General Internal Medicine Resident Training Program

The GIM Training Program at Queen’s        


Queen’s offers a RCPSC-accredited two year subspecialty training program in general internal medicine.  Queen’s is well-known as a small and friendly training centre, however it offers tertiary/quaternary hospital services with a large community cachement area, to ensure that you see a breadth and volume of interesting cases.  You will join the growing and collegial GIM division and will work closely with a core group of general internists who are invested in helping you develop into a strong clinician, pass your exams, and pursue your interests, whether in research or other academic pursuits, or to further develop advanced clinical or procedural skills. 

Queen’s welcomes equally applicants interested in either an academic or community career, and offers a variety of options for the fifth year of training, according to the interests of the fellow.  This fifth year may focus on academic pursuits with protected time for research or other advanced training, dedicated training in procedural skills, or extra training opportunities in clinical domains such as peri-operative medicine, obstetric medicine, or any other clinical area of focus.  Many trainees choose to pursue a variety of different clinical rotations and educational experiences to develop a deep generalist skill set, with a view to community practice.  We are happy to work with each fellow to develop a plan that will prepare them well for work in their chosen area of interest.

Program highlights include a strong program of preparation for the royal college examinations, with two opportunities for RCPSC-style mock OSCEs, a GIM fellow-run continuity clinic where you will be responsible for following your own patients, and a strong program of competency-based assessment which focuses on fully developing each trainee's potential.

The Queen’s GIM program is notable as the first GIM program in the country to have implemented a competency-based medical education (CBME) training program.  This officially began July 1, 2017 although elements were in place prior to the offical date, and we have continued to build and refine the program.  We successfully passed a Royal College Accreditation in March 2018, with full accreditation, so you can be assured that the CBME "experiment" is working well! 

We look forward to welcoming you to Queen’s for your interview, and would be happy to speak to any candidates interested in our program.


Dr. Laura Marcotte MD FRCPC
Program Director