The Medical Council of Canada (MCC) recently welcomed several new faces at its leadership table and is taking on the new year with renewed momentum and an appetite for change.
Dr. Viren Naik, who took the helm as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on January 1, 2024, is joined by two new executives, Ms. Deepa Turner, Director, Repository and Registration Centre, and Dr. Maxim Morin, Director, Assessment.
Along with its Council, the leadership team, who welcomed these new peers, is committed to working to respond to the changing needs of candidates and licensure requirements in Canada and to continuing its role in ensuring safe patient care through the assessment of students and physicians and enhanced management of physician data.
As announced in August, Dr. Viren Naik, brings a wealth of experience to his new role as CEO. The importance he places on collaboration and innovation will be instrumental in guiding the MCC.
“It is my honor and privilege to serve the MCC, supporting its role within the system of assessment alongside partner organizations, and contributing to the certification and licensure required to practise in Canada. We will work with others to modernize our approaches to support licensure and inform health human resource planning, with an overarching goal of improving safe access to care for patients in Canada,” said Dr. Naik.
On January 1, Ms. Deepa Turner, assumed the Director of the RRC role, bringing her expertise to a key aspect of MCC’s operations. Building on her track record of success, Ms. Turner plans to enhance the candidate focus and efficiency of the services offered by the RRC.
Ms. Turner expressed her enthusiasm for her new role, stating, “I am excited to be a part of MCC’s mission to support Canadian and international medical students and graduates on their route to licensure. The RRC plays a vital role, and I am committed to ensuring its effective operation.”
With a background in assessment design and implementation at the MCC, Maxim Morin’s promotion to Director, Assessment will allow him to lead the planned evolution of MCC’s assessments. Dr. Morin’s experience in psychometrics will serve to maintain the rigor and relevance of MCC’s assessments.
Dr. Morin expressed, “I am honored to be entrusted with the responsibility of overseeing assessments at MCC. I look forward to working with our talented team and our partner organizations to provide programs of assessments adapted to the standards expected by both the healthcare and regulatory communities.”
These recent appointments reflect MCC’s desire to support candidates and physicians on their path to licensure and beyond.