Some members of Obesity Canada’s Education Action Team recently published a commentary paper on obesity Education in Canada and planned activities for the Education Action Team over the coming months.
Below is the abstract for the article.
This commentary provides an overview of forthcoming activities by Obesity Canada (OC) to inform obesity competencies in medical education. Competencies in medical education refer to abilities of medical professionals to appropriately provide patients the care they need. A recognized Canadian framework for informing medical competencies is CanMEDs. Additionally, the Obesity Medicine Education Collaborative (OMEC) provides 32 obesity specific medical competencies to be integrated across medical education curriculum. OC released the first globally recognized Adult Obesity Clinical Practice Guideline (CPGs) in 2020 inclusive of 80 recommendations. Referring to the CanMEDs and OMEC competencies, OC is developing medical education competencies for caring for patients who have obesity in line with the recent CPGs that can be applied to health professions education programs around the world.
Activities being completed by OC’s Education Action Team include a scoping review to summarize Canadian obesity medical education interventions or programs. Next, with expert consensus a competency set is being developed by utilizing the CanMEDs Framework, OMEC and the CPGs. Following this, OC will initially survey undergraduate medical programs across the country and determine to what degree they are meeting the competencies in content delivery. These findings will lead to a national report card outlining the current state of obesity medical education in Canada within undergraduate medical education.
To date, OC has completed the scoping review and the competency set. The Education Action Team is in the process of developing the survey tools to assess the current delivery of obesity medical education in Canada.
The evidenced-based report card will support advocacy to refine and enhance future educational initiatives with the overall goal of improving patient care for individuals living with obesity. The process being applied in Canada may also be applicable and modified for other regions to assess and better obesity medical education.