Curriculum Subcommittee

Terms of Reference


  • To develop a unified core curriculum for the Dalhousie Family Medicine Residency Program, that will be administered at all sites
  • To ensure that the core curriculum is based on the following:
    • Principles of adult learning
    • CanMEDS FM Competencies
    • Curriculum objectives

Reporting Responsibility

The Curriculum Subcommittee reports to the Residency Training Committee.



  • Program curriculum coordinator (chair)
  • Postgraduate program director
  • All site curriculum coordinators. One faculty representative from each site and program (Annapolis Valley, Cape Breton, Fredericton, Halifax, Moncton, PEI, Saint John, South West Nova, and Saint John FM/EM program)
  • One PGY1 and one PGY2 resident from different sites.


  • Ex officios: program evaluation coordinator
  • Medical education manager
  • Site administrator from each site (Annapolis Valley, Cape Breton, Fredericton, Halifax, Moncton, PEI, Saint John and South West Nova)
  • Education committee secretary (recording secretary)


50 per cent plus one of voting members.


  • To review the curriculum objectives of the residency annually and revise if necessary
  • To assist each site in mapping the curriculum objectives to available learning experiences
  • To designate those topics that are mandatory to be addressed in academic seminars
  • To develop objectives for all mandatory seminars

Curriculum Guidelines


The curriculum guidelines exist to provide guidance to the sites as they plan and develop their residency curriculum. Residents need to be assured they will receive a similar educational experience at all sites. The guidelines also underpin program unity. They uphold the principle that we are one residency program on eight sites.


The Curriculum Subcommittee meets regularly to review and standardize the curriculum to reflect the objectives of the residency.

Outline of Guidelines

  1. Curriculum Objectives
    A list of the objectives for the residency program. Each site will have an associated set of documents mapping those objectives to available learning experiences.
  2. Mandatory Academic Seminars
    A list of designated core seminars which must be covered during designated academic time.
    There is flexibility about when a seminar is offered. Any site can choose to offer a seminar in either year. If residents clearly possess appropriate knowledge or skills in an area, the seminar may be waived for those residents.
  3. Academic Seminar Objectives
    Objectives for each mandatory seminar. The objectives are intended as guidelines to be helpful to presenters at the various sites. Bibliographies are included where available.
Reviewed and approved by RTC Committee October 2, 2014; approved by Curriculum Subcommittee September 11, 2014
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