The goal of the McMaster cardiology residency program is to train clinically excellent cardiologists for both community and academic practice. Our mission is to provide solid clinical training in general cardiology by enabling the cardiology trainee to become:
- a skilled and compassionate clinician
- an enthusiastic teacher
- a lifelong learner
Our residency is a three-year structured program combining clinical work and research. Trainees are individually paired with a mentor to develop their career plans over the three years while gaining solid general cardiology training. A highly organized teaching schedule with enthusiastic, approachable faculty is a clear highlight. Experts in all aspects of training make themselves available for teaching, consultation and mentorship.
The academic curriculum includes daily rounds and a dedicated half day curriculum which longitudinally covers all the objectives of cardiology training over the three years, including a simulation program for skill development and crisis management. Special half day sessions are dedicated to practice management and non-medical expert physician roles in collaboration with other internal medicine subspecialty training programs. An annual retreat provides a great opportunity for regular review of the formal academic curriculum and clinical experience, which results in regular updates to keep pace with advances in research and clinical care (eg. CT angiography, percutaneous valve placement, electrophysiology mapping, genetics and prevention). This ensures a solid academic base is achieved over the three years of training.
Multiple evaluative tools are integrated into the academic program to provide residents the feedback needed to meet all their educational objectives including an annual national in-training exam, annual objective structured clinical examination, written exam preparation for boards and annual observed history and physical. A longitudinal mentorship program provides trainees with the guidance they need to use this assessment data in planning their learning.
The referral population to our centre is large, creating ample exposure to all manner of cardiac pathology. Our program is well equipped with a regionalized tertiary level cardiac care centre providing service to over 2.5 million people. Every year, we have over 3000 cardiology admissions, 6000 diagnostic angiograms, 2500 coronary interventions, 120 advanced valvular procedures, 20000 echocardiograms, nearly 1000 transesophageal echocardiograms, 2800 nuclear studies, 1000 coronary CT angiograms, 37000 ECGs, 1000 electrophysiology studies and ablations, 1000 pacemaker insertions and 1750 cardiac surgeries. The CCU provides an opportunity to care for critically ill cardiac patients including management of intra-aortic balloon pumps, ventilated patients and a 24/7 primary PCI program. There is extensive consultant on-call support including 24/7 interventional, echocardiography and electrophysiology availability.
This broad experience base coupled with the accessibility to an international network of researchers create exceptional opportunities for subsequent fellowship positions. Additional training opportunities also exist for individuals interested in pursuing specific research training, including advanced degrees in health research methodology and medical education.
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