The CanMEDS-FM Roles


  • Integrates all the CanMEDS­‐FM roles in order to function effectively as generalists.
  • Establishes and maintains clinical knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to meet the needs of the practice and patient population served.
  • Demonstrates proficient assessment and management of patients using the patient‐centered method.
  • Provides comprehensive and continuing care throughout the life cycle, incorporating preventive, diagnostic, and therapeutic interventions.
  • Attend to complex clinical situations in family medicine effectively.
  • Demonstrates proficient and evidence‐based use of procedural skills.
  • Provides coordination of patient care, including collaboration and consultation with other health professionals and caregivers.

  • Develops rapport, trust, and ethical therapeutic relationships with patients and families.
  • Actively elicits and synthesizes information from, and perspectives of, patients and families, colleagues, and other professionals.
  • Accurately conveys needed information and explanations to patients and families, colleagues, and other professionals.
  • Develops a common understanding on issues, problems, and plans with patients and families, colleagues, and other professionals to develop, provide, and follow-­up on shared plan of care.
  • Conveys effective oral and written information.

  • Maintains and enhances professional activities through ongoing self-­directed learning based on reflective practice.
  • Critically evaluates medical information, its sources, and its relevance to practice, and applies this information to practice decisions.
  • Facilitates the education of patients, families, trainees, other health professional colleagues, and the public, as appropriate.
  • Contributes to the creation, dissemination, application, and translation of new knowledge and practices.

  • Participates in a collaborative team-­based model with consulting health professionals in the care of patients.
  • Maintains a positive working environment with consulting health professionals, health care team members, and community agencies.
  • Engages patients or specific groups of patients and their families as active participants in their care.

  • Contributes to the improvement of comprehensive, continuity-based, and patient-centered health care delivered in teams, organizations, and systems
  • Engage in the stewardship of health care resources.
  • Demonstrate collaborative leadership in professional practice to enhance health care.
  • Manages career planning, finances, and health human resources in a practice.

  • Responds to individual patient health needs and issues as a part of patient care.
  • Responds to the health needs of the communities served.
  • Identifies the determinants of health within their communities.
  • Promotes the health of individual patients, communities, and populations.

  • Demonstrates a commitment to patients, profession, and society through ethical practice.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to patients, profession, and society through participation in profession-­led regulation.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to physician health and sustainable practice.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to reflective practice.

Source: The College of Family Physicians of Canada: CanMeds-­Family Medicine 2017: A competency framework for family physicians across the continuum
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