Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Program

Welcome to the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Specialist in Emergency Medicine Program for the Maritime Provinces.  This fast-paced five-year program focused on enhancing skills and competence in Emergency Medicine.  Offered since 1990, this is only EM specialist program in Atlantic Canada.

Training Facilities

Our Department of EM includes training sites across all three Maritime provinces. Our learners benefit from access to; 3 tertiary care centers, several regional and community hospitals, a Poison Information Center, trauma team support and regional EMS oversight including disaster planning.

Clinical Faculty

In addition to enthusiasm for EM, our sites include many national and international faculty experts in; airway, medical education, ultrasound, critical thinking and patient safety, disaster medicine, toxicology, leadership with a focus on EDI (Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity) and simulation. Although the clinical faculty hail from around the world, with diverse education backgrounds the RCPS EM residency is a smaller program and our faculty to resident ratio exceeds 10:1 which is highly beneficial to our residents.

Beyond Clinical Teaching

Clinical teaching is augmented by; journal clubs, rounds, trauma rounds, a strong simulation program  (SIM), PoCUS education and fellowship , a leading national airway program (the home of AIME), and a Poison Information Center. Each year both EM and EMS departments host Research Day.  Research Day is an opportunity for faculty and residents to showcase the department’s ongoing research efforts.

Collaborative Learning

The RCPS EM and CCFP residents benefit from a collegial and collaborative relationship. This relationship exists in the department, academic half and in the SIM session. Residents from both programs learn, work and socialize together.

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons program provides a strong set of clinical skills augmented by academic education, research and the opportunity to develop a niche in an area of particular interest. Leadership, education, administration, and research are all significant elements of this program. With fellowship opportunities in EMS, PoCUS, Pediatrics (PEM), both Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) and Master or Education (MEd) degrees. With a state of the art simulation center situated in our ED and many high-level national and international leaders, you will have ample opportunities for professional advancement.

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RCPSC: A direct entry program after completion of medical school as a PGY-1.

  • Year 1: 3 EM-Adult (1 in NS, 2 in NB), 2 Internal Medicine , 2 General Surgery, 2 Plastics, 1 Psychiatry, 1 EM-Peds, 1 Anesthesia-Peds, 1 Anesthesia-Adult
  • Year 2: 3 EM-Adult, 3 ICU-Adult, 2 EM-Peds, 2 Neuroscience, 1 CCU
  • Year 3: 2 EM-Adult, 1 EM-Peds, 1 EM-Community, 1 Prehospital, 1 Research, 1 Medical Education, 1 Elective, 1 ICU-Peds, 1 Plastics (NB), 1 Ultrasound, 1 Trauma
  • Year 4: 3 EM-Adult, 1Anesthesia-Adult, 1 Administration, 1 Research, 1 Toxicology, 6 Elective
  • Year 5: 5 EM-Adult, 1 Senior Trauma, 2 EM-Peds, 2 Research, 3 Elective

Throughout the program there is graded responsibility for all residents using a competency-based assessment process. Periodic exams both written and oral are scheduled regularly to ensure appropriate progress. The extensive elective time in years 4 and 5 provide residents to develop an area of focus for their practice.

Upon successful on of this residency program and satisfactory results on national RCPSC oral and written examinations, candidates are eligible to become Fellowes of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Program Leadership

  • Dr. Laurel Murphy, Program Director or Dr. Lori Beatty, Assistant Program Director would be pleased to meet with you to discuss the RCPSC program.
  • Contact our program coordinator: Rebecca Jozsa ( for a meeting.