Many programs are adapting to deal with constraints imposed by COVID-19, governmental restrictions and general concerns about safety.  The updates posted on this website provide Secretariat guidance for programs as they deal with the current situation.   The Secretariat will provide updates as new information becomes available.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any concerns or questions.

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2020-05-15 UPDATE 3          Required Notifications

Medical education programs may need to make temporary changes in response to exigencies of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Whereas many of these changes might normally require notification to the CACMS as per Element 5.12, the CACMS has suspended required notifications for COVID-19-related temporary changes to the medical education program. 

Schools are reminded that all changes, whether temporary or permanent, need to have the approval of the school’s curriculum committee or other appropriate committee and any other bodies as required by university regulations. 

The CACMS continues to require notification for those changes that are intended to be of a more permanent nature and those changes that are not in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The CACMS is not waiving or altering any other requirements that appear in the CACMS Standards and Elements

For more detail on required notifications see Element 5.12 and the CACMS Rules of Procedure, IV. Required Notifications to the CACMS (pages 24 and 25).

Representatives of medical education programs who need further guidance are encouraged to contact the CACMS Secretariat at:


2020-04-21   UPDATE 2       Guidance for modifications to the medical education program    

The CACMS Standards and Elements (S & E) impose few absolute requirements on a medical education program in terms of its curriculum.  One notable exception is that “a medical education program includes at least 130 weeks of instruction” (See Element 6.8).

Programs, however, are expected to uphold the curricular, advancement and graduation requirements established by its faculty.  Most educational requirements within a medical education program are specified by the faculty of a medical school.  This effectively means that modifications in program areas covered by Standards 6, 7, much of Standard 8, Element 10.3 and a few others must have the approval of the curriculum committee and the academic governance structure within the university as appropriate.


2020-03-31   UPDATE 1        Postponement of accreditation visits and submissions

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS) wishes to reassure our Canadian faculties of medicine that the CACMS is aware of the pressures and difficulties facing schools in these uncertain and rapidly changing times.

The CACMS Secretariat wishes to inform you that, effective immediately, all planned submission dates for CACMS documents (DCI, mini-DCI, status reports, etc.) will be postponed until further notice as will the review by the CACMS of any submissions already received.

The Secretariat remains available any time for consultation and will provide an update in due course on revised submission deadlines.