A proposal for the curriculum and evaluation for training rural family physicians in enhanced surgical skills

A proposal for the curriculum and evaluation for training rural family physicians in enhanced surgical skills

Can J Surg 2015;58(5):419-422 | PDF

Nadine Caron, MD, MPH; Stuart Iglesias, MD; Randall Friesen, MD; Vanessa Berjat, MD; Nancy Humber, MD; Ryan Falk, MD; Mark Prins, MD; Victoria Vogt Haines, MD; Brian Geller, MD; Fred Janke, MD; Robert Woollard, MD; Bret Batchelor, MD; Jared Van Bussel, MD


Rural western Canada relies heavily on family physicians with enhanced surgical skills (ESS) for surgical services. The recent decision by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) to recognize ESS as a “community of practice” section offers a potential home akin to family practice anesthesia and emergency medicine. To our knowledge, however, a skill set for ESS in Canada has never been described formally. In this paper the Curriculum Committee of the National ESS Working Group proposes a generic curriculum for the training and evaluation of the ESS skill set.

See also the editorial on p. 364, the commentary by Warnock and Miles on p. 367 and the commentary by Vinden and Ott on p. 369

Presented to the Rural Surgery Forum at Rural and Remote Medicine, Victoria, BC, April 2013

Accepted for publication Mar. 17, 2015

Affiliations: From the Department of Surgery, University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George, BC (Caron); Bella Bella, Denny Island, British Columbia (Iglesias); the Department of General Surgery, University of Saskatchewan, Prince Albert, Sask. (Friesen); Rocky Mountain House, Alberta (Berjat); the Lillooet Medical Clinic, Lillooet, BC (Humber); the Inuvik Regional Hospital, Inuvik, Northwest Territories (Falk, Prins); the Selkirk Medical Clinic, Revelstoke, BC (Vogt); the University of Saskatchewan, Meadow Lake, Sask. (Geller); Rural and Regional Health, University of Alberta, Sylvan Lake, Alta. (Janke); the Department of Family Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC (Woollard); the Omineca Medical Clinic, Vanderhoof, BC (Batchelor); and the Associate Clinic, Pincher Creek, Alta. (Van Bussel).

Competing interests: None declared.

Contributors: All authors contributed substantially to the conception, writing and revision of this commentary and approved the final version for publication.

DOI: 10.1503/cjs.002215

Correspondence to: S. Iglesias, Bella Bella, Denny Island BC., V0T 1B0; siglesias64@gmail.com