In accordance with the Royal College's competency-based medical education program, Competency by Design, Surgical Foundations developed and tested a novel boot camp in July of 2016. This new program prepares trainees for residency training and helps them complete the Surgical Foundations Transition to Discipline milestones and entrustable professional activities prior to imitating clinical work.
The boot camp was, by all accounts, highly successful. In fact, the McMaster Department of Surgery SF Boot Camp will be an annual event moving forwards given its early success and uptake. The second boot camp will be held from July 3, 2017 to July 14, 2017. Feedback from the first group of residents to go through boot camp was used to modify and improve the second boot camp, and it will continue to evolve as needs change.