FAQ's

  1. What are the strongest aspects of your program?
  2. What is the general level of satisfaction amongst your residents?
  3. What kind of subspeciality experiences are available?
  4. What computer-based resources are available?
  5. What is the relationship between the Saint John-based and Halifax-based residents in the Program?
  6. What is the general training atmosphere like at the Saint John Regional Hospital?
  7. Lifestyle is important to me; what does Saint John have to offer?

1. What are the strongest aspects of your program?

The Medicine Teaching Unit (MTU) experience is considered to be the site’s strongest experiences. This inpatient unit is managed by two 12-bed teams which is staffed by both general internists and subspecialty staff. Thanks to the Family Medicine Hospitalist unit on site, the types of patients on the MTU are restricted to those requiring Internal Medicine expertise – a factor that provides residents with appropriate and challenging cases that further their development of knowledge and skills.

In addition, since there are fewer residents on each service, there is more opportunity for direct interaction with the attendings, a consistently higher level of responsibility, and for residents to take leadership in guiding junior learners.

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2. What is the general level of satisfaction amongst your residents?

The current residents are very satisfied with our program. We are a close and supportive group, and we have excellent relationships with our attending staff. There is a strong commitment on the part of the Site Director and Program Director and the administrative staff at the site and program levels, and any concerns that do come up are always addressed carefully and quickly.

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3. What kind of subspeciality experiences are available?

The Saint John Regional Hospital is the largest hospital in New Brunswick and it offers experiences in numerous medical subspecialties, including cardiology, respirology, GI, hematology, medical oncology, nephrology, infectious diseases, rheumatology, and endocrinology. In addition, residents have various selective/elective rotations that can be completed in Halifax/elsewhere to supplement any areas of particular interest in Internal Medicine.

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4. What computer-based resources are available?

The Medical Education department, hospital library, and nursing stations have extensive computer availability. The Medical Education office has subscribed to the Up-To-Date program accessible at any computer station throughout the hospital. The Medical Information System provides rapid access to laboratory results and Web1000 permits immediate access to diagnostic imaging studies from most computer stations. The MTU also has ‘workstations on wheels’ to provide access to records at the bedside.

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5. What is the relationship between the Saint John-based and Halifax-based residents in the Program?

The Saint John and Halifax based residents in the program complete rotations at each site. This interchange of residents between sites has allowed the residents at the two sites to develop camaraderie. The combined social activities, an annual Resident Retreat (a weekend of education and socializing) as well as the combined curriculum events throughout the year (particularly the weekly academic half day) allows for further interaction which strengthens the relationship between residents from the two sites

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6. What is the general training atmosphere like at the Saint John Regional Hospital?

In general, the Saint John Regional Hospital supports an active learning environment. At any given time, over 50 undergraduate and postgraduate learners are on clinical rotations on site with the various medical and surgical services. The new medical school based in Saint John further supports the learning and teaching environment.

The collegiality between residents and staff – including attendings, nursing staff, interdisciplinary teams – is a feature of training in Saint John. This is, in part, due to the smaller staff size which allows residents to easily become familiar with the staff and resources available and to develop relationships which allow for a real sense of engagement. Likewise, the attendings and other hospital staff value and feel engaged in supporting residency training in Saint John.

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7. Lifestyle is important to me; what does Saint John have to offer?

Saint John is located on the southern coast of New Brunswick and provides an excellent blend of urban advantages and outdoor lifestyle – this combines to allow for an excellent quality of life. A 2007 study by UBC found Saint John to be the happiest city in Canada, thanks in part to the lifestyle the city offers and the sense of engagement in the community

The uptown area is a hub for arts, culture and heritage in Saint John. In fact, Heritage Canada recognized Saint John as a 2010 Cultural Capital of Canada. The area is noted for its architecture, theatre, and galleries. Restaurants, festivals, concerts, and sporting events are also attractions in the uptown area.

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