As you may be aware, this week the Royal College hosted the first National Summit on Physician Employment to begin working to address the workforce planning issues that have led to employment challenges in many specialties. The summit produced a joint statement on how to move forward, which you can now read online.

We want to assure you that the National Specialty Societies and specialty committee chairs and members will play a central role in developing the information and sharing the coming discussions.

More specifically, we see an active role around this post-summit commitment:

“The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada will coordinate and collect all relevant information regarding specialty-specific data on this issue to guide and help inform PRPTF’s work.”

By "coordinate", we mean a process that will include NSS and specialty committees and others. This input is vital to ensuring that we provide the right information out to the recently established Physician Resources Planning Task Force (PRPTF) and elsewhere. Initially, our focus will be on disciplines experiencing the most employment challenges as identified in our study and various governmental statements.

There was clear acknowledgement by attendees at the National Physician Summit that the NSS and specialty committees must have a strong and active role in developing the information that will support discussions and decision-making. We will work together to ensure that this approach is efficient and effective, and we look forward to supporting this work.

The Royal College does not intend to move forward alone. We can only do this right if we all work together.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, concerns or ideas moving forward.


Danielle Fréchette, MPA

Executive Director, Health Systems Innovation and External Relations | Directrice exécutive, Innovation des systèmes de santé et relations externes

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada  |  Collège royal des médecins et chirurgiens du Canada

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