Profile photo of Dr. Robert PrimavesiIt is with great pleasure that we announce the appointment of Dr. Robert Primavesi to the newly created position of Associate Chair, Education in the McGill Department of Emergency Medicine, effective January 1, 2021.

In the role of Associate Chair, Dr. Primavesi will focus on optimizing education-related collaborations by advancing educational innovations through interdivisional collaborations, enhancing the cooperation between PGME and UGME to create near-peer teaching opportunities, and developing home-grown peer-delivered CME to highlight competencies of EM faculty and to strengthen our internal network.

Dr. Robert Primavesi graduated from McGill medical school (1985) and completed his CCFP(EM) training at McGill (1990). He has practiced in the adult Emergency Department of St Mary’s Hospital (1993-2013) and the Montreal General Hospital (1990-present), as well as in the pediatric Emergency Department at the Montreal Children’s Hospital (1994-present). Dr. Primavesi served as Associate Dean UGME (2011-2015) and Assistant Dean Admissions (2015-2016). Dr. Primavesi holds a joint position of Associate Professor in the Faculties of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics.

Dr. Primavesi received the 2020 J.D. Boudreau award in Physicianship, the 2016 Osler Teaching Award and in 2010, he was named to the McGill Faculty Honor List for Educational Excellence. Throughout his career, Dr. Primavesi has been, and continues to be, involved with CAEP in various capacities.

Dr. Primavesi is passionate about Education and one of his stated goals is to foster collaboration with key stakeholders across the McGill network and external education organizations to optimize and personalize the delivery of programs and initiatives to all DEM trainees regardless of specialization across all sites.


McGill University's Department of Emergency Medicine offers a 4th-year senior clerkship rotation for McGill medical students, as well as clinical electives for medical students from across with an interest in Emergency Medicine. Elective rotations are open to visiting students from medical schools across the globe. Students at McGill also host talks and workshops through interest groups such as the Emergency Medicine Interest Group (EMIG) and the McGill Ultrasound Interest Group (MUSIG).


The Department of Emergency Medicine at McGill encompasses two residency training programs. The FRCPC program is a 5-year Royal College Emergency Medicine Specialist residency program, and the CCFP(EM) is a 1-year Enhanced Skills training program for Family Physicians, often completed after a 2-year Family Medicine residency. At McGill University, these two programs share training sites, as well as many clinical rotations, academic half-day teaching sessions, and simulation days.



McGill University's Department of Emergency Medicine offers post-graduate fellowship training in:

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