Accreditation - Programs and sites

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The Collège des médecins du Québec (CMQ) is legally responsible for ensuring the quality of the education received by physicians entering practice.

The CMQ’s Medical Education Division (MED) uses the accreditation process to assess whether professional education standards are being applied in postgraduate training. These standards concern governance as well as the structure and academic content of the programs developed under the auspices of Quebec’s faculties of medicine. They were established jointly by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (Royal College).

All accredited postgraduate medical education programs and training sites are listed in the List of accreditations, currently being revised.

table lists the postgraduate programs offered by each of Quebec’s faculties of medicine.

Together with the Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (CACME), the CMQ is also responsible for continuing professional development (CPD) accreditation for Québec’s faculties of medicine. In addition, the CMQ provides individual accreditation for other medical bodies.

The MED conducts survey visits on a cyclical basis. The purpose of this exercise is to support universities and organizations in achieving objectives of excellence in education for all students, residents, fellows and physicians.

Application concerning accreditation of a postgraduate training program

Since the harmonization of the accreditation process of postgraduate training programs, the Associate Dean’s Office must contact either the CFPC or the Royal College

Application for the addition of a training site for a residency program clinical rotation

The form Application for the addition of a training site for a residency program clinical rotation must be used, irrespective of the duration of the clinical rotation. Applications must be approved by the Assistant Dean’s Office and submitted to the comité des études médicales et de l'agrément – Committee on Medical Education and Accreditation (CÉMA).

Rotations in accredited sites

It consists in sites essential to resident’s training that respond to the accreditation standards. These sites are listed on the List of accreditations.

Rotations in non-accredited sites

The rotations in non-accredited sites must respond to additional criteria and be approved by the Assistant Dean’s Office. These sites are not listed on the List of accreditations
Please refer to the Resident – training card section.

Application for the withdrawal of a training site from the List of accreditations

The form Application for the withdrawal of a training site from the List of accreditations must be used. Applications must be approved by the Assistant-Dean’s Office and submitted to the CÉMA.

Accreditation reform

With the accreditation reform, the CMQ will apply a new procedure centred on the self-assessment and the continuous improvement of the programs.
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Last update: September 7, 2017