Your Resources

Every Program Director (PD) has a wealth of information with which to become familiar.  It can be a daunting task, so here's a quick guide to the various sources and their contents.

PGME Website:    meds.queensu.ca/postgrad
This should be your number one source for up-to-date information and guidance.  There's a special site for Program Directors, in addition to sections for policies, committees, information for residents, admission information, and an event calendar.

PAIRO Blue Book:    The Agreement between PAIRO and CAHO
The agreement defines the orderly employment relationship between Ontario teaching hospitals (represented by CAHO) and the residents in those hospitals (represented by PAIRO).  The agreement ensures that residents are reasonably compensated for the duties that they perform as hospital employees.

RCPSC:    General Standards of Accreditation
The RCPSC website outlines what a program must provide and do to be accredited according to RCPSC standards.  This is basically a job description for a program and is essential reading.

RCPSC:    Policies and Procedures for Certification and Fellowship
This book is full of helpful rules that define what resident credentials and training will be acceptable for admission to examinations.  It addresses such issues as leaves of absence, part time training, recognition of prior training, and the deadlines and application process for examinations.

RCPSC:    General Information Concerning Accreditation of Residency Programs
This book describes the process of accreditation, and the various categories of accreditation.  This is particularly important reading before an internal review or accreditation visit.

RCPSC Specialty Committees
These committees develop documents describing the objectives and requirements for training residents in your specialty.  These two documents are:
  • The Objectives of Training and Specialty Training Requirements in (your specialty)
  • Specific Standards for Accreditation for Residency Programs in (your specialty)
Every Program Director needs to know and meet these expectations.  You should also learn the membership of your Specialty Committee.  When you are appointed as a PD, you automatically become a corresponding member of your Specialty Committee.  Get a copy of the minutes from the most recent committee meeting.  This will bring you up-to-date with the current issues.