Overview of CCFP-EM

The objectives of the program are to provide comprehensive clinical and academic exposure to ensure a broad knowledge base and proficiency in management of acute and critical illness within the Emergency Department setting. We respect that residents are adult learners and we strive to be flexible in order to meet individual needs. Our teachers, including family physicians, Emergency Physicians and Specialists have largely been teaching our PGY-3 residents for many years and understand the unique needs of our CCFP-EM residents. Our rotations take place in both tertiary care and community centres. We have a strong liaison with all departments hosting our rotations which ensures that the needs of our residents are met.

We have many surrounding communities whose emergency departments and Family Medicine offices are staffed by former residents from our program. Many of these physicians take part in our program as preceptors and as teachers in the academic sessions. We also have a strong liaison with the Department of Emergency Medicine and have the advantage of being associated with an excellent 5-year FRCP program which offers further flexibility in terms of academic opportunities for our residents.

Our CCFP-EM year provides you with the clinical exposure and academic program to fully prepare you for the exam process for the Certificate of Special Competence in Emergency Medicine as well as preparing you for clinical practice. Our pass rate for the CCFP(EM) exam over the past 10 years exceeds 95%.

The following is an outline of the rotations undertaken during the PGY-3 year:

Rotation Duration Location
Emergency – tertiary 4 blocks Kingston Health Sciences Centre
ICU 2 blocks KGH ICU, Peterborough ICU or Oshawa ICU
Emergency – rural 2 blocks Community Emerg Sites
Emergency – Pediatrics 1 block CHEO (Ottawa)
Anaesthesia 1 block Brockville or Humber River (Toronto)
Surgery (Plastics/Ortho) 1 block Kingston or Community Sites
Elective 1 block Varies - Resident's Choice
Point-of-Care Ultrasound 1 block Kingston Health Sciences Centre


The majority of residents use their elective block to do trauma, toxicology, or a block of community emergency medicine in a place of career interest. Many have used the opportunity to do an international elective.