Medical education and assessment are in constant evolution, shaped by the changing landscape in which physicians are practising and caring for patients in Canada. This evolution, coupled with the impacts of a global pandemic, has led to the initiation of the Assessment Innovation Task Force (AITF). The group’s 12-month aim is to provide the Medical Council of Canada (MCC) with the insights required to continue to lead and be active participants in conversations about requirements for medical licensing – offering forethought and options to Medical Regulatory Authorities and other stakeholders.
On December 3, 2020, Dr. Kevin Eva, Associate Director and Senior Scientist in the Centre for Health Education Scholarship and Professor and Director of Education Research and Scholarship in the Department of Medicine at the University of British Columbia (UBC), was officially appointed by the MCC Council as the chair of the AITF and work began (read more). This independent group is tasked with:
Now fully formed, the AITF met as a full group for the first time on January 22, 2021, enthusiastic to start their work. The 10 additional members of the Task Force were carefully selected to cover a breadth of expertise and extensive experience in key national and provincial regulatory, education and assessment organizations. They are:
The first six months of the 12-month mandate will be focused on consultation and information gathering; reviewing key documents and the MCC’s strategic plans, commissioning white papers on specific topics, and conducting focus group and individual consultations to learn from trainees, key stakeholders, medical educators, and international authorities in medical licensing. Once the group has assessed the current situation and key issues, they will formulate recommendations and conduct further consultations. Dr. Eva explains: “We are starting with an effort to imagine what could be, our objective being to look at the big picture and carefully determining what the MCC should aim to accomplish before diving into what the particular strategies regarding how to get there are.”
Task Force members have already reached out to over 50 key informants to set up meetings and consultations that will aid in understanding the perspective of thought and assessment leaders within Canada and across the world. These individuals include physicians, educators, assessment specialists, learners and residents. “We have requested position statements from the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC), CMQ, CFPC, FMRAC, the IMG Alliance, RCPSC, and various resident and medical student organizations. If anyone has insights or a perspective they wish to share, we invite them to reach out to their professional organizations, so their messages can be relayed to the Task Force,” says Dr. Eva.
Information on the AITF’s progress will be shared via the MCC communications channels.