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Shifting Public Perceptions of Doctors and Health Care – February 2011

FINAL REPORT

INTRODUCTION:

Over the next few decades, the face of Canadian medicine will change dramatically and our health care system will need to adapt to new and emerging challenges as Canada heads into the 21st century. New and radical developments in medical technology are revolutionizing health care in Canada and physicians and facilities alike will need to adapt. Demographics of the Canadian population are also changing; Canadians are living longer while birth rates are falling. Furthermore, with the onset of the global financial crisis, governments in Canada are facing significant fiscal challenges while health care costs continue to rise.

It is essential that physicians are equipped to handle these challenges. It is therefore necessary to review postgraduate medical education in Canada. The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC), in coordination with other organizations, has launched the Future of Medical Education in Canada Postgraduates (FMEC PG) Project. The goal of this endeavour is to “conduct a thorough review of postgraduate medical education in Canada, establish whether the structure and processes of the current system are designed for the best possible outcomes to meet the current and future societal health care needs, and formulate recommendations for change.”

As part of this endeavour, this study will examine a number of important issues pertaining to health care and the medical education system in Canada. In particular, this study will look at public confidence in the health care system, public priorities, public literacy of the health care system, confidence in the medical education system, and the growing role of technology.

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