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Subspecialty Residency Training

Preparing internists for practice in a community or academic setting

General internal medicine (GIM) is a popular choice among residents, and our program receives consistently positive feedback from those who appreciate a holistic approach to patient assessment and management. Residents can expect excellent, well-rounded training in an ambulatory and acute care setting.

Two-year subspecialty residency training

As a distinct subspecialty, GIM requires postgraduate training in additional competencies following three years of internal medicine training. Starting in July 2015, Dalhousie’s Division of General Internal Medicine will offer a two-year subspecialty residency training program. (Prior to 2015, our division offered an accredited one-year GIM program.) The PGY4/5 GIM training program was accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in June 2016.

Dalhousie’s GIM subspecialty training prepares residents to practise in the community or academic settings and, if desired, to pursue further academic or subspecialty training.

A strong focus on teaching

As a resident in the GIM Subspecialty Residency Training Program, you will have opportunities to teach medical students in their clerkship years, first- and second-year residents (including subspecialty junior residents), and Med 1 and Med 2 students. In addition, you can take a one-month teaching elective run by the Dalhousie Faculty of Medicine. The teaching strengths of division members include end-of-life care, clinical communication skills, critical care, hepatology, and allergy and immunology.

Research activities are a required aspect of training, and residents take part in research, particularly research focusing on communication skills, quality improvement and simulation as a tool in medical education.