Family Medicine earns top residency award
The Department of Family Medicine’s Residency Program has won this year’s Professional Association of Internes and Residents of Ontario (PAIRO) Residency Program Excellence Award.
The award recognizes programs that provide positive and rewarding experiences for their residents, while producing expertly trained physicians. The Family Medicine program is the third Queen’s residency program to win this prestigious award since it was established in 2006. Queen’s General Surgery won the first award in 2006, followed by Anesthesiology in 2009.
“This latest award from PAIRO is a testament to how incredibly committed our faculty are to their residents at Queen’s”, says Richard Reznick, Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences. “Three programs from one school in six years is fantastic. We are delighted that PAIRO has recognized the outstanding work of the Department of Family Medicine.”
The award recognizes the dedication of the faculty and staff at the department’s three existing sites: Kingston & 1000 Islands, Belleville-Quinte and Peterborough-Kawartha. In July, the department will launch its fourth site, Queen’s Bowmanville-Oshawa-Lakeridge (QBOL).
“This award was initiated and supported by our residents from all sites and is a testament to all of our preceptors, allied health care professionals and staff who support our residents’ education,” says Karen Schultz, Program Director, Queen’s Family Medicine. “Their hard work and the positive atmosphere they create are clearly providing a supportive, strong, innovative learning environment that our residents really appreciate. It doesn’t get better than that.”
Dr. Schultz will receive the award on behalf of the department in Toronto in May. PAIRO will also make a $1,000 donation to the department’s residency program education fund.
The latest recognition comes on the heels of Queen’s postgraduate medical education’s most successful accreditation review in recent memory.