McGill University

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

Program Contact Quota (approx) :
9 (contigent regulier)
3 (contingent particulier)
CFPC Emergency Medicine Program Director:
Dr. Zachary Levine
E-mail: zachary.levine@mcgill.caCFPC(EM) Academic Secretary:
Ms. Anna DePalma
Tel: 514-934-1934 Ext. 42501; Fax: 514-934-8421



Supporting Documents

  1. Reference Letters
    Three letters are required and each must be accompanied by the « Referee Assessment of Applicant ».
    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. Curriculum Vitae
  5. Copy of the MD
  6. Proof of Citizenship
    You must submit the following to allow us to determine your eligibility: PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP must be submitted with each application.EITHER:

1. A copy of Canadian Birth Certificate;


2. A copy of Permanent Resident Card (copy of both sides of the card) OR a copy of an IMM 5292, IMM 1000, IMM 5688;
NB: the Permanent Resident card can be expired.


3. A copy of Citizenship Card (copy of both sides of the card)

4. A copy of Canadian Passport (expired or not), but only if student already has a Permanent code.

7. In addition, for International Medical Graduates:

MCCEE – Statement of Results [Document must be notarized/certified]
In addition to a certified copy of your Medical Degree, it is necessary to provide an equivalence letter from the CMQ (Collège des médecins du Québec). Please provide the results of the exams that permitted you to have your medical degree recognized and approved by the CMQ (Collège des médecins du Québec). *MCCEE (Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination) *MCCQE1 (Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Part I) *MCCQE2 (Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Part 2) *NAC-OSCE – National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE). USMLE part I and part II (if available).

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

Applicants will be selected based on:

  • academic excellence
  • interpersonal skills
  • potential contribution to emergency and family medicine
  • well-roundedness is considered an asset


Date(s) of Interview: November 20, 2014

Invitation/ Notification Information:

Those applicants selected for interview will be notified by email.

Details regarding Interview:

Interviews will be held on November 20, 2014 at the McGill University Health Centre. Those selected for an interview will undergo two interviews by staff physicians and current residents. The interviews will be 20 minutes in length. There will be opportunity to interact with and ask questions of staff and current and former residents in the program.

Program Information – Full description available on the program website


The McGill Family Medicine – Emergency Medicine program started its 29th year as of July 2014. From its origins in the mid 1980’s with 2 residents, the program has flourished and grown to become the largest program in Canada. By the end of the 2013-14 academic year, two hundred and twenty-two residents from across Canada will have completed the third year program in Emergency Medicine at McGill. Since the beginning of the program, the exam success rate has remained in the 98% plus range. Many of the graduates have continued in an academic stream and are actively involved in research and medical education, while others are practicing in rural and community hospitals combining Emergency Medicine and Family Medicine practice. Our residents have gone on to become leaders in the hospitals, communities and Emergency Departments they have joined.


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

PGY 3 Rotations

  • Family medicine clinics / continuity of care: Optional
  • Adult Community Emergency Medicine – 2 months
    St. Mary’s Hospital
  • Adult Tertiary Emergency Medicine – 2 months
    SMBD – Jewish General Hospital
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine – 2 months
    Montreal Children’s Hospital (MUHC)
  • Adult Community Intensive Care Medicine – 1 month
    St. Mary’s Hospital
  • Adult Tertiary Intensive Care Medicine – 1 month
    SMBD – Jewish General Hospital or MUHC
  • Emergency Medicine and Trauma – 1 month
    Montreal General Hospital (MUHC)
  • Toxicology/Emergency Medicine – 1 month
    Royal Victoria Hospital
  • Administration/Clinical Research Rotation – 1 month
    SMBD – Jewish General Hospital / St. Mary’s Hospital
  • Musculosketal Rotation – 2 weeks
    Montreal General Hospital and Montreal Children’s Hospital
  • Anaesthesia – 2 weeks
    SMBD / St. Mary’s Hospital
  • Electives: must be approved by the program director
    Up to 4 weeks of elective training are permitted over the year.
  • One non-Quebec / non-accredited rotation is permitted per year.

