A Program Director, or "PD", refers to the individual responsible and accountable for the overall conduct and organization of the accredited Residency or Area of Focused Competence (AFC) program for which they oversee. PDs have a challenging and complex role. These resources provide training and information for PDs to successfully support trainees in their programs.

The PD Toolkit is for both new and experienced Program Directors. It is not a comprehensive guide to the PD role, but is instead a general guide addressing key topics necessary to be successful in your role. It is not specialty specific. There is a mandatory "PD School" module that all new PDs must complete.

PGME Committee

The PGME Committee's purpose is to facilitate governance and Oversight of all residency programs and to support the Associate Dean, PGME in planning, organizing, and evaluating all aspects of residency education. All Residency and AFC Program Directors are members of the PGME Committee.

Read the Terms of Reference.

Subcommittees of the PGME Committee include:

  • PGME Executive Subcommittee
  • PGME Quota and Allocation of Training Positions Committee
  • Internal Review Committee (IRC)
PD Policies & Guidelines
Royal College Resources 

The Royal College created the Program Directors Handbook: "A practical guide for leading an exceptional program". We encourage you to explore this!

Via the button below, you will find additional handbooks from Canadian Excellence in Residency Accreditation (CanERA) and the Royal College.

Royal College Resources

Accreditation Resources

Here you will find key documents to assist you in preparing for various accreditation reviews:

PGME Resources

RCPSC Resources

PD Professional Development

There are a number of PD Professional Development events held throughout the year:

  • Knowledge Bites Series (monthly from September through to April)
  • PD Retreat (annually in either February or March)

All PDs are automatically sent an invitation to these events.

Letter Templates

We've created a variety of Letter Templates for you to use based on a variety of circumstances:

Please note that CCID login is required to access the letter templates.

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