Winter 2016 (Volume 26, Number 4)

CanREAL: How You Can Get Involved in Rheumatology

By Raheem B. Kherani, BSc (Pharm), MD, FRCPC, MHPE; Susan Humphrey-Murto, MD, FRCPC, MEd;
Christopher J Penney, MD, FRCPC

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CanREAL is a subcommittee of the CRA Education Committee. CanREAL was founded on the premise of ‚Äúpromoting scholarship in rheumatology education‚ÄĚ and stands for Canadian Rheumatology Education and Learning. About 15 years ago, Dr. Lori Albert originally convened a small nucleus of educators as an informal group. At the 2012 CRA Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM), the group met and formed this working group subcommittee. At the 2013 CRA ASM, the CRA provided official subcommittee status.


  • Promote exchange of ideas and best practices for rheumatology education at the undergraduate and postgraduate level;
  • Promote scholarship in rheumatology education in Canada.

Membership structure:

There is an open committee membership of individuals interested in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education. A special welcome is extended to rheumatology trainees considering a career in medical education. Those interested in getting involved can contact:


Face-to-face meetings are held at the CRA ASM each year. Teleconferences have been set up as needed throughout the year with the support of the CRA.

This is a national forum for collaboration in rheumatology education, innovation, and scholarship. Ongoing collaborations include developing shared projects and connections that the CRA fosters through the support of organizations such as CanREAL. There are plans to develop a new award, entitled the Medical Education Innovation Project Award, which would complement the recently developed Practice Reflection Award. Future directions include ongoing round-table discussions amongst rheumatology educators nationally to share best practices and innovations and to provide a platform for the development of scholarship across institutions. Through collaborations within the CRA, we are enhancing web resources and the educational delivery of the CRA ASM.

If you are interested in getting involved with medical education in rheumatology nationally, join us for the next CanREAL meeting in Ottawa!

Raheem B. Kherani, BSc (Pharm), MD, FRCPC, MHPE
Clinical Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia
Medical Lead, Arthritis Program,
GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre
Vancouver, British Columbia
West Coast Rheumatology Associates
Richmond, British Columbia

Susan Humphrey-Murto, MD, FRCPC, MEd
Director of Education Research,
Department of Medicine,
University of Ottawa
Ottawa, Ontario

Christopher J Penney, MD, FRCPC
Associate Clinical Professor,
University of Calgary
Richmond Road Diagnostic & Treatment Center
Calgary, Alberta