Queen's University

Proposed changes in medical education


Lewis Tomalty, Vice-Dean of Medical Education at Queen’s University, is available to discuss a new comprehensive study of the Canadian medical education system done by the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) and approved by all of Canada’s Deans of Medicine.
The report, set to be released January 28, contains 15 recommendations that form a collective vision that sets out a truly transformative agenda for change in Canadian medical education that will address many of the challenges facing our healthcare system.
“This is a significant report that will help to define the approach to medical education in Canada in terms of training our future physicians,” says Dr. Tomalty. “It speaks to social accountability as a core value in training medical practitioners in Canada.”
The report includes recommendations pertaining to who is admitted to medical school, where and how they are taught and evaluated, the need to increase the number of generalists in Canada, including family physicians, and the need to train physicians to work as members of inter-professional teams.
Dr. Tomalty has long been involved in medical education through development, innovation and exploration of medical education technology.
EMBARGO: The project report, including executive summary, will be made available at 8 am on January 28, and is under embargo until 1 pm. To receive a copy, please email Irving Gold at igold@afmc.ca.
To arrange an interview, please contact Kristyn Wallace at (613)533-6000 ext 79173 kristyn.wallace@queensu.ca or Michael Onesi at (613)533-6000 ext 77513 michael.onesi@queensu.ca, News and Media Services, Queen’s University.

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