Media Advisory - 2007 Annual Conference - The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada - To Focus on Future of Canada's Medical Specialists

    September 27th - 29th, 2007, Winnipeg Convention Centre

    WINNIPEG, Sept. 24 /CNW Telbec/ - The Royal College of Physicians and
Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) will hold their annual meeting in Winnipeg with a
key focus of discussion centered on the future role of Canada's medical
specialists and generalists in an effort to determine the skills that will be
required as medical knowledge continues to grow exponentially, and as the
population ages.
    Discussion topics include: the seven essential skill sets required today
by a medical graduate before the College will certify the individual as a
specialist; the 14 new emerging fields of medical sub-specialties and their
importance in helping to reduce mortality and increase patient safety; and the
crossroads Canada is at in the future of its health system with the rapid
development in health care and information technology, the theme of this
year's conference.

    Highlights include the following presentations:

    Thursday, September 27

    -   Boomers and Millenials
    Dr. Derek Puddester
    University of Ottawa
    An analysis on the difference in work practices between older and younger
    generations of physicians.

    -   Henry Friesen Lecture and Award
    The Past and the Future of Neurogenetics
    Dr. Guy Rouleau, Université de Montréal

    Friday, September 28

    -   'Crossroads' Plenary Session
    With President of the RCPSC, Dr. Louise Samson
    Honourable Theresa Oswald, Minister of Health, Manitoba
    Dr. Andrew Padmos, CEO, RCPSC
    Dr. Joe MacInnis, Royal College Lecturer

    -   Challenges of Surgical Specialties: Beyond Corporatism
    Should private surgical clinics be allowed?

    -   Ensuring there are enough medical specialists in the future
    Two panel discussions on Health Human Resources (HHR) (10:30 -12:30, and
    1400 - 1700). Speakers include Dr. Hugh Scully; Dr. Joshua Tepper,
    assistant deputy minister, health human resources, Ontario Ministry of
    Health and Long-term Care; Rory Beck, Deputy Minister of Health, PEI; and
    Linda Silas, President, Canadian Federation of Nurses' Unions.

    Saturday, September 29

    -   Beyond Headlines: De-coding the Public-Private Debate for Canadian
    Roy McMurtry, University of Western Ontario and Dr. Tom Noseworthy,
    University of Calgary

    -   The Future of Post-graduate Medical Education: Flexibility and
        Switching Careers in Medicine

    It is virtually impossible to change specialty choices in the middle of a
 training program in Canada or to re-enter a post-graduate training program if
a physician decides s/he wants to do something different. Moderator:
Dr. George Elleker; Panelists: Dr. Anne-Marie MacLellan, Dr. Ira Ripstein ;
Dr. Jerry Maniate; Dr. Jim Wilson.

    The RCPSC plays a leadership role in ensuring quality postgraduate
medical education so that future medical specialists are competent and
equipped to meet the health needs of society. As the voice of over 40,000
medical specialists and residents, the Royal College contributes to shaping
key issues in specialty medicine and health care by engaging governments,
partners and stakeholders in dialogues on patient safety, timely access to
care, physician health and well-being, and health human resources.
    News releases will be issued regularly, in advance of each day, with more
detail on the topics at hand, the speakers, and the key issues. Accredited
media are asked to sign in at the RCPSC media room at the Winnipeg Convention

For further information:

For further information: and full details on the program , visit, or please contact: Karen McCarthy, cell (613)
668-6465,; Kathryn Hendrick, (416) 233-3023, cell (416)
277-6281,; Barbara Czech, (204) 832-3578,; On site Media Room: Executive Conference Centre, (204)
957-4364, (204) 957-4388

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