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Royal College approves adoption of CBME

Published Tue Jan 19th 2016

Queen’s University will be the first institution in Canada to adopt competency-based training for all its medical residents, education that emphasizes the skills residents gain rather than the time they spend doing hospital rotations.

Residents starting in 2017 will be educated through a model that many other countries are also embracing, the university will announce on Tuesday. Competency-based medical education (CBME) allows residents – graduates of medical school who must work in a clinical setting before becoming family doctors or specialists – to finish the training at their own pace.

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada recommended adopting competency-based medical education (CBME) several years ago. Schools and teaching hospitals across the country are shifting their curriculum, specialty by specialty.

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