Comprehensive accreditation agreement
The comprehensive accreditation visit of hospitals affiliated with medical faculties takes place every 8 years. The visits are run jointly by the Collège des médecins du Québec, College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC), and are carried out by a team made up of doctors from other university hospitals in Quebec and elsewhere in Canada. Also, medical residents are included in the team of surveyor physicians: two are assigned to the team evaluating family medicine, and four to the team reviewing programs in the other specialties.
The purpose of an accreditation visit is to evaluate the quality of the postgraduate education programs and sites on the basis of a number of criteria established by the three colleges, focussing primarily on the organization of each program and the value of the program itself.
Among these criteria are the following:
- existence of training objectives and residents' familiarity with them;
- quality of teaching;
- system of progressive clinical responsibility by level of training;
- quantity and quality of both human and physical resources;
- nature and volume of clinical cases to which residents are exposed;
- mechanisms for evaluation of residents' performance.