Welcome to Post MD Education’s 2016-17 Annual Report. The report marks the second year in our new organizational structure which combines all medical education activities after the undergraduate medical degree. As you will see in the report, this has been a year of innovation and renewal.
Medical education is not just a program for building knowledge and skills in its recipients… it is also an experience which creates attitudes and expectations.
Through our staff, faculty and decanal leads, Post MD strives to support the medical education enterprise at the University. In partnership with our affiliated hospitals, our aim is to help faculty members, administrators, and learners achieve their goals in teaching, learning, research, clinical care, and social responsibility.
Continuing Professional Development’s excellent support allows our departments to offer accredited, outcome-based continuing education conferences and programs. CPD activities reach over 40,000 learners annually through its in-person and on-line events, including its award-winning Safer Opioid Prescribing multi-modal program. CPD also promotes cultural competence and health care provider networking through development and promotion of the bi-annual North American Refugee and Indigenous Health conferences. Associate Dean Suzan Schneeweiss also launched an ambitious five-year plan to renew CPD’s academic mission under four priority areas: Leadership, Innovation, Scholarship, and Community.
Under the leadership of Associate Dean Glen Bandiera, postgraduate medical education activities included the dissemination of Best Practices in Assessment and Evaluation and on-line system development, a transitions forum, Global Health programming and conference, the creation of the Postgraduate Administrators Advisory Committee, expansion of the learner experience survey (Voice of the Resident), and faculty development workshops for the implementation of competency-based medical education (CBME). On CBME, you will no doubt enjoy the videos of the two early adopters of the new training structure (Drs. Paola Campisi and Scott Berry) as they outline their “lessons learned”!
Other Post MD innovations include the creation of the Simulation Education Advisory Committee, chaired by Dr. Douglas Campbell which brings together the Faculty’s simulation experts and resources. In addition, a new grant to support Medical Humanities Education and an award to recognize contributions to social justice and health equity in faculty development were established.
I hope this report reflects Post MD’s ongoing commitment not only to excellent medical education, but as Flexner notes, to create in our faculty and learners “…attitudes and expectations” based on a core set of values and the desire to achieve them.
Salvatore M. Spadafora MD FRCPC MHPE
Vice Dean, Post MD Education