Curriculum

PGY1 – PGY3 Core Program

1) Boot Camp - 1 block (first block)
2) Intensive Care Unit - 1 block
3) Coronary Care Unit - 1 block
4) Clinical Teaching Unit (Jr) - 5 blocks

Boot Camp

The Internal Medicine Boot Camp will be offered over two consecutive 11 day cycles for half of our incoming PGY-1’s at a time during the first block of the academic year. This is a new strategy to help our incoming residents quickly transition to the responsibilities of an IM junior with a focus on key cognitive and procedural skills required to recognize and manage acutely ill or deteriorating patients, particularly while on call.  The objective of the Boot Camp is to provide our Juniors with the necessary skills to function safely and competently in the acute setting.

We aim for our residents to use this protected academic time to review and apply pre-reading assignments, practice problem-solving, and/or key components of actions they will be required to undertake while on inpatient services, under expert faculty guidance.

Click here for the Boot Camp curriculum.

Fundamental Critical Care Skills Course (FCCS)
This is a mandatory course offered at the beginning of the PGY1 year during Bootcamp.

Technology in Medicine Course
This is a mandatory course offered at the beginning of the PGY1 year during Bootcamp. The course will train residents in procedures and ultrasound use.

Out of Province and/or Research Electives:
Residents are allowed one research and one out of province elective each year of residency. Residents wishing to do an elective out of province or to do a research elective are allowed to do so but need to obtain permission from the Internal Medicine Program Director via a signed Out-of-Province Elective form or Research Rotation form. Residents on remediation/probation are not allowed to do Out of Province Electives.

1) Coronary Care Unit - 2 blocks
2) Clinical Teaching Unit (Sr) - 3 blocks
3) Ambulatory Care - 1 block
4) Community - 1 block

*CTU equivalents include MTU and Cardiology Ward Victoria

Out of Province and/or Research Electives:
Residents are allowed one research and one out of province elective each year of residency. Residents wishing to do an elective out of province or to do a research elective are allowed to do so but need to obtain permission from the Internal Medicine Program Director via a signed Out-of-Province Elective form or Research Rotation form. Residents on remediation/probation are not allowed to do Out of Province Electives.

OSCE Exams
OSCEs are taking place on the afternoon of Wednesday, December 2, 2015.

OSCE Schedule

1) ICU - 2 months
2) Clinical Teaching Unit (Sr) - 4 blocks
3) Ambulatory Care - 1 block

 

*CTU equivalents include MTU and Cardiology Ward Victoria

Out of Province and/or Research Electives:
Residents are allowed one research and one out of province elective each year of residency. Residents wishing to do an elective out of province or to do a research elective are allowed to do so but need to obtain permission from the Internal Medicine Program Director via a signed Out-of-Province Elective form or Research Rotation form. Residents on remediation/probation are not allowed to do Out of Province Electives.

PGY4 Core Program

Core Residency Curriculum

Academic Half Day runs for 4 hours every Wednesday afternoon and is a mandatory component of the program. This is protected time for the residents and all services are expected to release residents from ward/patient duties. Lectures are held at VGH and videobroadcast to our satellite locations.

Topic, format (didactic and/or interactive) and speaker selection at AHD are determined by the AHD organizing committee, which consists of vast representation of the target audience (4 Chief Medical Residents, class representatives from each year, other representatives in the PGY-1, 2 and 3 years who express special interest in medical education) and the Associate Program Director for Curriculum.

 

The Internal Medicine Program has recognized that resident well-being is an essential component of any postgraduate medical department. As such, the Program has developed a Wellness Initiative to identify barriers to resident wellness and equip residents with the skills and tools to overcome these obstacles. The goal of this Initiative is to create a resident-run Leadership Committee which will be a platform for resident-initiated ideas and solutions to improve the Internal Medicine residents' wellness. The curriculum is flexible, with changes being implemented based on resident feedback and ideas, and will be developed with longitudinal goals.

As health advocates, physicians are expected to responsibly use their expertise and influence to advance the health and well-being of individual patients, communities, and populations. As part of the Health Advocacy Curriculum residents are expected to:

  1. Attend formal education sessions relating to Health Advocacy including didactic sessions at academic half day and workshops at the annual resident retreat.
  2. Participate in a minimum of one Health Advocacy project that fulfills at least one aspect of the CanMEDS Health Advocate key competencies

This is an annual retreat held over 2 - 3 day period in Whistler, at the end of February. All residents are welcome to attend. A formal educational session will be held on the Thursday and is mandatory for all residents attending the retreat. A dinner is held on the Thursday. Accommodation can be booked through the Chief Residents. The cost per night is generally $30 - $50 per person depending on the amount of support we receive.

It is expected you will cover on-call duties - this retreat does not excuse you from these duties should your service require you be on-call. Should you choose not to attend the retreat it is expected you will remain on your service.

Resident Research Day is held in May of each year and gives the residents a forum for presentation of ongoing research. Traditionally, the event is held during the day and is followed by a formal dinner for residents as well as faculty. A Project/Mentor list will be made available to the residents over the summer and residents are encouraged to contact a mentor early in their training to help facilitate a project.  See here for a list of potential mentors.

Plans for Research Day begin in October of each year and will commence with a series of deadlines that residents must meet thereafter: Submitting the name of their mentor, title of their project, and abstract. Residents will be emailed information on Research Day throughout the year.

Resident Research Day is on May 18, 2016.

In 2007 the Department of Medicine Residency Training Program, under the guidance of Dr. Amanda Hill, established the International Health Program in the Department of Medicine. The International elective program has been in place for 8 years and 62 residents have participated to date as well as 29 faculty visits. There are 4 team visits each year. Each team consists of 1 Internal Medicine specialist and 2 senior residents or 1 Senior Internal Medicine Fellow already Certified in Internal Medicine and 2 senior residents in Internal Medicine.

We completed our five year commitment to Donald Fraser Hospital and since 2013 we have been working at the Gulu Regional hospital allied with the Gulu University Medical School in post conflict northern Uganda. We are members of a coalition of universities working in this area - the University of Manchester and MacMaster University through the Uganda-UK alliance and have committed to supporting this program for five years. Our work in Gulu is supporting the clinical care that is provided in the regional hospital that is very under resourced in terms of staff and goods. This provides the residents a chance to understand the impact of poverty on health and well being and learn about diseases that are uncommon in Canada. The residents and faculty are very involved in bedside teaching of 3rd and 5th year medical students from the Gulu Univerity Medical school. There are also Medical officers on the ward who have little organized teaching and they also benefit from the input from the UBC staff.

International Health Project