A national regulatory body has threatened to suspend some medical training programs offered by the University of Manitoba over concerns that physicians are being overstretched to train residents.
The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons has sent the university a strong warning that its programs in internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology and adult neurology do not meet national standards.
He notified the U of M medical school of his intention to revoke his accreditation if improvements were not made.
The warning comes after the college evaluated 46 U of M programs last month, which involved interviewing medical residents and the doctors who supervise them.
“I think the last few years have been very tense environments in terms of huge workloads,” said Dr. Brian Postl, dean of the university’s medical program.
“Residents really felt, and the Royal College agreed, [they] were overstretched and did not have time to be adequately supervised, and that the supervisors, in fact, overstretched, did not have time to provide that kind of supervision either.”
The university now has two years to improve the programs — or risk losing them, Postl said.
Postl sent an email to professors outlining the concerns earlier this week.
Impact on students
If those programs lost their accreditation, students would have to travel to other parts of the country to complete their residency, he said.
“It’s disheartening for students looking to get into these programs because they know they’ve been identified as having certain weaknesses. So that’s always a problem,” he said.
The loss of accreditation for the core internal medicine program would be particularly detrimental, as it would have a ripple effect on other medical school programs.
“So the stakes are pretty high and I think that provides the motivation to make sure we fix it.”
While very disturbing, this isn’t the first time the college has issued a warning to the U of M medical school about some of its training.
“We’ve had programs in this position before, and we’ve worked hard with the government, with the hospitals, with the doctors to improve the situation and generally succeed in bringing them back to full accreditation status,” he said. he declares.
A spokesman for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons said he could not comment on specific universities.
However, they said it does not revoke accreditation from medical programs until a follow-up review takes place.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Shared Health said a joint board is currently working on the details of the college’s report and is committed to implementing necessary improvements.
They also pointed out that in the university’s last review in 2014, general surgery and urology were flagged as at risk of losing accreditation, but both have returned to standard.