICRE runs from September 26 - 28, 2013 and takes place at the Telus Convention Centre. For more information or to arrange an interview with ICRE chair, Dr. Jason Frank, please contact:
ICRE is the largest conference in the world devoted exclusively to advancing residency education (the post-med school years of training). Launched in 2008, ICRE attracts more than 1,400 physicians, residents and health care leaders from 30 countries to debate and improve how residents are trained. This year's theme is Educational Outcomes: Inspiring Residents, Improving Care. ICRE 2013 will take place September 26-28 at the Telus Convention Centre in Calgary.
About the Royal College
The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada is the national, not-for-profit organization that oversees the medical education of specialists in Canada by setting high standards for postgraduate medical education and continuing professional development. In collaboration with health organizations and government agencies, the Royal College also plays a role in developing sound health policy in Canada.
SOURCE: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
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