The Internal Medicine residency program at Queen's University is nationally respected for its collegial atmosphere, high faculty-to-resident ratio, research opportunities, and strong focus on teaching in all of the major subspecialties as well as General Internal Medicine. It is fully accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
Welcome to Queen's Internal Medicine
Overview of Internal Medicine
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Education & Evaluation
We are pleased that you have applied to our program and are looking forward to welcoming you in person during your interview. Here are some links that will assist you in making your arrangements. Click here for more information on Postgraduate Medical Education at Queen's.
The following subspecialty programs are offered at Queen's University:
All residents must apply through the PGY4 CaRMS match that occurs in the fall of the residents' PGY3 year. Interviews are generally held in September/October and positions allocated through the match.
Frequently Asked Questions
Call is heaviest in the PGY1 year. Residents on the CTU or cardiology services take approximately 1:4 call, mostly as emergency room call or cross covering wards at night. On subspecialty rotations this is usually 4-5 calls/block.
The PGY2/3 on CTU take 1:4 call but leave at 10:00 pm and hand over to the night float resident. The PGY2 on ICU or cardiology take is a traditional 1:4 overnight call but reduces to 2-3 calls a month on subspecialty rotations.
The PGY3s cover the DICU step down unit and provide in-house back-up for the junior residents. This call is 2-4 calls/block. If working a Cardiology block (e.g CCU or Consults) they take 1:4 Cardiology call.
PARO rules mean any resident who is on overnight call leaves by 10:00 am on their post-call day.
As Queens’ Core Internal Medicine is a medium sized program, there is a large opportunity for faculty and staff to get to know all residents very well. Residents are evaluated on an on-going basis during clinical rotations via the Queen’s School of Medicine online learning platform, MEdTech (built on The Elantra Platform). In addition, residents meet individually with their academic advisors and with the program directors several times per year to discuss their progress with program evaluations and unique learning goals. We formally test medical knowledge with the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) In-Training Exam (ITE) annually. A Royal College like multi-OSCE station exam is also held every year. Junior residents also participate in a 'nightmare' simulation series with their colleagues until they have achieved competence.
All residents are eligible for 4 electives over 3 years (1 in PGY1 year, 2 in PGY2 year and 1 in PGY3 year). These electives can be taken at Queens or at another institution. In addition residents are allocated a selective block in PGY3 year where they can select a particular rotation of interest which must be completed at Queens. These options allow significant flexbility in the residents schedule. Some residents have taken the opportunity to do electives abroad. Any selective or elective block can be used for research (up to a maximum of 3 blocks).
We provide subspecialty training in most of the major subspecialties (cardiology, critical care medicine, gastroenterology, general internal medicine, haematology, medical oncology, nephrology, palliative care, respirology, and rheumatology). We have been very successful in placing our residents in the subspecialty of their choice, usually in the city of their choice. Whilst we cannot guarantee any resident a particular subspecialty position when you first join us, Queen’s residents are favourably viewed by our faculty and we do our best to make sure all residents are provided with the best career opportunities for their future. All residents are guaranteed 4 years of training in order to qualify and be prepared for the Royal College exams.
Every year we encourage residents to attend a national meeting and educational stipends are available if research is being presented. The Postgraduate Medical Education Office also provides a subscription to UpToDate® for all residents for the duration of their training. Repeated code blue training sessions with varying scenarios are provided at our simulation centre, along with specific procedure based teaching in small groups. There are also a number of educational courses run by the post-graduate office here at Queens focusing on medical education and leadership skills and we encourage our senior residents to apply. Our interns have created a Queen's 'On Call' book available free to all core residents.
12. Resident morale?
Resident morale is high, and there is a very collegial and supportive atmosphere amongst the residents and faculty. The program organizes several social events throughout the year the highlight being a weekend retreat outside of Kingston (recent trips include Chateau Montebello, Blue Mountain, and Chateau Bromont). We also host an annual welcome BBQ, and an end of year 'Last Call Ball' at a Kingston Hotel where awards and prizes are presented, and the graduating residents are 'roasted' by the faculty.