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Queen's University - Diagnostic Radiology - Kingston

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CONTACT INFORMATION

Program Director

Dr. Andrew Chung

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Administrative Assistant

Ms. Lynne Meilleur

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HIGHLIGHTS
  • Close-knit program of residents and radiologists provides a warm and enjoyable interpersonal and professional experience

  • Excellent faculty-to-trainee ratio and immense resident opportunity for hands-on learning, with early and in-depth experience with procedures and advanced imaging

  • Early adoption of competency-based curriculum provides a robust system of continual feedback, individual mentorship (each resident is assigned a faculty Academic Advisor), and clearly defined goals and objectives for competency

  • Located in Kingston, one of the most picturesque and livable small cities in Ontario; highlights including: waterfront properties and activities, historic downtown, short commute times, lower cost of living, a bustling restaurant and tourism scene, central location between numerous larger metropolitan areas (Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Syracuse), and proximity to numerous beautiful leisure destinations (Prince Edward County/Sandbanks Provincial Park, the Thousand Islands)


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GENERAL INFORMATION
  • 5-year residency program with 3 residents per year designed to prepare residents for further subspecialty training or general radiology practice

  • Competency-based medical education (CBME) curriculum with abbreviated (8 blocks) off-service period, allowing for earlier transition into radiology

  • System of continuous, iterative feedback identifies strengths and weaknesses early with 1-on-1 mentorship via staff radiologist Academic Advisor

  • Early and in-depth experience with procedures and advanced imaging, which at some institutions might be reserved for more senior trainees or clinical fellows

  • Two primary training sites: Kingston General Hospital (acute care) and Hotel Dieu Hospital (ambulatory care), with pediatric radiology rotations at the Hospital for Sick Children (Toronto, ON)

  • Broad array of educational activities including: Academic Half-Day, Grand Rounds, Departmental Rounds, Senior Rounds, Neuropathology Rounds, Journal Club, Radiology-Emergency Collaboration Rounds, and AI and Radiology lecture series

  • Dedicated research blocks and research days, with completion of at least one scholarly project mandatory during residency

  • Departmental funding and support for a variety of conferences and courses including: the American Institute of Radiologic Pathology (AIRP) course, off-site physic courses, the American Society of Emergency Radiology (ASER) Annual Meeting and Postgraduate Course, the combined Western/Queen’s CanMEDS Conference, as well as additional national and international conferences at which residents are presenting scholarly work

  • Located in Kingston, one of the most picturesque and livable small cities in Ontario; highlights including: waterfront properties and activities, historic downtown, short commute times, lower cost of living, a bustling restaurant and tourism scene, central location between numerous larger metropolitan areas (Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Syracuse), and proximity to numerous beautiful leisure destinations (Prince Edward County/Sandbanks Provincial Park, the Thousand Islands)


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FAQ

What are you looking for in a strong candidate?

We are looking for applicants with varied experiences in medicine, but also a demonstrable interest in radiology and record of strong academic performance. Queen’s radiology is a close-knit community of residents and radiologists, and candidates should possess strong communication and interpersonal skills as well as an interest in Kingston and contributing to the Queen’s medical community. Residents at Queen’s have access to immense opportunity for hands-on learning, with early and in-depth experience with procedures and advanced imaging, which at some institutions might be reserved for more senior trainees or clinical fellows. We are seeking candidates comfortable with maximizing these opportunities through staff-led and self-directed learning. Endorsements of professionalism and work ethic, particularly in the Medical Student Performance Record (MSPR) and letters of reference are highly valued.



I was unable to complete an elective at Queen’s. Will this negatively impact my application?

No, on-site electives are not mandatory. While we welcome outreach by medical students in order to get to know our program and the city of Kingston better, you should consider these opportunities to inform your program selection. Not having the opportunity to pursue these activities will not disadvantage you in receiving an interview offer or candidate ranking.



What sort of opportunities are there for residents to develop their teaching skills within residency?

Radiology residents are responsible for a variety of formal evaluated teaching rounds including departmental Grand Rounds, Journal Club, and interdisciplinary radiology teaching rounds for Radiation Oncology. Residents also participate in informal peer-teaching including “Case of the Week” rounds during Academic Half Day as well as day-to-day mentorship of junior colleagues and off-service or elective trainees. Additional teaching opportunities at the undergraduate medical level are available for interested residents.



Are there research opportunities available at Queen’s?

Yes, Queen’s University has a fully subspecialized radiology practice based at a tertiary care centre with wide catchment area. There are numerous radiologists who are heavily engaged in research who can provide mentorship and supervision for resident research.



What will happen to residents at Queen’s when the Royal College’s national Competence by Design (CBD) radiology curriculum deploys?

Queen’s University is an advance site for competency-based medical education (CBME) with a transitional radiology curriculum, which follows the principles and structure of CBD laid down by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. This has allowed us to build much of infrastructure which will be needed when CBD deploys nationally (Competence Committee, Academic Advisors, assessment platforms). It is planned for all residents to complete residency via the curriculum in which they started. Therefore, residents who begin residency prior to the deployment of a nationwide CBD curriculum will follow the Queen’s-specific CBD curriculum throughout the entirety of their residency.