The Office of the Vice Dean Medical Education was created as of July 2020 to ensure appropriate resources, alignment and integration of priorities to support the continuum of medical education from MD Program to Postgraduate Medical Education to Continuing Professional Development. The activities of the Postgraduate Medical Education and Continuing Professional Development sectors of the portfolio are summarized below.
Dr. Patricia Houston, MD, MEd, FRCPC
Vice Dean, Medical Education
Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
Temerty Faculty of Medicine
University of Toronto
Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME), administered by Associate Dean Glen Bandiera oversees training in 75 residency programs accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or the College of Family Physicians of Canada in 31 affiliated training sites. PGME committees and activities to support accredited training include the Internal Review Committee, Best Practices on Admission and Selection, the POWER Steering Committee, Quotas Allocation committee for the CaRMS selection process, an on-line repository of teaching resources in PGMExchange, and the mandatory PGCorEd e-learning modules for teaching the CanMEDS roles. The Resident Wellness Office supports our learners in optimizing their clinical performance and personal well-being and the PGME Global Health Education Initiative certificate program allows residents to learn how expressions of health and illness are impacted by underlying determinants to affect world populations.Visit PGME
Continuing Professional Development (CPD), administered by Associate Dean Suzan Schneeweiss oversees almost 400 accredited courses and conferences attended by thousands of Canadian and international health care professionals. Approximately 8,000 University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine alumni return annually to learn in high-quality programs. CPD supports and enables Course Directors to implement outcome-based continuing education activities and administer courses developed by innovative and knowledgeable faculty members such as safe opioid prescribing, medical record keeping, and quality assurance. CPD engages in partnerships such as the inter-professional QI program Improving and Driving Excellence Across Sectors program supported by the Ontario Ministry of Health and serves as a knowledge hub for indigenous health by coordinating a national indigenous health conference to facilitate the dissemination of knowledge to inter-professional health practitioners and improve cultural sensitivity about Indigenous health in Canada.Visit CPD