CFPC(EM) residency program
The McGill University
College of Family Physicians of Canada
Emergency Medicine Program
The McGill Family Medicine - Emergency Medicine program started its
started its 28th year in July 2012. From it's origins in the mid-1980's with 2 residents, the program has flourished and grown to be the largest in Canada. One hundred and eighty eight residents from across Canada have now completed the third year program in Emergency Medicine at McGill.
Our program is distinguished by its innovative rotations, rigorous academic program, family medicine EM focussed teaching, and opportunities to work with internationally recognized attending physicians. Our rounds are dedicated to the R3 cohort and each resident is matched to a mentor for the year. We have also integrated an administrative rotation affording residents time to learn about the practice of EM from experienced staff and develop skills to handle emergency department flow. These qualities produce our consistent track record for high academic performance and preparation for managing a busy emergency department.
Over the past decade our special competence exam success rate has remained over 95%. Many of the graduates have continued in an academic stream and are actively involved in research and medical education, while others are practicing in rural and community hospitals combining emergency and family medicine practice. Our residents have gone on to become leaders in the hospitals, communities and emergency departments they have joined.
During 1985-86 several members of the Department of Family Medicine of McGill University met and discussed the need to form a third year program in Family Medicine Emergency Medicine at McGill. At the time, there were several such programs across Canada with limited positions. Dr. Judith Levitan, then Director of Family Medicine at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, coordinated a submission to the College to initiate the third year program. Dr. Levitan and Dr. Victor Einagel were the driving forces that enabled the development of our program. They because our first program director and Academic Coordinator, respectively.
Dr. Einagel also collaborated with the FRCPC Emergency Medicine Program. Drs. Brian Connolly, Marc Afilalo, and Peter Duffy completed the committee in 1986 and were instrumental in its development.