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Professional

Communicator

Scholar

Manager

Collaborator

Health Advocate

Expert

Definition

As Medical Experts, physicians integrate all of the CanMEDS Roles, applying medical knowledge, clinical skills, and professional attitudes in their provision of patient-centered care. Medical Expert is the central physician Role in the CanMEDS framework.

Description

Physicians possess a defined body of knowledge, clinical skills, procedural skills and professional attitudes, which are directed to effective patient-centered care. They apply these competencies to collect and interpret information, make appropriate clinical decisions, and carry out diagnostic and therapeutic interventions. They do so within the boundaries of their discipline, personal expertise, the healthcare setting and the patient's preferences and context. Their care is characterized by up-to-date, ethical, and resource-efficient clinical practice as well as by effective communication in partnership with patients, other health care providers and the community. The Role of Medical Expert is central to the work of physicians and draws on the competencies included in the Roles of Communicator, Collaborator, Manager, Health Advocate, Scholar and Professional.

Note: The following clinical presentations were recently updated:

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78-8Work-related Health Issues2014/02

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  • Abdominal / Pelvic Mass 2
  • Hepatomegaly 2-2
  • Hernia (Abdominal Wall and Groin) 2-4
  • Splenomegaly 2-3
  • Abdominal Distension 1
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Abdominal Pain (Children) 3-1
  • Acute Abdominal Pain 3-2
  • Anorectal Pain 3-4
  • Chronic Abdominal Pain 3-3
  • Abnormal Heart Sounds and Murmurs 62
  • Abnormal Liver Function Tests 52
  • Abnormal, Serum Lipids 51
  • Acid-base Abnormalities Hydrogen 45
  • Allergic Reactions and Atopy 4
  • Anxiety 69
  • Ataxia (Gait) 35
  • Attention, Learning, and School Problems 5
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  • Blood From Gastrointestinal Tract
  • Lower Gastrointestinal Bleeding 6-2
  • Upper Gastrointestinal Bleeding 6-1
  • Blood in Sputum (Hemoptysis) 7
  • Blood in Urine / Hematuria 8
  • Blood Pressure, Abnormal
  • Hypertension 9-1
  • Hypertension in Childhood 9-1-1
  • Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy 9-1-4
  • Hypotension, Shock 9-2
  • Breast Disorders
  • Breast Discharge 10-2
  • Breast Lump, Breast Cancer Screening 10-1
  • Gynecomastia 10-3
  • Burns 11
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  • Calcium/Phosphate Concentration Abnormal, Serum
  • Calcium Disorders 12-2
  • Cardiac Arrest 13
  • Chest Pain 14
  • Coagulation Abnormalities
  • Bleeding Tendency, Bruising 15-1
  • Venous Thrombosis, Hypercoagulable State 15-2
  • Constipation
  • Adult Constipation 16-1
  • Pediatric Constipation 16-2
  • Contraception 17
  • Cough 18
  • Cyanosis, Hypoxia 19
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  • Developmental Delay 21
  • Adults with Developmental Disabilities 21-1
  • Diarrhea
  • Acute Diarrhea 22-1
  • Chronic Diarrhea 22-2
  • Pediatric Diarrhea 22-3
  • Diplopia 23
  • Dizziness, Vertigo 24
  • Dysphagia 26
  • Dyspnea 27
  • Pediatric Respiratory Distress 27-3
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  • Ear Pain 28
  • Early Pregnancy Loss / Spontaneous Abortion 81
  • Edema/Anasarca/Ascites
  • Generalized Edema 29-1
  • Localized Edema 29-2
  • Epistaxis 122
  • Erectile Dysfunction 48
  • Eye Redness 30
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  • Failure to Thrive
  • Failure to Thrive (Infant, Child) 31-2
  • Frailty in the Elderly 31-1
  • Falls 32
  • Fatigue 33
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  • General Objectives 000
  • Genetic Concerns 36
  • Congenital Anomalies, Dysmorphic Features 36-2
  • Glucose Abnormal, Serum/Diabetes Mellitus/Polydipsia
  • Diabetes Mellitus 37-2
  • Glucose Abnormalities 37-1
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  • Hair and Nail Complaints
  • Alopecia 38-1
  • Nail Complaints 38-2
  • Headache 39
  • Hearing Loss and Deafness 40
  • Hemiplegia, Hemisensory Loss with or without Aphasia 41
  • Hemoglobin Serum, Abnormal
  • Anemia 42-1
  • Elevated Hemoglobin 42-2
  • Hirsutism, Hypertrichosis 43
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  • Incontinence
  • Fecal Incontinence 47-1
  • Incontinence, Urine, Adult 47-2
  • Incontinence, Urine, Pediatric / Enuresis 47-3
  • Infertility 46
