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CAGS Strategic Priorities
 
At the CAGS Mid-term Meeting in February 2008, 4 organizational objectives were identified, along with supporting goals and priorities to achieve the CAGS vision and mission.  CAGS is committed to pursuing an effective strategic plan in order to add value for members and give General Surgery a strong voice across Canada.
 
Objective #1
Resident Programs
CAGS contributes to the content and processes of all general surgery residency training programs to enhance residents’ career development.
 
Goals:
  • There is a need for a national approach to common issues related to General Surgery training that must be done through enhanced communication at all training levels (including clinical fellows and undergraduates)
  • Residents should see CAGS as their society
  • CAGS should respect and value residents as the future of General Surgery
  • Offer Residents practical aspects of transition into practice

Priorities:

1) Contribute to the content and processes of our residency training programs

  • Define beginning and end points for input, including consideration of Undergraduate programs
  • Only CAGS can give community based surgeons a voice in our residency training requirements
  • General Surgery PDs committee, a CAGS committee, provides input to the RCPSC Specialty Committee but there are gaps: 1) community surgery input into both committees 2) consideration of IMG issues

2) Enhance residents’ career development

  • CAGS should encourage collaboration among Undergraduate and Postgraduate programs with respect to General Surgery
  • Provide career development, mentoring with respect to General Surgery for all trainee levels
  • Offer residents practical aspects of transition to practice
  • CAGS must set up proper processes and communication channels to be the networking base for all trainees in, or interested in General Surgery programs.

Objective #2
CME/CPD 
To provide the facility for every CAGS member to fully meet their individual CME requirements and re-certification obligations.
 
Goals:
  • Recognize the evolving principles of ADULT education
  • Respond to individual learning needs (specific surgeons practicing in different settings)
  • Targeted needs (FITER)3
  • Need to work hard to know the perceived and unperceived education needs of membership 
Priorities:
Recognize multiple resources such as E-learning, symposium, post grad courses, CSF, and mentorship.  (To achieve personal learning needs, evidence suggests many of the “traditional programs” are not particularly effective.)
  • We now have journal links, CSF, EBRS, CJS (we need to use more effectively).  We would like to have ASAP (coming), Mentorship, “JUST IN TIME”, expert list, on line, groups (e.g. HPB).
  • Make web page more one stop for members (FILTER) through Clinical Practice Guidelines repository and position papers; and/or link general surgery topics along with proper promotion to use and draw attention.
  • Stay abreast of changing trends to effectively inform, warn and prepare CAGS membership for recertification issues. 
Objective #3
Political/Public Advocacy
CAGS will effectively advocate all issues relating to the specialty of general surgery across Canada .  
  
Goals:
  
CAGS would like to effectively address and represent the following issues on behalf of General Surgeons:
  •  Quality of Patient Care
  •  Human Resources
  •  Access to Care
  •  Physical Resources (eg. OR time, endo time)
  •  Quality of Life / Lifestyle
  •  Identity and Image
Priorities:
  •  Interaction with other groups/strong relationships: CMA, Royal College , federal politicians, provincial general surgical organizations, etc.
  •  Increasing public and political awareness
  •  Development and/or endorsement of position statements on delivery of surgical care and  standards of care
  •  Enhanced mechanisms for communication (e.g. website, newsletter)
  
Objective #4
Research
CAGS contributes to the health of Canadians through the promotion of general surgery research.
  
Goals:
Canadian General Surgeons have pioneered the development and application of minimally invasive surgical techniques, cancer care, transplantation, the management of trauma and sepsis and in innovative & cost effective, evidence-informed healthcare delivery.
  •  Dissemination of research findings is important for progress in healthcare
  •  Provide research funding for residents and faculty
  •  Provide funding for: Basic, Clinical, Health Policy and Services Education Research, and Quality Improvement
Priorities:
  •  CSRF Marketing Plan
  •  Public awareness
  •  Member awareness
  •  Revision of Donation Categories
  •  Develop more substantial awards (career development)
  •  Explore partnership possibilities (CIHR)
  •  Professionalized fundraising (Partner Member with Sponsor)
  •  Link with CME to ensure the dissemination of results is achieved (proper knowledge transfer)
   
   
   
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