Backgrounder: Improvements to the Postgraduate Medical Education System

OTTAWA - The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, today announced federal funding of over $1.5 million to the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada ( AFMC ) to strengthen the postgraduate medical education system. The funding will help provide physicians in training with the necessary skills to meet the health care needs of Canadians.

"Our government is working to strengthen Canada's health care system," said Minister Aglukkaq. "I commend the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada for undertaking this important and complex challenge in examining the training needs of physicians."

In undertaking this review, the Association will partner with the College of Family Physicians of Canada, le Collège des médecins du Québec and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The partners will also work with other health care professional organizations, such as those that support Aboriginal and public health to examine how postgraduate medical education system can better meet the physician requirements of the Canadian population.

" AFMC is extremely pleased that this government has approved funding for the Postgraduate Project," said Dr. Nick Busing, President and CEO of the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada. "I believe that once implemented, the recommendations stemming from both the MD education project and this equally critical project will have a profound impact on the way we train physicians in Canada and ultimately, the quality of our health care system."

Funding of $1,590,910 over three years for this new project is provided by Health Canada through the Pan-Canadian Health Human Resources Strategy.


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