Who is eligible the Primer program? CMP is offered to sponsored visa trainees studying at the University of Toronto, Western University, University of Ottawa, Queen's University or McMaster University. How can I apply? Visa trainees and fellows at participating institutions will receive an email offer from Touchstone Institute to participate in the CMP. At that time, you will be asked to confirm your interest in attending the program. All confirmed participants receive a welcome letter with additional program details approximately two weeks prior to the start of classes. I know the Canadian Medicine Primer is meant to help me succeed in my training. If I am unable to attend the Primer, will it affect my entry into postgraduate training? Enrollment in the Canadian Medicine Primer is optional. It is not mandatory for you to attend, but it would be very helpful for you. The Primer has been designed to prepare new international residents and clinical fellows for a successful transition to postgraduate medical training in an Ontario medical school clinical setting. Will I receive any advance documents to help me get the papers I need to enter Canada? We can provide you with a letter of invitation, if you need one, which will help you to obtain a temporary resident visa (TRV) valid before the start date of your scheduled Pre-Entry Assessment Program for residency training or clinical fellowship. Will I be able to access the interactive online modules before I arrive in Canada? Are there any other learning materials that I can review online before my arrival? We will be contacting you via email to provide you with the necessary details to access our online Learning Management System (LMS) at least one week before you begin the program. You can expect to retain access to the LMS well after your participation in the program. There is no pre-studying or review required before attending the Canadian Medicine Primer. Online modules are facilitated by a physician and will be moderated during your attendance at the program. Can I select the elective content that interests me? How does the elective content become part of the curriculum? Many aspects of the elective online content are woven through our in-class core programming. Online electives provide additional standalone content, if you are interested in learning more about a particular subject area, and are readily available once you have access to our LMS. We are pleased to provide you with time to meet with the CPSO, CMA, PARO and OMA over some of the lunch breaks during the program. If you are unable to attend the lunch meetings or would like to learn more about the services on your own time, you will also be able to access online modules provided by these agencies. How much time should I plan to set aside each day for my participation in the Primer? We are thrilled to have you as a part of our program! In order to attain full benefit from the program, your attendance for the full 2.5 weeks (or 4.5 weeks if you’re in Family Medicine) is mandatory. A typical day runs from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm with an hour lunch from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm. You will engage in one session in the morning and a different session in the afternoon, with a 15-minute break in each session. We certainly understand that while you are participating in our program you may also be handling challenges related to your career and/or personal life that can take precedence; we are pleased to make accommodations for such matters. I’m looking forward to learning from experienced Canadian physicians. What does “facilitation” mean? The integration of physicians in our program is a key aspect of your learning in the Primer program. Physicians are integrated in a multitude of ways, leading to a very blended model. In-Class Sessions. All of our in-class sessions are developed and instructed by physicians who are subject matter experts and heavily involved in the medical community in Ontario. Many of these classes also involve various aspects of facilitation, which can include discussions with your peers, large group simulations and small group simulations. Large-Group Simulations. Large group simulations simulate patient encounters in a classroom setting. Physician instructors then debrief you on the simulated encounter to enhance your engagement with the session content. Small-Group Simulations. In small group simulations, learners engage in a one-on-one patient encounter in a clinical examination room. A physician facilitator will be present to provide specific feedback on the encounter and the strengths and challenges associated with the encounter. Online Modules. Facilitated online modules include short written components that are reviewed by remote physician facilitators to provide you with detailed personal feedback on your work. I understand the interactive learning sessions will include feedback. How will I receive this feedback from the physician leader or facilitator? Feedback is integral to our programming. Physicians use a form to provide you with feedback on your Patient-centered communication skills Professionalism Role as a medical expert If you are the learner involved in the patient encounter, you will be provided with a copy of all the feedback that is captured by a physician facilitator. Additionally, the physician facilitator will verbally debrief the encounter with you. Will there be a final evaluation report or exam? If so, who will have access to my results? The program does include various forms of evaluation; however the evaluation is formative in nature. Our goal is to ensure we provide you with Information on your strengths Opportunities to improve Resources in order to ensure your readiness for your residency here in Ontario The following program evaluations are designed to enhance your understanding of your skills in relation to those that you will continue to develop in residency. Small Group Simulations Throughout the program, you will also participating in our small group simulations, which provide you with specific feedback on your skills. Online Quizzes Each week, you will complete online multiple choice quizzes (MCQs). Questions are based on the key concepts from in-class material. The answers will be provided to you immediately after you finish the quiz for reference. Final Report A report – which includes your final skills check result, MCQ scores, online module completion and attendance – is provided to your program director to ensure they are able to tailor your residency experience accordingly based on your strengths and opportunities to improve. What happens if I have difficulty with some of the core curriculum or online modules? Will my instructor or facilitator be able to help me with parts of the curriculum that I may find challenging? Our physician instructors, physician facilitators and online facilitators are dedicated to your comfort with the content to ensure your success both in the program and as you progress onward. If you ever have challenges or questions, the instructors or facilitators will be pleased to provide you with additional support. Additionally, we provide you with confidential academic advising from a physician who is actively involved in our programming and the medical community in Ontario. Your academic advisor will be able to provide you with advice on the program, residency and any other matters you may have questions about. They are truly dedicated to ensuring your success in our program and in residency. You will be scheduled with an advisor for one meeting, and you are encouraged to continue discussions with them as the program progresses. How much does the Canadian Medicine Primer cost? Is there a registration fee? There is no registration fee for the Primer program. The Ontario university where you will be training will absorb the fee for your enrollment in the Canadian Medicine Primer to help you optimize your success as a postgraduate medical trainee. However, you may need to consider associated costs for participation in the program in Toronto, such as accommodation and transportation.