The Passing of Dr. Donald R. Wilson, AMS Past-President


Donald R. Wilson BA, MD, FRCSC

Dr. Donald R. Wilson, past President of Associated Medical Services Inc. (1983-1996), passed away on January 4, 2017 in his 100th year at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.

Dr. Wilson was highly respected for his many contributions to health professions education, his expansion of the AMS History of Medicine Programs across Canada and their Coalition of Academic Libraries for Ontario Medical Schools.

In the late 1980’s Dr. Donald R. Wilson while serving as president of AMS, led the initiative known as Educating Future Physicians of Ontario (E.F.P.O.) that was based on making undergraduate medical education in Ontario more responsive to the changing needs of society. EFPO was undertaken in partnership with the five Ontario medical faculties and the Government of Ontario. An enduring legacy of EFPO is the CanMEDS Framework (Physician Roles) of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, which has now been adopted by countries on five continents, making it the world’s most recognized competency framework for physicians.

AMS, with the Royal College, still awards the Donald Wilson Award annually to a medical educator or an identified leader who has demonstrated excellence in integrating the CanMEDS roles into a Royal College or other health related training program.

Dr. Wilson was a former Surgeon-in-Chief, Toronto Western Hospital, Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery, UofT, and President of Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada. The internationally renowned Wilson Centre, University of Toronto at University Health Network (Toronto General Hospital), was named in his honour as an acknowledgement of his many contributions to health professions education.