Queen’s University – Diagnostic Radiology – Kingston
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Dr. Andrew Chung

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Lynne Meilleur

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Queen’s University – Diagnostic Radiology – Kingston

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Cyrus Thomas
PGY-3
A major draw of Queen’s Radiology is the program’s unique ability to combine the highly engaging academic experience, associated with a tertiary care centre, with an intimate learning environment. With a catchment area of approximately 500 000 people, there are plenty of opportunities to learn from and get involved with rare/interesting cases. Our close knit community of residents and radiologists has helped us to create an environment that is supportive and collegial. Our high faculty-to-trainee ratio provides great opportunity for hands-on learning to our residents from early in their training, including with advanced imaging modalities and image-guided procedures.
One of the best aspects of being a resident in the Queen’s Radiology program is the small cohort size. The unique benefit of a small residency program is the opportunity for residents to seek out various one-on-one learning opportunities which include but are not limited to getting lots of hands-on exposure to performing procedures on their Interventional rotation.Another unique feature to the Queen’s residency program is our early exposure to overnight call. This ultimately enhances learning and fosters greater independence and confidence. Towards the end of PGY-1, residents are introduced to overnight call through a graduated buddy-call system and are capable of taking on the responsibility solo early into their PGY-2 year. The benefit of this system is that if provides a concrete foundation for learners to adjust to/handle the demanding task of overnight call early in their training. In addition, there is always staff and senior backup support available for individuals on call.
Our close knit community of residents and radiologists at Queen’s has helped us to create an environment that is supportive and collegial. Constant day-to-day interactions with staff physicians, residents, technologists, nurses and administration helps to nurture a transparent line of communication that allows Diagnostic Radiology to function as an integral part of out healthcare network. Professional and personal relations are further developed through daily noon case rounds in which residents are provided a friendly and respectful environment to learn and practice their approach to taking imaging cases.
Outside of my work duties as a resident, I try to divide my free time between seeing friends/family and pursuing hobbies. As someone who originally grew up in the Greater Toronto Area, my family and most of my friends are within a reasonable commute away, making weekend trips very feasible. As a person who values the importance of a balanced healthy active lifestyle, I try to keep up with my indoor and outdoor hobbies that I have acquired over the years. Kingston is in a unique geographic location among the Thousand Islands that allows easy access to trails for walking, hiking or running all year round. Being situated along Lake Ontario allows access to a plethora of water related activities during the warmer months. When I am not enjoying the vast outdoors, I like to relax by brushing up on my musical skills in piano and saxophone.
The Queen’s Radiology team goes above and beyond to foster a culture of wellness for its residents. Each resident is paired with a staff who acts as their Academic Advisor (AA). The AA is there to help individuals progress through their residency by ensuring milestones are met on time and offer support when it is needed. There are ample opportunities via formally and informally led discussions throughout the year to assess and address program specific needs. A major advantage to a small resident cohort is the ease of planning social gatherings. At Queen’s, there is an emphasis on resident retreats to provide protected time in which residents and staff can enjoy each other’s company outside of a work environment. Examples of retreats in the past include dinner outings and games nights. The residents also are actively involved in planning informal gatherings between themselves with the advantage of living in Kingston, including a central location with access to larger surrounding cities including Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.
As a PGY-3 resident, I am most looking forward to further exploring my interests within the field of radiology and trying to decide which direction I want to take my training in. This is the time during which residents in radiology start deciding where/what they want to do their fellowship in, if that is a potential end goal of theirs. I have lived in a few provinces across Canada and would be open to moving away for fellowship to explore a new city and way of life. Although this can be a time of nervousness and uncertainty, I am looking forward to exploring my areas of interest within radiology and starting to plan the next stage of my life.
A major draw of Queen’s Radiology is the program’s unique ability to combine the highly engaging academic experience, associated with a tertiary care centre, with an intimate learning environment. With a catchment area of approximately 500 000 people, there are plenty of opportunities to learn from and get involved with rare/interesting cases. Our close knit community of residents and radiologists has helped us to create an environment that is supportive and collegial. Our high faculty-to-trainee ratio provides great opportunity for hands-on learning to our residents from early in their training, including with advanced imaging modalities and image-guided procedures.

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