Family doctors vote overwhelmingly against 3rd year of training – CBC

No word on whether College of Family Physicians of Canada will honour the non-binding vote

Nov 02, 2023

Family doctors across Canada have overwhelmingly sent a message to put a pause on adding an extra year to their residency training, but there’s no word yet on whether the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) will honour that non-binding vote.

More than 91 per cent of the 2,775 physicians registered to vote at the CFPC’s annual membership meeting Wednesday approved a motion to “immediately cease the implementation of the third year in family practice program,” establish an independent review committee to present recommendations, then decide what to do, based on evidence.

Dr. Paul Dhillon, a family physician from Sechelt, B.C., who wrote and spoke for the motion, shared the results with CBC News.

“I still haven’t found a single other organization that’s supportive of the college’s decision to do a third year. I think this was a resounding victory, a resounding statement to say, ‘Stop.’ Now, whether they listen, that becomes the next really big question,” said Dhillon.

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