■ Physician-team:

Leveraging the power of collaboration to foster safe care

Delegation and supervision

Medical scrubs hanging up with a stethoscope

15 minutes

Published: June 2020

Learning objectives

Upon completion, you will be able to:

  1. Describe the responsibilities for safe delegation and supervision for medical trainees and supervisors.
  2. Recognize the role of competency-based medical education and potential medico-legal implications.
  3. Recognize the importance of fostering open communication with trainees to support them when delegating specific tasks.

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Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC)

This activity is an Accredited Self-Assessment Program (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the CMPA. You may claim a maximum of 0.5 hour (credits are automatically calculated).

The College of Family Physicians Canada (CFPC)

This online 2-credit-per-hour Self-Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 1 Mainpro+ credit.


Scientific Planning Committee: Dr. Eileen Bridges1, Dr. Shirley Lee1, Dr. Cheryl Hunchak1, Dr. Catherine Pound1, Dr. Katherine Larivière1, Dr. Tino Piscione1, Dr. Richard Mimeault1, Dr. Liisa Honey1, Ms. Tunde Gondocz1

Employees of: 1. Paid employee of the CMPA

Conflict of Interest: The members of the Scientific Planning Committee have no financial or professional affiliation with any organization that can be perceived as a conflict of interest in the context of this online program.

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DISCLAIMER: Considerations discussed in this module also apply in Québec where a Regulation allows medical students and residents to carry out reserved acts assigned to them under the supervision of a physician.

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this learning material is for general educational purposes only and is not intended to provide specific professional medical or legal advice, nor to constitute a "standard of care" for Canadian healthcare professionals. The use of CMPA learning resources is subject to the foregoing as well as the CMPA's Terms of Use.