Subspecialty Residency Training

Preparing general internists for academic or community practice

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, as well as helping patients with multi-morbidity. 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.

Dalhousie University offers a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada accredited GIM PGY4-5 residency subspecialty training program. Candidates are accepted through the Canadian Residency Matching Service (CaRMS) during the medicine subspecialty match.

GIM residency programs in Canada are now Competence by Design (CBD) training programs.

This training program is supportive of the breadth of general internal medicine and will facilitate training tailored to the goals of the trainee. We strive to assist trainees in their journey to become highly competent general internists, whether academic or community-based.

A strong focus on teaching

As a resident in the GIM Subspecialty Residency Training Program, you will have opportunities to teach first-year medical students in their clinical skills program, medical students in clerkship, and core internal medicine residents. 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, simulation education, point of care ultrasound, (PoCUS), critical care, hepatology, thrombosis, and allergy and immunology.

Scholarly activity is a required aspect of training. Residents will either complete a research project or will gain experience and mentorship from various division members with interests in medical education, quality improvement, and health systems.