About Us

The Coalition of Physician Learning and Practice Improvement (the Coalition) was established in 2019 by eight national medical organizations with the goal of carrying forward into action the recommendations contained in the Future of Medical Education in Canada (FMEC) CPD Report (2019). The Report was the result of four years of consultation and involved over 100 CPD leaders in Canada in a series of working groups and conferences. The Report describes a new CPD system that supports physician learning and practice improvement and sustains innovation and quality improvement for the health of Canadians. It is part of a long term initiative to ensure Canada’s medical education system continues to meet the changing needs of Canadians, both now and into the future.

The Coalition envisions a CPD system in Canada that is responsive to patient and community needs, that is based on evidence and practice data, and that is oriented towards meaningful improvements in physician practice and patient outcomes.

Coalition Leadership Team and Collaborating Organizations

The Coalition for Physician Learning and Practice Improvement is funded and spearheaded by eight partner/collaborating organizations. Each of these organizations has identified a representative for the Coalition Leadership Team, as noted below.  The Team also includes a patient representative and a senior advisor. The Leadership Team is chaired by Dr. Jeff Sisler of the College of Family Physicians of Canada, which manages the Coalition Secretariat, and supported by Fran Kirby as Program Coordinator.

Leadership Team Members

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Amy Outschoorn, MEd, CTPD

Director, Continuing Professional Development

The College of Family Physicians of Canada


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Anna Karwowska, MDCM, FRCPC

Vice President, Education 

The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada


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Ashley Chisolm, MSc, PhD (Cand.)

Senior Advisor

Jennifer Kitts, BA, LLB, LLM

Senior Director, Health Policy

Canadian Medical Association


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Steven J. Bellemare, MD, FRCPC, CPE

Director, Knowledge Mobilization

Jennifer Gordon, MEd, CAE

Director, Safe Medical Care Learning

Canadian Medical Protective Association


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Fleur-Ange Lefebvre

Executive Director

Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada


Fédération des Médecins spécialistes du Québec

Samuel Daniel, MD, FRCSC

Directeur, Développement professionnel continu, FMSQ

Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec


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Maureen Topps, MB ChB, FCFP, MBA

Executive Director & CEO

Medical Council of Canada


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Rhonda St. Croix, MBA PCC CMA

Director, Continuing Professional Development,

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada


Lynn Ashdown, BSc, MD, DipMedEd

Patient Representative

Ivan Silver, MD, MEd, FRCPC

Senior Advisor, CPLPI

Staff Psychiatrist, Geriatric Division

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Professor, Department of Psychiatry,

Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto