Cape Breton Teaching Site Program
Offering a variety of rural community experiences
Experience a hands-on environment by working directly with community-based family physicians. You'll be exposed to a high volume of patients with a wide variety of illnesses in a number of clinical settings, including offices, hospitals and nursing homes. As your clinical skills improve and become more efficient and effective, your patient workload will be adjusted, providing you with even more opportunity.
In the first year, residents will spend four weeks in one of the following locations:
- Arichat is an Acadian coastal fishing community, located approximately 90 minutes from Sydney. There's no hospital in this community, but there's a busy Community Health Centre.
- Cheticamp is a coastal fishing community, located approximately two and a half hours from Sydney. There's a small but new 12-18 bed hospital, built in the late 1990s. The hospital facility contains rooms that can be used by residents during their stay.
- Eskasoni is situated on the Bras d’Or Lake and is the largest First Nations community in the Maritimes, located approximately 45 minutes from Sydney. There's a large modern Community Health Centre and a regional hospital. The hospital serves the community and exposes residents to a large volume of patients with a variety of illnesses. Residents usually commute from Sydney to Eskasoni.
- Neil’s Harbour is a coastal fishing community, located approximately two and a half hours from Sydney. There's a small but new 12-18 bed hospital, built in the late 1990s. The hospital facility contains rooms that can be used by residents during their stay.
First and second year
For first-year residents, three hours every Thursday afternoon is protected academic time; it's divided into three blocks. One hour is devoted to specialty seminars on a variety of topics. Another session deals with topic specific to family medicine. We also present the Problem-Based Small Group Learning (PBSGL) modules during this time block. Each week, one of the residents is assigned to present a topic to other residents. Late in the fall, first-year residents are introduced to simulated office oral exams (SOOs).
The second-year residents spend four continuous rotations in Sydney doing Academic Family Medicine. During this time, they have two half-days per week of protected time to work on their projects, audits, self-study and seminars on PGY2 topics. Journal Club concentrates on therapeutics with discussion emphasizing late breaking trials. Time is also spent doing mock interviews and exam prep for the SOOs component of the certification exams.