Welcome from the Program Director
As the Residency Program Director for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Queen's University, I join Dr. Michael McGrath, our Department Chair, in welcoming you to our Home Page!
The Postgraduate Residency Training Program in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Queen's University spans five years.
Our overall goal is to train highly competent, responsible, and ethical physicians for the practice of general obstetrics and gynaecology.
As of July 2003, the program was expanded to include three residents per year.
Our residents are uniformly of the highest caliber,
dedicated and committed to excellence. They are, in fact, the greatest
strength of our training program at Queen's.
The size of the residency program enables an individualized approach to
training, with the possibility of mentoring from several staff.
The commitment of our Department to resident education is reflected through
activities including a weekly Academic Half Day
(fully protected for the residents by rotating staff person coverage), a monthly Journal Club, and an annual practice OSCE exam. The Department comprises a large complement of subspecialists to maximize resident exposure across the specialty.
The program is organized to provide early
clinical and operative exposure to junior residents, allowing more senior
residents to consolidate their skills across the five years of training,
and also affording senior residents the opportunity to teach, supervise and mentor the junior residents.
The Department is particularly proud of the success of our residents in research. Many of our residents have presented at national meetings, published original research in peer-reviewed journals, and/or received highly prestigious awards for research merit.
To date, our Queen's fully trained
residents have been uniformly successful in passing the Royal College
examination in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
More than half of our graduates have gone on to fellowship training,
and later to successful academic careers.
The residency program received FULL APPROVAL
from the Royal College after our last External Accreditation Review in
October 2005. In fact, Dr. Leslie Flynn, the Associate Dean of Postgraduate Medical Education,
formally noted that our program
"…was perceived as being one of the strengths at Queen's University". We take great pride in such an endorsement of our excellence … and we agree with her unanimously!
Please have a look at all that we have to offer.
Shawna Johnston, MD, FRCSC
Postgraduate Program Director
Welcome from the Chief Residents
Prospective residents... as the Chief Residents, we would like to tell you
about Ob/Gyn at Queen's University.
Kingston has proven to be a great choice both personally and
professionally. It is a small city that has it all.
Everything from groceries to shopping to movies are within walking distance.
On days off, trails along the waterfront are perfect for a walk, run or bike. Every type of restaurant imaginable is available in Kingston, and we always sample from them when on call. If you're craving big city life Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto are all less than 3 hours away.
Professionally Queen's offers (in our opinion!) the best Ob/Gyn
residency experience in the country. All PGY-1's are mentored by a senior
(PGY-4) resident in a four month Obstetrics block.
This mentoring allows for a steep learning curve, and the junior is expected to be able to complete a caesarian section on their own within the first few months of training! Gynecologic surgery training starts in the second year. It is this early exposure to surgical skills that makes our small center exciting.
Queen's offers rotations in all Ob/Gyn subspecialties, as well as ample opportunity to pursue selective rotations internationally or across the country.
The staff to resident ratio at Queen's is such that no one slips through this residency without becoming a solid part of it. The
commradery, support and teaching found in the smaller center cannot be over emphasized.
We have thouroughly enjoyed our years here at Queen's,
and hope you will consider this excellent program when the dreaded
If you have any questions please feel free to contact us or
Dr. Shawna Johnston our program director.
Jaclyn Bernardi, MD
Kate Pulman, MD
Janine Silver, MD