Memorial University of Newfoundland - Internal Medicine - St. John's


Program Director

Dr. David Jones


Program Administrator

Ms. Jill Colbourne

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Academic Teaching

  • Dedicated PGY1 academic half day July — Jan. Provides junior residents with opportunities to achieve EPAs, review care for urgent/emergent situations, transition to discipline.

  • PGY2/3 academic half day: formal curriculum meeting the objectives in training for Internal Medicine

  • Simulation curriculum

  • Resident research curriculum

  • Workshops (point of care ultrasound, communication, etc)

  • OSCEs x 2 / year

  • Morning report, ECG rounds, Infectious Disease rounds, evidence based medicine rounds, quality improvement and safety rounds, noon rounds, grand rounds weekly

Royal College Exam Preparation

  • Our PGY3's are provided with protected time for Royal College exam preparation Jan-June of their exam year.

  • There is a formal curriculum of OSCE practice, and opportunity to study with/receive coaching feedback from a faculty member from each sub specialty

  • Additional one hour sessions of senior resident teaching are provided before the start of the usual PGY2/3 half day

  • Dedicated study week block 7

Masters in Clinical Epidemiology

Our program offers the ability to complete a Masters in Clinical Epidemiology while working as an Internal Medicine resident. The residents are given protected time for lectures. There is also an option for a Diploma in Clinical Epidemiology.

Certificate in Medical Education

Our program offers the ability to complete a certificate in Medical Education while working as an Internal Medicine resident. The residents are given protected time for lectures.

Program QI

The program in Internal Medicine is constantly evaluating and striving to improve residents' educational experience. Residents play a large role in the ongoing of improvement through regular feedback and evaulation. Feedback sessions with the program director and residents are held during every block to ensure timely, clear communication of resident issues directly to the program director in a town hall format.

Quick Facts

  • We have moved to a Competence By Design curriculum. We use a dedicated MUNCAT app for EPA completion. Regular clinical coaching is provided to our residents.

  • There is opportunity for international electives

  • The ratio of faculty to residents is 3:1

  • Average patient load is variable — an estimate would be 10-20 patients per resident

  • Annual resident well being retreat (normally held in February of each year)

  • Annual resident social hosted by the program director

  • Wellness committee

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One of the primary strengths of our program are the opportunities for direct clinical exposure across a broad range of areas. We have few Fellows to compete with for clinical decision making and procedural opportunities with resultant regular direct contact with faculty. We have an excellent faculty to resident ratio and residents work very closely with their preceptors, getting to know them on a personal level. Even though we have few subspecialty programs (General Internal Medicine (GIM), Nephrology, Neurology, Medicine Oncology), residents have ample opportunity to gain experience in all the subspecialties through Selectives and Electives. Historically, our residents have consistently done well in the subspecialty match.

We have an active and diverse research community, which includes clinical, epidemiological, biomedical, and medical educational research leaders. Residents will be paired with a faculty mentor as a PGY1 and are expected to develop a research project based on their area of interest. We have an annual Scholarship Day where residents present their research. Residents are expected to present a project/their research in 2 out of their 3 years of training.