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All residency programs at Queen’s University are accredited, either by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) or the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC). The accreditation process ensures that our residency programs meet the highest possible standards and that our resident physicians, upon completion of their programs, will be able to provide outstanding care to the people of Canada.

Through a rigorous and detailed examination of our residency programs, accreditation assures residents that they will ultimately be prepared to sit their CFPC and RCPSC examinations and that they will have been assisted in acquiring the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for practice.

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 advance of the on-site visit (March 4-9, 2018), 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