Resident symposium


Safe medical care — It’s your move!

A full-day, interactive, face-to-face educational event targeted to residents in the early years of their training (PGY1 and PGY2), focusing on patient safety and medical-legal risk reduction. The standardized curriculum is based on CMPA medical-legal risk data and the CanMEDS 2015 and CanMEDS-FM competencies. The workshop content was co-created with volunteers from Resident Doctors of Canada (RDoC). CMPA physician advisors and legal counsel, who have specialized content expertise, will facilitate all plenaries and workshops.

Watch the video to see how the CMPA is rethinking safe medical care and responding to the needs of Canadian postgraduate trainees.

Infographic: CMPA Resident Symposium - 2018 Highlights

Value for residents

  • Gain practical tips to provide safe medical care
  • Reduce medical-legal risk
  • Learn how the CMPA supports its members, including residents

Value for faculty

  • Help residents achieve patient safety-related CanMEDS competencies
  • Access tools and resources that support faculty in teaching medical-legal topics
  • Learn more about the Faculty development workshops

Medical schools

  • University of Toronto - Small-scale pilot
  • University of Toronto - Large-scale pilot
  • McGill University
  • University of Toronto
  • Queen’s University
  • University of Alberta
  • Dalhousie University
  • University of Ottawa
  • McGill University
  • McMaster University
  • University of Toronto
  • Memorial University
  • Queen’s University
  • Western University
  • Université de Sherbrooke
  • University of Alberta
  • University of Ottawa
  • Dalhousie University
  • University of Manitoba
  • All 17 Canadian medical schools


30 minutes
Plenary 1 – How residents get into trouble
Learning objective:
  • List 3 patient safety issues identified from the CMPA’s files involving residents
45 minutes each

Concurrent workshops

Informed consent
Learning objectives:
  • Outline the standards for informed consent
  • Practise conducting a consent discussion
  • Document your consent discussions effectively
Learning objectives:
  • Describe key principles of effective documentation
  • Identify at least 1 area for improvement in your medical record-keeping
Disclosure of harm
Learning objectives:
  • Describe the elements of the disclosure of a harmful patient safety incident
  • Participate in a simulated disclosure discussion
Teamwork and delegation
Learning objectives:
  • Outline one’s responsibilities in safe delegation and supervision
  • Practise strategies for critical communication
  • Describe how you would foster a ‘speaking up’ culture in your practice
50 minutes
Buffet lunch (included)
1 hour
Plenary 2 – Overcoming roadblocks: What to do if you get into trouble
Learning objectives:
  • Describe how the CMPA supports members faced with a medical-legal complaint
  • Get answers to your medical-legal questions

Additional resources

Access a list of additional resources for the topics presented at the Resident Symposium.



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