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FRCPC Residency Program

The Department of Emergency Medicine offers a five-year residency program for those who wish to pursue a career in academic emergency medicine. Our program is nationally recognized and is highly successful in attracting top candidates each year. As one of the first Emergency Medicine residency programs in Canada, our curriculum has been carefully developed and refined to offer our residents an outstanding educational experience.

For general inquiries please email our office or call us at 613-549-6666 x7660.

 

Dr.  Jaelyn  Caudle
Assistant Professor
  Mary  Lee
Postgraduate Program Administrator

The Department of Emergency Medicine offers a five-year residency program for those who wish to pursue a career in academic emergency medicine. Our program is nationally recognized and is highly successful in attracting top candidates each year. As one of the first Emergency Medicine residency programs in Canada, our curriculum has been carefully developed and refined to offer our residents an outstanding educational experience.

For general inquiries please email our office or call us at 613-549-6666 x7660.

 

The Department of Emergency Medicine at Queen's University is proud to offer a five-year residency program in Emergency Medicine, fully accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.  Our program has an excellent national reputation which has allowed us to attract the top medical student candidates every year.  Our residents come from across the country and choose Queen's Emergency Medicine because of its many strengths, including:

Clinical Exposure
Our residents are fortunate to see a high volume, high acuity, and wide variety of patients which is necessary to become competent specialist Emergency physicians.  This includes a high pediatric volume.

Exceptional Faculty

Our faculty members are committed to the success of our program.  They share a passion for teaching and are incredibly supportive of our residents.  Over the last three years, we have welcomed an enthusiastic group of new, young, and talented faculty members with expertise in Critical Care Medicine, Education, Toxicology, Clinical Epidemiology, Ultrasound, Disaster Medicine, and Global Health.

Simulation
There is expertise in patient simulation at Queen's.  Our residents frequently use the new Clinical Simulation Centre, a state-of-the-art facility featuring four simulation labs for high fidelity mannequin scenarios including a complete operating room and two emergency rooms.  Our residents and faculty are also active participants in the Simulation Olympics.

Exam Preparation
Our Department offers the Annual National Review Course in Emergency Medicine, an exam preparation course offered to all PGY5 residents.

Balanced Life Style
We place a heavy emphasis on well-being and resident wellness.  The creation of a balanced lifestyle for faculty and residents which celebrates their interests is a major strength of our program. 

Environment
Due to the smaller size of our academic centre, faculty and residents from all disciplines get to know each other personally and collaborate well in educational, clinical, and administrative areas.  Our residents are a cohesive group who enjoy each others' company and have created an active social atmosphere.

Kingston
The City of Kingston is continually ranked as one of the best places to work and live in Canada.  Our residents are happy here and enjoy its high quality of life, abundant attractions, and lower cost of living.

I hope that you will take this opportunity to learn more about our program.  If you have any questions about Emergency Medicine at Queen's, please do not hesitate to contact us.  I look forward to hearing from you!

Jaelyn Caudle, MD, FRCPC
Postgraduate Program Director

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L-R: Drs. James Ahlin, Casey Petrie, Taylor Oliver, Paul Prochazka, John Van Tuyl

The lifestyle of a resident in Kingston is unique in Canada.  With the 2 acute-care hospitals located close together, almost all of our residents live within walking distance of work.  Conveniently, it’s also walking distance from the downtown core, where we often end up unwinding with staff and fellow residents after evening shifts for an (in)famous code-brew.  This really highlights one of the most attractive qualities of being a resident in the Queen’s Emergency Medicine program: the collegiality.  From the very start of your training you’ll develop close personal relationships with staff and colleagues, that we pride ourselves on maintaining throughout and after residency.  The setting is also idyllically located on the Lake Ontario waterfront (the 1974 Montreal Olympics held their sailing events in Kingston for a reason) and just a few kilometers away from some of the best cycling in the province.  Kingston is a beautiful, historic city, ideally suited to resident life. 

 

Academically, we pride our program on its small size and clinical excellence.  We’re a national leader in academic emergency medicine and were the first to pioneer the Competency Based Medical Education (CBME) format for resident training. Shifts at both our Emergency Department (KGH) and Urgent Care Center (HDH) are always 1-to-1 with supportive staff physicians, who are renowned for their excellent bedside teaching.  The size of the program also fosters close academic and professional relationships between residents, staff, and allied healthcare workers who are all excited to help each other succeed.  Jaelyn Caudle, the program director, is tremendously supportive and constantly working to enhance our experience.  The family-like atmosphere at Queen’s is hard to put into words, but the support, kindness, and learning that we are lucky enough to be a part of would be difficult to match. 

 

As with all programs this year, a lot of our social events had to be put on hold, and electives had to be cancelled or rescheduled.  If you’re interested in being a resident here, we’d love to hear from you. 

 - the heads

 

Queen’s University Emergency Medicine is at the forefront of clinical research and education. We proudly retain some of Canada’s first emergency medicine physician specialists and benefit from their wisdom, knowledge and expertise. With these individuals, and a bright, energetic group of new faculty and superb resident group, we are able to provide one of the most comprehensive and diverse teaching programs in the country.
 
We are a major research centre, with a very active and well funded group of primary and collaborative investigators. The faculty team has a considerable range of secondary interests that are complementary to emergency medicine.  We have physicians in our faculty who have Master’s degrees in Medical Education and in Clinical Epidemiology, fellowships in medical toxicology, critical care, ED bedside ultrasound, public health and disaster planning and expertise in sports medicine. Our department boasts an internationally recognized Injury Research Group and can provide opportunities in international health, cruise ship medicine, pre-hospital care and high-level administrative responsibilities. Some faculty members have focused their secondary interests on clinical procedures and best practice protocols.

We offer a flexible schedule with plenty of elective time to pursue and realize your personal interests and career goals. Despite the rigorous academic schedule, your colleagues have traditionally enjoyed spending time together outside of the hospital during social events or through such activities as cycling, windsurfing, golf, kayaking, triathlons and a range of winter sports.

Our small size fosters close working relationships with physicians and staff in all specialties and sub-specialties within the system. Moreover, the ability to interact with the small group of professionals time and again enhances our strong sense of community and family.

PGY 5

Dr. Amy Burton

Amy is one of the many imported Newfoundlanders in the department.  Prior to pursuing medicine, she indulged her creative side through a career in marketing.  These days she keeps her creative side alive through music, cooking and fashion.  Other loves include her english bulldog, travel and fly fishing.

Her academic interests include pediatric emergency medicine, ultrasound and global health.  She will be pursuing a pediatric emergency medicine fellowship at Western University.

Dr. Andrew Helt

I am the eldest of 5 siblings, grew up in Moose Factory before moving to an even smaller town in central Ontario, consider myself an amateur astronomy enthusiast and love the outdoors.  I have played water polo at the varsity level throughout undergrad, medical school and now residency.  You'll also be hard pressed to find me turn down kicking around a soccer ball or, really, a pickup game of any sort.  I am also an avid back-county camper and am always up for a good canoe or gack packting trip.

In the academic world, I have a keen interest in teaching and critical care, both of which I am continuing to pursue through a critical care fellowship here at Queen's. 

If you run into me in the hospital feel free to make fun of my Leaf's, talk to me about the most epic book series of all time (Wheel of Time) or the best movies series of all time, Star Wars.

Dr. Kirsten Litke

To come..

Dr. Christopher Meyer

Born and raised in Waterloo, Ontario, I completed my BSc Kinesiology and Physical Education at Wilfrid Laurier University and remained in Waterloo for medical school, training at the McMaster University Waterloo Regional Campus. I’ve joined the Queen’s University FRCP Emergency Medicine Residency family in 2016 and couldn’t be happier.

When I’m not in the hospital, you can find me enjoying the beautiful outdoors hiking, cycling, cross country skiing, snowboarding, back country camping or paddling. Spending a crisp morning on the river fly fishing, a warm afternoon climbing or a cool evening lakeside on a patio are my ideas of a perfect day off. I love to travel locally, nationally and internationally and immerse myself in the local culture, cuisine and wilderness..

My academic interests surround utilization of ultrasound, resuscitation, acute pain management and medical education.

PGY 4

 

Dr. James Ahlin

James is originally from Toronto and completed undergrad and medical school at Queen's and Wester respectively.  After a couple of years of General Surgery residency he saw the light and transferred to Emergency Medicine.

Clinically, he has interests in medical education and critical care.  Outside the hospital he can be found climbing and spending as much time outside as possible.

He has also been known to hangout in front of neutral coloured back drops (see photo to the left).

Dr. Taylor Oliver

Taylor was born and raised in the lush utopia of Saskatoon.  It took undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Saskatchewan before he could be pried to the far reaches of Kingston where he discovered that lakes weren't only vacation destinations.  In the Emergency Department he has interest in ultrasound and addictions medicine.  Taylor spends his free time on the soccer pitch, convincing people to play board games, or pretending he's on MasterChef (despite suboptimal execution).

Dr. Casey Petrie

Casey hails from Whitby, Ontario, and has been at Queen's since he left high school.  Medical interests include resuscitation and pain management.  Notable accomplishments: "I'm pretty tall, and my parents have a cool dog".  Notable skills: "again I'm pretty tall, and I can eat a lot at one time".

Dr. Paul Prochazka

Paul comes to Queens after completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Windsor and his medical degree at the University of Western Ontario. 

When not studying he can be found enjoying low-adrenaline sports such as drinking coffee, hiking, and golf. Settling into his old spirit he has recently taken up squash and casual bicycling. 

Academic interests include critical care and medical education.

 Dr. John Van Tuyl

After experimenting with mechanical engineering as an undergrad at Queen's and as a graduate student at McMaster, John saw the light and came to medicine. He completed his medical degree in Calgary, and spent an inordinate amount of time hiking, scrambling, and camping with his partner in the mountains.  He still tries to engineer things, and has an interest in medical device development.

When not emergency doctoring, he enjoys getting outside with the family.  On a part-time, seasonal, contractual basis he is a mediocre tradesman for those "little renovations that won't take very long".

 PGY 3

Dr. Melissa Bouwsema

A born and raised Alberta girl, Melissa started her university career with a Bachelor of Gym Class (aka Bachelor of Physical Education) at the University of Alberta prior to venturing to the distant south of Calgary for medical school.  Despite overwhelming pressure from both fan bases, she miraculously remained neutral in the Oilers vs Flames debate during her years in the west.

When not in the ED, she can be found drinking more coffee than is healthy, listening to country music, wishing Hogwarts was real, or bouncing between a variety of physical activities with the enthusiasm of a toddler on a sugar high.

Melissa's academic interests include mass gathering medicine, pre-hospital care, and simulation education and teaching.

Dr. Amar Chakraborty

Amar grew up in exotic GTA.  He likes reading, soccer, food (eating more than cooking), critical care medicine and toxicology. 

In order to maintain the elusion of being from a faraway land (GTA), he takes pictures with green things and water in the background.

Dr. Taylor Nikel

Taylor is a current resident in the FRCPC Emergency Medicine program at Queen’s. He took on the resuscitation fellowship in hopes of developing skills in leadership, crisis resource management, and resuscitative POCUS. His academic interests include resuscitation, point of care ultrasound, and critical care. Outside of the medicine, Taylor enjoys cycling, running, and cheering for his hometown Edmonton Oilers! 

Dr. Evan Russell

I was raised in the village of Oakwood Ontario before moving to London Ontario to complete my Bachelor of Medical Science and Master's of Pharmacology & Toxicology at The University of Western Ontario.  After working as a lab manager for a few years, I came to Kingston in 2014 to attend Queen's Medicine, and subsequently was fortunate to join the Queen's Emerg crew in 2018.  I have a strong interest in academic medicine, and specific career goals are being actively explored.

Outside of medicine, I'm happiest when on outdoor adventures with my wife, Candace and our daughter, Harper.

Dr. Nathaniel Walker

PGY 2

 
 

 

Dr. Emma Duchesne 

Born and raised in Gatineau, Quebec, Emma completed her medical school at the University of Ottawa in the French stream.  She is very excited to soon call herself a Kingstonian and is looking forward to being part of the wonderful team at Queen's.  With the new opportunity to live so close to water, she hopes to become a kayaking expert by the end of her FRCP residency.

Throughout medical school, her interests have included Medical Education and Forensic Emergency Medicine, as well as mentoring.  When she is not studying, you can find Emma cross-county skiing, binge-watching horror movies or cooking some vegetarian delicacies.  if you see her in the hospital corridors, be sure to share some pet photos!

 

 

 

Dr. Connor Inglis

Connor was born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario where he completed his undergraduate studies at Lakehead University followed by his medical studies at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.  Knowing how much he enjoys being near water, he is excited for his new adventures in Kingston and of course, is thrilled to be part of the emergency medicine team at Queen's.

In his spare time, he enjoys snowboarding, camping, drinking coffee, and is anxiously waiting for the Minnesota Vikings to win a Super Bowl.

His academic interests include medical education, prehospital care, and critical care

  

 Dr. Janie O'Leary 

Janie is a Newfoundland native who previously completed her undergraduate and medical studies at Memorial University.  She visited Kingston during elective season and immediately fell in love with the city.  Friendly people, close proximity to water, and a surprising number of East Coasters in the department made Queen's EM feel like a natural fit for residency.

Janie is excited to make Kingston her home away from home and further explore the field of Emergency Medicine.  So far she has developed an interest in medical education and critical care.

In her spare time she enjoys travelling, hiking, playing basketball and softball, and watch an embarrassing amount of TV.

 

 

Dr. Matthew Piaseczy

Matt was born and raised in Waterloo, Ontario and completed his undergrad and a Master's at Western before heading to med school at the University of Toronto.  After enduring blood pressure raising traffic for the last four years, he is thrilled to call Kingston home and to be close to water!

In his spare time, you can catch im cheering on his beloved Leafs and Jays, hiking, camping, snapping photos, working on cars, or brewing beer.

Matt's academic interests include trauma, medical education, and teaching.

PGY 1

Dr. Ceire Storey

Ceire was born and rasied in Moncton, NB.  She complated her undergraduate degree at Dalhouse University before heading to the Rock to get screeched and pursue medical school at Memorial University.  

While on elective, Ceire fell in love with Kingston's east coast feel and hte welcoming Queen's EM team, and knew this was the perfect fit.

Her academic interests include inner-city health and addictions medicine.  In her spare time, she enjoys trvelling, reading (a weird amount of WWII books), afternoons at Costco, and sipping non-carbonated drinks on patios.

 

 

Dr. Elenor Henry

Elenor was born and raised in Toronto before heading east to attend school at Mount Allison University. After finishing up in Sackville, she returned home for med school at UofT. She is thrilled to be moving (slightly) east again to start her emergency medicine residency at Queen's!

Outside of medicine, Elenor enjoys soccer, travelling, skiing, and singing non-stop (much to the chagrin of her four younger siblings).

Academic interests are still to be determined.”

Dr. Tiahna Warkentin

Tiahna was born and raised in the Niagara Region with a brief adventure living in South Asia.  She completed a Bachelor of Kinesiology at Queen's University followed by medical school at the University of Toronto and is absolutely thrilled to call Kingston home once again!

In her spare time, she enjoys paddling, yoga, board games, and most of all, travelling.  Her acdemic interests include geriatric emergency medicine and global health.

 

Dr. Kimberly Vella

Originally from Georgetown, Ontario, Kim completed her undergraduate degree at Western before heading out east for grad school at Dal. She fell in love with the city of Kingston during medical school at Queen’s and is excited to join the Queen’s Emerg team. So far in her training, she has developed an interest in medical education and critical care. 

In her spare time, you can find her exploring new hiking trails, paddling, hoarding cookbooks or cheering on the Maple Leafs. 

Kingston General Hospital (KGH) and Hotel Dieu Hospital (HDH) are partners in the Southeastern Ontario Health Sciences Centre (SEOHSC), a joint healthcare delivery system composed of Kingston’s top healthcare providers. Other partners include Queen’s University, Providence Continuing Care Centre (St. Mary’s of the Lake Hospital and the Mental Health Site), Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Community Care Access Centre and Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Health Unit.  Together, the SEOHSC is able to provide unprecedented advanced and comprehensive care to our region.

KGH is Kingston’s oldest and largest hospital, opening its doors in 1838.   KGH is a 452-bed major tertiary care referral facility for Southeastern Ontario located across the street from Lake Ontario.  It has a 24-hour emergency care unit, designated trauma centre and receives emergencies flown in by helicopter to our helipad.
 
Hotel Dieu has been open since 1845 and is the Ambulatory Outpatient Teaching Hospital for SEOHSC.  It houses an Urgent Care Centre that is complementary to the Kingston General Emergency Department.

Resident Handbook

-to be posted soon

Our residents have an opportunity to pursue electives in subspecialty/academic areas in Emergency Medicine at all stages of the residency program and discuss career planning early in their program with the Program Director and other faculty members.  Residents in our program have completed and are pursuing training in the following subspecialty areas in Emergency Medicine:

  • Trauma,
  • EMS
  • Administration
  • Research
  • Medical Education
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine
  • International Emergency Medicine
  • Ultrasound
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Toxicology
  • Sports Medicine
  • Medical Simulation
  • Emergency Medicine Ethics

Up to 12 months of training are available to residents to pursue the above academic and career interests.

The Department of Emergency Medicine values research and scholarly work.  There are numerous faculty members with graduate training in clinical epidemiology and several other faculty and administrators dedicated to support resident research. We also have a team of research nurses present in both Emergency Departments available to assist residents with clinical research projects.

Our Department has several established areas of research expertise which residents can readily become involved with and these include: Toxicology, Clinical Decision Rules, Injury Surveillance, Emergency Department Ultrasound, Procedural Sedation, Syndrome Surveillance, Trauma, and Medical Education.

All FRCPC Emergency Medicine residents have access to a novel online research training curriculum, which is completed in the first-year of the residency program. This eight module series covers topics including:

  • Developing a research question
  • Searching the literature
  • Critical appraisal skills
  • Study designs
  • Basic statistics
  • Clinical decision rules
  • Research resources at KGH and Queen’s University

Each module is followed by a tutorial session with an emergency medicine faculty member active in clincial research.

In the second year of the residency program, trainees complete a critically appraised topic on a research question of their choosing. Support is provided by faculty members and the resident writes up their project and presents it at our annual research day.

The senior years of the residency program offer the trainee the opportunity to reinforce their research knowledge and skills by developing their own research project, again supported by an emergency medicine faculty member. Residents will be supported with departmental funds to attend conferences to present their research work. There is also an option to take one or more elective blocks for research activities.

FRCPC residents will take the lead in organizing the department’s monthly Journal Club by selecting and presenting a recent article from the Emergency Medicine literaure. Journal Club sessions are hosted at faculty members homes and are always an engaging and enjoyable experience. Journal club provides an opportunity to practice the critical appraisal skills honed in the early years of residency and develop valuable teaching skills.

Dr. Louise Rang

While days off are always welcome, a "Wellness" program should be much more than this.  The Queen's Department of Emergency Medicine Professional Sustainability & Wellness Program encompasses the much bigger concepts of autonomy, belonging, competence and mastery, and purpose & engagement.  The program is designed to foster connections, allow for vulnerability, and provide dedicated time and instruction on the vital ingredients for a productive and satisfying career.

Resident sessions occur monthly during the academic day, and are based on the Wellness, Resilience and Performance in EM (WRaPEM.org) modules, with local adaptions.  Examples of topics covered are Personal Purpose & Meaning, Managing Conflict, Leadership Styles, Self-Care, Gender & Diversity, and Medical Error.

In addition, there are Department-wide events: one of the highlights is the Annual TMTL (There's More to Life...than Medicine!) afternoon in November, where staff and residents are invited to share a 10 min talk on something else they love to do.  Topics from past years include: how to restore a violin, cool sea creatures, how to love winter, best books to read, and raising Venus Fly Traps.  

Our program is proudly a work in progress and ideas from the ground are encouraged.  A dedicated budget and protected staff time means that we can usually find a way to make new initiatives work.

Dr. Chris Evans

The Trauma experience within the Queen's FRCPC program is truly unique.

Graduate Year    Currently Working at
Dr. Savannah Forrester 2020 UBC - Victoria
Dr. Eve Purdy 2020 Queen's University, Kingston, ON
Dr. Kristen Weersink 2020 University of Toronto, ON
Dr. Ali Yakhshi Tafti 2020 UBC - Victoria
Dr. Mackenzie Howatt 2019  Lennox & Addington Hospital
Dr. Emily Howse 2019  
Dr. Graeme Ross 2019  ICU Fellowship, Kingston ON
Dr. Zachary Warren 2019  Lennox & Addington Hospital
Dr. Mikayla Brenneis 2018 University of Calgary, Calgary, AB
Dr. Stuart Douglas 2018 Queen's University, Kingston, ON
Dr. Aaron Ruberto 2018 Queen's University, Kingston, ON
Dr. Heather White 2018 UBC - Kelowna
Dr. Matthew White 2018 UBC - Kelowna
Dr. Caley Flynn 2017 UBC
Dr. Sharleen Hoffe 2017 Queen's University, Kingston, ON
Dr. Eric Mutter 2017 University of Ottawa
Dr. Colin Bell 2016 Queen's University, Kingston, ON
Dr. Colin Mercer 2016 Queen's University, Kingston, ON
Dr. Nicole Rocca 2016 Queen's University, Kingston, ON
Dr. Katherine Stuart 2016 New Zealand
Dr. Erin Brennan 2015 Queen's University, Kingston, ON
Dr. Andrew Hurst 2015 University of BC
Dr. Jody Stasko 2015 Windsor Regional Hospital, Windsor, ON
Dr. Adam Szulewski 2015 Queen's University, Kingston, ON
Dr. Khala Albert 2014 UBC, Victoria
Dr. Mark Froats 2014 Quinte Healthcare, Belleville General Hospital
Dr. Andre Lui 2014  
Dr. Jennifer Tang 2014 UBC - Vancouver
Dr. Stephanie Sibley 2013 Queen's University, Critical Care, Kingston ON
Dr. April Tozer 2013 Resus Fellowship, Queen's, Kingston ON
Dr. Tim Chaplin 2013 Queen's University, Kingston ON
Dr. Conor McKaigney 2013 University of Calgary
Dr. Andrew Hall 2013 Queen's University, Kingston ON
Dr. Chris Evans 2012 Queen's University, Kingston ON
Dr. Rachel Poley 2012  
Dr. Andrew Robinson 2012 University of Toronto, Toronto ON
Dr. Jason Bornstein 2011 Queen's University, Kingston ON
Dr. Donna Lee 2011  
Dr. Geoff Sanz 2011 UBC - Kelowna
Dr. Michael Geddes 2010 UBC - Kelowna
Dr. Tom Kaul 2010 St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto, ON
Dr. Michael Geddes 2010 Foothills Medical Centre, Calgary AB


Our residents have many opportunities to attend conferences and are given a stipend of $500.00 per year.   Residents are also given full funding to attend conferences in North America where they have been invited to present their research.  Many conferences, workshops, and other leadership opportunities are available at Queen's and these include:

QCARE

The Queen’s Conference on Academic Residency Education (QCARE) is an annual two-day conference that takes place in May for all first year residents. Attendance is mandatory, thus residents are released from service responsibilities for those two days. The vision for QCARE is to provide education on the CanMEDS non-medical expert competencies in a practical, innovative, and engaging manner. The two days include plenary speakers and smaller group workshops.

Residents as Teachers
The Residents as Teachers Program, offered through Postgraduate Medical Education, is designed to enhance the teaching ability of self-selected residents. The focus is to enrich residents’ knowledge and skills in medical education, allowing them to become better educators. Oral communication skills are specifically addressed in session on small group teaching, large group teaching, giving feedback, teaching clinical skills, one-minute preceptor, and teaching in the Simulation Lab.

 

Head Residents
A Head and Senior Resident Workshop is offered in May to all residents in these leadership positions. In particular, sessions on leadership and conflict management address effective and appropriate management, administration, and leadership skills.  Our Head Resident is an elected resident who is a full member of the Residency Program Committee (RPC). In this role, s/he is responsible for bringing the concerns of other residents to RPC meetings.

 

National Review Course

The National Review Course in Emergency Medicine at Queen's University has been helping prepare candidates for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada EM certification examinations since 2002.  Drawing on the expertise of an outstanding faculty of emergency physicians from across Canada, the course reviews high-yield core topics in the discipline, with a focus on current evidence-based practice.  In addition to interactive plenary presentations, an essential and highly-rated element of the course is the opportunity for registrants to enhance their exam-taking skills and further augment their clinical learning through participation in a series of practice oral examinations, with real-time feedback on performance from faculty and peers.

https://www.nationalreviewcourse.com/

 

 

 

POCUS is integral to modern emergency medicine practice and will be an integral part of resident training starting from week one. By third year we expect all residents to be competent and able to independently perform all types of diagnostic and procedural POCUS.

The emphasis on POCUS as an essential skill begins in our Summer Bootcamp Series. Every year all residents participate in a POCUS course on core applications (free fluid abdomen, subxiphoid cardiac, abdominal aorta, basic lung and first trimester pregnancy). This is followed with by-weekly 1:2 teacher:learner supervised scanning shifts.

In the summer of the PGY2 year, before the ICU rotation, residents complete a mini-horizontal central line POCUS course emphasizing repetitive deliberate practice in POCUS procedural needle guidance. Every year are 3-4 POCUS workshops for the entire residency program that feature advanced applications (eg. advanced cardiac, nerve blocks, gallbladder, DVT, renal etc). Senior residents are involved as instructors for these workshops.

All residents complete an Advanced POCUS rotation in their PGY2 or PGY3 year. This rotation consists of supervised scanning shifts with POCUS fellowship trained faculty. Residents will develop POCUS competence in gallbladder, advanced cardiac, lung, IVC, DVT, MSK, soft tissue, nerve blocks, vascular access and POCUS protocols. We have regular EM POCUS rounds, multidisciplinary QSonic POCUS rounds, a breakfast POCUS Journal Club and an annual Sonogames.

Residents will have ample opportunity to teach POCUS to other learners such as medical students and more junior residents. After gaining competence in core applications, they are eligible to challenge the CPOCUS Independent Practitioner examination (www.cpocus.ca). On completion of residency all residents will have a POCUS portfolio of all of their studies completed during residency. Both the Hotel Dieu Urgent Care Centre and Kingston General Hospital have POCUS machines with an assortment of probes to allow for ample practice while you are working clinically and are linked with image archiving and feedback software.

Queen’s EM is a POCUS forward program with a faculty culture that emphasises POCUS use in all aspects of patient care. 

Department of Emergency Medicine 
Queen's University
Kingston General Hospital 
76 Stuart Street
Kingston, ON K7L 2V7

Office: (613) 549-6666  Ext. 7660
Fax: (613) 548-1374

Program Director:
Jaelyn Caudle BScOT, MD, EMDM, FRCPC


Program Administrator:
Mary Lee