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. The Department comprises a large complement of subspecialists to maximize resident exposure across the specialty.
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.
The Department is particularly proud of the success of our residents in research. 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 2011.
Prospective residents... as the Chief Residents, we would like to tell you about Ob/Gyn at Queen's University.
Kingston has proven to be a great choice both personally and professionally. It is a small city that has it all. Everything from groceries to shopping to movies are within walking distance. On days off, trails along the waterfront are perfect for a walk, run or biking. Every type of restaurant imaginable is available in Kingston, and we always sample from them when on call. If you're craving big city life Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto are all less than 3 hours away.
Professionally Queen's offers (in our opinion!) the best Ob/Gyn residency experience in the country. All PGY1s are mentored by a senior (PGY4) resident in a four month Obstetrics block. This mentoring allows for a steep learning curve, and the junior is expected to be able to complete a caesarian section as the primary surgeon within the first few months of training! Gynaecologic surgery training starts in the second year. It is this early exposure to surgical skills that makes our small center exciting.
Queen's offers rotations in all Ob/Gyn subspecialties, as well as ample opportunity to pursue selective rotations internationally or across the country.
The staff to resident ratio at Queen's is such that no one slips through this residency without becoming a solid part of it. The camaraderie, support and teaching found in the smaller center cannot be over emphasized.
We have thoroughly enjoyed our years here at Queen's, and hope you will consider this excellent program when the dreaded "match" arrives! If you have any questions please feel free to contact us or Dr. Julie Tessier our program director.
Paul Davies, MD Bryden Magee, MD Shelia Thakkar, MD