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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.

Locations

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.
  • Baddeck is positioned along the Bras d'Or Lakes, approximately one hour from Sydney. The hospital serves Baddeck and the surrounding communities. 
  • 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. 
  • 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

In both first and second years, residents come together every third Friday for a full day of academic sessions. This will include seminars on a variety of topics including mandatory curriculum topics, CFPC's priority topics and PBSGLs. Presenters range between family physicians, specialty physicians, residents, and allied health care professionals. First and second year residents also come together twice a month to participant in journal club which concentrates on therapeutics with discussion emphasizing late breaking trials. During the weeks where academics are not scheduled, second year residents will have one half day/week of protected time for independent exam study. Also, residents will be assigned a practice audit during the latter part of their second year. 

Exam Prep

PGY1
Late in the fall, first-year residents are introduced to simulated office oral exams (SOOs).

PGY2
PGY2s pick up with SOO practice midway through the year and will have the opportunity to participate in a MOCK SOO exam in preparation for their CFPC exam. Additionally, PGY2s will have preparation sessions for the SAMP part of their exam.