Academic Half-Day

Residents are provided with protected time to attend weekly Wednesday academic half day rounds for core content teaching.  Rounds are based on the CFPC’s Priority Topics and Key Features for emergency medicine, as well as Tintinalli's Emergency Medicine: A Comprehensive Study Guide, 9e.


  • Simulation-based teaching sessions occur on a monthly basis in the Clinical Learning and Simulation Centre (CLSC).  These sessions integrate high and low fidelity models, task trainers and standardized patients.

  • Separate pediatric simulation sessions are also included.

Procedural Skills Training

  • Procedural skills sessions will ensure exposure to core EM procedures.
  • An Airway lab is held during the summer EM blocks.
  • Cadaver labs will cover chest tube thoracotomy and surgical airways
  • A procedural swine lab will cover tube thoracotomy, surgical airways, and resuscitative thoracotomy.

Point of Care Ultrasound

  • EM residents receive Point of Care Ultrasound (PoCUS) training in July (if required).
  • Ultrasound guided vascular access training is also included.
  • Advanced scanning applications will also be covered throughout the year.
  • Residents are encouraged to achieve Independent Practitioner status by the end of the residency year.

Exam Preparation

  • Three practice written exams (SAMPS).
  • Monthly oral examinations.
  • Monthly Tintinalli rounds.

Journal Club

  • Journal Club is held quarterly.
  • Residents will lead critical appraisal of the articles and provide brief reviews of related statistical topics. 

Scholarly Activity

Residents are expected to undertake a self-directed scholarly activity.  It may involve a research project, critical appraisal, medical education or simulation project, with mentorship available from clinical and research faculty. Residents will present their projects at the end of the year.

EM Resident Teaching Responsibilities

  • Residents lead weekly interesting case rounds during academic half-days.
  • Residents will present two Grand Rounds topics during the academic year.
  • Our residents maintain close ties to their colleagues in the Family Medicine Residency Program through scheduled teaching at FM academic half-days.
  • At the end of their program year, residents lead the Cardiac Resuscitation Day during the Pre-Clerkship Prep Course for finishing second year medical students.