Queen's University - Emergency Medicine - Kingston
Queen’s EM is proud to offer a nationally recognized, five-year training program in Emergency Medicine. As one of the first EM programs in Canada, our curriculum has been carefully developed and refined to offer our residents an outstanding educational experience. Our faculty is diverse and includes recognized experts in research, education, administration and clinical practice. Residents are experience the full breadth of medical practice in exceptional training facilities including both academic and community hospitals and a state-of-the-art simulation center. Queen’s EM has a long tradition of innovation and we continually strive to grow our program while ensuring we maintain our strong sense of community. Our residents come from across the country and choose Queen’s EM because of its many strengths including:
Our residents are fortunate to see a high volume, high acuity and wide variety of patients, which is necessary to become competent specialist Emergency Medicine physicians. This includes a high volume of pediatric patients.
Our faculty members share a passion for teaching and are incredibly supportive of our residents. While we maintain a low faculty to resident ratio, over recent years our Department has welcomed an enthusiastic group of new, young and talented faculty members with expertise in Critical Care Medicine, Education, Toxicology, Ultrasound, Clinical Epidemiology, Global Health, Quality Improvement, Simulation, Resuscitation Medicine and Disaster Medicine.
Program flexibility, Innovation and Responsiveness
Queen’s EM has a strong tradition of being learner-centered. Our program allows flexibility for residents to pursue academic areas of interest including opportunities for interprovincial and international electives. We encourage residents and faculty to be active in program innovation. We offer a robust academic curriculum and are committed to continue to improve the learning experience for our residents. To that end, we actively seek feedback from our residents on program performance during semi-annual program evaluations. Results of these evaluations are discussed at our resident retreats and inform opportunities for growth.
Queen’s EM is a national leader in simulation and resuscitation medicine. Our residents learn and train in a state-of-the-art simulation facility on a weekly basis starting from Week 1 of residency. As residents progress through training, they take on a teaching role in our weekly Junior Resuscitation Rounds. The annual CAEP Simulation Olympiad originated at Queen’s as a means to showcase the outstanding resuscitation skills of our residents.
Point of Care Ultrasound Training (POCUS)
Our residents receive outstanding training in the use of basic and advanced POCUS applications. Residents learn POCUS during their first academic day of residency. Our dedicated POCUS curriculum includes: monthly grand rounds, US journal club, six annual half days that cover the breadth of basic and advanced applications, a rotation in advanced ultrasound in Core of Discipline (PGY3), mentored scanning shifts and archived image review for quality assurance of image generation and interpretation.
Balanced Life Style
We place a heavy emphasis on well-being and resident wellness. We are committed to maintaining a culture that fosters a balanced lifestyle for faculty and residents, celebrates diverse interests and values our sense of community.
Due to the smaller size of our academic centre, faculty and residents from all disciplines get to know each other personally and collaborate well in educational, clinical and administrative areas. Our residents are a cohesive group who enjoy one another’s company and have created an active social atmosphere.
The City of Kingston is continually ranked as on the best places to work and live in Canada. Our residents are happy here and enjoy its high quality of life, abundant attractions and lower cost of living.
Our program remains 5 years in length and is divided into 4 stages; transition to discipline (2 four-week-blocks), foundations (18 blocks), core (36 blocks) and transition to practice (9 blocks). Each stage is organized around knowledge objectives and is also defined by measurable Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) that must be attained by the end of each stage. An EPA is an activity or a task that the learner ‘does’. These EPAs are uniform and consistent in all programs across the country. Assessment strategies are linked to each EPA to facilitate multiple assessments and feedback opportunities for the learner. Each EPA is comprised of many milestones that outline the progression and span the seven CanMeds domains.
Time becomes a resource rather than a prerequisite for program completion, with the recognition of a necessary time structure in order to provide health care services. The curriculum is divided into rotations or ‘modules’ similar to a traditional residency in order to cover essential services and have an on-call schedule, but we have the freedom to improve their design in order to achieve the desired end product.
The academic program is delivered during a protected half day weekly. There are 2 separate programs; an introductory Transition to Discipline orientation, and a seminar series conducted over a two-year cycle. Residents work as a group to foster teamwork and collegiality during resident and faculty facilitated sessions mapped to a standard anesthesia text and the National Curriculum.
Please contact our Program Administrator with specific questions.