The Division of Rheumatology at Queen's University offers a two-year residency program in Adult Rheumatology fully accredited by the Royal College of Physicians of Canada. Residents are prepared for independent practice through training in the specialized assessment and care of patients with Rheumatological, Autoimmune, and Musculoskeletal Health Disorders.
The Division of Rheumatology and the Rheumatic Diseases Unit are fully approved for training in Rheumatology by the Canadian College of Physicians and Surgeons. This is a two-year training program, ordinarily following completion of three years of training in Internal Medicine in an approved Program. Applicants are taken on a competitive basis and funded through the Ontario Ministry of Health. A very limited number of Fellowships for Clinical training are also available through the Arthritis Society. The Training Program offers a wide spectrum of Clinical training as well as a number of Research opportunities, described above.
Our graduates, competent to function as consultant rheumatologists, are excellent, astute clinical rheumatologists with wide clinical experience. We are pleased to offer a program that is both flexible and supportive for the individual career paths of our residents.
This residency program is for 2 year(s)
Program length of training does not exceed the Royal College or College of Family Physicians of Canada standard.
The Curriculum for Postgraduate Trainees in Rheumatology will include the following:
- Ambulatory Clinics in Rheumatology including a longitudinal Residents Clinic with the opportunity to quickly develop skills needed for independent practice
- In-patient Consultation Service with the Rheumatology subspecialty resident involved in all consults and collaboration with other services
- Electives in Research, Orthopedics, Dermatology, MSK Radiology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (including EMG), Pediatric Rheumatology, Community Rheumatology, The Arthritis Society
- Weekly academic program designed for Rheumatology trainees in accordance with objectives of training as designated by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons
- Weekly rounds for Rheumatology open to all students and faculty in the Department of Medicine
- Curriculum that includes basic science, critical appraisal and review of the CanMEDS roles
- Regular feedback, evaluation and support for professional development
- Practice examinations, including written and oral formats
- Pediatric Rheumatology rotation at the University of Ottawa or Toronto
Division members are active in a number of Research areas. There is a well established program in Repair of Cartilage and Bone and advanced post-graduate training (MSc and PhD) is offered in Connective Tissue Biochemistry, through the Department of Biochemisty. There is active Epidemiology Research in a variety of areas related to Rheumatic Diseases and post- graduate training (MSc) is offered through the Department of Epidemiology. There are also strong links with Clinical Mechanics and also with Pathology and Rehabilitation. A Centre of Excellence in Bones and Joints, involving a number of cognitively related areas is currently under development. There is a strong component of Epidemiological Research in Osteoporosis, through the Canadian Multicentre Osteoporosis Study (CAMOS). In addition, MDs interested in a career in Research, have opportunities to register in the Clinical Investigation Program (CIP). Post-doctoral training for PhDs is also available, in the areas indicated above, but funding is on a competitive basis through limited internal sources and applications to the Arthritis Society and the Medical Research Council.