Family Medicine


Academic Half-Day

Residents are provided with protected time to attend weekly Wednesday academic half day rounds for core content teaching.  Rounds are based on the CFPC’s Priority Topics and Key Features for emergency medicine, as well as Tintinalli's Emergency Medicine: A Comprehensive Study Guide, 9e.


  • Simulation-based teaching sessions occur on a monthly basis in the Clinical Learning and Simulation Centre (CLSC).  These sessions integrate high and low fidelity models, task trainers and standardized patients.

  • Separate pediatric simulation sessions are also included.

Procedural Skills Training

  • Procedural skills sessions will ensure exposure to core EM procedures.
  • A procedural swine lab will cover tube thoracostomy, surgical airways, and resuscitative thoracotomy.

Point of Care Ultrasound

  • EM residents receive Point of Care Ultrasound (PoCUS) training in July, along with ultrasound-guided vascular access training.
  • Residents are encouraged to achieve Independent Practitioner status by the end of the residency year.

Journal Club

Journal Club is held monthly from September to May and is hosted by faculty. Residents lead critical appraisal of the articles and provide brief reviews of related statistical topics. 

Scholarly Activity

Residents are expected to undertake a self-directed scholarly activity.  It may involve a research project, critical appraisal, medical education or simulation project, with mentorship available from clinical and research faculty. Residents will present their projects at the end of the year.

Exam Preparation

  • Residents write 3 formal written exams (SAMPS)
  • scheduled oral examinations
  • monthly Tintinalli rounds

EM Resident Teaching Responsibilities

  • Residents lead weekly interesting case rounds during academic half-days.
  • Residents will present two Grand Rounds topics during the academic year.
  • Residents lead monthly Resuscitation Rounds for junior house staff during EM Rotation Orientation.
  • Our residents maintain close ties to their colleagues in the Family Medicine Residency Program through scheduled teaching at FM academic half-days.


  • EM Residents are required to have ACLS and ATLS certification prior to July 1st.
  • PALS certification is strongly encouraged.