Dr. Ian Epstein
Residents are assessed using a standardized, on-line evaluation system. Residents receive formative feedback from the attendings supervising the rotations and meet regularly with the program director to discuss their performance. In addition, residents have the opportunity to further gauge their academic progress by having the opportunity to write the American Board of Internal Medicine exam and a faculty developed OSCE exam.
The Department of Medicine has sponsored every resident in the current academic year to have individual subscribed access to Up-To-Date. Further, residents can choose to participate in an out-of-province or out-of-country elective rotation provided at an accredited teaching hospital.
All Internal Medicine PGY1s participate in a two-month Research Methods course in October – November in their first year of training. This course provides the foundation necessary to take a project idea to a proposal and then introduces the resources to drive the project to completion at a level required for presentation at a research events and/or publication.
In support of scholarly activity, the Residency Research Director, Committee and Coordinator, all work closely with residents to assist them in reaching their research goals.
During the Ambulatory Care rotation in first year, residents are given the opportunity to set aside a half-day per week dedicated to scholarly activity. In addition, residents are provided support and encouraged to submit project abstracts for presentation at the Department of Medicine Research Day and to other peer-reviewed conferences.
During the year, the Residency Research Committee analyzing residents’ research proposals for project approval. Once approval has been received, residents then have the opportunity to set aside additional time for scholarly activity.
As part of supporting residents’ continuing education, the Department of Medicine provides funding for residents to attend at least one academic conference per year. Residents may receive additional financial support to attend a second conference in a year, if they present research.