Curriculum and Assessment

Residents Year 1

3 blocks of Inpatient Wards Junior
6 weeks of PICU
1 block of NICU Glen - CTU Junior
2 x 2 weeks Junior Ward Night Float
1 block of Medical Day Hospital
1 block of Emergency Medicine
1 block PCC (IMG)
1 block Rural (CMG)
1 block of Social Pediatrics
2 weeks of Anesthesia
2 weeks Normal Newborn Nursery
1 block of subspecialty selective
2 weeks of Complex Care Service (CCS)

Residents Year 2

1 block of PICU
2 blocks of NICU (JGH & NICU Glen - Low Acuity team)
1 block Emergency Medicine
1 block of Adolescent Medicine
1 block of Developmental Pediatrics
1 block Rural (CMG)
1 block Community (IMG)
2 x 2 weeks Senior Ward Night Float
1 week NICU Night Float
Electives (3 - 8 weeks each elective)

Residents Year 3

3 blocks of Inpatient Wards Senior
2 blocks NICU (either 2 x Glen or 1 x Glen/1 x JGH)
1 block of ER
1 block of Rural (CMG)
1 block of Community (IMG)
2 weeks of ICU NF (i.e. 1 week PICU/1 week NICU)

Residents Year 4

4 weeks of Night Float (i.e. 2 weeks ward Night Float, 2 weeks NICU/PICU NF)
6 weeks of Complex Care Service
6 weeks of Medical Day Hospital
2 weeks of Medical Admissions and Patient Flow Junior Attending
4 weeks of Acute Care (ER, PICU or NICU)
Electives (3 - 8 weeks per elective)


Academic Half-Day

Pediatric Residents have a mandatory protected academic half-day on Tuesday afternoons from 12:00-16:00. The half-day consists of one hour of resident led ‘chief of service rounds’ and three hours of interactive presentations, workshops, and simulations. All CanMEDs roles are addressed over the course of our three-year curriculum.

Academic half-day schedule available on https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-U075MnvXy78LKBwAJU5EDINVwKbBwriGxOf7-vvlUk/edit?usp=sharing

Assessments

OSCE's

The General Pediatrics Core Residency Program runs 2-3 OSCE’s per year for Pediatric Residents as well as Subspecialty Residents and Fellows in their Pediatric RCPSC exam year. Examiners are given one station to evaluate for the entire half-day. The evaluator is given the scenario, a complete checklist to evaluate the performance of the resident, and the correct responses for any questions posed as part of the station. It is preferred that the examiner not be an expert in the subject matter of the station. The time commitment is a half day.

OSCE Examiner Sign Up Sheet

STACERs

The STACER exam is an observed complete pediatric consultation (history, physical exam, diagnostic impression) done by a third year Pediatric Resident. There are two examiners assigned to each resident who observe the entire encounter and complete a checklist evaluating their performance. Successful completion of this activity is required to be eligible to write the RCPSC exam and complete training. Examiners do not need to be general pediatricians; however, they should be comfortable with evaluating the performance of complete history and physical examination. The time commitment for this activity is two hours; however, we do not know exactly when each resident will be scheduled. Therefore, we ask that you block off a half day (am or pm) for the activity pending release of the schedule. Please note, all examiners will need to be available to meet at 16:00 on January 26th to discuss any failed or borderline performances.

STACER Examiner Sign Up Sheet (link will be available soon)

STACER Frequently Asked Questions

Direct Observation Program

In preparation for the implementation of Competence-by-Design (CBD), the General Pediatrics Core Residency Program is mandating formal and documented direct observation with feedback in all rotations. Observations should be based on the Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) mapped to each stage and rotation.

Tools that are available to facilitate and document direct observation with feedback are:

All forms must be accessed and completed electronically via the one45 platform.

Teaching and Rounds

All formal academic sessions start in September, with the exception of Protected Teaching Time on Tuesdays, which occurs year-round. Protected Teaching Time means that it is mandatory. You must sign in to all protected teaching sessions and please fill out an evaluation form afterwards. All other rounds are not protected but you are strongly encouraged to attend.

Teaching Sessions Schedule Description
Chief of Service Tuesdays
12:00-1:00pm

During these rounds, one resident presents an interesting case each week. The format is to interactively review an approach to a clinical problem, focusing on the differential diagnosis and information gathering.

The presenter usually uses the chalkboard as the description of the case evolves, and usually prepares a few PowerPoint slides in advance to present at the conclusion of the case describing the ultimate diagnosis. All the residents take turns presenting; the schedule will be distributed at the end of the summer. Note that R1s do not present until after the winter holidays. We make every effort not to schedule a resident to present when they are not available (e.g., on vacation, post-call, etc.), but mistakes are sometimes made, so make sure you let us know beforehand if there is a problem. Please come and see us to discuss your presentation before your talk. Staff and residents attend these talks. Please try to invite a staff member and/or fellow who might be able to contribute to the discussion. People usually bring their lunches to these presentations.

R1 Bootcamp Select Tuesdays - ALL DAY (period 1 & 2) Bootcamp sessions designed to help new R1s acquire essential skills related to the transition to residency. These sessions occur on the first, second, and forth Tuesday of period one and the first Tuesday of period two.
Summer Protected Teaching Time (R1s only) Tuesdays
12:00-5:00pm
Summer Protected Teaching during block 2 is mandatory for R1 Pediatric Residents. Starting Block 3, R1s will join regular Protected Teaching with R2 & R3 Pediatrics Residents. The Summer Protected Teaching for R1s covers introductory topics to the Hospital.
Protected Teaching Time (R1, R2, & R3) Tuesdays
12:00-4:00pm
Protected Teaching on Tuesdays is mandatory for R1, R2, & R3 Pediatric Residents. These interesting talks are given by subspecialists and generalists, and are intended to cover a wide variety of topics important to pediatricians.
Protected Teaching Time (R4s only) Tuesdays
1:00-4:00pm
Protected Teaching on Tuesdays is mandatory for R4 Pediatric Residents only. These interesting talks are given by subspecialists and generalists, and are intended to cover a wide variety of topics important to pediatricians.
Pediatric Medical Grand Rounds Wednesdays
8:00-9:00am
Room, E.S1.1129

Pediatric Medical Grand Rounds speakers are visiting or local health care professional who presents recent findings of clinical and research importance. Posters describing the topic are be circulated by email, and also available on the Pediatric Medical Grand Rounds website.

If you are not receiving emails for these rounds please contact the pedscoms.med [at] mcgill.ca (Administrative Coordinator) to be added to the distribution list.

Ambulatory Pediatric Rounds Fridays
12:00-1:00pm
Room to be confirmed
Ambulatory rounds are talks presented by either subspecialists or generalists, and are geared toward topics of interest to General Pediatricians.

Other academic activities (weekly, unless specified)
Research Institute Rounds
Neonatal Rounds
Emergency Department Rounds
"Mock codes"
Service-specific rounds: topics and journal clubs
Pediatric Advanced Life Support training
Neonatal Advanced Life Support Course
Lean-Six-Sigma Yellow Belt Training

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