The subspecialty training program in medical oncology is fully accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Training usually lasts two years, leading to a Certificate of Special Competence from the Royal College.
We are a comparatively small program but with a collegial team-based atmosphere. We have an enthusiastic, supportive faculty who love to teach.
The program accepts candidates who have completed at least three core years of training in Internal Medicine (acceptable to the Royal College). Selection will take place following review of application and interview.
To be eligible for educational registration, applicants must meet eligibility requirements of PGME and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland and Labrador. As well, in accordance with the Canadian immigration requirements, applicants must either be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada.
Memorial University continues to follow the most up-to-date advice provided by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Government of Canada on COVID-19 response. Please refer to the University's COVID-19 website for up-to-date information.
Program application language: English
Other than the proof of citizenship/permanent residency, notarized/certified documents are not required for the application process; however, if you are accepted, you will be required to provide the original or notarized/certified documents.
Exemption to English language proficiency testing
Who is required to provide English Language Proficiency?
The accepted English language proficiency exams, and the required scores, are as follows:
Results must be available by the CaRMS document review deadline.
Three letters of reference are required.
Outlining career objectives and reasons for chosing medical oncology.Custom Résumé / CV Memorial Declaration for Interruptions
ALL applicants must submit the Declaration for Interruptions form with their application.Consent for disclosure
As per our Provincial Requirements, all applicants must complete the Consent to Disclose FormMCCQE Part I - Statement of Results
Required, if completed.MCCQE Part I - Supplemental Information Report
Required, if completed.Medical School Diploma Medical School Transcript
Request from the Registrar's Office.
Postgraduate Medical Training Certificate
Will also accept a letter of good standing from your current Postgraduate Medical Education office.Letter of standing
Applications submitted after file review has opened on August 24, 2022
Supporting documents that arrive after file review has opened on August 24, 2022
All completed applications will be reviewed by a subcommittee of the Medical Oncology training program.
All completed applications will be reviewed by a subcommittee of the medical oncology training program. Candidates need not have completed electives at Memorial but interest in medical oncology should be clearly demonstrated.
The medical oncology training programs across Canada understand that the COVID-19 pandemic has created scheduling issues for residents trying to complete electives and oncology rotations. We understand and sympathize with your situation. All the programs have agreed that all applications to medical oncology will be considered without a rotation in oncology or reference letter from oncology. Letters and research from other disciplines will be considered for the application. For the selected candidates, interviews will be conducted remotely by the various institutions in the fall.
Our residents and Fellows will integrate all of the CanMeds Roles, applying medical knowledge, clinical skills and professional values to provide high-quality and safe patient-centred care. They will acquire research experience and be active members of their community. Our program supports a positive work-life balance and encourages participation in extracurricular activities and community-based activities.
Identify applicants who have demonstrated an ability to interact professionally with both patients and the healthcare team. Identify applicants with an interest in the subspecialty of medical oncology and those who will develop into exceptional medical oncologists. Identify applicants who have demonstrated active involvement in their communities through their volunteer efforts and other community-based endeavours.
Review team composition : Our review team is composed of the Program Director, Assistant Program Director, resident representative, program administrators and designated faculty members.
Average number of applications received by our program in the last five years : 0 - 50
Average percentage of applicants offered interviews : 76 - 100 %
|CV||We assess content such as research and publications, professional achievements, leadership positions|
|Electives||Medical oncology electives/rotations considered but not required|
|Examinations||If applicable, IELTS, MCC Exams|
|Extra-curricular||Volunteering, mentoring, community-based activities|
|Leadership skills||Holding office in a student/resident government or organization or other leadership role|
|MSPRs||We do not evaluate this file component|
|Personal letters||Interest in medical oncology and Memorial University, short and long-term career goals|
|Reference documents||We assess positive interactions with patients and healthcare team members|
|Research/Publications||Relation to oncology, interest in future research projects. Publications are not a necessary criteria for interview selection|
Interview format :
We may accommodate requests to re-schedule interviews for applicants due to weather, technology failure, or unforeseen circumstances.
|Collaboration skills||Promotion of high quality patient care through working in a team environment|
|Collegiality||Behaviour, attitude, ability to work with others|
|Communication skills||Ability to speak and write English|
|Health advocacy||Not applicable|
|Interest in the discipline||Demonstrated interest in medical oncology through research/clinical experiences|
|Interest in the program||Demonstrated interest in living in Atlantic Canada|
|Leadership skills||Involvement in the improvement of medical care/medical education or other leadership roles|
|Professionalism||Interactions with staff and residents|
|Scholarly activities||Demonstrated interest in scholarly work during residency|
|Other interview component(s)||We are looking for a resident who fulfills all CanMEDS roles and who will be a successful contributing member of our medical oncology team.|
The medical oncology training program at Memorial University consists primarily of site-based outpatient rotations supervised by enthusiastic medical oncologists. Training will also be provided in radiation oncology, hematology and palliative care and there are inpatient rotations where residents have the opportunity to function as junior staff. Residents also have a longitudinal clinic where they follow and treat their own patients under the supervision of a staff medical oncologist.
