Under the leadership of Dr. Michael Sylvester, undergraduate education continues to be a major focus. As part of the revised undergraduate curriculum for the Schoool of Medicine, a new fall term course, Approaches in Family Medicine has been introduced for all first-year medical students. At the end of their first year, students consolidate their learning during “Community Week” where they travel to small communities all over the province to learn first-hand about primary care in a rural setting.
Observerships are offered throughout the year in the After Hours Clinic. There are also opportunities for longer observerships in the day clinic at certain times during the year. Our faculty members continue to contribute to clinical skills and small group learning and also serve on several committees within the undergraduate program. In addition, we actively support our Family Medicine Interest Group as much as possible. Clerkship in Family Medicine comprises a core 6 week rotation in a small community in Ontario. Rotations are arranged through our partners at the Easter Regional Medical Education Program (ERMEP), the Rural Ontario Medical Program (ROMP), the Southwestern Ontario Medical Education Network (SWOMEN) and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM).
A few clerks each year travel to the Weeneebayko General Hospital in Moose Factory, Ontario on the shores of James Bay. Clerks receive formative and summative feedback from their preceptors and also complete self-study units while on rotation. At the end of their rotation, clerks complete reflections based on their most interesting cases and on the community they visited.
There are opportunities for observerships and electives within the Queen’s Department of Family Medicine.
Please email our program assistant, Adrian Conway for more information or an application.
Observerships at the Queen’s Department of Family Medicine
The Department of Family Medicine at Queen's is glad to learn of your interest in Family Medicine! We have several opportunities for pre-clerkship observerships in the Spring/Summer of 2013. We can accommodate only one student per block.
Please note that applications must be received 3 months before the desired start date. The observership dates for 2013 are as follows:
1. May 20 – May 24, 2013 (May 20 – Victoria Day)
2. May 27 – May 31, 2013
3. June 10 – June 14, 2013
4. June 17 – June 21, 2013
5. July 22 – July 26, 2013
6. July 29 – August 2, 2013
7. August 5 – August 9, 2013 (August 5 – Civic Holiday)
8. August 12 – August 16, 2013
Electives in Kingston
The Department of Family Medicine has several opportunities for clerkship elective students starting in the 2013/2014 academic year. However, we can accommodate only one student per block.
Please note that Queen’s Students apply by emailing the Undergraduate Program Assistant and the emails must be sent at least four months prior to the beginning of the requested elective. The earliest date emails will be accepted is six months in advance of the requested elective date.
The elective dates for 2013/2014 are as follows:
1. September 23 – October 4, 2013
2. October 7 – October 18, 2013 (October 14 – Thanksgiving)
3. October 21 – November 1, 2013
4. November 4 – November 15, 2013
5. November 18 – November 29, 2013
6. February 10 – February 21, 2014
7. February 17 – February 28, 2014 (February 17 – Family Day)
8. March 3 – March 14, 2014
Please contact the Undergraduate Program Assistant if you have any questions.
Undergraduate Program Assistant: Adrian Conway (firstname.lastname@example.org) 613-533-9300 x73008
Weeneebayko General Hospital (Moose Factory, Ontario)
A unique rural elective is offered to third and fourth year medical students in the Department of Family Medicine at the Weeneebayko General Hospital. Students are matched to one of ten family physicians on staff at this fully accredited 58 bed teaching hospital servicing the 10,000 predominantly Cree residents living in the six communities along the western shore of James and Hudson Bays. Travel to and from Kingston and accommodation is provided.
The objectives of this elective are 1. To develop understanding of cross-cultural issues in determinants of health. 2. To learn about aboriginal perceptions and priorities of health and about the aboriginal community. 3. To develop cross-cultural communication skills. 4. To learn about the impact of political, social and economic factors on health status. 5. To experience patient care in a remote primary care setting with limited on-site specialty back up.
To arrange a Moose Factory Elective contact the School of Medicine Undergraduate Office
Other Ontario Opportunities
We also encourage all students interested in Family Medicine electives to contact our provincial partners for opportunities in Family Medicine:
Rural Ontario Medical Program
Eastern Regional Medical Educational Program
Southwestern Ontario Medical Education Network
Northern Ontario School of Medicine