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The mission of the Department of Medicine is focused on the entire continuum of education from undergraduate medical education through continuing professional development. The principles and priorities related to the education mandate in the Department of Medicine is lead by the Deputy Chair, Education who works in close collaboration with an Education Executive Committee comprising the key leaders overseeing the Medicine Clerkship, Postgraduate Education, and Continuing Professional Education. The following provides an overview of the Education Portfolio in the Department of Medicine.

Undergraduate Medical Education

Members in the Department of Medicine provides significant leadership to Stage 1 of the undergraduate curriculum by serving as Block Chair for the majority of blocks, coordination of the Physical Skills Development course and serving in several key administrative roles in the Faculty of Medicine. The members of the Department of Medicine significantly contribute to the formal teaching of medical students in stage 1 either as tutors in problem based learning, giving lectures, small group seminars or workshops, and teaching physical examination skills.

The Department of Medicine is responsible for organizing and implementing the Medicine Clerkship, a six-week block rotation that occurs in the third year. The third year clerkship is primarily organized through the General Medicine Clinical Teaching units at the General and Civic campuses of the Ottawa Hospital. The Medicine clerkship has integrated into its clinical teaching and noon rounds program a formal problem based teaching curriculum focused on the diagnosis and management of common clinical conditions (problem assisted learning) and clinical skills teaching. Each medical student is evaluated on their clinical performance by their attending physician(s) and completes an end of rotation examination consisting of both multiple choice and short answer questions.

The Department of Medicine also organizes a 4-week Medicine selective during the fourth year. This selective is primarily organized through the divisions in the Department of Medicine and includes both an in patient and ambulatory care component.

Postgraduate Medical Education

Postgraduate Education in the Department of Medicine is lead by the Director, Postgraduate Education who chairs a Postgraduate Education Committee consisting of all program directors in the Department of Medicine. The Department of Medicine sponsors a wide range of residency training programs accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

The Internal Medicine Residency Program has 12 PGY 1 residency positions through the Ministry of Health in Ontario and has been successful in attracting multiple International Medical Graduates to complete their Internal Medicine residency program in Ottawa. In addition, the divisions of Neurology, Dermatology, and Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine have additional entry level (PGY 1) positions. All other subspecialty programs recruit residents into their programs after they have completed their first three years of Internal Medicine (the core program).

All postgraduate programs in the Department of Medicine are currently fully approved by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Continuing Professional Education

The Continuing Professional Development in the Department of Medicine is lead by the Director, Continuing Professional Education who chairs the Continuing Education Committee. This committee is responsible for the Department of Medicine Grand Rounds program, faculty development initiatives, and for organizing the annual Internal Medicine course for Family Physicians in collaboration with the University Office of Continuing Medical Education. The Medical Grand Rounds program is accredited under the Royal College Maintenance of Certification Program and is video-conferenced between all campuses of the Ottawa Hospital. The CME committee is committed to ensuring that the Royal College Maintenance of Certification Program framework of CPD options is integrated into the educational priorities of each division and is planning the development of Best Practice Courses for Internal Medicine specialists within the region.

Education Research

Several members of the Department of Medicine have chosen to pursue medical education as their area of academic pursuit. Many members have enrolled in or completed a Masters in Education program through the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Members of the Department of Medicine have obtained peer reviewed grants in Medical Education and are active in collaborating with several national organizations including the Medical Council of Canada, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The Department of Medicine supports members whose academic career is focused on medical education by providing education career awards through the University Medical Associates practice plan.

Last updated on: January 11th, 2017