Most Frequently Asked Questions


What are the strengths of the program? 

  • The benefits of an academic site in a family medicine run hospital
  • Outstanding collegiality between family medicine and specialties 
  • A shared, busy doctors’ Lounge
  • Very well organized and supportive administrative staff
  • Collegial faculty and hospital staff  who teach residents the competencies relevant to family medicine
  • A new dedicated well-used resident lounge
  • Medical education office centrally located next to the doctors’ lounge
  • Regularly scheduled ½ day curriculum
  • A social committee, which organizes a variety of resident/faculty/family events

How is the program responsive to resident concerns? 

  • Concerns regarding rotations or teaching are addressed in a timely manner by the site
  • The neonatal rotation was replaced by plastics based on resident input
  • Pediatrics and psychiatry have been changed from block to longitudinal rotations for better exposure to patients over time
  • Didactic curriculum is reviewed and revised annually
  • Co-chief residents sit on the site medical education committee

What makes Moncton different from the other sites? 

  • Very high level of patient acuity in family medicine patients, both in ambulatory and hospitalized patients
  • One-on-one clinical teaching by faculty on all rotations
  • Teaching is done only by physicians who choose to teach

Do you need /get to speak French to be in Moncton?  

  • Moncton is a bilingual community; however, the teaching program is Anglophone, and residents do not require any French language skills
  • Residents who wish to speak French have ample opportunity
  • French language courses at various levels are offered free of charge annually by the hospital

Will the new Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (LIC) affect family medicine residents?

  • Moncton currently provides clerkship rotations for Dalhousie Medicine NB (DMNB) students and MUN students.
  • September 2015 - we launched an LIC in Moncton for 6 DMNB students.
  • LIC clerks are paired with family medicine PGY1 mentors, and there are improved opportunities for our residents to teach medical students
  • LIC will not affect our residents’ abilities to attain their clinical competencies

What other learners are around? 

  • 6 DMNB LIC clerks
  • Senior specialty residents on select rotations intermittently
  • Junior specialty residents on general surgery and intermittently on internal medicine

Do residents get a chance to teach?

  • Residents do have some opportunity to teach clerks on some rotations. This will increase with the LIC.
  • PGY1’s provide resident lectures to their peers
  • PGY2’s have the opportunity to teach PGY1’s on core family medicine rotations

What are the challenges or drawbacks of the program?

  • Specialty faculty do not have learners all the time, so residents need to be pro-active learners (preceptors will not always look for you if you are not around)
  • If you love obstetrics, you can achieve your competencies here, but you may need to use electives for extra exposure if you plan to practice obstetrics
Why come to Atlantic Canada?
  • The patients and communities are very welcoming
  • You will quickly feel that you are part of the medical community and the community at large
  • Many cultural and outdoor opportunities are close and affordable
  • However, if you are from the west, you will have to pay more and travel longer to visit home

Where are our rural placements?  

  • The one-month rural rotation in first year is generally in a community within a two hour drive from Moncton
  • The three-month community family medicine rotation in PGY2 can be in the same practice as in PGY1, in any other teaching practice in the Maritime provinces
  • Both rotations can be in areas within a 30 minute commute from Moncton if the resident wishes

How much time is spent away from home base?  

  • The only mandatory rotations outside of Moncton are the one-month rural family medicine in PGY1 and the three-month community family medicine rotation in PGY2
  • These can both be done within commuting distance from Moncton
  • In PGY1 all other rotations must be completed in Moncton
  • In PGY2 the 2 months of elective time can be outside of Moncton