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The Accreditation Process

Contrary to what some may think, the accreditation process isn’t limited to a five-day visit to Queen’s by representatives of the RCPSC and the CFPC.  It is in fact the culmination of process that has been underway since the last accreditation visit in 2005.  
After programs are reviewed by their respective colleges, they are provided with an assessment of their strengths and weaknesses. The program must correct any weaknesses before the next accreditation visit and to ensure that this occurs, the Postgraduate Medical Education Office coordinates a comprehensive internal review process.  
Between 2008-2009, all Queen’s residency programs had an internal review conducted by a team comprised of a Queen’s Program Director, a faculty member from another institution, and a current Queen’s resident.  Their reports highlighted the progress made in correcting any program weaknesses since 2005, and provided valuable preparation for the accreditation visits in October.
The teams of surveyors who will actually review our programs during accreditation will be comprised of medical educators drawn from schools across the country.   Our Family Medicine programs will be reviewed by a team while the specialty programs will be reviewed by one reviewer, a specialist in a field other than the one being reviewed.  Reviewers are very knowledgeable about the standards of accreditation and CanMEDS roles. In addition to College representation, there will also be representatives from organizations such as the Canadian Association of Internes and Residents (CAIR) and the Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada (FMRAC).
In advance of the on-site visit, the pre-survey questionnaires submitted by Queen’s will be reviewed.  All faculty and residents here should be sure to review their own program’s PSQ well before accreditation.  The survey teams will then visit Queen’s (in addition to our sites in Belleville, Peterborough, and Oshawa) and examine each program, interviewing program directors and administrators, residents, teaching staff, and residency program committees.  An accreditation status will then be recommended and a written report will be provided, usually six weeks after the visit.  
Accreditation is a lengthy and comprehensive process but the end goal is the assurance that the training you receive at Queen’s is of the highest possible standard.  We welcome your questions and comments about the process at Queen’s so please do not hesitate to contact the Postgraduate Medical Education Office at 613-533-2543 or by email at
  • Be prepared!  It’s very important to read your program’s Pre-Survey Questionnaire (PSQ), which has been prepared and submitted to the College.  Request a copy from the Program Assistant.
  • For detailed information, download a copy of the General Standards of Accreditation at: