Media advisory - International medical experts gather in Vancouver to advance doctor training and improve patient care

VANCOUVER, Oct. 22, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - On the heels of this week's transformative federal election, more than 1,500 doctors, medical educators, researchers and policy makers from around the world will gather in Vancouver from October 22-24, during the 8th  International Conference on Residency Education (ICRE), to explore ways to enhance doctor training and improve the future of healthcare for all Canadians.

An annual medical education forum put on by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, ICRE is the world's largest conference devoted exclusively to advancing residency education; the intensive time period after medical school during which doctors complete their medical and surgical training.

The theme of this year's conference, Residency Rediscovered: Transforming Training for Modern Care will reflect the dynamic changes that medical education and healthcare are currently undergoing, from the use of cutting-edge technology to the shift towards a competency-based model for doctor training.  

"A competency-based approach to medical education will help physicians better respond to changes in technology, medical procedures and treatment options, said Dr. Jason Frank, chair of ICRE and director of specialty education at the Royal College.

"ICRE is essentially a giant conversation about how to make better doctors and provide enhanced patient care. At the crux of all these new developments and strategies for improving teaching and training in residency education is a focus on how to better serve our patients."

ICRE's three days of workshops, presentations, and interactive demonstrations will explore a variety of medical education hot topics, including patient safety, physician health and wellness, innovative technologies, health policy, and more.

Conference highlights include the official global launch of the CanMEDS 2015 Framework – the next-generation educational framework which helps ensure all Canadian specialist physicians have the necessary skills to provide the best possible patient care –   and the thought-provoking presentation "If we improved graduate medical education, how would we know?" by Dr. David Asch, executive director of the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation.

The complete ICRE program is available at


SOURCE Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

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For further information: Sandy Shearman, Manager, Communications, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, 613-614-3740,; MJ Deschamps, Marketing and Communications Specialist, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, 905-359-7072,


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