Over the past six years there has been an exponential increase in formal program-wide academic activity with major developments in the institution of monthly Academic Days. The academic curriculum consists of 24 rotating monthly topics on a two year schedule. They are learner-driven and managed with a variety of learning modes including small group case based learning, journal reviews, practice exam questions, and didactic lectures by family doctors, specialists and other health professionals. The Academic Day curriculum has been successful in meeting more of our educational goals and was recently published in Canadian Family Physician. Academic Day sessions provide residents the opportunity to:
- gain knowledge from a variety of family physicians through presentations and Q& A sessions,
- facilitate interaction between first and second-year family medicine residents and faculty, and
- provide an opportunity to address those objectives that may not be met throughout the two-year residency training program in the clinical setting.
The goal of Academic Day (AD) is to maintain a forum for addressing areas of medicine in a family medicine context. Constructed in a way to allow the residents to develop their leadership skills and skills in peer education, AD also helps foster interdisciplinary cooperation and respect by allowing residents to work closely with their peers in consultant roles as well as practicing family physicians and residents from other sites. Through this, residents build networks with specialist consultants and their future family medicine peers.
To achieve the goals of Academic Day, the Academic Day Planning Group was formed. This group is composed of four to five residents in their R2 year, a general practitioner who will act as the working group leader to ensure the goals of the group are achieved, and a topic consultant such as a physician, pharmacist, dietician, nurse, social worker or other health team member. The teams will be assigned in advance and given the information for their team members, AD date and topic for that session.
The other components of our Academic Curriculum include the Behavioural Medicine course, our Evidence Based Medicine Curriculum, Exam Preparation, Procedural Skills workshops, and the Practice Quality Improvement Project.