Definitions


Academic Review Board (ARB)
The ARB is a special committee responsible for hearing Level 2 appeals. Membership, including the designation of chair status is recommended by the Associate Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education and approved by the Vice-Dean Education. The ARB is responsible for making formal recommendations to the Associate Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education. (See Schedule D for Rules of Procedure.)

Academic Year
The academic year commences July 1 and finishes June 30.  A resident may be out of phase and have a starting date other than July 1.

Associate Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education
Appointed by the Principal of Queen's University, is the senior faculty officer responsible for the overall conduct and supervision of postgraduate medical education within the faculty. The Associate Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) reports to the Vice-Dean Education.

Clinical Supervisor
The clinical supervisor is the most responsible physician to whom a resident reports clinical problems during a given period of time (including the physician on call for a service, when a resident is on call).

College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC)
The body responsible for program accreditation, resident credentials and resident certification for Family Medicine education programs.

Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences
Appointed by the Principal of Queen's University, responsible for all activities of all the schools in the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Director of Resident Affairs
The Director of Resident Affairs provides assistance to residents who encounter personal and academic difficulties in their program and offers and/or arranges counselling in a confidential and welcoming environment.

Director, School of Medicine
Appointed by the Principal of Queen's University, responsible for all activities of the School of Medicine.

Education Advisory Board (EAB)
The EAB is a special committee responsible for assisting with academic planning for residents in need. Membership, including Designated and Deputy chairs status are recommended by the Associate Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education and approved by Vice-Dean Education. The EAB is convened at the request of the Associate Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education. The EAB must be convened to review all remediation and probationary plans for residents in academic difficulty. The EAB may also be called upon to assist Program Directors and Residency Program Committees in developing individualized educational plans for residents in need. (See Schedule C for Terms of Reference)  

Faculty Members
Refers to members of the School of Medicine in the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Part II (MCCQE – PART II)
The Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Part II is a three-hour Objective-Structured Clinical Examination that assesses the competence of candidates, specifically the knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential for medical licensure in Canada prior to entry into independent clinical practice. As this examination is an assessment of basic medical competence, residents at Queen’s School of Medicine must provide evidence of successfully completing the exam as criteria for promotion to postgraduate year four.  

Postgraduate Medical Education Committee (PGMEC)
The PGMEC is the committee responsible for the conduct of postgraduate medical education. 

Postgraduate Tribunal
The Postgraduate Tribunal is a special committee responsible for hearing Level 3 appeals. Designated and deputy chairs are appointed by the School of Medicine Academic Council. (See Schedule F for Rules of Procedure)

Surgical Foundations Examination (SFE)
The Surgical Foundations Examination is a two part multiple-choice exam covering topics outlined in the RCPSC Objectives of Surgical Foundations Training document. It may be written in the second year of surgical training and is part of the examination process leading to certification for some surgical specialties. This examination is an assessment of the foundational principles of surgery. Surgical residents at Queen’s School of Medicine requiring the SFE must provide evidence of successfully completing the exam as criteria for promotion to postgraduate year four.  

Program
An accredited Residency Training program in the School of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen's University.

Program Director
Defined by the RCPSC and CFPC as the university faculty member most responsible for the overall conduct of the residency program in a given discipline and responsible to the Head of the Department and to the Associate Dean for Postgraduate Medical Education at Queen's University.

The Program Director may delegate responsibility for resident activities at distributed sites.

Residency Program Committee (RPC)
The Residency Program Committee oversees the planning for the Residency Program and overall operation of the program to ensure that all requirements as defined by the national certifying colleges are met; this includes recruitment of residents, assessment of residents and on-going evaluations of the program including individual clinical supervisors.  

Rotation
A period of time a resident is assigned to a clinical or research service, for which there are specifically defined learning objectives. These periods of time may be in the form of block rotations, normally not shorter than 1 block and not longer than 6 blocks. Blocks are defined as four-week periods of time. The PGME academic year is composed of thirteen blocks, each of which commences on a Tuesday.  Alternatively, a resident may be involved in a different curriculum model incorporating horizontal clinical or research experiences into longitudinal clinical experiences. 

Rotation Supervisor(s)
Faculty members who have direct responsibility for residents’ clinical academic program during a rotation, including the completion of assessment reports (ITERs).  

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
The body responsible for program accreditation, resident credentials and resident certification for specialty education programs.

School of Medicine Academic Council
The School of Medicine Academic Council considers matters relevant to the School of Medicine and makes recommendation to the Faculty Board.

Vice-Dean Education
Appointed by the Principal of Queen's University, is responsible for all facets of medical education in the School of Medicine.  The Vice-Dean Education reports to the Director, School of Medicine.



Please click on the links below to access the following Assessment, Promotions, and Appeals Policy sections:

INTRODUCTION
REQUIREMENTS
RESIDENT ASSESSMENT PROCESS (including Appeals Process - see section 14.0)
PROGRAM EVALUATION
SCHEDULES