PAIRN advocates at all levels of university, hospital and government for continued acknowledgement of the resident’s role in medical education.
While residents are professionals, employed by the hospital system to perform specific duties for pay, they are also postgraduate trainees under the auspices of Memorial University of Newfoundland, working to achieve certain educational requirements and academic standards.
In the same way that residents are learners, they too provide a great deal of teaching to undergraduate medical students within this model.
Memorial University of Newfoundland
All PAIRN members receive training through Memorial University of Newfoundland and therefore have full-time student status.
The Office of Postgraduate Medical Education at Memorial provides training leading to certification either through the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or the College of Family Physicians of Canada.
The Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) Committee is the governing committee for all postgraduate programs. You have a voice on the PGME Committee through your PAIRN representatives. Visit the Postgraduate Medical Education website to learn more.
Postgraduate Medical Studies
Postgraduate Medical Studies (PGMS) refers to those years after you obtain your MD, when you are training as a resident. As a postgraduate trainee, you will be pursuing a course of independent practice under the supervision of clinical instructors, attending staff and the guidelines of your program.
You will receive on-site education, observation, supervision, evaluation, graded responsibility, and real experience. The attending/supervising physician is ultimately responsible for the direct care of the patient. However, you will be responsible for assisting with the care of the patient and reporting all changes in the patient’s status to the attending staff. The amount and nature of the care delegated to you will depend upon your level of training and clinical skills.
Postgraduate Training Programs
Postgraduate entry positions at Memorial University are available through the Canadian Residency Matching Service (CaRMS). These are full-time programs comprised of hands-on practical training complemented by formal teaching and academic study. The programs are completed in a structured learning environment consisting of hospital and community-based teaching units supervised by faculty. The level of responsibility afforded to each trainee is based on regular evaluation of abilities by faculty.
Family Medicine Programs: Memorial offers a two-year residency program in Family Medicine. This leads to eligibility for certification by the College of Family Physicians of Canada. There is a one-year Emergency Medicine residency program available through the CFPC.
Specialty Training Programs: Memorial offers specialty training programs leading to certification by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The total length of these programs is between four and six years. Programs include Anesthesia, Internal Medicine (and subspecialty in Nephrology), Neurology, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Orthopedic Surgery, Anatomic Pathology, General Pathology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Diagnostic Radiology and General Surgery.
Continuing Medical Education: The Faculty of Medicine’s Professional Development and Conferencing Services assists students and physicians in meeting their educational requirements. It delivers accredited continuing medical education (CME) programs and plays a major role in meeting the professional development needs of health care professionals throughout Newfoundland and Labrador and across Canada. CME is offered through a variety of formats, including teleconferencing, video-conferencing, online and onsite.