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Curriculum

Flexible and comprehensive programming

Core training requirements for all residents in the General Internal Medicine Subspecialty Residency Training Program include:

  • a minimum of 13 GIM rotations:
    • 2 GIM consultation service rotations
    • 2 GIM ambulatory clinic rotations
    • 1 GIM community experience rotation
    • 2 Medical Teaching Unit (junior attending) rotations
    • 1 Intermediate Medical Care Unit (junior attending) rotation
    • 1 Emergency Department GIM Consult (junior attending) rotation
    • 1 Intensive Care Unit or Coronary Care Unit rotation
    • 1 Obstetrical medicine rotation
    • 1 Cardiology clinic/consultation rotation
    • 1 Cardiology Non-Invasive (treadmill, pharmacologic stress test, ECG, holter)
  • a mandatory longitudinal clinic that runs through the two academic years
  • weekly academic sessions

Residents are also expected to attend Department of Medicine Grand Rounds, along with many other educational opportunities in a variety of subspecialties on a weekly basis. In addition, residents participate in a series of presentations and online resources on CanMEDS roles run by Dalhousie University and aimed at senior residents.

Because of the wide variety of educational needs of our residents, high priority is also given to program flexibility. As a resident, you have an additional three selective rotations in areas of GIM from the mandatory rotation list and will be offered training opportunities in nearly all subspecialties with 10 rotations that can be used for a whole range of elective opportunities, as determined in consultation with the program director.

Training sites

Most resident training takes place at the QEII Health Sciences Centre, which comprises several sites within walking distance of each other. The general internal medicine consultation service also sees patients at the nearby IWK Health Centre, a pediatric and obstetric care hospital that serves patients from around the Maritimes. There are distributed teaching sites throughout Nova Scotia and New Brunswick where residents have been placed on rotation in order to meet their training requirements.