Memorial University of Newfoundland

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

Program Contact Approximate Quota: 6
Peter Rogers, MD, CCFP (EM)
Program Director
Discipline of Family Medicine
Memorial University
Health Sciences Centre
300 Prince Phillip Drive
St. John’s, NL  A1B 3V6
Tel: (709) 777-6971; Fax: (709) 777-7913
E-mail: Penton
Academic Program Administrator
Address – as above
Tel: (709) 777-6971; Fax: (709) 777-7913
Number of applicants 2014/2015: 73
Number of interviews 2014/2015: 39
Number of positions for 2015/2016: 6


  1. 3 Letters of Reference and Referee Assessment of Applicant forms with each Letter
  2. Family Medicine Program Director’s Assessment of Applicant form
  3. Personal Letter
  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 be considered


Date(s) of Interview: November 28

Details regarding Interview:

All applicants will be notified by October 17, 2014 as to whether they will be offered an interview. Interviews will be held on Friday, November 28, at the Health Sciences Centre, 300 Prince Philip Drive, St. John’s.

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 Examination of Special Competence in Emergency Medicine, candidates are conferred with a Certificate of Special Competency in Emergency Medicine or CFPC(EM).

The objectives of the program are to reflect the need for residents to develop initial assessment and management skills for all acute and critical illnesses, 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. This academic experience takes place mainly within the tertiary care settings of The General Hospital and St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital. Other sites include Central Newfoundland Regional Health Centre (Grand Falls-Windsor) and Children’s Hospital of Western Ontario (UWO).


The following is an outline of the specialty rotations (four weeks) currently undertaken during the R-3 year:

R-3 Rotation 

Rotation Description Duration Location
Anesthesia 4 weeks Grand Falls-Windsor
Emergency Medicine 20 weeks The General Hospital/St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital
Emergency Medicine (regional) 4 weeks Grand Falls-Windsor
Pediatric Emergency Medicine 4 weeks Children’s Hospital of Western Ontario (UWO)
ICU 8 weeks The General Hospital
CCU 4 weeks The General Hospital
Plastic Surgery 4 weeks The General Hospital
Elective 4 weeks To be determined
Horizontal EMS rotation during Emergency Medicine.


Residents receive core content teaching by attending weekly academic half-day rounds, which is protected time.  Rounds are based on Tintinalli’s Emergency Medicine:  A Comprehensive Study Guide, 7e.

Journal Club is held monthly from September to May at a faculty member’s residence, where critical appraisal skills are reinforced.

Residents are required to undertake a self-directed scholarly activity.  It may involve a research project, critical appraisal, medical education or simulation project, etc.  Evidence-based medicine skills are also integrated within our core curriculum half days and journal clubs.

EM residents are each required to give two Grand Rounds presentations during the academic year.

EM residents lead weekly interdisciplinary/interesting case rounds during academic half-days.

Our residents maintain close ties to their colleagues in the Family Medicine Residency Program through scheduled teaching at FM academic half-days.  They are also given the opportunity to attend Family Medicine clinics as a “half day back” activity.

Procedural skills sessions, with didactic and hands-on instruction, are used to ensure exposure to core topics.

Morbidity and Mortality Rounds are held quarterly, in conjunction with the Discipline of Emergency Medicine.

Simulation-based teaching sessions are offered on a monthly basis.  The Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University is about to open a new facility, the Clinical Learning and Simulation Centre.

All Family Medicine/Emergency Medicine residents receive Point of Care Ultrasound (PoCUS) training in July.  They will be able to achieve Independent Practitioner status before the end of their residency year.

Residents will gain EMS exposure during the year.  There will be opportunities to work directly with ground crews and flight transport teams.

ACLS is required prior to commencing training (offered at orientation).  As necessary, the program can assist residents in gaining access to further learning opportunities such as ATLS and PALS.


Memorial University’s Emergency Medicine Residency Training Program is fully accredited by the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

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
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills