Dalhousie University

College of Family Physicians of Canada
Emergency Medicine Residency Program CFPC(EM)

Program Contact Quota (approx) : 4
Department of Emergency Medicine
Dalhousie University
QEII Health Sciences Centre, Halifax Infirmary
355 – 1796 Summer Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia  B3H 3A7
Fax: (902) 473-3617
Website: http://emergency.medicine.dal.caBijon Das, MD CCFP(EM)
Program Director, CFPC (EM)
Tel: (902) 473-4220
E-mail: bijondas@dal.caJennifer Day
Postgraduate Education Administrative Assistant
Tel: (902) 473-4220
E-mail: Jennifere.Day@cdha.nshealth.ca

Supporting Documents

  1. Reference Letters
    Three letters of reference are required, of which two must be from Emergency Physicians. Each letter must be accompanied by the “Referee Assessment of Applicant” form.
    Click here to access the “Referee assessment form”
  2. Assessment by Program Director
    One letter from your family medicine program director which must be accompanied by the “Family Medicine Program Director’s Assessment of Applicant”.
    Click here to access the “Family medicine program / site director’s assessment of applicant form” 
  3. Personal Letter
    A letter describing your career interest is required.
  4. Permanent Resident Card
    Candidates must be Canadian citizens or have obtained Landed Immigrant or Canadian Permanent resident status at the time of application. To allow us to determine eligibility, please provide a certified copy of either Record of Landing or Permanent Resident card.


The Selection Committee chaired by the Program Director will conduct interviews and resident representatives from the current program will also meet separately with the applicants. The date of our interview is scheduled for November 4, 2013.

Program Information


The College of Family Physicians of Canada offers one year of specialty training in Emergency Medicine through its CFPC(EM) Residency Training Program. Any physician earning a Certificate in Family Medicine (CFPC) is eligible to apply. Upon successful completion of the residency program and satisfactory results on oral and written examinations, candidates are conferred with a Certificate of Special Competency in Emergency Medicine (CFPC(EM)). The Dalhousie Department of Emergency Medicine received accreditation for the CFPC(EM) program in March 1994.

The objectives of the program are to reflect the need for residents to develop initial assessment and management skills for all acute and critical illness, and to ensure a broad clinical knowledge base. Learning will take place on an accelerated path with graded responsibility, and will include departmental management and administration. To accomplish these objectives residents must spend a considerable amount of time in the Emergency Department or ambulatory care setting. Member departments of the Department of Emergency Medicine in both Nova Scotia and New Brunswick will be used as training sites. Residents will spend time at several sites to provide a broad range of experience.


The following is an outline of the specialty rotations (four weeks) currently undertaken during the PGY3 year:

PGY 3 Rotation 

Rotation Description Duration Location
Anaesthesia 4 weeks Saint John Regional Hospital
Emergency Medicine 12 weeks QEII Health Sciences Centre
8 weeks Community Hospital
(Dartmouth General Hospital,
Moncton Hospital or
Saint John Regional Hospital)
Pediatric Emergency Medicine 4 weeks IWK Health Centre
ICU 4 weeks QEII Health Sciences Centre
CCU 4 weeks QEII Health Sciences Centre
Plastic Surgery 4 weeks Saint John Regional Hospital
Orthopedic Surgery 4 weeks Saint John Regional Hospital
Elective 4 weeks To be determined


Research activity is a necessary component of this program and key to the academic development of our discipline. There is an annual Emergency Medicine Research Day at which residents are required to present a Critically Appraised Topic, which is prepared during the annual Evidence Based Medicine.

All residents attend an annual Evidence Based Medicine program which is integrated within our core curriculum and presented by expert EM faculty. By the end of the residency, residents will be able to critically evaluate medical literature and independently design a research project.

Seminars and Rounds

There will be a protected academic half day each week. Core curriculum will be covered in an interactive format, with the first two months of the academic year devoted to interactive, simulator-based sessions on topics fundamental to Emergency Medicine. The residents coordinate weekly “interesting cases rounds” with their peers. Residents will also participate in faculty rounds that will include a Maritime Videoconference Grand Rounds, Trauma Rounds, M&M Rounds, and Journal Club. Part of each week’s interactive period will be spent with the RCPS residents to allow for better group participation.


The program has received full accreditation since 1994.

Selection Criteria

  • acceptable academic record
  • proven interest in Emergency Medicine
  • commitment to leadership skills and role in Emergency Medicine
  • interested in developing an academic career with a willingness to be involved in research
  • excellent communication and interpersonal skills