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Cape Breton Teaching Site Curriculum

Hands-on learning

PGY1 rotations (all first year can be done in Cape Breton)

PGY2 rotations

Family medicine (core)
8 weeks - Sydney
4 weeks - Arichat, Cheticamp, Eskasoni, or Neil's Harbour (rural experience)
Family medicine (core)
16 weeks - Sydney
Internal medicine
8 weeks - CBRH
Family medicine
12 weeks - small Maritime community (most of our residents return to the community where they did their 4-week rural rotation in first year)
General surgery
4 weeks - CBRH
Psychiatry
4 weeks - CBRH, Halifax or Saint John (resident's choice)
Orthopaedics/plastics
4 weeks - CBRHCCU
4 weeks - CBRH, Saint John, or Halifax (resident's choice)
CCU
4 weeks - CBRH, Saint John, or Halifax (resident's choice)
Pediatrics
8 weeks - CBRH
Geriatrics
4 weeks - CBRH, Saint John or Halifax (resident's choice)
Obstetrics & gynaecology
8 weeks - CBRH
Electives
8 weeks 
Emergency medicine
4 weeks - CBRH
Selective
4 weeks - CBRH
Selective
4 weeks - CBRH
 

First and second year

In the first year, you'll have a week of rural family medicine rotation in one of the following communities: Arichat, Cheticamp, Eskasoni and Neils's Harbour.

In the second year, you'll spend 12 weeks with a community family physician in one of our smaller Maritime communities.

Electives

In the first and second year, you'll have a four-week selective rotation that will be done in Cape Breton. During second-year, you'll have eight weeks of elective time. You may choose to do your electives training away from your home site. Up to four weeks may be done anywhere you wish to study. If this is outside of the Maritime provinces, it must be pre-approved by the Dalhousie University Department of Family Medicine. The remaining time can be done anywhere in the Maritime provinces.

Seminars

During both years, you'll have protected time for seminars that look at many of the common problems in family medicine. These seminars are designed to complement your self-directed learning. In addition to the usual disease orientated topics, some sessions are devoted to things like adolescent medicine, addiction medicine, communication skills, ethics and practice management. In both years, time is set aside to formally review your interviewing skills through practice SOOs. The complexity of the cases is gradually increased. This also serves as an excellent preparation for the CCFP examination.