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.

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

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
  • 10 Canadian medical schools
  • 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



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