1. PGY-1 Schedule

  • Request your schedule early if there is a particular order of rotations or electives and vacation time you would like.

  • Ask upper-year residents about their experience with off-service rotations.

  • Remember to request an orientation for each rotation you do and a discussion of learning objectives.

2. Requesting Time Off

  • See the Professional Association of Residents of Ontario (PARO) contract section on Vacation for more details

  • Plan your holidays and request time off as early as possible.

  • Most schools and services will require at least four weeks’ notice prior to starting the rotation to create the call schedule.

  • Remember vacation time is on a first-come first-served basis.

  • Most residents will want to take some time off in the first three to four months of residency, so keep that in mind so you don’t burn out.

3. Residency Research Project

  • This project is a compulsory part of family medicine residency training in Canada. The specifics of the project differ by school, so stay tuned for correspondence from your program regarding details.

  • Generally involves a poster or research presentation mid-way through second year, although the generation of a research question and data gathering start in first year.

4. Committee Involvement

  • Add balance to your experience by taking on one or more of the many resident leadership positions available.

  • Committees are a great way to meet people in your residency program and to get to know your program director and residents from other universities. See ways to get involved.

5. Arranging Electives in Residency

  • Think ahead - the earlier you arrange for your electives the better, particularly for competitive electives.

  • The process is similar to applying for your residency.

  • Competitive times are July to September, before R3 applications are due.

  • Typically you book an elective with the site lead for the service you want to work for.

  • Most programs require you to apply directly to the Program Director of the service you want to work in.

  • The application may be online or written.

  • Other documents that may be required:

  • Written permission from site Program Director at location of elective

  • Written permission from home school PD

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)

  • Copy of medical degree

  • Immunization record

  • Proof of CMPA coverage

  • N95 mask fit

  • CPSO number

  • Once you’ve confirmed your elective, perform the following, as required:

    • EMR training – FYI: this can take hours

    • Modules on personal protective equipment (PPE), fire safety, etc. - FYI: these can take hours

    • Signed LOA – school will send you this and you send it back signed

    • Other administration: ID badge, scrubs, parking, etc.