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CBME at Queen's University - An Overview

An Introduction to Competency-Based Medical Education

The Benefits of CBME

Assessment in the new comptence-based curriculum at Queen's University

"All the evidence points to using a competency-based approach as the fundamental and logical next step in medical education" Read more »

Damon Dagnone, CBME Lead at Queen’s University

The Benefits of CBME

The shift to a competency-based system at Queen’s, and indeed across the rest of Canada, is being undertaken primarily for one reason. It will help the next generation of learners become better physicians. Specifically, a competency-based curriculum will provide a better educational experience to residents in many different ways.

 

Individualized Learning

All residents will receive more supervision, assessment, and mentorship from faculty supervisors and dedicated academic advisors, who will ensure that competencies are being met for each stage. Residents and their advisors will have the opportunity to identify areas of strengths and weaknesses at regular intervals and be able to develop individualized learning plans.

Increased Flexibility

Residents who have been able to demonstrate competency at an accelerated pace may pursue additional opportunities for enrichment. Instead of finishing their program earlier than others, these residents will have more time available in areas such as electives and research.

Innovative Assessments

A new assessment system has been designed specifically at Queen’s for our residents. It features personalized electronic portfolios, competency-based assessment tools, and increased frequency of assessment by physicians, allied health professionals, and patients.

Preparedness for Practice

It is anticipated that residents will sit their RCPSC examinations six months to one year earlier than usual, allowing them greater time in the final phase of their program to work more independently in preparation for practice.

What's an Entrustable Professional Activity?

Learn more about Entrustable Professional Activities from Dr. Jena Hall at Queen's University.

Dr. Jena Hall
Resident, Obstetrics and Gynaecology