Educational Activities

The Postgraduate Medical Education Office coordinates and promotes a wide range of educational activities for its residents each year.  Programming for 2014-2015 included the following:

Essentials of Classroom Teaching:  Designing and Delivering Effective Teaching Sessions

This session, coordinated jointly with Faculty Development assisted participants in designing and delivering effective classroom teaching sessions. A sample of topics included setting objectives, knowing your learners, small and large group teaching, teaching methods and effective presentation strategies. Strategies shared were applicable to multiple learning environments – large classroom, small group, rounds, conference presentations, etc. The content was relevant to all Schools in the Faculty of Health Sciences, and to both Faculty and Residents in the School of Medicine.

Session Topic Presenter
Preparing to Teach  
Effective Presentation Strategies  
Fostering Active Learning  
Obstacles to Learning through Casework  
Is Anyone Learning?  Making a Diagnosis  
Panel:  Learning from the Successes of our Colleagues  

Essentials of Clinical Teaching

This session, coordinated jointly with Faculty Development, was intended to assist participants in designing and delivering effective clinical teaching sessions. A sample of topics included quality patient care and effective teaching in clinical/teaching environment, key principles of feedback, tools for assessment, and learners in difficulty. Strategies shared were be applicable to teaching in the clinical environment and content was relevant to all Schools in the Faculty of Health Sciences, and to both Faculty and Residents in the School of Medicine.

Session Topic Presenter
Terrific Timely Teaching:  Tips and Techniques  
Assessment and Feedback  
Identifying and Supporting the Learner in Difficulty  

QCARE:  The Queen's Conference on Academic Residency Education

The annual QCARE conference was held on May 11-12, 2015, in the Biosciences Complex and Medical School Building at Queen's University.  The conference delivers core academic content to all PGY1 residents through a combination of plenary speakers and small group, interactive seminars.  Keynote speakers vary each year depending on current topics of interest in medical education.

Session Topic Presenter
Ethics in the Pharma Industry - Past, Present, and Future Mr. Derek Khan
Dr. Jim Wilson
Privacy and Quality Clinical Documentation Mr. Chris Gillies
Dr. Johanna Murphy
Dr. Janet Nuth
Ms. Deb Sapp
Intimate Partner Violence Dr. Susan Phillips
Dr. Ross Walker
Dr. Cheri Jones-Hiscock
Dr. Heather Murray
Dr. Ashley Waddington
Dr. Richard van Wylick
Dealing with All Things Financial During Residency Mr. Marc Ranger
That Which Doesn't Kill You Makes You Funnier: 
How to to Residency with Wit and Wisdom
Ms. Deborah Kimmett
The Duy to Disclose Patient Safety Incidents & Report Concerns about Other Physicians Dr. Nick Bala
Dr. Janet Nuth
How to Give a Presentation Dr. Robert Connelly
Teaching in a Clinical Setting Dr. Steve Mann
Learning Environment:  What it is, Why it Matters Dr. Lindsay Davidson
Assessing Clinical Clerks Dr. Chris Smith
Dr. Michelle Gibson

Chief and Senior Resident Workshop

Each year, certain residents are selected for leadership roles within their respective programs.  These residents (called Chief Residents in larger programs and Senior Residents in smaller programs) act as the liaison between the resident body and their programs.  In these paid positions, they provide additional administrative support and communication, as well as have increased clinical responsibility.  This important role provides residents with a rich opportunity for personal and professional growth, and the annual workshop introduces valuable management and leadership skills.

Session Topic Presenter
Being a Chief Resident Dr. Genvieve Digby
Dr. Blair McDonald
Leadership and Being a Chief Medical Resident Dr. Chris Smith
Residnet Well-Being:  In Training and Beyond Dr. Melissa Andrew
Hospital Roles and Responsibilities Chris Gillies
Managing Conflict Dr. John Drover
The PARO Contract Dr. Cameron MacLean

QCARE+:  The Queen's Conference on Academic Residency Education for Senior Residents

Each November, the QCARE+ conference is held for senior residents.  It is a one-day event focusing on the transition to practice after residency.

Session Topic Presenter

Canadian Association of Staff Physician Recruiters
  • Specialist Practice Opportunities Across Canada
  • Evaluating Practice Opportnities
  • Key Questions to Ask
  • Principles of Negotiation
Carlene MacDonald
MD Financial Management
Ontario Medical Association
  • Transition to Practice
  • Essential Personal and Professional Financial Planning, Debt Management, and Insurance Issues
Greg Alexander
Glen Johnson

MD Financial Management
  • Principles of Investing
  • Investment Options and Strategy
  • Physician Incorporation
Marc Ranger
James Pitruniak

HealthForceOntario Marketing and Recruitment Agency
  • Physician remuneration options
  • Compensation
  • Specialist practice opportunities in Ontario
James Draper

Canadian Medical Protective Association
  • So You Want to be an Attending?  Medico-legal Risks for Senior Residents
Dr. Ellen Tsai

QCARE+  Practice Management Curriculum Seminar

The PGME Office and Specialty Program Directors enlisted the educational assistance of the Canadian Medical Association to provide senior specialty residents and their significant others with a full day of interactive seminars.

Introduction to these practice management issues is important for residents' future success, and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada includes practice management as core competencies in its CanMEDS framework.

This session addressed the key challenges residents will face in setting up their practice, such as:

  • Contract Negotiation: Institutional, academic or private practice, locums, OR time, remuneration options, research issues (time, resources)
  • Financial Wellness: Addressing debt, loan consolidation, RSPs, insurance requirements, tax and accounting issues
  • Practice Management: Evaluating practice options, remuneration and alternate payment options, setting up practice, staffing issues, office technology.

Session Topic Presenter
Getting Started as a Professional Dr. Magalie Dube
Starting/Joining a Medical Practice Dr. Magalie Dube
Practice Opportunities HealthForce Ontario
Negotiating Your Way to Focational Satisfaction Dr. Magalie Dube
Accounting and Tax Issues  

Introduction to Research

The annual Introduction to Research workshop provides residents with an overview of basic level research training as required by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.  Residents are introduced to study design, basic biostatistics, critical appraisal, the publication process, and effective presentation skills.  The workshop is strongly recommended for all PGY1 specialty residents, and optional for PGY1 Family Medicine residents.

Session Topic Presenter
Mentors and Mentorina Dr. Robert Reid
Clinician Investigator Program Dr. Graeme Smith
Study Design Wilma Hopman
Exploring Study Design Ideas Dr. Robert Reid
Developing Research Questions and Where to Find Them Paola Durando
Dr. Graeme Smith
Small Group Work:  Developing Research Questions Dr. Graeme Smith
Dr. Robert Reid
Dr. Paula James
Dr. Lawrence Hookey
Dr. Ian Gilron
Dr. Jessica Pudwell
Small Group Work:  How to Study your Question Dr. Graeme Smith
Dr. Robert Reid
Dr. Paula James
Dr. Lawrence Hookey
Dr. Ian Gilron
Dr. Jessica Pudwell
Critical Appraisal:  Steps to an Effective Journal Club Dr. Lawrence Hookey
Publication Strategies and How to Write a Manuscript Dr. Paula James
Knowledge Translation Dr. Simon French