Dr. Nazanin Meshkat
As Canada’s largest and most diverse city, Toronto, Ontario’s capital city, presents a unique opportunity for residents. Not only is our program now the largest of its kind in the country, but our core sites are among the busiest in the nation. Each site provides residents with valuable exposure to diverse patient populations (including inner city and at-risk patients) as well as to a high variety of pathology. The diversity of its population is also well-reflected in Toronto’s incredible mix of unique cultural, nightlife, dining and shopping options. The city offers many natural escapes, including the Toronto Island, the Harbourfront and numerous parks and recreational facilities.
We have a wonderful community of residents and faculty, with a number of social activities organized throughout the year that brings our community together. PGME offers a robust Wellness office for all residents. We take Wellness seriously, and have committed Wellness sessions during our academic session.
All residents will be helped to find a staff mentor. The mentor provides support with both academic and social issues. In addition, all residents become members of a groupknown as “buddy groups” that includes at least one member from each PG year, as well as two or more faculty members, that meet several times during the year.
The PD, APD and Division Director provide overall mentorship and career support to all residents. The PD meets the residents formally twice a year.
We offer a robust curriculum during our academic day, and are committed to continue to improve the learning experience for our residents. For details on our Curriculum please refer to the section called “Program Curriculum”. Our training sites offer a diverse range of patient populations, medical conditions and procedures, all under the supervision of expert faculty.
The Emergency Medicine Residency Training Committee (EMRTC)is an advisory committee to the Program Director and provides guidance for decision-making and process issues pertaining to the residency program. The Committee has at least one resident representatives from each of the 5 post graduate years.
The Competence Committee (CC) is a faculty-only committee composed with representation from our core sites, and includes the Program Director. The Assistant Program Director chairs the committee. The committee reviews resident progress on regular intervals and makes recommendations about coaching and remediation. The CC reports to the EMRTC.
The two lead residents are PGY3 trainees who are selected by the resident body, subject to approval by the Program Director, and serve for a term of 12 months. They are also EMRTC representatives for the PGY3 group, and continue to sit on the EMRTC for their PGY4 and 5 years as the representatives for their cohorts.Lead residents have responsibilities in scheduling of academic activities, and serve as liaisons between the larger group of residents and the faculty and administration. They work closely with the Program Director.