Residents are excused from clinical responsibilities for one afternoon per week. During these academic half-days, facilitated by faculty members, trainees examine a range of Critical Care topics in-depth, and gain a familiarity with the evidence base behind Critical Care practice. Some half-days are spent in the patient simulation laboratory, where trainees have the opportunity to enhance their Crisis Resource Management skills. Practice written exams also help residents to consolidate their knowledge base. During the academic year, trainees also attend and present at weekly Critical Care Grand Rounds, Morbidity and Mortality reviews, and at monthly Journal Club.
Critical Care trainees at Queen’s are provided with a number of resources during their training, including a copy of a recent textbook of critical care and a subscription to“Up-To-Date”. Funding is provided for each trainee to attend ACES, ATLS, and ACLS courses, in addition to an annual allowance of $2000 to attend national or international Critical Care conferences.