Tutor Guide

Tutor Guide



This series of CanMEDS modules have been created for use in Postgraduate Medical Education at Queen's University (link). The modules are freely available and do not require a password.

Learners can work through the modules on their own, or programmes may include the modules in a specific CanMEDS curriculum.




The following are suggestions for using the modules as a part of your teaching:

  • Use the modules as an assignment prior to a large or small group session. The portfolio feature allows the learner to log in to the module and then save answers  as a PDF file that can be submitted.

  • Use questions from the module as discussion points in small group sessions.

  • Provide an example from your specialty and discuss one of the topics from the module.

  • Review ways that the Role(s) discussed in the module(s) can be carried out in your specialty.

  • Have participants work in groups of 2 or 3 to discuss specific questions or aspects of the module.

  • If there are ares not addressed by the module work as a group to address them and submit the content for possible inclusion in future updates.

  • Use the module as a resource or reference for other sessions/activities.

  • Use the modules as a follow-up to clinical activity.

Integrate CanMEDS into your daily work with learners:

  • Make the CanMEDS Roles a part of ward rounds, teaching sessions and case conferences.

  • Encourage residents to present rounds that focus on more than the Medical Expert Role.

  • Model all of the CanMEDS Roles in your work with residents so that they can do the same for medical students.

  • Take a few minutes with your team to review the various Roles each of you embodied that day. Help the residents to see the various Roles in the work they are doing.

  • Notice and positively reinforce when residents demonstrate a mastery of the skills associated with each of the Roles.

  • Challenge and aid your learners to grow into the Roles that might not come to them naturally.

  • Brag about your colleagues who are doing work outside of the hospital that is related to all of CanMEDS Roles.

  • Don't forget to tell the residents about the work that you do that may be invisible to them, but that establishes you as a completely rounded physician and excellent Role model!


More on the Portfolio

  • The modules contain a variety of activities to present content, test comprehension and foster reflection. 

  • The text based responses (i.e. the reflective answers, not the drag and drop exercises) can be stored in an individualized portfolio.

  • To activate the portfolio the user must first register with an email address and then login with that user information to send responses to the portfolio. 

  • Portfolio responses can be accessed by the individual user and saved or shared as a PDF.


Technical Requirements:

  • The modules are best used in Firefox.

  • To access the video content you will need Quicktime.