Internal Medicine and Subspecialties
Saint John Regional Hospital

Dr. Paul Sohi, Clinic Head of the Department of Medicine
Dr. Eric Grant, Site Director of Residency Training

The Department of Medicine offers a full range of services to Health Region 2 and more generally to the province of New Brunswick. The Division of Cardiology offers both interventional and non-interventional services, including echocardiography, stress testing, and Holter monitoring. It is the tertiary care referral service for New Brunswick and accepts many patients from Prince Edward Island.

There are a variety of subspecialty interests, including nephrology, gastroenterology, neurology, dermatology, endocrinology, rheumatology, and respirology. The department offers a service in Intensive Care Medicine supervised by 4 specialists. The program also offers a rotation in General Internal Medicine that is hospital-based and offers a very strong ambulatory care elective with emphasis on management of patient problems in ambulatory care.

Residents can participate in an out-of-province or out-of-country elective rotation (from an accredited teaching hospital).

Evaluation

Residents are assessed using a standardized, on-line evaluation system. The resident receive formative feedback from the attendings supervising the rotations and meet regularly with the program director. In addition, residents have the opportunity to further guage their progress with the writing the of the American Board of Internal Medicine and OSCE exams.

Scholarly Activity

We have a Residency Research Coordinator who will assist in choice of project and assign each resident a research mentor. Residents may take a half-day per week during the Ambulatory Care rotation to dedicate to scholarly activity. Trainees may have the opportunity to take a block of time dedicated to doing scholarly activity if approved by the Residency Training Committee (RTC). The residents are encouraged to submit these to the Department of Medicine Research Committee in Halifax for presentation at the Dalhousie Department of Medicine Research Day and any other peer reviewed meetings.

Conference Attendance

Residents are encouraged to attend at least one conference each year, the cost of which is mostly covered by the Department of Medicine in Saint John, through the local Medical Education office. Costs may be covered for attendance at a second conference if research is being presented at one of the two meetings.

Formal teaching Activities

Medicine Grand Rounds: These are held at noon on Wednesday.

Noon Seminars: These are held on Monday, Tuesday and Friday throughout the entire academic year. July-August seminars will concentrate on emergency problems including key specialty emergencies. September to June seminars will cover a curriculum of key topics. Dalhousie guest faculty participate and additional teleconferencing rounds are available. Critical appraisal is scheduled within Friday seminar time to evaluate key papers, physical examination sessions are scheduled on alternate Fridays at noon.

Various other scheduled teaching activities occur in association with the specific rotations and are included in rotation specific objectives.

Academic Half Day: Each Thursday afternoon residents are required to attend this session which is provided through web-conferencing.

Evaluation: Residents are assessed using a standardized, on-line evaluation system. The resident receive formative feedback from the attendings supervising the rotations and meet regularly with the program director. In addition, residents have the opportunity to further gauge their progress with the writing the of the American Board of Internal Medicine and OSCE exams.