N.B.:, The Hematological Pathology Residency Program at Dalhousie University received an accreditation status of “Intent to Withdraw” from the Royal College in 2019. An invited audit of the program in 2020 was very positive, and we look forward to our follow-up external review by the Royal College in November 2021!
- Dr. David Conrad, Program Director
The Hematological Pathology Residency Program typically has one (1) CaRMS position every other year. We are pleased to invite you to apply to our program for July 2022 academic year.
Program application language: English
You must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident at the time of application.
Three reference letters should be submitted. References should be from physicians with whom you have worked, and who are able to attest to your professional abilities.
Order from your registrar.Medical Student Performance Record
Order from your Dean's office.Personal Letter
The personal letter should state why you are specifically interested in Hematopathology. Maximum word count of 750.
Applications submitted after file review has opened on January 31, 2022
Supporting documents (excluding letters of reference) that arrive after file review has opened on January 31, 2022
Letters of reference that arrive after the unmasking date on January 31, 2022
The goal of our residency program is to train safe and competent hematopathologists. Residents who successfully complete their hematological pathology training at Dalhousie University are well prepared for independent clinical practice, though fellowship opportunities await should further sub-specialization be desired. We strive to help the next generation of hematopathologists become leaders in the field, and advocates for excellence in diagnostic services and patient-centered care.
The following are the criteria we consider when offering interview and ranking candidates:
Review team composition : Applications will be reviewed by the CaRMS selection committee, which is composed of four (4) members of our division:
- Program Director
- Two additional staff hematopathologists
- A resident in the program
Average number of applications received by our program in the last five years : 0 - 50
Average percentage of applicants offered interviews : 51 - 75 %
|CV||Education, employment, volunteer activities, research experience, awards/accolades|
|Electives||Exposure to the practice of hematological pathology|
|Examinations||We do not evaluate this file component.|
|Extra-curricular||Well-rounded; work-life balance|
|Leadership skills||Type and extent of leadership experience|
|Personal letters||Written communication skills|
|Reference documents||Favorable references|
Interview format :
We may accommodate requests to re-schedule interviews for applicants due to weather, technology failure, or unforeseen circumstances.
|Collaboration skills||Demonstrates, or describes experiences that illustrate, an ability to work collaboratively|
|Collegiality||Is collegial in an interview setting|
|Communication skills||Has excellent verbal communication skills|
|Health advocacy||Aptitude for advocacy work in health care|
|Interest in the discipline||Is interested in and has knowledge of the field of hematological pathology|
|Interest in the program||Is familiar with the program at Dalhousie University|
|Leadership skills||Can illustrate examples of leadership from their previous endeavors|
|Professionalism||Comports themselves in a professional manner|
|Scholarly activities||Can discuss their academic achievements and future endeavors|
|Other interview component(s)||Critical thinking; practical knowledge of hematological pathology is an asset, but will not be formally assessed|
This residency program is for 4 years.
Program length of training does not exceed the Royal College or College of Family Physicians of Canada standard.
PGY- 1 to 4
Starting in July, 2022, all PGY1 residents in Hematological Pathology residency training programs throughout Canada will implement a Competence By Design (CBD) curriculum format. This is a competency-based medical education system instituted by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
The resident will be evaluated on Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs), which are authentic tasks related to the practice of hematological pathology. The resident will transition through the stages of training (i.e., Transition to Discipline, Foundations of Discipline, Core of Discipline, Transition to Practice) as they achieve the necessary CanMEDS milestones.
Transition to Discipline
The focus of this initial stage is the orientation of new trainees to the policies, protocols, resources, and facilities of our residency program and affiliated hospitals), including laboratory safety and issues of privacy and confidentiality. During this stage, residents will participate in basic specimen handling and microscopy and demonstrate an understanding of clinicopathologic correlation. This stage is expected to take two months to complete.
Foundations of Discipline
The focus of this stage is the development of the knowledge and skills required to integrate clinical and laboratory information in the evaluation of disease processes. This includes assessing patients and performing select clinical diagnostic procedures. It also includes assessing laboratory samples and generating reports for routine diagnostic investigations, as well as advising on routine requests for blood components. This stage is expected to take 10-15 months.
Core of Discipline
This is the longest stage at approximately 28 months, during which residents will build on the skills and knowledge of the previous stages to provide laboratory clinical consultations and manage diagnostic and ancillary testing for cases, including generating complete and diagnostically accurate reports. Trainees at this stage will take on additional responsibility for after-hours coverage, quality management, presentations at multidisciplinary conferences, and scholarly work.
The resident will sit the Written portion of the Royal College Hematological Pathology Exam during the Core of Discipline stage, in Spring of PGY3. The Applied portion of the Royal college exam will also take place during this stage, in Fall of PGY4.
Transition to Practice
The focus of this 4-month stage is the consolidation of skills required to lead daily operations of the laboratory and independently manage a full caseload across the breadth of hematological pathology practice. Residents will also be responsible for the supervision of junior learners and sharing expertise in hematological pathology at multidisciplinary meetings.
An academic half-day is held every Friday, during which time the residents are excused from all service responsibilities. This includes didactic and small group sessions plus teaching at the multi-head microscope. Additional relevant teaching rounds include quality assurance, journal club, interesting case and difficult case rounds.
Opportunities to pursue basic science and applied clinical research are abundant. Residents are encouraged to engage in one well-designed research project during their residency. Residents have the option of protected longitudinal research time and focused research blocks. Residents are encouraged to present their work at the annual Departmental Research Day as well as at national/international conferences. Financial support is provided for PGY2 through PGY4 residents to attend a conference annually at which they are presenting their work ($1500). Residents are required to present a poster or platform presentation at the annual Pathology Departmental research day in PGY2 through PGY4.
Residents are essential advocates and teachers for the medical students and residents rotating through hematological pathology. They regularly teach their peers during clinical service. Residents are also encouraged to provide teaching sessions to our medical laboratory technologists.
In-house exams are held each fall for all residents in the program. These exams are designed to simulate the Royal College Exam experience, and include written, practical, and applied (i.e., oral exam) components. All residents write the Fellowship In-Service Hematopathology Examination (FISHE) and Transfusion Medicine In-Service Examination each spring.
QEII Health Sciences Centre, Halifax, NS
IWK Health Centre, Halifax, NS
St. John Regional Hospital, St. John, NB
The Moncton Hospital, Moncton, NB
Each training site has resident work space and appropriate resources for clinical service. Residents have ready access to high quality digital cameras with dedicated computer and imaging software and a digital slide scanner.
In addition, on-site tours of the Canadian Blood Services production facility in Dartmouth complement training received in transfusion medicine.
Specific Laboratory Medicine and Pathology Resources:
The Hematopathology Library contains printed and electronic text books and journals, which are frequently updated. Electronic conference equipment including an LCD projector with attached computer, microscope and monitors, are available onsite. 10- and 6-head microscopes with digital cameras and viewing screens are used for teaching and case rounds.
NOTE: All residency programs are required to have 10% of their residency training outside of Halifax Regional Municipality as stipulated in the most recent Academic Funding Plan set out by the Department of Health and Wellness. Please be aware that if matched to Halifax, as part of your training you may be expected to complete rotations outside central zone but within the maritime provinces.
Train with an exciting team of young hematopathologists in a collaborative and collegial atmosphere. The Hematopathology Division is based in one of Canada’s largest health care institutions and is a referral centre for complex Hematopathology cases in Atlantic Canada. The Program is comprehensive, with excellent facilities and training resources. All facilities in Halifax are within walking distance of each other., including a well-established bone marrow (allogeneic and autologous) and solid organ transplant program. The QEII Health Sciences Centre also features an internationally accredited blood transfusion service. Likewise, the IWK Health Centre is the main pediatric referral centre for all Atlantic Provinces and is located down the street from the QEII Health Sciences Department of Pathology. The Halifax Regional Municipality is home to the Provincial Blood Coordinating Program, and Canadian Blood Services. Program-wise, there is ample opportunity to collaborate with faculty both in the clinical and laboratory spheres, as well as interact with fellows in the Adult Hematology and Pediatric Hematology/Oncology fellowship programs, as well as residents in General Pathology, Anatomical Pathology, and Medical Microbiology.
Halifax enjoys a relaxed atmosphere with a high quality of life. Commuting times and the cost of living and housing are relatively low compared to many large Canadian cities. Your time in residency will be rich, both in academic experience, as well as in extra-curricular endeavors.
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