Dalhousie University - Obstetrics and Gynecology - Halifax


Program Director

Dr. Leanne McCarthy


Program Administrator

Mary Boudreau

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Quick Facts

  • PGY1's participate in a Surgical Foundations Boot Camp during the first four weeks of residency along with all surgical disciplines. Residents also concurrently participate in two blocks of Obstetrics & Gynaecology Boot Camp which includes introductory sessions on general O&G topics as well as research, global health, fetal health surveillance, etc. and participation in O&G clinics, call, O.R., etc.

  • PGY 1 residents participate in the Foundations of Surgery Curriculum. PGY1 residents are required to complete the ATLS course during the Surgical Bootcamp block. PGY2 residents are required to write and pass theSurgical Foundations exam (fall of PGY2). The Surgical Foundations Program moved to the Competence by Design (CBD) format in 2018.

  • The ratio of residents to faculty is 1:1

  • Residents have an opportunity to pursue interprovincial and international electives

  • Annual Resident Retreat

  • Well equipped resident lounge as well as hospital widewireless & Up to Date access

  • Skills Centre for Health Sciences

  • Simulation Centre

  • One month research course in PGY1 & protected research time throughout residency.

  • Active Global Health Program with opportunities for international electives.

  • Active Departmental Wellness Program

  • Resident travel fund.

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We believe that the best residents are those who have been able to explore the breadth of the medical profession through suitable electives while enrolled in medical school. We do not preferentially rank applicants who have only pursued electives in one discipline or sub-discipline.


Are there sufficient elective opportunities during training to explore your special interests?

There are 3 blocks dedicated to elective time in fourth year. Electives may be pursued anywhere within Canada or internationally. They may also be completed outside of the specialty if they pertain to a particular interest or career goal. Residents complete 3 blocks of selectives where they can go to the community or work on acquiring skills relevant to their career path.

Are residents in your program required to complete the Surgical Foundations course?

Our residents are required to participate in the Surgical Foundations Program and pass the Royal College exam written in early PGY2. Residents are excused from their clinical duties for one half-day per week on Wednesday mornings during PGY1 for surgical foundations seminars.

Are there active and/or required research projects in your residency program?

Residents are required to complete and present one research project during their training. We have a very rich perinatal research department and there are an abundance of active projects across all Obs/Gyn disciplines. PGY1 residents complete a 1-block research course to refresh critical appraisal skills and facilitate an early start on a project. PGY2-4 residents have protected time to dedicate to their research project. Residents receive special funding for presenting at national meetings. Additional funding is provided to residents to attend conferences throughout their training.

Tell me about the surgical skills lab and simulation centre?

We have a state-of-the-art surgical skills lab where wet and dry sessions are conducted to help enhance residents’ surgical skills. We also have a fully equipped simulation centre on-site including high fidelity and ultrasound scan-trainer. Our strong simulation curriculum provides us with additional opportunities to practice the management of obstetrical emergencies. Both facilities are open for self-directed learning 24/7.

What is overall resident satisfaction like in your program?

Overall, we are a very happy and social group of residents. Recent graduates from our program have felt they received very well rounded training that prepared them for practice as an independent staff.