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 clinical stream, and offers a variety of options for the fifth year of training, according to the interests of the fellow.  This fifth year may include an academic year of protected research time, or time to pursue a Master’s or equivalent program, dedicated training in procedural skills, or extra training opportunities in clinical domains such as peri-operative medicine, obstetric medicine, cardiovascular risk management such as stroke prevention and hypertension.  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 weekly GIM fellow-run continuity clinic where you will be responsible for following your own patients, and a subscription to Up-To-Date.

The Queen’s GIM program is notable as the first GIM program in the country to be actively implementing a competency-based medical education (CBME) training program.  Elements of CBME are already in place, and a preliminary fully competency-based curriculum is planned to be implemented for the July 2016 start, with adjustments as needed for a fully competency-based program start in July 2017.  This is well before the Royal College’s planned national rollout of competency-based education in the subspecialty of general internal medicine, which is expected in 2020.  This gives you the opportunity to benefit from the CBME model well before your peers across the country.

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