What do Patient Safety, Quality Improvement and Resource Stewardship Have in Common?

By: Brian M. Wong (@Brian_M_Wong)

  1. They have been explicitly integrated into the revised CanMEDS 2015 Physician Competency Framework
  2. Medical educators are looking for practical solutions to ensure these distinct concepts are adequately and effectively integrated into the curriculum
  3. These domains are explored in-depth at a new
    4-day ASPIRE faculty development workshop (Accredited MOC Workshop)
    in Ottawa on May 10-13, 2016

As part of the roll out of the newly revised CanMEDS competencies and milestones, many medical educators are starting to tackle how to integrate teaching and assessment activities in the areas of patient safety, quality improvement and resource stewardship.  The roll out of the revised CanMEDS competencies will occur over several years; however, all specialities are expected to start teaching and assessing these three areas starting in July 2016.

Is your institution/program ready?

The Royal College, the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) and Choosing Wisely Canada have partnered to offer an updated ASPIRE program, which will provide timely/practical tools and support to medical educators and faculty.


 Top 5 reasons why to attend the ASPIRE workshop:

  1. You will exchange ideas with other participants
    The course capitalizes on interactive approaches to learning and allows participants to learn with and from one another. You will interact with 4-5 other participants and a course faculty member at the beginning and end of every day during “home group” sessions, and get their input on your curriculum plan.
  1. You will learn from expert faculty
    Our faculty line-up includes a patient, a resident, a Royal College clinician educator, a former postgraduate dean, a hospital chief of quality, a coroner, and a past Harkness fellow, to name a few. The diversity of perspectives and approaches to teaching and learning about patient safety, quality improvement and resource stewardship is one of the huge strengths of the ASPIRE program.
  1. You will go home with a completed curriculum plan
    ASPIRE prepares you by providing concrete approaches to teach others about core patient safety, quality improvement and resource stewardship topics. Even better, you will create a curriculum plan so that you can go home and introduce teaching and learning about these topics at your institution or in your program.
  1. You will be an asset to your program/institution
    All Canadian training programs recognize the need to find concrete ways to introduce patient safety, quality improvement and resource stewardship teaching and learning in their local settings. Many struggle with this because there are few educators who can actually lead the charge. ASPIRE participants will immediately become the ‘go-to’ person to lead patient safety, quality improvement and/or resource stewardship training at their institutions or in their programs.
  1. You will help make patient care better
    ASPIRE participants will become educational leaders who will advance local training to ensure that future physicians emerge with the necessary patient safety, quality improvement and resources stewardship competencies to deliver high quality, safe, and patient-centered care.

For more information and to register, contact aspire@royalcollege.ca or visit the ASPIRE website.