CCFP(EM) Residency Program

Interested in both family medicine and emergency medicine?

The College of Family Physicians of Canada offers one year of specialty training in emergency medicine through its College of Family Physicians of Canada (Emergency Medicine) residency training program.

The program

The College of Family Physicians of Canada offers one year of specialty training in emergency medicine through its CFPC (EM) residency training program. 

Upon successful completion of the residency program and satisfactory results on oral and written examinations, candidates are conferred with a Certificate of Special Competency in Emergency Medicine [CFPC (EM)].


The objectives of the program are to reflect the need for residents to develop initial assessment and management skills for all acute and critical illness, and to ensure a broad clinical knowledge base. Learning will take place on an accelerated path with graded responsibility, and will include departmental management and administration.

To accomplish these objectives, residents must spend a considerable amount of time in the emergency department or ambulatory care setting. Member (affiliated) departments of the Department of Emergency Medicine in both Nova Scotia and New Brunswick will be used as training sites.

Research skills will continue to be developed through journal club participation, seminar sessions, and residents will undertake and present a modest research project. All residents will have access to an evidence-based medicine (EBM) course designed by experts within our department and focused on emergency medicine.


The following is an outline of the specialty rotations (four weeks) undertaken during the PGY3 year:

Rotation   4 Week Rotations
Anaesthesia   One
Emergency Medicine Adult Five
  Pediatric One
ICU (Med/Surg)   Two
CCU/ED Cardiology Consults   One
Combined Orthopedic & Plastic Surgery   One
Trauma   One
Elective   One

Rotation Objectives  [pdf 70kb]


Application process

Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS)
151 Slater Street, Suite 802
Ottawa, ON  K1P 5H3
Phone: (613) 237-0075
Fax: (613) 563-2860

Program contacts

Dalhousie University
Department of Emergency Medicine
Halifax Infirmary Hospital
1796 Summer Street, Suite 355
Halifax, Nova Scotia   B3H 3A7

Jennifer Day
Postgraduate CCFP (EM)/Off-Service and Undergraduate Education Coordinator
Phone: 902-473-4220; Fax: 902-473-3617

Bijon Das, MD, CCFP (EM), FCFP
CCFP (EM) Program Director
Phone: 902-473-4220; Fax 902-473-3617