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