Queen’s University

Updated October 20, 2016

Faculty Vision

Ask questions, seek answers, advance care and inspire change.

Our mission is to advance the science and practice of medicine to benefit the health and well-being of the population. We do this through excellence in education, care and research.


Since 1841, Queen’s University has played a pivotal role in shaping the leaders of our country. The School of Medicine was established in 1854 and has produced physicians who have made a lasting contribution to society.

The postgraduate programs at Queen’s are, for the most part, highly interdependent. They form a spectrum of high-quality primary, specialty, and subspecialty programs that attract excellent candidates. These programs are highly complementary to the undergraduate program, in accordance with the principle of graded responsibility that underlies the Clinical Academic Unit model, the standard for clinical education in North America. We have an ongoing commitment to excellence in family medicine and selected specialties and subspecialties. Our environment and the flexibility of our programs suit particularly well our innovative programs in community-oriented general surgery, general internal medicine, and family medicine, which provide the breadth of training, which is increasingly required for practice in rural, northern, and small and medium-sized communities throughout Canada.

Kingston is a beautiful city with excellent facilities for education, sports, the arts and recreation, making it excellent for learning and living. The presence of Queen’s University and the Royal Military College makes for a cosmopolitan environment.

Competency Based Medical Education

In July 2017, Queen’s University will adopt a competency-based medical education model for all of its specialty residency programs. This new framework is aligned with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada’s Competence by Design initiative and will further enhance the quality of our postgraduate programs. Residents will benefit from more targeted learning outcomes and from frequent, formative assessments within the clinical workplace to ensure that they are developing and receiving feedback on the skills they need. It is not anticipated that the length of training will change for the majority of residents.

The Family Medicine program at Queen’s has already transitioned to a competency-based framework. Residents receive frequent formative feedback documented in the form of electronic field notes, and meet regularly with their academic advisers. Residents also have access to an ePortfolio containing assessments from rotations and activities which are are both objective and reflective. The curriculum itself is is based upon ‘Triple C’ doctrine emphasizing comprehensive learning; continuity of learning, supervision, and patient care; and, learning that is centred in Family Medicine.


All of the hospitals, which may be used by Queen’s University programs are listed below. Kingston General Hospital, Hotel Dieu Hospital, and Providence Care comprise the Southeastern Ontario Health Sciences Centre (SEOHSC).

Kingston General Hospital

Number of beds 429
Number of deliveries/year 1,957
Number of residents 535
Number of emergency patients/year 53,954

As Southeastern Ontario’s leading Centre for complex-acute and specialty care, and home to the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario, KGH serves almost 500,000 people through its Kingston facility and 24 regional affiliate and satellite sites.

These people count on us to be there when they have high-risk pregnancies, cancer, very sick babies, heart attack, strokes, life threatening injuries and respiratory failure. They come to us when they require specialized care that is not available in their local community; when they need heart surgery, life support, dialysis, brain surgery, stem cells, radiation and special imaging.

In addition to our regional role, we also serve as a community hospital, caring for the less acute needs of the residents or Greater Kingston.

Hotel Dieu Hospital, Kingston

Number of ambulatory care visits/year 388,727
Number of Urgent Care Centre visits/year 52,842
Number of Day Surgery visits per year 7,223

The Hotel Dieu Hospital is the ambulatory care teaching and research hospital for Kingston and Southeastern Ontario. Specialized services include outpatient pediatrics, ophthalmology, diabetes education, breast assessment, day surgery, urgent care and mental health programs.

Providence Care, Kingston

Number of beds 270
Hospital Inpatient Admissions Care 1,094
Hospital Outpatient and Community Outreach Visits 83,863
Number of Long-Term Care beds 243
Long-Term Care Resident Admissions 120

Providence Care is southeastern Ontario’s leading provider of Aging, Mental Health and Rehabilitative Care. Providence Care provides a range of outreach health care services from 12 community-based locations across the region, and also operates St. Mary’s of the Lake Hospital, Mental Health Services and the Providence Manor long-term care home (Kingston).

New Buildings – Better Care: Building on our tradition of compassion, Providence Care has set out to build a new state-of-the-art hospital planned to open in 2017. The new Providence Care Hospital will be an even greater place to work, providing for increased collaboration between staff, physicians and a therapeutic space for our clients and patients. Setting the stage for
providing the best care possible, Providence Care is also underway with plans to build a new long-term care home in Kingston.

Northumberland Health Care Corp. – Cobourg

Number of beds 137

Peterborough Regional Health Centre

Number of beds 494
Number of live births per year 1,630 (1,566 deliveries/year)
Number of NICU patient days
NICU Admit Rate – 14 percent

Our Regional Level IIB Obstetrics, Neonatal Program at PRHC is used for electives in Obstetrics for the Family Medicine program.

Quinte Health Care, Belleville General

Number of beds at QHC Belleville General 191
Number of beds at all QHC sites 233
Number of deliveries/year 1,500

This hospital is used for electives in Internal Medicine and Obstetrics, General Surgery and Family Medicine.

Lakeridge Healthcare Corporation, Oshawa General Site

Number of beds 632
Number of deliveries/year 2,750

This hospital is used for electives in Obstetrics for Family Medicine residents and General Surgery.

Weeneebayko General Hospital, Moose Factory, Ontario

Number of beds 58

This hospital is used for electives in Pediatrics, Family Medicine and General Surgery.

University Registration Fees

The university registration fee is $700.00 for all programs at Queen’s (subject to change).

Tuition Fees

Queen’s University has not charged tuition fees to residents to date.

Salary & Benefits

Accommodation for out-of-city rotations Yes (for most elective rotations and all compulsory rotations)
Funds for travel to out-of-city rotations Limited funds are available for specialty residents. Family Medicine Residents are fully funded.
BCLS/ACLS courses provided Yes

See provincial PAIRO/OCOTH contracts.

Program Start Date

All Queen’s University programs will commence July 1st. An ACLS Course is offered during the week prior to the commencement of the PGY-1 training year. Any resident who has not previously taken the course should be prepared to register for the course. Further details will be sent out with the letters of appointment after matching in the spring.

General Enquiries

G. Ross Walker, MD, FRCSC, FACS
Associate Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education
Faculty of Health Sciences
Queen’s University
70 Barrie St.
Kingston ON K7L 3N6
Tel: (613) 533-2543
Fax: (613) 533-2132
E-mail: pgme@queensu.ca



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