Department of Emergency Medicine
School of Medicine Queen's University

Educational Activities

We offer a full protected Academic Day every Thursday.  Residents are excused form clinical duties during Emergency Medicine Rotations to attend the Academic Day and other educational activities.  Grand Rounds and Core Rounds are also made available by videoconference.

Grand Rounds

Emergency Medicine Grand Rounds are held on a weekly basis from September until the end of June at Richardson Labs amphitheatre.  Grand Rounds consist of a 15-30 minute case presentation by the attending staff assigned for that week.  This is followed by a 45-60 minute presentation by a senior resident on a case based topic highlighting evidence based practice.  Grand Rounds provide the resident with an excellent opportunity to develop teaching skills and feedback is given by all in attendance. Several times per year grand rounds are presented by a guest speaker on relevant Emergency Medicine topics. M and M sessions are also presented at Grand Rounds.

Core Rounds

A detailed curriculum list is provided in the Emergency Medicine Resident’s Manual.  Core Rounds take place following Grand Rounds on Thursdays from 1000-1200 at the School of Medicine, 15 Arch Street, 2nd floor and it is the responsibility of the staff physician assigned to the rounds to present the rounds to the residents.  Advanced preparation and an emphasis on self-directed learning is required on the part of the resident to enhance the session.  Topics are presented in a two-year cycle and Year I covers “Disorders of Body Systems” while Year II covers everything else (trauma, toxicology, procedural skills, environmental illness, geriatrics and paediatrics).  The topic breakdown comes from the Core Content Listings in Emergency Medicine.  Topics have been narrowed down to specific relevant aspects in each area to allow a more focused approach. 

Core Rounds also include sessions on nonclinical areas which include topics on:

  • E.D. Administration
  • Ethics and the Law
  • Communication Skills
  • Physician Wellness

Core rounds during the weeks of Block 1&2 (Summer) are Patient Simulator Based sessions on resuscitation, procedural skills and Emergency Department Ultrasound.  The final session is a Simulator based OSCE and written exam.

Junior Resuscitation Rounds

These rounds occur weekly (year round) on Friday mornings from 0800-1000 at the Patient Simulator Centre at the Nursing Building.  A Senior resident and a faculty member with expertise in patient simulation runs each session for PGY1&PGY2 residents, clinical clerks and 4th year nursing students.  The scenarios involve basic ACLS and resuscitation scenarios and focus on knowledge base, technical skills, collaboration skills and professionalism and communication skills.

Senior  Resuscitation Rounds

Designed for PGY2-PGY5 Emergency Medicine residents these rounds take place from 1330-1530 hrs every Thursday (Sept-June) at the School of Medicine, 15 Arch Street, 2nd floor.  Sessions focus on advanced resuscitation scenarios provided by dedicated faculty members.  Residents are excused from clinical duties to attend and these sessions provide training in the roles of medical expert, communicator, collaborator, professional, health advocate.

Journal Club

Dr. Chris Evans is responsible for the monthly Journal Club (Sept-June) which assists in the teaching of Critical Appraisal and Evidence Based Medicine.  Residents are evaluated on their performance and are excused from clinical duties for this mandatory activity. Journal Club has a rotating two-year curriculum.

Trauma Rounds

Trauma rounds take place from 0730-0830 on the last Tuesday of September, October, November, January, February, March, April, and May.  Trauma Team Leaders present varied topics related to trauma care.  Attendance at these sessions is encouraged on all rotations.  Trauma rounds are organized by

Dr. Dan Howes from our Department who is the Director of the KGH Trauma Service.

Toxicology Rounds

These are presented via teleconference once monthly from the Ontario Poison Information Centre in Toronto,