AIMGA is pleased to offer C-CRASH (Communication, Critical Reasoning, Attitude and Skills in Healthcare)/MCAP (Medical Communication Assessment Program) from June 26 to September 18.

Eligibility Criteria:
MUST BE IRCC ELIGIBLE and have ONE or more of the following:

  • Practice eligibility letter from the CPSA; or
  • Proof of unsuccessful QE2 exam results; or
  • Proof of registration for the upcoming Fall QE2 exam; or
  • Proof of AIMGP submission for the 2020 cycle
  • Must be committed to participating and have 15 hours per week to attend classes and complete coursework

This program consists of two components:


  1. Wednesday, June 26th from 6:00–7:30PM: Orientation
  2. July 1–15: MCAP Online Module 1

Please note: Participants must successfully complete Component 1 (i.e., Module 1) in order to continue onto Component 2 (i.e., classes).

Wednesdays from 6:00–9:00PM
Starting on Wednesday, July 17th and ending on Wednesday, September 18th

Facilitators: Dr. Leyla Samii (Sessions 1–4); Other physician TBA (Sessions 5–8), and Deidre Lake

Mid-course assessment: August 14
Final assessment: September 18

Other online modules will include:

  1. July 16–31: MCAP Online Module 2
  2. August 1–15: MCAP Online Module 5
  3. August 16–31: MCAP Online Module 6
  4. September 1–15: MCAP Online Module 7

*See below for module descriptions.

Module 1: Patient-Centred Care
Module 1 introduces participants to the concept of patient-centred care and why it is the model of choice in the North American healthcare system. This module also emphasizes the importance of taking an organized history for both practice and OSCE exam settings. Participants are introduced to the expected interview structure taught in medical schools (i.e. The Calgary-Cambridge Guide).

Module 2: Giving Advice & Including the Patient in the Management Plan
Module 2 explores how to organize a mutual plan of action with the patient. It includes an in-depth view of presenting treatment options, explaining treatment options and negotiating a mutual management plan. This module also looks at non-verbal communication and how to build rapport with patients using a patient-centred care model. This module builds Module 1 and provides a deeper understanding of patient-centred care.

Module 5: Breaking Bad News
Module 5 explores the very difficult task of breaking bad news in the North American healthcare system. This module emphasizes the importance of developing strategies and techniques to communicate bad news using common models. Through an exploration of situations where breaking bad news is required, this module assists in overcoming the barriers to breaking bad news to ensure that participants possess the skills and techniques to deliver bad news appropriately.

Module 6: Medical Ethics
Module 6 explores the ethics of Medicine through the codes and key principles established. The module emphasizes confidentiality, consent to investigation or treatment, and truth telling. The module also looks at obligations and restrictions in the doctor-patient relationship such as conflict of interest, disclosure of personal or moral limitations; professional boundaries; physician’s and patient’s rights; involvement of friends and family.

Module 7: Preparing for the OSCE: Techniques, Tips & Strategies
Module 7 explores the structure and concepts behind OSCEs. Participants review different types of cases, assessment checklists, and video performances. Tips & strategies to the OSCE from the beginning to the end of cases are provided. Exam-taking strategies and techniques are presented so test-takers can demonstrate their communication and clinical skills confidently during an OSCE.

The online modules are facilitated by Deidre Lake.

Participants will be required to spend 15 hours per week to successfully complete the program (3 hours in class and 12 hours for each online module and assignments).

Any participants that miss 3 classes will automatically be withdrawn from the course. Therefore, it’s essential that you’re in a position to commit to the course.

This course is funded by IRCC. There will be a maximum of 16 seats.

Application Deadline: Friday, June 14th at 12:00PM. Seat confirmation will be sent on Monday, June 17th.

If the course is full and you wish to be put on a wait list, please email Preference will be given to those who are IRCC eligible as this is an IRCC funded program.

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