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Accreditation

The on-site survey in 2020

We have confirmed that the postgrad accreditation visit will take place virtually from Sunday, November 22, 2020 to Friday December 4, 2020 this fall.  The visit was originally planned for the last week of November, but in order to accommodate the online format we have added a second week to conduct the reviews.

During the on-site review, all of the University of Toronto residency training programs and areas of focused competence (AFC) programs will be reviewed and held to the new accreditation standards. The PGME accreditation team is working with programs on completing the new Accreditation Questionnaire (AQ) and uploading each program’s final content into the new online accreditation management system (AMS).

If you have any questions about accreditation, please contact our accreditation team at pgmecoordinator@utoronto.ca or call 416-946-8456 for assistance.

To keep informed about accreditation updates and preparations for the 2020 on-site review, please see our recent newsletters for upcoming workshop details and plans.

Preparing for the On-Site Visit – Workshop Information

Workshop A: Preparing for the Accreditation Visit

Audience: Program Directors and Program Administrators
Description: This workshop is designed to prepare programs for the virtual RCPSC and CFPC Accreditation visit in Nov 2020. This will include how to prepare your documents for an on-line review as well as how to prepare your faculty and residents for the virtual review. Use of the virtual platform will be discussed as well as other logistics of the review.
Capacity: This session will be capped at approximately 40 participants. If you receive a denial notice to join this session it means the session is at capacity and you will need to register for an alternate date offering.

This session will now be offered five times – please click on the date listed below to register:

FULL – 1st offering – Tuesday, September 15th – 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
NEWLY ADDED – Friday, September 18th – 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
2nd offering – Tuesday, September 22nd – 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
3rd offering – Tuesday, September 29th – 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
4th offering – Tuesday, October 6th – 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Workshop B: Meeting with the Survey Team

Audience: Program and Site Administrators
Description: This workshop is designed to prepare Program and Site Administrators for the virtual RCPSC and CFPC Accreditation visit in Nov 2020. This will include how to prepare for the 15 minute meeting with the Survey Team and will review what questions are likely to be asked.
Capacity: This session will be capped at approximately 15 participants. If you receive a denial notice to join this session it means the session is at capacity and you will need to register for an alternate date offering.

This session will now be offered eight times – please click on the date listed below to register:

FULL – 1st offering – Tuesday, October 13th – 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
FULL – 2nd offering – Friday, October 23rd – 8:30 am to 10:00 am
FULL – 3rd offering – Wednesday, October 28th – 8:30 am to 10:00 am
NEWLY ADDED – Friday, October 16th – 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
NEWLY ADDED – Friday, October 16th – 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
NEWLY ADDED – Tuesday, October 20th – 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
NEWLY ADDED – Tuesday, October 20th – 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
4th offering – Thursday, October 29th – 8:30 am to 10:00 am

If you have any questions about these sessions, please reach out to pgme.events@utoronto.ca.

Pre-Accreditation Meetings

Pre-accreditation meetings are being held virtually with PG stakeholders and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the College of Family Physicians of Canada.  All meetings are being recorded so that those who are unable to attend can review the meeting content at a later date.  Please see below for meeting resources.

Royal College Program Director Meeting – Friday, July 24, 2020
Recording
Meeting Presentation

Royal College Program Administrator Meeting – Friday, July 24, 2020
Meeting Recording
Meeting Presentation

Royal College AFC Program Meeting – Friday, July 24, 2020
Meeting Recording
Meeting Presentation

Family Medicine Stakeholder Meeting – August 11, 2020
Meeting Recording
Meeting Presentation

Conjoint Chief Resident Meeting – September 24, 2020
Recording will be available following the meeting

Royal College Department Chairs and Division Head Meeting – September 24, 2020
Recording will be available following the meeting

New Accreditation Standards

The Canadian Residency Accreditation Consortium (CanRAC: a partnership of the Royal College, the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Collège des Médecins du Québec) released new accreditation standards for both Institutions and Programs.

General Standards of Accreditation for Residency Programs
Standards for Accreditation for Residency Programs in Family Medicine (“Red Book”)
General Standards of Accreditation for Institutions with Residency Programs

These new accreditation standards come into effect July 1, 2019 and are applicable to all residency training programs accredited by the Royal College and College of Family Physicians (CFPC). All University of Toronto, residency training programs will be held to the new standards at the next on-site accreditation survey, scheduled to take place in the Fall of 2020.

The Accreditation Management System (AMS)

CanRAC has built a new online Accreditation Management System (AMS) to help facilitate the process for surveyors to review documents in preparation for an on-site survey. The system will be fully in place in time for the University of Toronto on-site survey in November 2020.

In preparation for 2020 Accreditation, the PGME office will upload all required documents for each program into the new online AMS.

Transitioning to Competence By Design (CBD)

Programs will be in various stages of Competence By Design planning and implementation at the time of the 2020 on-site survey. This will add complexity to program documents if they have dual streams of trainees (i.e. junior residents in CBD, and senior residents in the traditional time based system). PGME will continue to work with programs on a case by case basis to ensure that the documentation provided for your accreditation visit reflects the status of your program.

For additional information on the continued roll out of Competence By Design at the University of Toronto, please visit the CBD website.

Institutional Review Process

A new institutional review process will be in place for the on-site accreditation survey in 2020. The PGME Office will be reviewed against, and held to, the General Standards of Accreditation for Institutions with Residency Programs. We will continue to post updated information on our website as it is made available.

Areas of Focused Competence (AFC) Programs

The Areas of Focused Competence (AFC) Diploma Programs are a new category of program accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. In addition to residency training programs, all AFC programs will be reviewed during the accreditation on-site survey in Fall 2020.

For additional information related to AFC programs, please visit the AFC website.

ITERs and Goals & Objectives

If you would like to update, revise or create new ITERs and Goals & Objectives documents for your program, please contact pgassessment@utoronto.ca for assistance. We will arrange for an Orientation Meeting for your program to go over the PGME Minimum Guidelines, review your documents and answer any questions you may have. We will work closely with your program to finalize your files and have them uploaded to POWER. Please see below for a number of sample documents to assist you in this process:

 

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