Overview of Internal Medicine

Our goal is to provide our trainees with experience in all the major disciplines of internal medicine. The program is designed with a system of graded responsibility and a reducing call burden from the PGY1 to PGY3 years. The PGY1 year is focused mainly on inpatient ward experiences but also involves some consult rotations, ER, Airway/ICU and Community Medicine rotations. The PGY2 residents serve as team leaders on the CTUs, complete their ICU training, ambulatory and consult rotations. The PGY3 residents supervise patient care and teaching on the CTUs and continue rotations in ambulatory and consult services.

Sample schedule:

Transition to Discipline

Foundations of Discipline

Core of Discipline

3 months 9 months

24 months

Queen's IM Bootcamp

General medicine ward (2)

General medicine ward (5)

General medicine ward

Medical short stay team

ICU (2)

Subspecialty ward

Subspecialty ward


Subspecialty consult


Elective (3)


Community medicine




Subspecialty (clinics/consults) (9)



Cardiology ward



Night Float





We guarantee all our trainees 4 years of training in order to be eligible for the Royal College exams. All residents must apply through the PGY-4 CaRMS match that occurs in the fall of the resident's PGY-3 year.

Research / Scholarly Activity

Queens has many active research programs and residents are encouraged to join with a mentor to complete a research project. Time is available for research blocks and residents who take this opportunity are expected to present at the annual resident research day. Evidence of other scholarly activities (such as Grand Round presentations, quality assurance project, case report, chart reviews) are a required part of training.

Benefits: Conference Attendance

Residents have up to 7 days of educational leave each year and the department will sponsor residents to present at national and international meetings.

Vacation & Days off

Residents are entitled to 20 days (4 weeks) vacation per year, plus 5 days off over Christmas or New Year and one floating day. We allow 5 days off for interviews for the PGY3 residents. Holiday days worked can be claimed back as a lieu day within 90 days.