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Categories of Accreditation

 

After the completion of the on-site visits by the CFPC and RCPSC survey teams, an accreditation status will be recommended through a written report to Queen’s and the Colleges’ respective accreditation committees.  While the University will have an opportunity to respond to the accuracy of the report, the final decision regarding accreditation status for each program is made by either the CFPC or the RCPSC and there are a variety of accreditation status possibilities:

APPROVAL

This status is granted when a program meets the standards of accreditation and has no major weaknesses that require follow-up by the College.

PROVISIONAL APPROVAL

This status is granted when a program has major weaknesses.  While the program may have many strong components, the weaknesses are serious enough that they will require follow-up by the College, which may require another internal or external review.  The program is then responsible for correcting any weaknesses.

NOTICE OF INTENT TO WITHDRAW ACCREDITATION

This status is granted when identified major and/or continuing weaknesses prevent the program from meeting its accreditation standards.  Another external review must occur within two years of this notice being given, and all residents (both current and incoming) must be informed of the program’s status.

WITHDRAWL OF ACCREDITATION

If a program has been unable to correct its weaknesses during the period of notice as described above, its accreditation is withdrawn immediately.  As no programs at Queen’s have been given Notice of Intent to Withdraw Accreditation, it will not be possible for any of our residency programs to have their accreditation withdrawn in October.

INACTIVE

If a residency program does not have any active residents or fellows enrolled at the time of accreditation, the program will not be reviewed and it will be designated as Inactive.  This status will be granted to the Nephrology program at Queen’s.

 

Do you have questions about accreditation?    If so, please contact the Postgraduate Medical Education Office at 613-533-2543 or by email at pgme@queensu.ca.


REMINDERS: 

  • THE ACCREDITATION VISITS AT QUEEN’S WILL OCCUR FROM OCTOBER 2-6, 2011
  • 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: http://rcpsc.medical.org/residency/accreditation/genstandards_e.pdf