There are Tumor Boards for each major site, Oncology Grand Rounds, Morbidity and Mortality Rounds, Ward Rounds as well as frequent Special Rounds for visiting speakers, etc.
Residents have plenty of opportunities for research and can also enroll in a Masters of Science program in Clinical Epidemiology. They have the advantages of a small program with extensive bedside teaching, exposure to many interesting and unusual cases and great mentorship. Our program is also flexible and can be tailored to accomodate individual needs and interests.
Funding will be made available for conference leave, travel, textbooks, subscriptions, etc.
You will have the opportunity to live in a beautiful province with access to running trails, ski resorts, and lots of outdoor activities year-round.
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A quote from a recent "graduate" of the program, Dr. Julie Lebert:
"As someone who comes from away, the warm, welcoming and unique culture of Newfoundland made my training experience so much more than just about learning the medicine. The memories, friendships and colleagues made will stay with me forever".
This residency program is for 2 years.
Program length of training does not exceed the Royal College or College of Family Physicians of Canada standard.
The program is for two years, on average. Residents are primarily based at the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre in St. John’s. The Centre is closely affiliated with Memorial University's Faculty of Medicine and the Health Sciences Centre, a tertiary care hospital providing a wide range of services to the province.
The program is accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and is under the management of the program director and the Residency Training Committee.
Residents will work with staff medical oncologists and progressive responsibility will be assigned in correlation with the level of training. Experience will be gained in the treatment of oncology patients, primarily in the outpatient setting. Staff-guided clinics allow residents to have continuity of care and see the outcomes of their decisions longitudinally through all the stages of an individual patient’s care. Residents will rotate through breast, GI, GU, lung and mixed malignancy rotations as well as palliative medicine, hematology and radiation oncology. Elective opportunities are available in various areas. The sequence and content of training will be individualized to the needs of individual residents.
Residents do call from home, approximately one weekend per block. They provide first call, with a staff medical oncologist on second call.
Academic teaching occurs at the bedside, during weekly in-patient handover rounds, journal clubs, and in Academic Half Day which occurs weekly throughout the year and is mandatory. We also have well-established Tumor Board meetings for breast, GI, GU, lung and neuro-oncology, providing an ideal forum for multidisciplinary discussion. In addition, there are monthly Oncology Grand Rounds and monthly Morbidity and Mortality Rounds in which residents will participate. Residents are encouraged and supported in research endeavours. The Discipline of Oncology includes molecular science and clinical researchers and residents are supported to become involved in the ongoing research of the discipline. They also have the option of using elective time to expand their research experience. It is also possible for residents to pursue a Masters of Science degree in Clinical Epidemiology on a part-time basis coincident with their training, pending successful application to Memorial University’s Graduate School.
To contribute to the success of Canadian physicians and the delivery of high-quality patient care, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada has embarked upon an initiative to introduce competency-based medical education (CBME) in Canadian postgraduate specialty training and in professional practice in Canada. This initiative, called Competence by Design (CBD), aims to enhance patient care by aligning medical education and lifelong learning with evolving patient needs and empowering learners to more fully engage in their education process.
CBD uses time as a framework rather than the basis for progression. It is not anticipated that the duration of training will change for the majority of trainees. Residency programs are broken down into stages, and each stage will have a series of milestones based on required competencies. These milestones create more targeted learning outcomes and involve more frequent, formative assessments within the clinical workplace to ensure residents are developing and receiving feedback on the skills they need.
Medical Oncology adopted CBD in July 2018.
All programs implementing CBD continue to undergo the same rigorous accreditation processes as traditional programs. All CBD programs (and traditional programs) continue to lead to Royal College approved certification. Certification for trainees in CBD will include the completion of a Royal College examination; however, residents in CBD programs will also be assessed against program milestones throughout their training. Within a CBD program, all milestones (documented within an electronic portfolio) and the Royal College examination must be successfully completed to achieve certification.
Training will take place primarily at the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre and the Health Sciences Centre in St. John's.
The Palliative Care Unit is located at the Dr. Leonard A. Miller Centre, St. John's, and some training will occur there.
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