Canadian Medical Association

Medical education programs play a critical role in our health care system. They help ensure Canadians receive the best possible health care by providing rigorous, up-to-date and comprehensive medical training.

In 1979, we co-founded the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS) to ensure physicians across the country graduate from medical school with a strong academic foundation. We also support the ongoing professional development of physicians in Canada and lend our unique perspective to important issues tied to medical education.

Read Supporting Learning and Continuous Practice Improvement for Physicians in Canada: A New Way Forward for more details on the CMA’s work, in collaboration with other medical organizations, to help develop a new national system to support physician learning and practice improvement.

Accrediting Canada’s medical schools

CACMS works closely with the U.S. Liaison Committee on Medical Education to accredit medical schools in Canada. CACMS ensures all Canadian medical programs meet national standards and prepare students fully for the next phase of their training.


Supporting continuing professional development

We're participants in and funders of the Future of Medical Education-Continuing Professional Development Project, which aims to create a pan-Canadian professional development system that promotes health care innovation and quality improvement.

Weighing in on important issues in medical education

A number of CMA policies cover topics related to medical education, including our policies on flexibility in medical training, rural and remote practice issues, and physician resource planning.

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