Special Events

Assessment and Evaluation Retreat

In January 2014, the PGME office hosted a retreat for Program Directors with a focus on assessment and evaluation. Invited guests included Dr. Farhan Bhanji from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Dean Reznick, Faculty of Health Sciences, Queen’s, and was co-facilitated by Dr. Leslie Flynn, Vice-Dean Education, Faculty of Health Sciences, and Dr. Ross Walker, Associate Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, Queen’s University. The retreat was focused on the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada transition to CanMeds 2015 and Competency Based Medical Education. The focus on the development of a competence framework, along with time-based learning, will require more comprehensive and robust assessment and evaluations systems.

The retreat provided a forum for sharing of information and reviewing the resources available within the Faculty of Health Sciences to position Queen’s School of Medicine as leaders in the implementation of Competence by Design. These resources included the work of Drs. Connelly, Chamberlain, McEwen and Toprak and Ms. Ulemu Luhanga, on Rating Scales to Rubrics: Building CARS. In addition, Matt Simpson, Manager, Educational Technology Unit, provided an overview of the assessment and evaluation features and tools available within MedTech. Moreover, this retreat provided program directors with an opportunity to discuss the opportunities and challenges that will be presented within the implementation of competency based medical education.

Session Topic Presenter
Competency Based Assessment Dr. Farhan Bhanji, Associate Director of Assessment, RCPSC
MEdTech Central:  An Integrated Educational Platform Matt Simpson, Manager, Medical Education Technology
Visioning - What is Needed Dr. Leslie Flynn, Vice Dean Education
Rating Scales to Rubric - Building CARs

Dr. Robert Connelly
Dr. Susan Chamberlain
Dr. Laura McEwen
Dr. Ayca Toprak
Ulemu Luhanga


On June 23, 2014, residents completing their programs in 2014 were provided with certificates of completion from the Postgraduate Medical Education Office. This certificate ceremony brings together the postgraduate community, including the Dean, Vice Dean, PG Dean, Director of Resident Affairs, Program Directors, Program Administrators, Clinical Fellows, Residents, and their families and friends, to acknowledge this major milestone, the completion of training, for departing residents and fellows. Each year this event continues to more popular with over 300 people in attendance.

Orientation 2013

As in July 2012, orientation for all incoming residents (PGY 1, 3 and 4s) and Clinical Fellows, was a one-day event, held on July 2, 2013. This orientation provides an overview and welcome to the Postgraduate Medical Education environment and the residents working environments in Kingston General Hospital, Hotel Dieu Hospital and Providence Continuing Care Centre. This orientation event is the precursor to program specific orientations that can be a half-day to weeklong orientations to their new careers.

The PGME office, working with PARO, provided support for a welcome event, held on July 1, 2013, that included bus tours of Kingston and Queen’s campus, and culminated in a night at the Merchant Pub with new and senior resident and clinical fellow colleagues.