International Conference on Residency Education (ICRE)

ICRE 2023 Program Information

A dynamic and practical program for international medical educators and residents, the International Conference on Residency Education (ICRE) is the world’s largest conference devoted exclusively to advancing residency education. Our upcoming conference in Halifax, Canada (October 19-21, 2023), will feature six plenaries, 20 learning tracks, more than 60 workshops and approximately 180 poster and paper presentations.

The theme of this year’s conference is From Caring for Patients to Protecting Our Planet: Advocacy in Residency Education

Section 1 accreditation statement

This event is an Accredited Group Learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the Royal College Continuing Professional Development Unit. You may claim a maximum of 16 hours 30 minutes (credits are automatically calculated).

 

ICRE 2023 Program Information

A dynamic and practical program for international medical educators and residents, the International Conference on Residency Education (ICRE) is the world’s largest conference devoted exclusively to advancing residency education. Our upcoming conference in Halifax, Canada (October 19-21, 2023), will feature six plenaries, 20 learning tracks, more than 60 workshops and approximately 180 poster and paper presentations.

The theme of this year’s conference is From Caring for Patients to Protecting Our Planet: Advocacy in Residency Education

Section 1 accreditation statement

This event is an Accredited Group Learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the Royal College Continuing Professional Development Unit. You may claim a maximum of 16 hours 30 minutes (credits are automatically calculated).

 

Explore the ICRE program

Plenary speakers

Each year, ICRE offers cutting-edge and thought-provoking perspectives on medical education (MedEd) through its plenary lineup. In addition to dynamic lectures from leadership experts, the 2023 program features an inspiring talk on the power of advocacy,  a panel exploring what advocacy looks like around the globe, the ABCs of advocacy, a captivating Top Research in Residency Education session,  a theatre-based simulation experience, and more!

Explore and search 2023 program details.

View the ICRE 2023 plenary speaker lineup.

This program has received financial support from RBC Healthcare, Acuity Insights, The Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA), LGI Healthcare Solutions and Nova Scotia Health, and in-kind support from the Journal of Graduate Medical Education (JGME), Gowling WLG and D.E. Systems Ltd.

ICRE Pre-conference courses

Focused, in-depth pre-conference courses give participants a unique opportunity to explore particular medical education topics through half-day or full-day sessions. The extra time allows for more critical exploration of topics and stronger skill-building in each area of study.

Pre-conference courses will be held Wednesday, October 18 and Thursday, October 19, 2023. Courses held on Thursday will conclude prior to the ICRE 2023 opening plenary.

Please register online for all pre-conference courses.

Please note: You do not need to be registered for ICRE to register for pre-conference programs.

Unable to attend ICRE in-person?

We are pleased to offer in-person and virtual options for ICRE 2023. Learn more about the different options and register.

Pre-conference events

CBME Program Evaluation Summit (Virtual)

Monday, October 16, 2023
1000-1400 
No Fee

This summit is intended to gather those engaged in Competency-based Medical Education (CBME) evaluation, create a space where CBME program evaluation initiatives and ideas can be shared, and provide an opportunity to network and collaborate with others involved in CBME program evaluation.

For more information on this program, contact educationstrategy@royalcollege.ca.

International Medical Education Leaders Forum (IMELF)

Wednesday, October 18, 2023

By invitation only
08:00-05:00 (Halifax Convention Centre, Argyle Suite 1)

Virtual option available
In-person fee: $400 | Virtual fee: $175

The International Medical Education Leaders Forum (IMELF) provides an opportunity for senior leaders such as presidents, CEOs, deans, and postgraduate deans from medical education institutions around the world to discuss challenges and innovations related to medical education and lifelong learning.

“Architecture of the Future Workforce and Learning Environment” is this year’s theme.

For more information, please contact imelf@royalcollege.ca.

Program preview

Panel #1: The role of chief well-being officers in establishing a modern learning environment.

Moderator: To be confirmed

Speakers:

  • Liselotte Dyrbye, Chief Well-being Officer, University of Colorado School of Medicine, United States
  • Nathalie Flemming, Medical Director, Physician Health and Wellness, The Ottawa Hospital, Canada
Panel #2: What does an exemplary training environment reflecting well-being and resilience look like?

Moderator: Dr. Jonas Nordquist, Associate Residency Director, Karolinska University Hospital, Sweden

Speakers:

  • Mehrnoush Khoshnevis, Chief Resident, Karolinska Institute, Sweden
  • Victor Do, Chief Resident, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), Canada
  • Lorena Cifuentes Aguila, Director, Postgraduate Medical Education, Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile
  • Kholoud AlGhamdi, Vice Dean, Scientific Research and Innovation, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Saudi Arabia

Keynote: Resiliency and well-being considerations in residency training

Moderator: Craig Ceppetelli, Executive Director, Office of International Collaboration and Advancement, Royal College and Chief Operating Officer, Royal College International, Canada

Speaker: Dr. Melanie Lewis, Chief Wellness Officer, University of Alberta, Canada

Each panel and the keynote will follow with group discussions with the speakers and moderators. Networking breaks will also occur throughout the event.

