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The Palliative Medicine Residency Program at Queen’s University is a two-year sub-specialty training program accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The Program is designed to train physicians who will provide primary and consultant palliative care services, and to provide basic academic training for physicians who may seek academic careers in Palliative Medicine.

We are dedicated to provide an integrated programmatic approach of accessible, quality palliative care to all persons in the region. The Palliative Care group has a mandate to develop patient care systems throughout the region, to educate undergraduates, postgraduates and practicing physicians, and to conduct research.

Members of the Division of Palliative Medicine consult and care for people with advanced disease or uncontrolled symptoms in Kingston General Hospital, Providence Care, Hotel Dieu Hospital and in the community. They participate in undergraduate teaching, provide one month educational rotations for over 70 post graduate trainees and provide continuing medical education to physicians and other health professionals in the region.

 

Admission to the Adult Palliative Care program at Queen's University is through the Medicine Subspecialty Match, coordinated by the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS).

Each selected candidate will undergo an interview process with a panel of 4 or more interviewers. The interview panel will include the Program Director and a current subspecialty Palliative Medicine resident. Candidates will have an opportunity to ask questions about the residency program at the end of the interview. Candidates who do not have an interview will not be considered for ranking. The candidate will have an opportunity for an informal meeting with the current subspecialty Palliative Medicine trainee. The entire interview process takes most of a working day. 



The Academic Palliative Care Rounds are held weekly on Fridays from 8-9 am between September and June at Fenwick Conference Room at KGH. The content includes medical topics, symptom management, supportive care, psychosocial, spiritual and ethical issues relevant for palliative care, palliative education, palliative care research and collaborative care. Rounds are open to all health care professionals, volunteers, students and trainees interested in palliative care. 

The Palliative Care Regional Rounds are held monthly on the 3rd Friday of each month from 8-9 am between September to June as a component of the Academic Palliative Care Rounds. The format is variable, including case-based discussion and interactive presentations. The goal of the rounds is to build regional capacity in palliative/end-of-life care through knowledge sharing and collaborative learning.

The block components include three mandatory rotations of variable lengths and three elective rotations of 4 weeks each.

The mandatory rotations are as follows:

1.      Acute Hospital Inpatient Palliative Medicine Service

Five (4-week) blocks are spent as a member of the interprofessional team providing primary care to patients in designated Complex Palliative Medicine beds, and Consultative Services to patients and their families at the Kingston General Hospital (KGH), an acute care teaching hospital that services the population of Southeastern Ontario.  The five blocks are divided during the year to enhance learning, support graded-responsibility, and facilitate evaluation of the trainee’s progress. 

2.      Medical and Radiation Oncology

One (4-week) block is spent in each of Medical and Radiation Oncology at the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario, an outpatient, tertiary cancer centre affiliated with KGH.  Trainees participate in the care of cancer patients attending oncology ambulatory clinics. 

3.      Palliative Care Unit/Community

Three (4-week) blocks are spent providing primary palliative care within the community and, as a member of the interprofessional team, managing patients admitted to the 10 in-patient beds at the Providence Care Hospital Palliative Care Unit (PCU). 

The longitudinalcomponents are all mandatory experiences and include: 

1. Weekly half-day Palliative Medicine Clinics at the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario.
Trainees provide consultation and ongoing symptom management to patients referred to the out-patient Clinics.

2. Weekly Academic Half-days.
Trainees are freed from clinical duties a minimum of one half-day per week to attend formal teaching sessions, pursue self directed studies, and/or develop their Scholarly Project or presentations. 

3. Weekly Palliative Medicine Academic Rounds.
Trainees participate in the Rounds and are responsible for presenting regularly. 

4. Scholarly Project
Trainees complete an original Scholarly Project during the year, supervised by a faculty member. 

Teaching and clinical supervision of trainees is provided by faculty of the Palliative Care Medicine Program, including full time palliative medicine specialists, community-based palliative care physicians, and other health care professionals.  Individual Faculty Advisors provide guidance and support to trainees throughout the program year.  Evaluation includes self-assessment, direct observation, case discussions, and review of academic activities and scholarly project.

Palliative Care Evenings & Weekends Call Schedule

Block 5 (Oct 23-Nov 19, 2018)

Block 6 (Nov 20 - Dec 17, 2018)

Block 7 (Dec 18, 2018 - Jan 14, 2019)

Block 7 Holiday Call Coverage (Dec 22, 2018 - Jan 1, 2019)

 

Palliaitve Care CCSEO Clinic Schedule

Block 5 (Oct 23-Nov 19, 2018)

Block 6 (Nov 20 - Dec 17, 2018)

Block 7 (Dec 18, 2018 - Jan 14, 2019)

 

Resident Presentation Schedule

Block 7 (Dec 18, 2018-Jan 14, 2019)

 

Palliative Care Resident Weekly Schedule

Week of Dec 3-7, 2018

Week of Dec 10-14, 2018

Week of Dec 17-21, 2018

Weeks of Dec 22, 2018-Jan 4, 2019

Week of Jan 7-11, 2019

Week of Jan 14-18, 2019

 

Scholarly Project
Trainees complete an original Scholarly Project during the year, supervised by a faculty member. 

Teaching and clinical supervision of trainees is provided by faculty of the Palliative Care Medicine Program, including full time palliative medicine specialists, community-based palliative care physicians, and other health care professionals.  Individual Faculty Advisors provide guidance and support to trainees throughout the program year.  Evaluation includes self-assessment, direct observation, case discussions, and review of academic activities and scholarly project.

The majority of training will occur at Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) at the KGH and HDH sites. Another significant part of the training will occur at the CCSEO and PCH. All of these sites are located within close proximity of one another and Queen's University in Kingston. There will be 2 mandatory rotations in Ottawa, Ontario  - Pediatric Palliative Care and Geriatric Medicine, as these academic programs are not available in Kingston. Selective rotations can be taken at centres accredited by the RCPSC, or at international centres that offer a strong educational contribution. The latter will require discussion and review by the Residency Program Committee for Palliative Medicine and the Postgraduate Office at Queen's University to ensure suitability.

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QUEEN’S PALLIATIVE MEDICINE BLOCK ROTATION

 

Welcome to the Queen’s Palliative Medicine Team! Please click links below to access orientation information for your palliative care rotation.

Orientation package

Palliative Medicine Consult Template

On Call Notes

The Knowledge Quiz will be discussed at Tuesday Resident Seminar during Palliative Care rotation.