Message from the Chair - April 2019

Posted on Thursday, April 11, 2019

As we eagerly await Spring, our PGY2 residents are busy preparing for CFPC exams and our colleagues at the TOH are getting ready for a major change to EPIC!  All of this learning is in response to outside needs.  As life-long learners how are we supported and motivated to keep learning?  When we consider motivation for learning, we might categorize this as need-oriented, goal-oriented or learning-oriented.

Do you have a hobby or have you developed a new skill?  What motivates you?  When we think about our practices what do we do when confronted with a new patient problem?  The major resource for many, including our patients, is turning to the internet.  While the internet can be a good source of information, it does not teach us skills such as critical appraisal, team-based care or QI.  How do we enhance our skills?  The recently published report by the Future of Medical Education in Canada Continuing Professional Development (FMEC CPD) Project suggests a new approach to CPD in Supporting Learning And Continuous Practice Improvement For Physicians In Canada: A New Way Forward

We are all busy, and want effective and efficient CPD that produces desired results.  I am encouraged that the project vision aims for the development of a “CPD system that sustains innovation and ongoing quality improvement for the health of Canadians”. The proposal calls for a redesigned system “anchored in the workplace, integrated within care teams, and supported by health systems.”

Our Department has embraced this vision with the introduction of QI projects to the PG program.  We have witnessed the benefits to learners, their practices and (we hope!) to patient experiences.  Our QI leads have developed skills through the IDEAS program from Health Quality Ontario which uses a team-based approach to learning.  To be successful, QI efforts must include the entire health care team.

Finally, as our health system provides us with relevant data to measure our gaps and successes we can continually improve our delivery of care.  Our DFM projects such as OPEN and Dr. Sharon Johnston and team’s project to engage patients and provide relevant feedback to practices are aimed to help us provide better care for our patients.  The DFM is a learning organization.  We model and support our learners with important skills, and develop innovations for life-long learning.  Please mark your calendars for RIO day on June 6, 2019 to witness the successes of our residents as they share their discoveries and innovations.

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