The International Summit on Leadership Education for Physicians (TISLEP)

Wednesday, October 18, 2023
0800-1800 (Halifax Convention Centre)

Early Bird Fee: $350
Received by/on September 8
Full Fee: $400
Received after September 8

Resident and Medical Student Fee: $50

This one-credit-per-hour Group Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by Dalhousie University Continuing Professional Development and Medical Education for up to 7.75 MAINPRO+ credits.

This event is an Accredited Group Learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the Royal College Learning and Practice Improvement Unit. You may claim a maximum of 7.5 hours (credits are automatically calculated).

The International Summit on Leadership Education for Physicians (TISLEP) brings together different groups engaged in physician leadership development worldwide. These include learners, educators, health professionals, and business faculty. Hence an international community of practice committed to advancing healthcare leadership education has emerged.  This year our program will focus on Planetary Health an emerging and important facet of our work and our lives. 

Our interactive plenaries will explore leadership through different lenses (international, political, social) and allow plenty of time for discussion to enrich the integration of these perspectives into participants’ practices.   

The workshops, abstracts and innovations sections will provide smaller group learning with interaction and active learning throughout where bold and new or tried and true approaches to leadership will be shared. We invite you to submit your work and share with others for feedback, dissemination and to create excellence. 

This pre-conference event ends with a reflection on the day, what has been shared or learned from others and how to effect practice change moving forward. Join us for a fabulous day! 

Please join us 

Constance LeBlanc and Jamiu Busari
TISLEP co-chairs

 

ICRE highlight events

ICRE Scholarly Conversations: Advocacy curricula implementation challenges

Thursday, October 19, 2023
1845-2100 (Halifax Convention Centre)
Fee: $150 (dinner included)  

The Health Advocate role identifies a key part of training in the CanMEDS framework – outlining that physicians are responsible for advocating for their patients’ needs as well as for the needs of the populations they serve.  However, health advocacy also presents unique challenges for curricular development. This is in part because traditional residency curricula do not make teaching and assessment of this role explicit. Additionally, competing time demands with clinical responsibilities for both residents and faculty, as well as lack of faculty expertise and protected time hinder curriculum implementation, among other barriers.

Building on the ICRE 2023 theme, this program will allow participants to engage in conversations on this topic over dinner, led by a panel of international leaders in medical education. In a highly interactive format, participants will explore together key steps to help improve teaching of Health Advocacy both globally and in their specific contexts.

This session is designed for all ICRE participants. From learners to scholars, everyone is welcome to join in practical conversations on the learning environment and find community over a delicious meal. Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to articulate a practical understanding of the health advocate role, outline key challenges in teaching and assessing health advocacy in residency, and brainstorm solutions that are practical and meaningful.

Chaired by: Rodrigo Cavalcanti, University of Toronto, Toronto; Holly Caretta-Weyer, Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto

Panelists: Jeeves Wijesuriya, National Health Service England, London; Ruth Mitchell, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Sydney; Ryan Giroux, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Ottawa

CanMEDS 2025 Town Hall

Friday, October 20, 2023
1220-1335 (Halifax Convention Centre)   

As seating is limited for this event, pre-registration is required. Lunch will be provided. 

This 75-minute interactive session will give participants an opportunity to learn about the multi-year project to update the CanMEDS 2015 framework with a summary of the progress so far and share their thoughts with Project leads in small group discussions. We want to hear what’s important to you in an updated CanMEDS framework. By the end of this session, participants will have an update on the work done so far, an understanding of how we plan to undertake the next phase of the CanMEDS Project and will have had the opportunity to ask questions, provide input and have their voices heard by The CanMEDS Project leads.

KeyLIME+ Live

Saturday, October 21, 2023
1235-1340 (Halifax Convention Centre)
Fee: $25

As seating is limited for this event, pre-registration and a nominal fee of $25.00 is required. Lunch will be provided. 

Stay tuned for more information on KeyLime+ Live.

Invitation-only Programs

Competence Committee Chairs Forum (Virtual)

Tuesday, October 17, 2023

1200-1500 
No fee

Designed for competence committee chairs, this forum explores the vital role this position plays within a competency-based curriculum. In an interactive setting, attendees will work through practical scenarios and develop the skills to lead and support the work of a competence committee, with ample opportunity to discuss common challenges and strategies on how to manage them.

The session will cover the basics of setting up and running a competence committee, and will explore longer term considerations, such as maintaining engagement and ensuring professional development for committee members, continuous quality improvement (CQI) and program evaluation of committee decisions and processes. This forum is designed to encourage the sharing of resources and best practices, offering many networking opportunities.  For more information, please contact the team at CCChairs@royalcollege.ca

Workshop for New Program Directors (Virtual)

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Time to be confirmed
No fee

The workshop will be held virtually again this year and has been designed by current and past program directors. Session topics will include: Assessment, accreditation, residents in difficulty and equity in residency education. For more information, please contact pdworkshop@royalcollege.ca