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The Royal College’s 2017 ASPIRE Courses: Quebec City & Ottawa

We are pleased to announce the next offerings of the Royal College’s ASPIRE facultyFlyer_ ASPIRE Workshops_2017_ENG_v2 development certificate program, developed in partnership with the Canadian Patient Safety Institute and Choosing Wisely Canada. Two workshops will be held on:

  • May 29 – 31, in Quebec City at Université Laval  (French)
  • November 28 – December 1, in Ottawa (English)

ASPIRE is an immersive, four-day national train-the-trainer program for medical educators, physicians and residents interested in educating others about patient safety, quality improvement (QI) and/or resource stewardship. Upon completion of the 4-day program, participants leave with an educational plan in hand. Many past participants have successfully implemented their educational plan within 6 months of returning home.

Given that patient safety, QI and resource stewardship competencies have been explicitly integrated throughout the new CanMEDS 2015 physician competency framework, ASPIRE addresses a critical need by helping institutions to implement patient safety, quality improvement and/or resource stewardship training and curricula locally.

For more information or to register visit the ASPIRE Website. If you have any questions, please contact Ginette Bourgeois ( or toll-free at 1-800-668-3740, ext. 590.

Announcing the release of a joint report from CIHI & CWC: Unnecessary Care in Canada

The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) and Choosing Wisely Canada (CWC) invite you to join us for a discussion about the extent of unnecessary care in Canada.

This webinar will introduce a new CIHI/CWC report, Unnecessary Care in Canada, and facilitate a conversation about the magnitude of and variation in unnecessary care across several areas covered by CWC’s recommendations.

The event will include

  • A moderated panel discussion with David O’Toole, President and CEO, CIHI; Dr. Wendy Levinson, Chair and Co-Founder, CWC; and Dr. Laurent Marcoux, President-Elect, Canadian Medical Association
  • Speakers from the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, North York General Hospital and other organizations, who will share their success stories about addressing unnecessary care
  • Q & A session

Date: April 6, 2017
Time: 9 to 10:30 a.m. ET

Please note that this webinar will be conducted in English only and will use Eastern Time. To accommodate multiple time zones, a recorded copy of the webinar will be made available. When you register, please specify if you would like the recorded version.

Registration: To participate, you must have access to the internet, as well as speakers/headphones. The webinar will be accessible on iOS and Android devices (both mobile phones and tablets).

To register for the webinar, please email Alison Clement at

An energizing National Meeting 2017

This year’s Choosing Wisely Canada National Meeting was held on Monday, February 27, 2017 in Calgary, Alberta, hosted by Choosing Wisely Alberta.

In attendance were over 300 representatives from all campaign stakeholders across Canada including clinicians, patient representatives, leaders from national organizations, as well as provincial and territorial Choosing Wisely campaigns. Keynote speakers included Dr. Angela Coulter from England, one of the world’s leaders in patient engagement, as well as Dr. Tim Caulfield, who gave an engaging talk on personalized medicine and its implications for unnecessary care.

Meeting abstracts include over 80 projects from across Canada related Choosing Wisely. Download the 2017 Abstract Book here.

It was a terrific and energizing meeting. Here are some of the photos from the event.

We hope to see you next year.

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