Welcome to the CBME Road…

“Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” ~ Robert Frost

This is a blog about CBME, or competency-based medical education, a global movement to revolutionize the way we train health professionals. CBME is an approach to curriculum design, teaching, learning, and assessment that is fundamentally oriented to outcomes, or more specifically, the abilities of our graduates at each stage of their career.

Some key CBME references can be found here.

CBME now involves thousands of individual teachers, leaders, and learners all over the world. We recently hosted the 2ndWorld Summit on CBME in Basel, Switzerland, with AMEE’s annual conference. Three hundred attendees from 45 countries, from the Netherlands to Vietnam, participated in the discussions. More about the history and scope of CBME innovations will follow. Given that CBME is now such a global movement, we thought it was time for a blog to help disseminate information on all aspects.

We chose “CBME Road” as a metaphor for the voyage we are all on: moving forward, always improving health professional education, dedicated to better patient care, using the guidance we can find, sometimes navigating obstacles, sometimes awed by the sights, sometimes in need of a good night’s sleep. What will you find on the blog? Join me and your other tour guides as we all cover the learnings of the CBME community. Hosted by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, you can join us to find:

Updates on key literature as it is released.

Perspectives on key issues in CBME.

Debates about controversies related to CBME.

Updates on innovations implemented around the world using CBME.

Special insider updates on the Royal College’s own CBME innovation, called Competence By Design (CBD).

Reports from learners and teachers on the front lines of innovations.

The latest on assessment, design, learning, teaching, and program evaluation related to CBME.

A bit on CBME philosophy.

Dispatches from the history and key leaders of the outcomes movement in medical education.

And much more to come …

The blog will draw heavily from the literature and from the amazing leaders in a group called the International CBME Collaborators (ICBMEC). This group, made up of leaders from all over the world, has been on the forefront of the debates, designs, scholarship, policies, and sometimes, the sharp end of the criticism.

There will be new posts every Tuesday, and our contributor pool pulls from some of the brightest minds in MedEd.  This blog is very much meant to be a conversation, and I encourage you to add your voice by sharing in the comment section.

Welcome to the road. I look forward to sharing the journey with you. Our destination is always over the horizon: enhancing patient care via ever-improving medical education.

Jason R. Frank, MD MA (Ed.) FRCPC


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