Rapid, collaborative generation and review of COVID-19 pandemic-specific competencies for family medicine residency training

Rapides établissement et examen effectués en collaboration des compétences requises dans les programmes de résidence en médecine familiale durant la pandémie de la COVID-19

  • Eric Wooltorton University of Ottawa
  • Edward Seale University of Ottawa
  • Denice Lewis University of Ottawa
  • Kendall Noel University of Ottawa
  • Clare Liddy University of Ottawa
  • Gary Viner University of Ottawa
  • Lina Shoppoff University of Ottawa
  • Douglas Archibald University of Ottawa

Abstract

Background: In March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted competency-based medical education in Family Medicine programs across Canada. Faculty and residents identified a need for clear, relevant, and specific competencies to frame teaching, learning, supervision and feedback during the pandemic.

Methods: A rapid, iterative, educational quality improvement process was launched. Phase 1 involved experienced educators defining gaps in our program’s existing competency-database, reviewing emerging public health and regulatory guidelines, and drafting competencies. Phase 2 involved translation, member-checking, and anonymous feedback and editing of draft competencies by residents and other educational leaders. Phase 3 involved wider dissemination, collaborative editing and feedback from residents and faculty throughout the department.

Results: A total of 44 physicians including residents and faculty from multiple contexts provided detailed feedback, review, and editing of an ultimate list of 33 competencies organized by CanMEDS-FM roles. Broad agreement was obtained that the competencies form reasonable learning outcomes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Conclusions: These competencies represent learning objectives reflecting the initial educational mindsets of a wide range of teachers and learners experiencing a global pandemic. The project illustrates a novel collaboration across educational portfolios as a rapid educational response to a public health crisis.

Published
2020-07-29
How to Cite
Wooltorton, E., Seale, E., Lewis, D., Noel, K., Liddy, C., Viner, G., Shoppoff, L., & Archibald, D. (2020). Rapid, collaborative generation and review of COVID-19 pandemic-specific competencies for family medicine residency training : Rapides établissement et examen effectués en collaboration des compétences requises dans les programmes de résidence en médecine familiale durant la pandémie de la COVID-19 . Canadian Medical Education Journal, 11(5), e50-e55. https://doi.org/10.36834/cmej.70254
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Brief Reports