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Saint John Teaching Site Program

Collaboration with key health care providers to optimize patient care

The Saint John family medicine site is based on primary care reform in a preceptor model and focuses on continuity of care. An ideal place to learn the core principles of family medicine, as well as the key aspects of evidence-based medicine.

You'll have the opportunity to look after patients in multi-disciplinary community-based offices as well as partaking in primary care obstetrics, in-hospital care, and house-calls. The Saint John Regional Hospital has a medical education focus, which makes for a very collegial environment where medical education is always at the forefront.

In a busy, stimulating, environment, residents collaborate with key health care providers to optimize patient care—including nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, pharmacists, dieticians and occupational therapists.

We're affiliated with:
· Women’s health clinics
· Sexual health clinics
· Addiction health clinics

We have weekly collaboration with the mental health clinic through a shared mental health model.

Our large, 586-bed tertiary and quaternary hospitals have 23 teaching departments that offer all health care services, while at the same time being a referral centre for interventional cardiology, cardiac surgery, oncology, neurosurgery, burn unit, sleep lab, geriatrics and trauma centre. Family medicine is the largest department in the Saint John Regional Hospital with 150 to 200 hospital beds allocated for patients being cared for by family physicians.

Patient records are updated and tracked through state of the art technology. Instantly access patient care records, hospital care patient records, laboratory work and digital x-rays.

The core family medicine block is located at our downtown community health centre or community family practice. These busy, stimulating environments use collaboration with key health care providers to optimize patient care. You'll have the opportunity to work with nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, pharmacists, dieticians and occupational therapists. 

First and second year

With continuity of care being a key element in our teaching program, you will develop a panel of patients to follow through your family medicine rotations. During other rotations, in your first- and second-year, you will participate in a weekly clinical half-day back at your preceptor’s office. This experience allows you to develop your own practice for the duration of your residency program.

You will follow and deliver family medicine obstetrical patients throughout your program as a supplement to your core obstetrical experiences. You will follow a minimum of six women from their initial pre-natal visit through delivery, to well-baby care and beyond. This program's a good adjunct to the very busy obstetrical rotation that runs during your PGY1 year.

Lumps and bumps, hospital inpatients, palliative care and house calls are all a part of the comprehensive family medicine rotations. There are ample opportunities given for resident research and supplementary experiences in family medicine. Exam preparation and faculty mentoring are also part of our program.

Elective / Selective Opportunities:

• Anesthesia
• Diagnostic Imaging
• Emergency Medicine
• Family Medicine
• Geriatrics Medicine
• Internal Medicine
• Laboratory Medicine
• Neurosurgery
• Obstetrics & Gynaecology
• Orthopaedic Surgery
• Paediatrics
• Palliative Care
• Plastic Surgery
• Psychiatry
• Radiation Oncology
• General Surgery
• Urology