Activation and Accreditation Cycle for AFC Programs

AFC’s that receive an accreditation status of Accredited New Program are not considered active by the Royal College until they have accepted their first trainee into the program.

    1. To be considered active the program must notify the PGME Accreditation Coordinator at once an AFC trainee is accepted into the AFC program and has a confirmed start date

    2. The PGME Accreditation Coordinator at notifies the Royal College of the program’s activation and the trainee’s start date

    3. The Royal College sends an Activation Letter to the Associate Dean, PGME to confirm that the AFC program is now active and provides information regarding the upcoming External Review timeline.

      NOTE: all accredited new programs will undergo an external review conducted through the Royal College within 24 months of activation and an internal review conducted by PGME prior to the external review.

    4. The PGME Accreditation Coordinator will work with the AFC Program Director and Program Administrator to book dates and prepare the documents for both the internal review and external review.

      NOTE: An internal review is a formal quality review of each training program against the accreditation standards. The reviews are done by a team of three: two physicians and one trainee. Internal reviews are a valuable opportunity to meet other Program Directors, see the internal review process and become more familiar with the new accreditation requirements. All Program Directors participate in at least 2 internal reviews, once as a Chair of the review team and once as the second reviewer.

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