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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 reviewed our programs during accreditation (March 4-9, 2018) were comprised of medical educators drawn from schools across the country. Our Family Medicine programs were reviewed by a team while the specialty programs were 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.

The survey teams visited Queen’s (in addition to our sites in Belleville, Peterborough, and Oshawa) and examined each program, interviewing program directors and administrators, residents, teaching staff, and residency program committees. An accreditation status was recommended for each program, and a summary of those recommendations are available in our PGME Annual Report.

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