As the Residency Program Director for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Queen's University, I join Dr. Graeme Smith, our Department Head, in welcoming you to our Home Page!
The Postgraduate Residency Training Program in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Queen's University spans five years. Our overall goal is to train highly competent, responsible, and ethical physicians for the practice of general Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
Our residents are uniformly of the highest caliber, dedicated and committed to excellence. They are, in fact, the greatest strength of our training program at Queen's. The size of the residency program enables an individualized approach to training, with the possibility of mentoring from several staff. The commitment of our Department to resident education is reflected through activities including a weekly Academic Half Day (fully protected for the residents by rotating staff person coverage), a monthly Journal Club, and an annual practice OSCE exam. We have many faculty with a graduate degree in medical education. The Department comprises a large complement of subspecialists to maximize resident exposure across the specialty. Our faculty is recognized nationally and is on the leading edge of Competency By Design, having been the first university to adopt Competency Based Medical Education (CBME) in academic year 2017-2018.
The program is organized to provide early clinical and operative exposure to junior residents, allowing more senior residents to consolidate their skills across the five years of training, and also affording senior residents the opportunity to teach, supervise and mentor the junior residents. Furthermore, residents experience primary surgical experience in all subspecialties: MFM, oncology, MIS, Urogynaecology, and Paeds Gynaecology.
The Department is particularly proud of the success of our residents in research, due to dedicated work by our residents and excellent mentorship by our academic faculty, many of who have research-related masters or PhD degrees. Many of our residents have presented at national meetings, published original research in peer-reviewed journals, and/or received highly prestigious awards for research merit.
To date, our Queen's fully trained residents have been uniformly successful in passing the Royal College examination in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. More than half of our graduates have gone on to fellowship training, and later to successful academic careers.
The residency program received FULL APPROVAL from the Royal College after our last External Accreditation Review in October 2017.