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Halifax Teaching Site Curriculum

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PGY1 rotations

PGY2 rotations

16 weeks - core family medicine 18 weeks - core family medicine
4 weeks - internal medicine
Saint John, Fredericton, *Halifax
12 weeks - community family medicine
rural communities (within Maritimes)
8 weeks - obstetrics/gynaecology
Saint John, Fredericton, *Halifax
4 weeks - geriatrics
2-4 week selectives - orthopedics, plastics or sports medicine (possibility of 4 weeks ortho or plastics only)
Saint John, Fredericton, Halifax
4 weeks - IMCU or hospitalist/DGH
4 weeks - general surgery
Saint John, Fredericton, *Dartmouth
4 weeks - psychiatry
*longitudinal through core family medicine
4 weeks - emergency
Halifax, Saint John, Fredericton
4 weeks - palliative care
8 weeks - pediatrics (4 of which are integrated into core family)
Saint John, Fredericton, *Halifax
10 weeks - electives
4 weeks - Hospitalist medicine - Halifax

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Our core program is based on recommendations from the curriculum resident committee of the Dalhousie family medicine program. Enhanced programs with the strengths and interests of the faculty in Halifax have been developed based on our residents and faculty.

* After your CaRMS match, we'll conduct an internal match to determine individual resident tracks, which have two to six months outside of Halifax.

First and second year

PGY1 core family medicine

PGY1 residents complete 12 weeks of core family medicine, as well as a clinical half-day back session to their team while on rotations in Halifax.

PGY2 core family medicine

PGY2 residents return to the team they completed PGY1 core rotation with for four months. The PGY2 Core Family Medicine experience is integrated with a longitudinal psychiatric experience, where residents spend one day per week in ambulatory psychiatry.

Community family medicine

PGY2 residents spend three months with a preceptor in rural community-based practices. They'll gain expertise in community-based care in a variety of settings, including office practice, home-visits, in-patient and emergency room rotations. As well, residents will gain experience in office management.

Core specialty rotations

Residents who would like to experience the true flavour of the Maritimes in a variety of settings are well suited to the Halifax site.

To optimize learning opportunities, PGY1 residents spend up to seven months in either Saint John, Moncton or Fredericton for specialty rotations in obstetrics, gynecology, internal medicine and surgery. At these sites, residents will be front-line for patient care, with the support of experienced specialty teachers.

*An internal match is conducted after the CARMS match to determine individual resident tracks which have two to six months outside of Halifax.

Selectives and electives

During the PGY1 year, there's opportunity for residents to choose from a broad menu of specialty rotations in Halifax, for a period of eight weeks.

PGY2s have 10 weeks of elective time. There's opportunity to complete electives throughout the Maritimes (four weeks outside).

Exam preparation

Faculty work with residents throughout the program to ensure successful completion of the certification exam at the end of the PGY2 year.

Regularly scheduled seminars on preparing for both written and oral exams take place with faculty. Faculty provide regular simulated oral exams with individual residents, and in the PGY2 year of residency, there's a simulated oral afternoon, with feedback to residents.

Evidence-based medicine

The evidence-based medicine program (EBM) has been developed, and is taught by, our research team (with support from other faculty members).

Residents participate in graduated EBM exercises with faculty throughout the resident`s PGY1 and PGY2 years.

In the PGY2 year, residents apply skills learned in the EBM program to lead journal club discussions and conduct a practice audit.

Teaching opportunities

Our residents are all encouraged to become involved in teaching. There are many opportunities, given the close physical relationship to Dalhousie Medical School. Residents have opportunities to teach undergraduate students during clinical rotations, in workshops such as the annual breast workshop, and at special presentations at the medical school and community level.

PGY2 residents participate in a full-day adult teaching seminar during core family medicine.

Continuing Medical Education

Residents have opportunities to attend many community and university-supported Continuing Medical Education (CME) events. The Dalhousie Refresher Courses are incorporated into regular academic curriculum. Residents receive five days of conference leave, with financial support for some courses.