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Comprehensive subspecialty training

At Dalhousie, we offer a strong gastroenterology subspecialty training program with a curriculum that provides broad experience in clinical care and research.

Curriculum details

Throughout the PGY4 and PGY5 years of the program, you’ll take part in the following activities:

  • weekly GI Tumor Board Rounds
  • weekly Department of Medicine Grand Rounds
  • weekly Hepatobiliary Rounds
  • weekly GI and GI Pathology Rounds
  • monthly Journal Club
  • weekly Academic Half-Day
  • monthly CAG Physiology Lecture Series given by regional Canadian experts
  • intensive two-day Endoscopy Education Workshop at McMaster University

PGY4 curriculum

  • 4 months at the Halifax Infirmary hospital site (inpatient consults and endoscopy)
  • 2 months of hepatology (ambulatory and inpatient consults)
  • 1 month of pediatric GI (gastrointestinal)
  • 1 month elective options including medical education, nutrition (via the University of Alberta, University of Manitoba and University of Toronto), motility or research
  • 4 months of ambulatory clinic (endoscopy)

PGY5 curriculum

  • 3 months of inpatient consultations
  • 2 months of hepatology
  • 1 month of pathology
  • 2 months of elective options:
    • community
    • medical education
    • nutrition (via the University of Alberta, University of Manitoba, University of Toronto)
    • motility
    • research
  • 4 months of ambulatory clinic (endoscopy)
  • optional international elective in GI
  • weekly Longitudinal Senior Resident Clinic. Residents see and follow new patients while paired with a staff mentor who reviews cases after each clinic.

Resident research

You will be encouraged to participate in research studies and multicentre clinical trials, and to produce a research paper. Research within the division focuses on irritable bowel syndrome, endoscopy and liver disease.

Resident funding

As a resident, you’ll have access to funding for:

  • 1 GI/hepatology conference per year (registration, travel, hotel)
  • an additional conference if you are presenting a paper
  • 1 GI review course in the PGY5 year (at Harvard, Mayo Clinic, etc.)