Queen’s University

College of Family Physicians of Canada
Emergency Medicine Residency Program CFPC-EM

Program Contact Quota (approx): 8
Karen Graham, MD, CCFP-EM, FCFP
CCFP-EM Program Director
E-mail: karengraham@cogeco.caDana Doll
Program Assistant
Department of Family Medicine
Haynes Hall
115 Clarence Street
Kingston, Ontario K7L 3N6

Tel: 613-533-9300 Ext. 73005
Fax: 613-533-9301
E-mail: dana.doll@dfm.queensu.ca
Website: http://familymedicine.queensu.ca/education/enhanced/emergencymed

Supporting Documents

  1. Reference Letters
    Three letters are required. Of the reference letters, at least one letter must be from an Emergency Physician.
    Click here to access the “Referee assessment form”
  2. Assessment by Program Director
    The “Family Medicine Program Director’s Assessment of Applicant” must be completed by your Program Director.
    Click here to access the “Family medicine program / site director’s assessment of applicant form”
  3. Personal Letter
    Your personal letter should describe yourself and your career interest. Your letter should be maximum 500 words.
  4. Curriculum Vitae 

Review Process

Applications submitted after File Review has opened:
– will not be considered

References and other supporting documents which arrive after File Review has opened:
– will not be considered


Date(s) of Interview: November 25

Invitation/ Notification Information:

Only applicants invited to interview will be contacted by email.

Details regarding Interview:

All interviews will be held at Queen’s University in Kingston, ON. The interview duration is 30 minutes. Additional information will be included in the Invite to Interview email.

Prior to the interview, you view a 10-minute video which provides an overview of the emergency medicine program. You will be invited to attend our noon hour luncheon. This is an excellent opportunity to interact with and ask questions of our CCFP-EM residents.

Program Information


Queens CFPC-EM program has been a proud and dynamic program and a source of pride to the Queens Family Medicine Program. We are one of the country’s largest CCFP-EM programs located in historic Kingston which offers the advantages of a teaching center within the context of a smaller community. Queens University, the Department of Family Medicine and the Department of Emergency Medicine are large enough to provide diversity and good clinical exposure while also promoting the advantages of a smaller centre which include a close association between residents and teachers.

The objectives of the program are to provide comprehensive clinical and academic exposure to ensure a broad knowledge base and proficiency in management of acute and critical illness within the Emergency Department setting. We respect that residents are adult learners and we strive to be flexible in order to meet individual needs. Our teachers, including family physicians, Emergency Physicians and Specialists have largely been teaching our PGY-3 residents for many years and understand the unique needs of our CCFP-EM residents. Our rotations take place in both tertiary care and community centres. We have a strong liaison with all departments hosting our rotations which ensures that the needs of our residents are met.

We have many surrounding communities whose emergency departments and Family Medicine offices are staffed by former residents from our program. Many of these physicians take part in our program as preceptors and as teachers in the academic sessions. We also have a strong liaison with the Department of Emergency Medicine and have the advantage of being associated with an excellent 5-year FRCP program which offers further flexibility in terms of academic opportunities for our residents.

Our CCFP-EM year provides you with the clinical exposure and academic program to fully prepare you for the exam process for the Certificate of Special Competence in Emergency Medicine (CCFP-EM) as well as preparing you for clinical practice. Our pass rate for the CCFP-EM exam over the past 10 years exceeds 95%.


Following is an outline of the rotations undertaken during the PGY-3 year:

Rotation Duration Location
Emergency – tertiary 4 blocks Kingston General and Hotel Dieu Hospitals
ICU 2 blocks KGH ICU, Peterborough ICU or Oshawa ICU
Emergency – rural 2 blocks Community Emerg Sites
Emergency – Pediatrics 1 block CHEO ( Ottawa)
Anesthesia 1 block Brockville
Surgery (Plastics/Ortho) 1 block Kingston or Community Sites
Elective 1 block Varies – Resident’s Choice
Selectives 1 block Kingston General Hospital
– – Radiology / Ophthalmology / Central Lines / Ultrasound / Chest Tubes

Research / Academic Project:

An academic project must be completed during your EM year. This may take the form of a formal research project or a critical appraisal project. Most of our residents choose a CAT (Critically Appraised Topic). We offer flexibility in allowing our residents to choose the form of their academic project. Within our departments there is a strong representation of researchers who are well-recognized in their field. There is extensive expertise to offer support for research and academic project initiatives. In addition, evidence-based medicine principles are emphasized in clinical teaching, journal club and academic rounds.


Our academic program is robust and well-organized to prepare you both clinically and for exams. Each week, during the 4-block Emergency Medicine rotation, there is a protected full academic day which consists of Emergency Grand Rounds, Core Rounds, and Simulator Resuscitation Rounds. These rounds take place in conjunction with the FRCP residents in the Department of Emergency Medicine. In addition, we have a protected full academic day each month for our CCFP-EM Seminar days. These days consist of Trauma Simulation Rounds and practice oral exam sessions in the morning followed by seminar sessions in the afternoon. The monthly seminar sessions are taught by a variety of faculty and community physicians who present a diverse, organized series of topics relevant to the CCFP-EM year of study.

We have a new Simulation Centre at Queen’s University with state of the art, high fidelity simulation facilities. We offer a highly developed simulation program with over 50 full simulation sessions over the course of the CFPC-EM year. These sessions are taught by our numerous faculty with expertise in simulation training.

In July and August we offer a series of 8 full day sessions which review core resuscitation and procedural skills. This culminates in a final OSCE-type mini-exam to review the principals of resuscitation. This summer “boot camp” series has proven to be very popular with our residents.

We are fortunate in having faculty with expertise in Emergency Ultrasound and all residents have the opportunity to take part in our Ultrasound course provided by faculty with nationally recognized teaching credentials. During the year there is ample opportunity to gain full certification in Emergency Ultrasound Skills.

Twice yearly we offer a SAMP-style written exam and review session.

  • Residents also take part in monthly Trauma Rounds and Journal Club.
  • Residents are strongly advised to have PALS certification. ACLS and ATLS are mandatory requirements.
  • All residents are provided with full access to the Emergency Medicine Challenger on-line Medical Education Program.


The program was last reviewed by the College in October 2011 and was granted full accreditation.

Selection Criteria

  • Strong Academic Record
  • Interest in Emergency Medicine
  • Excellent interpersonal skills