How Compentency-Based Education is Changing Training Everywhere

Jason Frank, MD, MA(ED), FRCPC

Dr. Jason R. Frank is a clinician-educator focusing on all aspects of health professions training. 

He is a professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Medicine as well as an attending physician at the Ottawa Hospital.. He currently services as the founding Director for the Centre for Innovation in Medical Education at UOttawa (cIMED). Formerly, he worked as the Director, Specialty Education, Strategy and Standards in the Office of Specialty Education at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada,  

Born in rural northern Canada, Jason Frank obtained his MD from the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Medicine and an FRCPC in Emergency Medicine at the University of Toronto. His Masters of Education is from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. 

He is known for his work on all aspects of medical education, particularly the CanMEDS Project since 1994, and competency-based medical education (CBME). He is the founder and chair of the International CBME Collaborators consortium and the Competence By Design project. He has contributed to health professions systems worldwide. 

A past finalist for Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, he has been recognized for his contributions to medicine and teaching. He is the recipient of the 2013 Council Award Honouring Outstanding Physicians, from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, and was made an honorary Fellow of the Australian Orthopedic Association in 2015 for his contributions to surgical education. In 2020, he was given the Ian Hart Award by the Association for Medical Education in Europe, one of the highest international honours for contributions to health professions education.