The Endocrinology & Metabolism Training Program consists of two years of core training, with the option of a third year of training in various subspecialties in the field (see below).
During the course of their training, residents rotate to four hospital sites: Montreal General Hospital, Royal Victoria Hospital, Jewish General Hospital, and Montreal Childrens Hospital (see summary table under Training Sites
The two-year core program is designed to provide clinical training in all the areas of Endocrinology & Metabolism and allows for increasing responsibility and autonomy as competence is gained. Each year consists of thirteen 4-week rotations, and there are a total of 17 clinical rotations shared between the various hospitals. Each rotation consists of out-patient clinics in general endocrinology and its subspecialties (diabetes, lipids, obesity, thyroid, bone, adrenal, neuroendocrinology) combined with in-patient consultations (wards, emergency department, intensive care units). There is an opportunity to relate personally with faculty members who supervise the clinics and consult service, and to benefit from their diverse professional and academic interests. During the second year of core training, residents continue to evolve within the above activities in a progressively more senior role. They are expected to continue to broaden their knowledge base, develop teaching skills and acquire consultancy skills. Residents are encouraged, as of the first year, to take part in the planning of their training (elective rotations and research project(s)) in order to meet their career goals. Electives outside of McGill are allowed.
There is ample opportunity for residents to be exposed to and become actively involved in medical research at any point in their training, culminating in the 8-month research period that takes place during the second training year. Research coordinators are available at each site to guide residents in this regard, and the projects chosen by the residents can be either clinical, basic, or both (translational). Many residents present their research at national or international conferences, or publish their research in leading peer-reviewed medical journals.
Moreover, residents have the opportunity to present their research or interesting clinical cases at our weekly Endocrine Grand Rounds, as well as at the Annual Endocrine Retreat.
All residents are invited to take part in the McGill Summer Epidemiology Program. Forming an integral part of the Program are regular rounds, conferences and journal clubs at each hospital site, as well as protected teaching time every Monday afternoon. Throughout the second training year, a minimum of one half day per week is spent in an ambulatory care setting (Continuity Clinic) under the supervision of the attending of the residents choice. The Continuity Clinic offers the resident the opportunity to follow his or her own patients for an extended period, in order to better follow their evolution over time. An expanding Academic Half-Day Program has been implemented according to the Goals and Objectives of the Training Program and based on resident feedback and choice of discussion topics.
In-training evaluations are completed for every rotation and composite reports are prepared every six months. Residents review and discuss these with the program director on a regular basis. Formal promotions guidelines govern the promotions process.
For those wishing to do a thrid year of subspecialty training, a tailored program is developed for that purpose. For example, fellowships currently exist in the fields of Metabolic Disorders
and of Endocrine Tumors
During the complementary training, residents will participate actively in academic activities and will be encouraged to develop special areas of clinical and research interest.