Queen’s University – Obstetrics and Gynecology – Kingston
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Dr. Marisa Horniachek

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Anna Couch

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Queen’s University – Obstetrics and Gynecology – Kingston

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Queen’s University – Obstetrics and Gynecology – Kingston
Jessica Blom
PGY-3
Queens is unique in that it offers the experience of a high level tertiary centre with a small tight knit community. We have the fortune to work one on one with staff, and the staff and residents all know each other well. We have a small but very cohesive and collegial program. The Queen’s program also offers early hands on surgical experience and operative exposure, even as a junior resident. We glean essential technical skills early on in residency. There are also no fellowships in the subspecialty programs at Queen’s, which means residents operate directly with staff, even in subspecialty ORs.
Our program is amazingly collegial and residents and staff are very friendly. Residents and staff knowing each other well means that they also know where you are at in your training and what you are capable of, allowing next steps when you are ready and not just based on what year of the program you are in. In addition to our collegial program, some aspects of the program make residency unique. For example, there is also only one resident on call at a time (after your junior ob rotation), meaning any case or delivery that comes in the door is completed by the on call resident and staff, no matter the acuity or complexity. So early hands on surgical experience comes quickly.
The community of our program is fantastic. All of the residents and staff are extremely supportive of each other both in and outside of the hospital. Given that it is a small program, all residents and staff have worked one on one together early in residency. As residents we certainly also form many friendships outside of work, and we have regular resident socials (formal and informal).
Kingston is a fantastic town for its scale, everything is within about 10 minutes! This offers an amazing quality of life there is really no comparison. Most residents live within a 5-10 minute walk or drive of both the hospital and downtown. The hospital is across the street from lake Ontario, which means its also very easy to go for a swim after work! Kingston offers a real sense of community. There is very easy access to many outdoor activities and we are very close to many nature hikes and water sports. The downtown also has a great variety of restaurants and bars to visit. Personally I enjoy playing in a volleyball league, and regularly jog, bike, paddle board and outdoor rock climb!
Decisions made about the program are made in the interests of the residents. Our department is very responsive to resident feedback. Our staff and senior residents are also very approachable, and quick to respond when a resident needs support or coverage for things like family emergencies. Truly residents and training are the focus of the program. Outside of this there are numerous resident social events, and sometimes gatherings at staff homes (or farms! – see picture attached).
I am currently in the early stages of my third year of residency. In this year, we have rotations in MFM, Urogynaecology and REI. I am looking forward to this exposure to the subspecialties of OBGYN in hopes of determining how I would like to further direct my career path.
Queens is unique in that it offers the experience of a high level tertiary centre with a small tight knit community. We have the fortune to work one on one with staff, and the staff and residents all know each other well. We have a small but very cohesive and collegial program. The Queen’s program also offers early hands on surgical experience and operative exposure, even as a junior resident. We glean essential technical skills early on in residency. There are also no fellowships in the subspecialty programs at Queen’s, which means residents operate directly with staff, even in subspecialty ORs.

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