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  • Jaundice 49
  • Neonatal Jaundice 49-1
  • Joint Pain
  • Back Pain and Related Symptoms (e.g., Sciatica) 50-4
  • Neck Pain 50-5
  • Non-Articular Musculoskeletal Pain 50-3
  • Oligoarthralgia (Pain in One to Four Joints) 50-1
  • Polyarthralgia (Pain in More Than Four Joints) 50-2
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  • Kidney Injury
  • Acute Kidney Injury (Anuria or Oliguria) 89-1
  • Chronic Kidney Injury 89-2
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  • Language and speech disorders 44
  • Legal, Ethical and Organizational Aspects of Medicine
  • Confidentiality 121-4
  • Consent 121-1
  • Legal System 121-5
  • Negligence 121-3
  • Truth Telling 121-2
  • Limp In Children 20
  • Lump / Mass (Musculoskeletal) 53
  • Lymphadenopathy 54
  • Mediastinal Mass 54-1
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  • Menopause 57
  • Menstrual Cycle, Abnormal
  • Amenorrhea, Oligomenorrhea 56-1
  • Dysmenorrhea 56-2
  • Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (Premenstrual Syndrome, PMS) 56-3
  • Mental Status, Altered
  • Coma 58-1
  • Delirium 58-2
  • Major/Mild Neurocognitive Disorders (Dementia) 58-3
  • Mood Disorders
  • Depressed Mood 59-1
  • Mania / Hypomania 59-2
  • Mouth Problems 60
  • Movement Disorders, Involuntary / Tic Disorders 61
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  • Neck Mass, Goiter, Thyroid Disease 63
  • Neonatal Distress 64
  • Numbness / Tingling / Altered Sensation 66
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  • Pain
  • Central/Peripheral Neuropathic Pain 67-2-2
  • Generalized Pain Disorders 67-1-2-1
  • Sympathetic / Complex Regional Pain Syndrome/Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy 67-2-1
  • Palpitations 68
  • Pediatric Emergencies - Acutely Ill Infant/Child
  • Crying or Fussing Child 71-1
  • Hypotonic Infant 71-2
  • Pelvic Mass 72
  • Pelvic Pain 73
  • Periodic Health Examination (PHE) 74
  • Infant and Child Immunization 74-2
  • Newborn Assessment 74-1
  • Pre-operative Medical Evaluation 74-3
  • Personality Disorders 75
  • Pleural Effusion 76
  • Poisoning 77
  • Population Health and Its Determinants
  • Administration of Effective Health Programs at the Population Level 78-4
  • Assessing and Measuring Health Status at the Population Level 78-2
  • Concepts of Health and Its Determinants 78-1
  • Environment 78-6
  • Health of Special Populations 78-7
  • Interventions at the Population Level 78-3
  • Outbreak Management 78-5
  • Work-related Health Issues 78-8
  • Potassium Concentration Abnormal, Serum
  • Hyperkalemia 79-1
  • Hypokalemia 79-2
  • Pregnancy
  • Intrapartum and Postpartum Care 80-2
  • Prenatal Care 80-1
  • Preterm Labour 82
  • Proteinuria 84
  • Pruritus 85
  • Psychosis 86
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  • Scrotal Mass 90
  • Scrotal Pain 91
  • Seizures / Epilepsy 92
  • Sexual Maturation
  • Abnormal Pubertal Development 93-1
  • Sexually Concerned Patient 94
  • Skin Rash / Papules 97
  • Urticaria, Angioedema 97-2
  • Skin Tumors and Ulcers 95
  • Sleep-Wake Disorders 98
  • Sodium Concentration Abnormal, Serum
  • Hypernatremia 99-1
  • Hyponatremia 99-2
  • Sore Throat and/or Rhinorrhea 100
  • Smell / Taste Dysfunction 100-1
  • Stature Abnormal (Tall Stature / Short Stature) 101
  • Strabismus and/or Amblyopia 102
  • Substance-Related or Addictive 103
  • Substance Withdrawal 103-1
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), Apparent Life Threatening Event (ALTE) 104
  • Suicidal Behavior 105
  • Syncope and Pre-Syncope 106
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  • Temperature Abnormal/Fever and/or Chills
  • Fever in a Neonate, Fever in a Child 107-3
  • Fever In The Immune Compromised Host / Recurrent Fever 107-4
  • Fever of Unknown Origin 107-2
  • Hyperthermia 107-1
  • Hypothermia 107-5
  • The Dying Patient 25
  • Tinnitus 108
  • Trauma 109
  • Abdominal Injuries 109-1
  • Bone or Joint Injury 109-3
  • Chest Injuries 109-4
  • Drowning (Near-drowning) 109-6
  • Facial Injuries 109-8
  • Fractures and Dislocations 109-16
  • Hand and/or Wrist Injuries 109-9
  • Head Trauma / Brain Death / Transplant Donations 109-10
  • Insect Stings and Bites 109-2
  • Nerve Injury 109-11
  • Skin Wounds 109-12
  • Spinal Trauma 109-13
  • Urinary Tract Injuries 109-14
  • Vascular Injury 109-15
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  • Urinary Frequency
  • Dysuria, Urinary Frequency and Urgency, and/or Pyuria 110-1
  • Polyuria and/or Polydipsia 110-2
  • Urinary Tract Obstruction 111
  • Uterine Prolapse, Pelvic Relaxation 83