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Professional Development and Educational Scholarship Wins Royal College Innovation Award

Professional Development and Educational Scholarship

The Office of Professional Development and Educational Scholarship in the Queen’s Faculty of Health Sciences has won a 2018 Royal College Accredited CPD Provider Innovation Award (Innovation Award) from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

The Royal College chose Queen’s for this award for its innovation “Using Faculty Development to Facilitate Transformative Change.” In 2017, Queen’s became the first school in Canada to introduce competency-based medical education (CBME) in all of its specialty residency programs, and faculty development played an integral role in making this success possible.

Starting in 2015, Professional Development and Educational Scholarship took a multi-modal approach to faculty development for CBME, instituting a series of workshops, webinars, regional site visits, and self-directed online modules. The goal of these activities was to prepare faculty members with the knowledge and skills required to become champions of CBME at the program level, and to support buy-in to the shift to CBME by encouraging a sense of ownership of the transition. Through this faculty development program, the Office of Professional Development and Educational Scholarship successfully helped to create a culture of positivity and commitment around CBME.

This award is a significant vote of confidence in both the faculty development work that is being done in the Faculty of Health Sciences and the methods that Queen’s used to transition to CBME. As all specialty programs in Canada will be required to move to CBME by 2022, the faculty development initiatives created at Queen’s could very well serve as a model for schools across the country as they work to turn their faculty into CBME leaders.   

This is the second Innovation Award that Professional Development and Educational Scholarship has won in three years. In 2016, Queen’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) won an Innovation Award as a member of a collaborative of CPD offices from six Ontario universities. With the five other participants, Queen’s developed a CPD Collaborative Model that was demonstrated through a 2-Day Quality Improvement Program.

The Royal College will formally present awards to all three of this year’s winners at the 10th National CPD Accreditation Conference in Mississauga, which takes place October 1-2. During the conference, Queen’s will have a chance to share their innovative faculty development program with professional development offices from across the country.