Anesthesia and subspecialties (including pediatric, obstetric, cardiac, neuro, regional anesthesia, chronic pain clinic and acute pain therapy)
- Critical Care (including medical and surgical ICU, coronary care, pediatric and neonatal ICU)
- Internal medicine (including cardiology and respirology, and choices from nephrology, endocrinology, transfusion medicine, perioperative medicine, and infectious disease.)
Training occurs primarily at the tertiary institutions listed above, including a dedicated Children's Hospital with rotations through the other sites noted above. These form an integrated system in the province serving approximately 1.1 million people. Residents have input into their training and rotation selection. The content of the first two years of training are well-delineated (see below). Thereafter the resident is able to tailor training to specific individual goals within the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada requirements and program guidelines. All rotations are taken as four-week blocks of training; i.e. there are 13 rotations (periods) per year. There are four weeks of vacation per year; these are taken in a block in PGY-1, and in one to four week segments totaling four weeks in PGY-2 to PGY-5.
Resident Education is emphasized throughout training with active teaching occurring both inside and outside the operating room. All participating institutions have dedicated, interested, and effective teachers. One-on-one teaching is the backbone of our program and takes place in all clinical anesthesia rotations. An ongoing daily evaluation and feedback program is in place to help the resident achieve a balanced exposure and approach to anesthesia practice, and to achieve responsibility and independence.
Seminar programs (primarily problem-oriented small group sessions); Basic Series for PGY-1 to 2, and Advanced Series for PGY-2 to 5
Rounds, including Case Discussions, formal Grand Rounds, Journal Club, Research in Progress, and a Visiting Professor Program, Canadian and International experts are invited to give presentations and participate in resident teaching activity.
Academic time is scheduled and protected from clinical work for all residents, PGY-1 to 5.
Advanced Seminars are scheduled on Wednesday afternoons for PGY-2 to 5 residents. PGY-1 to 2 residents are also involved in Basic Seminars on Wednesday mornings. There is also a Faculty of Medicine Seminar series covering areas of general interest across all faculty disciplines including Critical Appraisal, Learning to Teach, Ethics, and Practice Management. Education is directed to further the RCPSC developed CanMEDS roles for specialist physicians (Medical Expert, Communicator, Collaborator, Manager, Health Advocate, Scholar and Professional). A SIMMAN patient simulator has been acquired to be shared with other programs. Scenarios are being developed to use this in association with our Airway Lab for Resident Education.
Assessment of performance is achieved through daily clinical evaluations and clinical rotation evaluations as well as written and oral examinations.
Residents are encouraged to attend one anesthesia related meeting per year and funding is provided to support this