Re-imagining Education – Post MD Education Annual Report

Vice Dean Salvatore Spadafora and Associate Deans Glen Bandiera and Suzan Schneeweiss

Post MD Education’s 2018-2019 Annual Report highlights activities of the past year that are preparing our learners in Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to practice medicine in the second half of this century. Having a vision of what that might include requires not only imagination, but wisdom and a situational awareness of where we are headed in terms of care and our system of care.


E-Learning modules provide flexible learning options

Screenshot on laptop showing Relations with Industry e-Learning Module

Technology enhanced learning (TEL) is flexible, engaging and can involve busy clinicians across multiple sites. CPD has been involved in the development of synchronous, asynchronous and blended programs including the Relations with Industry module and the Opioid Clinical Primer Program while PGME has been developing the current iteration of PGCorEd, a series of self-directed multimedia web-based learning modules covering foundational topics based on the CanMEDS 2015 Physician Competency Framework.

Faculty Development

Building Faculty Capacity across Post MD

Photograph showing doctor speaking casually to room of people

Post MD had been engaged in Faculty Development (FD) at the postgraduate and continuing professional development levels. At PGME, efforts to develop collaborative, innovative and simplified approaches to FD are being used to help implement competency based education (CBE) across residency programs. CPD has been working with FMEC-CPD to develop key recommendations for addressing the knowledge and skills needed for CPD providers and developers and continues to offer specialized training.

residents matched across all programs


Wellness across the continuum: Expanding our reach

PGME is taking active steps to develop a health and well-being community of practice. The Postgraduate Wellness Office was renamed to reflect its new mandate to serve both residents and clinical fellows at the University of Toronto. This will help to expand wellness throughout the continuum. PGME is also working closely with the MD Program to develop key approaches and principles to guide the support of and response to learners.

Visiting Electives 2018-2019


Increasing our national and international footprint

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Partnerships over the past year have helped Post MD to increase its national and international footprint. CPD’s Safer Opioid Program is being offered across Canada in partnership with Saegis and PGME partnered with the MD Program and the School of Graduate Studies as part of a delegation that visited partners and potential partners in the Middle East.


Scholarship and Research across Post MD

Post MD Education had much to celebrate in research, scholarship, teaching, and innovation. Over the past year, CPD scholarship and research included 49 papers, 48 presentations and 13 grants. Scholarship and research for PGME included 21 workshops/presentations, 7 posters and 27 research awards.

CPD Fact
Total learners at CPD in 386 programs and conferences

Continuing Professional Development: Leadership

Celebrating Excellence in CPD

Photograph of Dr. Suzan Schneeweiss in Front of Poster at CACME Conference

The Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education (SACME) promotes the highest value in patient care and health of the public through the scholarship of continuing medical and interprofessional education. At the annual conference, faculty and staff connected to CPD led presentations and workshops on scholarship in CPD, evaluating programs and streamlining processes. A number of faculty received award for excellence in research and scholarship.

Continuing Professional Development: Community

Strengthening our Understanding of Refugee and Indigenous Issues

Bob Rae Speaking to the Indigenous Health Conference in 2019

The North American Refugee Health conference marked its 10th anniversary this year. Over the years, the conference has grown to become one of the largest global refugee health conferences attracting close to 700 participants. This conference runs every other year and alternates with the Indigenous Health Conference (IHC). IHC received support from Indigenous Services Canada and Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs to build a Content Library earlier this year.

Continuing Professional Development: Innovation

Supporting faculty in CPD Program Development

Cadmium Process Chart

The requests for educational consulting have doubled since 2014. Recognizing the impact that this service has had in streamlining the accreditation process and supporting the quality of programs, CPD now offers educational consulting for all new program directors and conference chairs. Additional resources for assessing learning needs and for Scientific Planning Committees have also been developed.

Total 2018-2019 PGYs and Fellows in all Departments

Post Graduate Medical Education: Leadership

Bolstering the Leadership Toolkit of Postgraduate Medical Trainees

Team brainstorming at meeting table

PGME has launched a PG Leadership Certificate Program. The certificate is an immersive longitudinal program designed to equip select postgraduate trainees with the knowledge and skills needed to contribute to local and systems level improvements in the delivery of health care. In the current complex health care environment, these skills are required to optimize healthcare delivery for individual patients and society as a whole.

of 2019 Matched IMG’s completed MD training in 2018-2019

Post Graduate Medical Education: Community

Residency Programs: Standard and Selection Improvements

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PGME program directors, program administrators and education leads have been working to familiarize themselves with the new General Standards of Accreditation for Residency Programs. These standards have helped programs to identify areas for change and improvement. In addition to this, recommendations from a recent report, Best Practices in Application and Selection, will also be implemented across all residency program selection committees.

reach of Resident Matching

Post Graduate Medical Education: Innovation

Elentra facilitates adoption of CBME

Elentra, a user-friendly and efficient IT system, has been implemented to facilitate the adoption of CBME across residency programs. The platform was originally created by a consortium of North American medical schools and designed to support Royal College residency programs in their transition to Competence by Design (CBD). PGME has worked to improve the platform to support its 23 residency programs.