Recorded Webinar

Our Journey Towards the Implementation of Competency Based Medical Education

Learn about McMaster University's approach taken to implement Competency Based Medical Education and complying with the requirements of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

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Logibec-Bannière_webinaire-enregistré_Un enseignement médical basé sur les compétences

The traditional framework of medical education with a time-based emphasis is being replaced by the CBME framework of education, which focuses on processes and, more importantly, on outcomes. But, with any change of framework or paradigm comes many challenges. This webinar highlights the challenges encountered and the approach McMaster University took to implement CBME and comply with the requirements of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Our journey began by trying to understand the goals of CBME and the implications it will have on the way schools deliver medical education. Once we embarked on this project, we started by defining processes, defining new roles/accountabilities, such as Academic Coach, Competency Committee, Residency Program Committee, and formalizing and organizing the workload for these new roles.

We had to keep in mind the many requirements from different specialties, decide on what level of automation was going to be needed, how to monitor progress, etc. We were also cognizant that we will have to educate our people on CBME and help them to shift from assessing a rotation to assessing an entrustable professional activity (EPA).



Dorothy Bakker,
Associate Clinical Professor, Family Medicine
Assistant Dean, McMaster Community and Rural Medicine
Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine
Tracy Mestdagh,
Director of IT Faculty of Health Science, McMaster University


Who's it for?

  • Deans
  • Associate Deans
  • Post-Grad Program Directors
  • Administrators who are responsible for the implementation of Competency Based Education