Nick Busing

Board Chair


Nick Busing, a retired family doctor, has spent much of his career focused on the future of medical education in Canada. After 20 years in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa as Assistant Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education and Chair of the Department of Family Medicine, and leadership roles at the College of Family Physicians of Canada, he served as President and CEO of the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) from 2005 to 2013.  

Nick led a Health Canada funded project entitled “The Future of Medical Education in Canada: MD“, where ten recommendations for changes to undergraduate medical education in Canada were endorsed by the 17 medical schools in Canada. He then worked with partners from the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada, le Collège des médecins du Québec, the College of Family Physicians of Canada, and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada leading a project titled Future of Medical Education in Canada: Postgraduate.  A report, including 10 recommendations for change, was endorsed by all the partner organizations and many of the recommendations have been implemented.

He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and received a special recognition award from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) in the United States “in recognition of outstanding leadership in improving medical education and health in Canada and beyond.” He is on the Boards of Compassionate Ottawa and the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP). Nick has published and presented extensively with a focus on medical education and health human resources in Canada.

“As a family doctor, I have spent my career in a full scope of practice that cares for patients and their families from birth to death. I am now a volunteer with Compassionate Ottawa, working to establish compassionate communities. The work of AMS in the championing of innovative healthcare, with compassion at its core, nicely echoes the priorities of my career.”