An Area of Focused Competence (Diploma) or AFC (Diploma) Program is a highly-specialized area of expertise within a medical specialty or subspecialty that addresses a specific societal need but does not meet the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) criteria of an independent specialty or subspecialty discipline. The length of training is typically 1-2 years. Training is competency-based.
An AFC (Diploma) represents one of the following:
There are four types of AFC programs, including the following:
Successful AFC (Diploma) candidates become Diplomates of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (Diplomate Affiliate members if the candidate does not have RCPSC specialty or subspecialty certification).
AFC (Diploma) Program Accreditation: AFC programs must be accredited by the RCPSC and must adhere to the RCPSC AFC Accreditation Standards (“C” Standards). See link
University of Manitoba Accredited AFC (Diploma) Programs:
Adult Hepatology - Application Information
Adult Interventional Cardiology - Application Information
see Section VIII 8.1 - of the RCPSC Policy and Procedures Manual (2018)
Entry Criteria for Individual AFC (Diploma) Programs:
see Section VIII 8.2 of the RCPSC Policy and Procedures Manual (2018)
For individuals who are enrolled in a Royal College accredited AFC (diploma) training program: see link
AFC Candidate Application Process Information: see link
RCPSC Website Links to AFC Resources: see link
Management of Fellowships Link: see link