Academic Program


Our academic program is robust and well-organized to prepare you both clinically and for exams. Each week, during the 4-block Emergency Medicine rotation, there is a protected full academic day which consists of Emergency Grand Rounds, Core Rounds, and Simulator Resuscitation Rounds. These rounds take place in conjunction with the FRCP residents in the Department of Emergency Medicine. In addition, we have a protected full academic day each month for our CCFP-EM Seminar days. These days consist of Trauma Simulation Rounds and Practice Oral or Written SAMPs Exam in the morning, followed by an interactive seminar series in the afternoon. The monthly seminar sessions are taught by a variety of faculty and community physicians who present a diverse, organized series of topics relevant to the CCFP-EM year of study.

We have a state-of-the-art high fidelity Simulation Centre at Queen’s University, and are fortunate to have some of the most experienced and highly trained simulation educators in the country. We offer a highly developed simulation education program with over 40 simulation sessions available over the course of the CCFP-EM year.

In July and August, every Thursday is protected academic time for our Summer “Boot Camp” sessions. These sessions focus on core emergency procedural and resuscitation skills, such as central lines, airway management, procedural sedation, chest tubes, POCUS, casting, wound care etc. This culminates in a final OSCE-type mini-exam to review the principles of resuscitation. The summer series is regarded as both a great primer for clinical rotations, but also as a great opportunity to connect socially with fellow residents and attending staff.

We have fellowship trained, experienced educators in Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS). During the first week of residency, all residents do the Queen’s POCUS course on core applications, and throughout the first half of the year, do scanning shifts to achieve core POCUS certification. All residents will be given the opportunity to do a POCUS applications block where they can focus on advanced applications such as advanced cardiac, pulmonary, gallbladder, DVT, hydronephrosis, soft tissue etc.

  • Residents also take part in Monthly Trauma Grand Rounds and Journal Club.
  • All residents have access to the Hippo-EM and the Emergency Medicine Challenger on-line medical curricula.
  • All residents are required to have ACLS and ATLS certification. PALS certification is strongly recommended.