All incoming residents attend the Surgical 'Boot Camp' including the Queen's Critical Events Simulation Course, which is a concentrated hands-on course of basic surgical and emergency skills. Throughout the year there is a Surgical Foundations seminar series covering surgical skills and principles. There is a mandatory academic half day common to all Surgical Foundations residents. Topics covered include biomedical ethics, acquisition of teaching skills, research methodology & critical appraisal and others directed towards the LMCC examination. In April of the 2nd Surgical Foundations year, residents are eligible to sit the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (RCPS) Surgical Foundations examination.
Each Wednesday, there is dedicated academic time, consisting of a 4 hour block in the morning. There are no elective clinics or endoscopies on Wednesday mornings to minimize conflicts. All on-service General Surgery residents and all general surgeons (not on-call) are expected to attend the academic program.
The academic schedule includes: