Preparing General Internal Medicine Residents for the Future - Aiming to Match Training to Need - A Pilot Study in Saskatchewan

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Sharon Card MD MSc FRCPC Founder GIM
Heather Ward MD MSc FRCPC
Lindsey Broberg


Health care workforce planning is difficult. It is even more so for a generalist specialty such as General Internal Medicine (GIM) as a key feature, worldwide, is the ability and desire of General Internists to adapt to the needs of their local context. Although this adaptability is an important resource for health care systems, it must be planned for in GIM educational curriculums. A pilot study in our province indicates that there are a broad range of competencies that all regions wished for in graduates of GIM programs. There were, however, many varied local needs that must be planned for in addition to ensuring all graduates have the broad skill set of GIM. Regions desired to employ true generalists with potentially an added skill. To truly ensure GIM graduates meet future societal needs will require ongoing links between health intelligence data and curriculum planning.
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