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Gordon is Director of Education, Risk Management Services for the Canadian Medical Protective Association. Gord is the recipient of numerous awards for excellence in teaching and has been honoured by his peers with an award for professionalism.

He is recognized internationally as a leader in patient safety education with a special interest in disclosure, building a just culture of safety and promoting quality improvement in healthcare.

At CMPA, Gord leads a staff of eighteen including seven physicians. His team interacts with well over 250,000 CMPA member physicians each year to coach them in providing safer clinical care and medico-legal risk management. The Good Practices Guide, a resource for medical trainees and their faculty, was published in 2012.

Vision for patient safety in Canada:

A patient safety culture is one in which the leaders and all staff of an organization are committed to providing the safest possible care to patients – safety is a core value and is “top of mind”. Such organizations would ask “Are we doing the right things clinically, and are we providing care as safely as possible?”

Vision for patient safety education in Canada:

Risk management and patient safety issues should ideally be introduced into undergraduate medicine at multiple levels and entry points over the years of study. In addition, multiple learning formats should be used, starting early in training prior to clinical exposure and intensifying in step with the increasing exposure of the students to patients. The patient safety theme should weave through each course or rotation of learning and be appropriate to the level of training so that it is in context with the trainee’s experiences.