Major changes to Canadian med schools

In response to society’s “evolving needs”


Medical schools across Canada are making drastic changes to their teaching philosophy, according to a 48-page report just released by the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada.

The Future of Medical Education in Canada project outlines 10 recommendations for undergraduate medical education in response to “society’s evolving needs.”

According to a press release from the AFMC, the report is the first comprehensive study of the Canadian system of medical education in the last 100 years.

That’s not to say Canadian medicine hasn’t evolved and improved over the past century. Image-guided and robotic surgery weren’t exactly standard procedure in 1910. But as Dr. Nick Busing, President and CEO of the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada, mentions in the press release:

“This is a watershed moment for medical education in Canada. The recommendations contained in this report are forward-thinking, ambitious, and broad-based; their implementation on a national scale will have a definite impact on how physicians are trained and how care is delivered in this country.”

The recommendations outlined in the report include an emphasis on community medicine, as well as promoting generalism, such as “comprehensive family medicine.” The report also includes five ‘enabling’ recommendations, which are supposed to “facilitate the implementation” of the 10 FMEC recommendations. Dr. James Rourke, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University of Newfoundland, and Chair of the Board of Directors of AFMC, notes that the report has received “unanimous approval” from Canada’s faculties of medicine.

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Major changes to Canadian med schools

  1. society changes. knowledge changes. basic knowledge is important.one must adapt to changing requirments watch for genetic knowledge genetic medicine.
    community medicine will not solve all the problems.

  2. I think the one major improvement that needs to be made in Canadian Medical Schools are the number of seats available making admission almost impossible. As a current medical student it was very hard for me to get into a Canadian medical school so i had to leave Canada. As much as i didn’t want to i was almost left with no choice. Becoming a doctor was my dream and for me to achieve it i had to leave my home, my friends, my family, MY EVERYTHING!


    BUT NOW!!!

  3. Fewer medical seats = fewer doctors = longer wait-times = less health care expenditure for government

    In other words, the governments keep the number of spots as low as possible, because if we had more doctors, people would simply use more health care – and we aren’t willing to pay for it.

    Kudos to Kevin Falcon, BC’s Health Minister for being honest and admitting that we “ration health care” in Canada.

    The doctor shortage is engineered, my friends. And unless you want higher taxes or private payment, it’s always gonna be that way.

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