Department of Medicine

Minimum Training Requirements

These training requirements apply to those entering apply to those entering residency on or after July 1, 2009.

The following core experiences are required. Some learning experiences can occur simultaneously and/or longitudinally (e.g. electrocardiogram (ECG) interpretation, ambulatory clinics).

  1. 15 blocks of clinical residency:
    • 4 blocks of acute cardiac care/CCU
    • 6 blocks of clinical cardiology (including cardiology CTU and consultation)
    • 3 blocks of ambulatory cardiology
    • 2 blocks of paediatric cardiology (which may include adult congenital heart disease)
  2. 15 blocks of laboratory based residency:
    • 4 blocks of cardiac catheterization
    • 6 blocks of echocardiography
    • 3 blocks of electrophysiology/pacemaker (to include ECG and ambulatory ECG monitoring)
    • 2 blocks of nuclear cardiology (to include exercise stress testing)
  3. 2 blocks for research (clinical and/or basic)
  4. 4 blocks of electives which may also be used for research

These rotations are all essential to gain adequate exposure to the broad range of contemporary cardiologic practice. In addition, weekly rounds, seminars and core curriculum lectures will supplement the trainees' reading and enhance didactic learning. The diversity of clinical and research expertise within the Division of Cardiology, as well as the breadth and depth of clinical material available at the Walter Mackenzie Centre, will provide the trainee with extensive clinical experience. This combined with the examination preparation series will, we believe, prepare the trainee for the RCPSC examinations.