Enhanced Skills Program: Hospital Medicine

Hospital Medicine  

Overall Program Vision

The Academic Family and Hospital Medicine Enhanced Skills Year is a PGY3 year designed to prepare family medicine graduates with the clinical skills required for inpatient medicine and prepare them for leadership roles in education and research in hospital medicine. This program will be of interest to family medicine trainees who are interested in at least 25% of their practice in hospital medicine. The rigorous program provides clinical competencies and academic work to prepare residents for both clinical and educational/research leadership roles in hospital medicine.

Program and Application Eligibility

Applicant must be currently enrolled as a PGY2 in a Canadian Family Medicine Residency at the time of application OR be a Canadian Family Physician in clinical practice with Ministry of Health Re-entry funding.

For funding eligibility, please see the main Enhanced Skills Program Admissions page.

Length of Program

One year (52 weeks) – Full Time

Curriculum Competencies

The Hospital Medicine program adheres to CanMEDS-FM goals and objectives to achieve the following competencies:
  • Medical Expert
  • Communicator
  • Collaborator
  • Manager
  • Scholar
  • Health Advocate
  • Professional

On completion of the enhanced skills year, the PGY3 will gain the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes to provide general hospital medicine care anywhere in Canada and gain advanced knowledge and skills in education, research and leadership.
For complete details, please read the goals and objectives.

Sample Rotation

Family Medicine Inpatient Service (FIS) - TWH - Family Physician Attending –3 blocks (Goals and Objectives)
Hospitalist Service – TWH – General Internist Attending – 1 block (Goals and Objectives)
Elective Community Hospital Medicine (Family Medicine attending) – 1 block
Elective sub speciality medical rotations – 5 blocks
Community Hospital Medicine at North York General Hospital – 1 block (Goals and Objectives)
Critical Care/ICU at North York General Hospital – 1 block
Sub-acute hospital medicine – 1 block (Goals and Objectives)
One half-day per week of Family Medicine clinic (except when on ICU block)
One half-day day per week for academic learning (except when on ICU block) in support of your academic work

Unique Program Requirements

This enhanced skills year requires the completion of either the Clinical Teacher Certificate or the Clinical Research Certificate for graduation.
A bedside ultrasound course and training in common inpatient procedural techniques is offered each year.
The PGY3 will prepare and present a grand rounds topic once during the year. Two evening journal club seminars are offered.

Program Director

Benjamin Kaasa, MD, MScCH, CCFP
Department of Family and Community Medicine
Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network
3W-399 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON, M5T2S8
416-603-5800 ext. 3416

List of Faculty Program Committee:
Dr. Benjamin Kaasa
Dr. David Esho
Dr. Francesco Leanza
Dr. Lesley Adcock

To Apply

Complete the application form and include a letter of intent, current CV and a copy of your medical degree.

Interview Dates: November 20 & 26, 2019. The program will contact applicants directly.