Seminars and Rounds

Oral, Interactive and Written Sessions

Oral, written and interactive sessions are held on a monthly basis. The purpose of these sessions are three-fold:

  1. to require the resident to review and study a large body of information in a systematic manner.
  2. to help prepare the resident for the oral part of his/her certification exam.
  3. to monitor the residents progress during the year.

These sessions take place on Wednesday mornings, corresponding to weeks 2 & 3 of the period. They generally run from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm.

These sessions are a compulsory part of the curriculum. In order to ensure and monitor your progress through the year, you will be evaluated during these sessions, both on your performance during the oral and written as well as your participation and preparedness during the interactive sessions. There will be introductory sessions in the month of July that will review the basics of how to do an oral exam.

The textbook that serves as the basis for these sessions is the American College of Emergency Medicine Study Guide ( Tintinalli ) though other sources are also suggested ( e.g. – ACLS / ATLS texts, Rosen, etc. ). These sessions alternate between the hospital centers of the CFPC(EM) Program – SMBD Jewish General Hospital, St. Mary’s Hospital, the Montreal General Hospital and the Montreal Childrens’ Hospital.

At the beginning of the academic year, the residents are given a schedule of the topics for these sessions, the topics deriving from the chapters of Tintinalli and other texts. Prior to each session, it is the responsibility of each resident to review that topic, often using the above text as the main reference, with other references being used on an as needed basis. The morning of these sessions are organized in the following way: the residents are divided into groups, each assigned to a staff physician (the physician often being chosen based on their particular interests and areas of expertise). The staff physician will have prepared several cases (written and oral) to use and will subsequently test each resident in a format similar to the actual exams.

Following the actual exam, critique and evaluation will take place by both the staff physician as well as the other residents in the group with a few minutes of discussion revolving around each case. Each resident will in turn be the candidate. These sessions have been found to be quite valuable in preparing the residents for the exams both with respect to the format and approach as well as allowing them the opportunity to review major bodies of information. Furthermore, the learning process is enhanced by not only being subjected to being the candidate, but also by being an observer with the ability to critique following a fellow resident’s oral. Following the oral sessions (approximate time allotted – 1,5 to 2 hours) both the staff physicians and residents will convene together for a 1,5 to 2 hour interactive session in which the staff will act as moderators while reviewing the topics for that session in a quiz-answer format. This allows the staff to do some teaching on the finer points of a particular topic.

Core Rounds Core Content Teaching Rounds

These are weekly rounds that include new advances in Emergency Medicine, review of controversial Emergency Medicine topics, introduction of new equipment and protocols and review of on-going research in Emergency Medicine. These rounds are held during Wednesday mornings of week one and week four. They are combined rounds of both the Royal College accredited Emergency Medicine Residency Program and the CFPC(EM) Program. They are held at the Royal Victoria Hospital, and Jewish General Hospital. On the Wednesday mornings of week two and week three of every month the residents will have their interactive and oral exam sessions.

Several of the rounds will be the responsibility of the CCFP(EM) residents to organize, in large part coordinated by the chief residents.

Journal Club and CAT project presentations occur as part of Wednesday morning rounds. The CCFP(EM) residents present a Critically Appraised Topic (CAT), and the FRCP(EM) residents present journal club.

The emphasis of the discussion is on the following:

  1. how to critically evaluate a scientific paper
  2. to gain an appreciation for good methodology in clinical research
  3. to upgrade clinical skills and methods of practice in accordance with results of credible research
  4. to gain the skills to evaluate the quality and usefulness of medical literature and use it to efficiently answer a relevant clinical question

Ultrasound Program – A formal emergency-medicine focused ultrasound course is given by faculty with a special interest in emergency department ultrasound. This is supplemented by an accreditation process and seminars in advanced applications throughout the year.

Mentorship Program – Each resident is assigned a mentor who is available as a resource to them throughout the year, and often beyond.

Simulation – several simulation events are planned every year by the residents in conjunction with staff who have an interest in simulation.

ACLS, ATLS, and PALS courses are offered to the residents every year.


The program was fully accredited in 2013.