Welcome to the Department of Family Medicine at Queen's University. For some of you this will also be a welcome to the City of Kingston and to the Province of Ontario. We hope that you will find your year with us satisfying, both academically and socially. Our mandate as a Department is to help prepare you for the challenges of practice in smaller communities, rural and northern areas of this Province and Country.

The Enhanced Skills Training program in Family Medicine Anesthesia is intended to help you meet some of these challenges.The Department of Family Medicine enjoys a good relationship with the Department of Anesthesiology which will also serve as part of your “home” during this year of enhanced skills training. The Department of Anesthesiology has been training Family Practice Anesthetists for many decades and has been consistently committed to training family practice anesthetists for our rural communities.

Although much of your work in the next year will be at the Kingston General Hospital, it is important for you to feel free to use the Family Medicine Centre as a home base as well. If at any time you are experiencing any difficulties in the program, I want you to feel very comfortable in contacting me for assistance. My Program Assistant is Dana Doll ( and she can readily track me down any day of the week.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. Upon entering the program, I will provide you with my email and telephone number so that you can reach me as needed.

The Royal College Program Director in the Department of Anesthesia is Dr. Michael Cummings.
Dr. Cummings will be one of your primary contacts in the program and I know that he would be pleased to assist you in any way possible. The Program Assistant in the Department of Anesthesia is Kim Asselstine ( and she is an additional resource for you during your year of training.

I will be meeting with you on a quarterly basis to review your evaluations and insure that you are progressing through the year in a satisfactory manner. The Family Medicine Anesthesia year is intensive and challenging, and it is important that you understand the details of safe anesthetic practice to achieve a high level of competence in the defined technical skills.

I believe that you will find the rotations we have organized and the formal academic curriculum to be very satisfactory in helping you achieve these goals. tthe Chair of the Department of Anesthesia, Dr. Joel Parlow and I are very committed to ensuring that the Queen's Program achieves a high standard of excellence, and we want you to feel well prepared and confident as you enter independent practice in a rural setting.

Once again, welcome to this year of Anesthesia Enhanced Skills Training!

Valerie McLeod, MD, CCFP
Program Coordinator, Queen's Family Medicine Anesthesia Enhanced Skills Program