Dr. Erin Brennan
Queen’s EM is proud to offer a nationally recognized, five-year training program in Emergency Medicine. As one of the first EM programs in Canada, our curriculum has been carefully developed and refined to offer our residents an outstanding educational experience. Our faculty is diverse and includes recognized experts in research, education, administration and clinical practice. Residents are experience the full breadth of medical practice in exceptional training facilities including both academic and community hospitals and a state-of-the-art simulation center. Queen’s EM has a long tradition of innovation and we continually strive to grow our program while ensuring we maintain our strong sense of community. Our residents come from across the country and choose Queen’s EM because of its many strengths including:
Our residents are fortunate to see a high volume, high acuity and wide variety of patients, which is necessary to become competent specialist Emergency Medicine physicians. This includes a high volume of pediatric patients.
Our faculty members share a passion for teaching and are incredibly supportive of our residents. While we maintain a low faculty to resident ratio, over recent years our Department has welcomed an enthusiastic group of new, young and talented faculty members with expertise in Critical Care Medicine, Education, Toxicology, Ultrasound, Clinical Epidemiology, Global Health, Quality Improvement, Simulation, Resuscitation Medicine and Disaster Medicine.
Queen’s EM has a strong tradition of being learner-centered. Our program allows flexibility for residents to pursue academic areas of interest including opportunities for interprovincial and international electives. We encourage residents and faculty to be active in program innovation. We offer a robust academic curriculum and are committed to continue to improve the learning experience for our residents. To that end, we actively seek feedback from our residents on program performance during semi-annual program evaluations. Results of these evaluations are discussed at our resident retreats and inform opportunities for growth.
Queen’s EM is a national leader in simulation and resuscitation medicine. Our residents learn and train in a state-of-the-art simulation facility on a weekly basis starting from Week 1 of residency. As residents progress through training, they take on a teaching role in our weekly Junior Resuscitation Rounds. The annual CAEP Simulation Olympiad originated at Queen’s as a means to showcase the outstanding resuscitation skills of our residents.
Our residents receive outstanding training in the use of basic and advanced POCUS applications. Residents learn POCUS during their first academic day of residency. Our dedicated POCUS curriculum includes: monthly grand rounds, US journal club, six annual half days that cover the breadth of basic and advanced applications, a rotation in advanced ultrasound in Core of Discipline (PGY3), mentored scanning shifts and archived image review for quality assurance of image generation and interpretation.
We place a heavy emphasis on well-being and resident wellness. We are committed to maintaining a culture that fosters a balanced lifestyle for faculty and residents, celebrates diverse interests and values our sense of community.
Due to the smaller size of our academic centre, faculty and residents from all disciplines get to know each other personally and collaborate well in educational, clinical and administrative areas. Our residents are a cohesive group who enjoy one another’s company and have created an active social atmosphere.
The City of Kingston is continually ranked as on the best places to work and live in Canada. Our residents are happy here and enjoy its high quality of life, abundant attractions and lower cost of living.