Queen’s changing medical education to value skill competency over placement time

January 20, 2016

As of July 2017, Queen’s University will require all incoming medical residents to start their training in a competency-based training system, rather than a time-based one. The change stems from the recommendations made by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, which suggested transitioning to a system where residents progress through their education by demonstrating competency in their field. The new system will include increased feedback for residents through smaller tests and skill evaluations. “We can’t assume the residents are learning by osmosis,” explains Richard Reznick, Dean of the Queen's Faculty of Health Sciences and Director of the School of Medicine. “We have to be much more explicit in making sure they are meeting competencies.” Queen's | Globe and Mail