Dr. Ian Epstein

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Katie Barkhouse

Program Administrator
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Program Highlights

Resident Evaluations

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.


Additional Learning Opportunities

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.


Scholarly Activity

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.


Conference & Continuing Education Support

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.


Academic Activities Include:
  • Medicine Grand Rounds — Medicine Grand Rounds are held at noon on Wednesdays.
  • Noon Seminars — Noon Seminars are held on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays throughout the academic year. The July and August seminars concentrate on emergency problems, including key specialty emergencies. The September to June seminars cover a curriculum of key topics. Dalhousie University guest faculty participate and additional teleconferencing rounds are available. Critical appraisal through evaluation of key papers is scheduled within Friday seminar time, and physical examination sessions are scheduled on alternate Fridays at noon.
  • Academic Half Days — Academic Half Days for PGY1s are held on Tuesday afternoons year round and focus on general medicine, sub-specialties, ethics and other medicine related topics. The presentation of cases are provided in a didactic format, which encourages learner interactions, and focus on the application of clinical approaches necessary for internal medicine.
  • Journal Club — The Internal Medicine Residency Program runs a resident-driven Journal Club from September to June. A theme is selected, relevant attending staff are invited and the entire group discusses the papers presented. Attendance and participation in the Journal Club is a compulsory part of the Program and assists the development of critical appraisal skills.
  • Other — Various other scheduled teaching activities occur in association with the specific rotations and are included in rotation specific objectives.
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General Information

The Dalhousie University Core Internal Medicine Program was fully accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada during its last evaluation in November 2018, and received the maximum possible approval. Dalhousie University has subspecialty programs in all the specialties of Internal Medicine, except in Clinical Pharmacology and in Clinical Allergy & Immunology.

The Dalhousie University Core Internal Medicine Program has a formal affiliation with the Department of Medicine in Saint John, New Brunswick, a Saint John Based Program in its seventh year. Saint John based residents complete rotations at the Saint John Regional Hospital (SJRH) and at the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax as outlined in the curriculum above. Accommodations are provided during a resident’s stay in Halifax at no cost to the resident, and travel reimbursement is provided.

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Salary Information

Post graduate salaries and benefits differ by province and are determined by two things: your training year, and the province you work in. See below the salaries and benefits for Dalhousie University - Internal Medicine - Saint John.
New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island
Gross Annual PGY-1 Salary
Gross Annual PGY-2 Salary
Gross Annual PGY-3 Salary
Gross Annual PGY-4 Salary
Gross Annual PGY-5 Salary
Gross Annual PGY-6 Salary
Gross Annual PGY-7 Salary
Gross Annual PGY-8 Salary
Educational Leave
Annual Vacation
4 weeks
Call Stipends
Frequency of Calls
l in 4 in-hospital and for home call
Maternity Leave Top Up After One Year’s Service
eligible for up to a maximum of 17 weeks top-up allowance for maternity/pregnancy leave
Provincial Health Insurance
Extended Health Insurance
Provincial Dues (% of salary)
CMPA Dues Paid
Dental Coverage
Statutory and Floating Holidays
Long-Term Disability Insurance
66.7% of salary
Life Insurance
$100,000 of insurance
Sick Leave

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Saint John
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