The Medical Council of Canada has contributed to my academic career by opening up networking opportunities. Not only did it allow me to come in contact with like-minded colleagues, but also with regulators who broadened my perspective and exposed me to new research potential.
I quickly found out that my colleagues on Council are not only highly functional and committed to the objectives of Council, but they are also good people. They are interested in how I am doing as a professional and on a personal level.
The Medical Council of Canada’s intellectual capital also extends beyond the boardroom to the collaborators on its committees. In my capacity as Chair of the Research and Development Committee, I have been exposed to high-quality research and world-class statisticians and researchers in assessment.
I find the work of the Research and Development Committee to be the most fascinating aspect of the Council’s undertakings. Recently, the Committee instituted the validity research agenda. This is ground-breaking stuff. It has been immensely gratifying to collaborate on this so far and I look forward to further developing and implementing this work.
The future of Council is promising. In recent years, the MCC has become more sophisticated and more nuanced in its approach to its daily work and operations. It has begun to explore aspects of evaluation not only through Council’s instruments but also at the undergraduate, postgraduate and professional development level. Under the leadership of Dr. Ian Bowmer, the Council has developed a clear vision and direction and that is quite exciting.
Dr. Bruce Wright is the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Medical Education at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Wright joined the Council in 2005 and has chaired the MCC’s Research and Development Committee since 2007. Additionally, Dr. Wright is a member of the Board of Governance and steering group for the Blueprint project. This project will result in the development of a new examination blueprint for the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part I and Part II.