How it Works
Residents will receive traditional classroom training from physicians affiliated with the Barrie and Community Family Health Team. They’ll also receive practical experience, working alongside those family doctors in a new FMTU, where each student will manage a caseload of up to 300 patients. The medical residents will also do specialty rotations in the hospital in areas such as paediatrics, emergency medicine and surgery. The program has graduated 34 residents and has 18 family medicine PGY1 and PGY2 residents.
“This partnership is beneficial on many levels. It’s a benefit for the family medicine residents to get their final training in a community-based hospital, a tremendous benefit for the many people in the region without access to a doctor, and also a benefit for the doctors teaching the residents as it offers an opportunity for growth and learning for them as well,” said Dr. Stuart Murdoch, a Barrie family physician and director of FMTU. “Statistics show that up to half of the residents stay in the communities they train in. That could make a huge impact on the doctor shortage we are experiencing.”
RVH was approved as a site for the residency program because of its full range of diagnostics, high tech equipment, medical expertise and interdisciplinary teams. The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has provided $2.5 million in start-up funding for the project.
“Health care is ever-evolving, dynamic and demanding. Our students and trainees will graduate into a world where excellent health care must be available in all settings – rural, urban and suburban,” remarked Catharine Whiteside, Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Vice-Provost, Relations with Health Care Institutions at the University of Toronto. “Here at the Royal Victoria, we know our students will be exposed to situations and scenarios that are unique to communities like Barrie. At the University of Toronto, we have outstanding health science professional programs because we have the good fortune to partner and work with the very best – and that is certainly true of the staff and leadership here at the RVH.”
List of Services
RVH is committed to advancing learning opportunities that support organizational performance and enhance patient care. Accelerating Teaching & Research is a strategic priority that has been supported by a robust Clinical Education Plan, which focuses on learning collaboratively, advancing academic practice, improving quality through education, and community and patient engagement. At the heart of clinical education is the belief that excellent education leads to excellent patient care and patient outcomes.
RVH has partnered with several academic institutions to provide the highest standard in teaching and training. Students from the University of Toronto, Georgian College, York University, and other post-secondary institutions work in collaboration with RVH as an important teaching environment for health care disciplines such as Registered Nurses (RN), Registered Practical Nurses (RPN), Medical Clerks, Residents, Fellows, Midwifery, Paramedic, Social Worker, Radiation Therapy, Pharmacy Technician, Imaging Technologist, Dietician, Spiritual Care, Administration and Human Resources learners.
RVH’s Centre for Education and Research officially opened in May 2018. This space is home to the simulation lab, classrooms, a mock training room, research ethics, education and research offices and a student lounge, making it a multi-functional, purpose-built in space. This dedicated space provides an environment to validate and explore best practices, while clearly demonstrating RVH’s commitment to both teaching and research.
Clinical Academic Affiliations
The Interprofessional Program coordinates the placement of many clinical students from a wide variety of healthcare disciplines. Foreign students are included within the placements from the academic institutions. Currently there are affiliations with the following academic institutions:
- Algonquin College
- Athabasca University
- Cambrian College
- Canadore College
- Centennial College
- Conestoga College
- CTS Canadian Career College
- Durham College
- Fanshawe College
- George Brown College
- Georgian College
- Humber College
- Laurentian University
- McMaster University
- Michener Institute
- Nipissing University
- Northern Ontario School of Medicine
- Renison College
- Ryerson University
- Sault College
- Seneca College
- Trent University
- Toronto Art Therapy School
- University of Ontario
- Institute of Technology
- University of Rochester
- University of Toronto
- University of Waterloo
- University of Western Ontario
- University of Windsor
- York University
Students accepted for clinical placements include (but are not limited to):
- Imaging Technologists
- Massage Therapy
- Nursing (BScN)
- Nursing (Practical)
- Nurse Practitioners
- Occupational Therapist
- Occupational Therapist and Physiotherapist Assistants
- Pharmacy Technicians
- Registered Dietitian
- Rehabilitation Assisstants
- Respiratory Therapists
- Recreational Therapists
- Social Work-Masters in Social Work
- Speech Language
Student forms and handbook
- Student Card Access Sheet.pdf
- Clinical Instructor Handbook July 2019.pdf
- Nursing Student Handbook August 2020.pdf
- RVH-0152 Privacy and Confidentiality Pledge 2019.pdf
- Code of Conduct Policy Pledge.pdf
- Learner-Instructor Minimum OHS Requirements 2019.pdf
- Learner-Instructor Immunization Record Resp Fit Form 2019.pdf
- Learner-Instructor Placement Form 2016 12 01.pdf
- Appendix A-Learner-Instructor Immunization and Surveillance Information 2019.pdf
- Appendix B-Immunization Help Guide 2019.pdf
- LMS Pendant Education- Handout.pdf
- Staff Alert Pendant Education Questionnaire.pdf
- Student Orientation Checklist 2019.pdf
- Staff Alert Pendant Declaration and Replacement Forms_Students.pdf
- Staff Alert Pendant Form 2018- Student.pdf
- RVH Learner Attestation.pdf
- Student Placement Intake Form.pdf
- Student Parking Form 2019.pdf
- Student Information for IPAC and COVID-19.pdf
Community Education is made possible through the generous donations from Pure Health Pharmacy, which is located at RVH on Level 2 adjacent to the Emergency department.
Upcoming educational events at RVH that are
open to the public:
Medical Grand Rounds
May 7, 2020
June 9, 2020
September 10, 2020
October 22, 2020
November 18, 2020
December 10, 2020
External University Rounds
- University of Toronto: City Wide Medical Grand Rounds Events
- University of Toronto: Grand Rounds Recordings
- University of Toronto: Perioperative Interactive Education
McMaster: Pediatrics Grand Rounds
Archived OTN Educational Sessions
Dr. DiDiodato and Coop Students – “How Do People Make a Difficult Decision”
Dr. Mike Feldman presented “Paramedicine in Ontario – Current and Future Directions.”
Dr. Kyle Fortinsky – “Top 10 Most Exciting Advances in Gastroenterology in 2019”
Dr. Gordon Crawford & Rebecca Hyde – “Reducing the incidence of osteoporotic hip fractures: An overview of the Fracture Screening and Prevention at RVH”
Drs. Elsey, Dibble, Gardner & Hayes – “Docs on Climate Change”
Dr. Kim McKenzie – “The Prevention and Reversal of Early Alzheimer’s Dementia”
Germaine Elliott & Paige Fenelon – “Mamaway Wiidokdaadwin Indigenous Interprofessional Primary”
Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre supports professional staff observerships for educational purposes to encourage medical school prospects to have a full understanding of their potential career choice. Physicians are not required to have student observers, and it is completely option for medical staff to have these types of learners.
Professional staff observerships (only physicians) are time limited and will not exceed 14 calendar days per year. Students must also be at least 15 years of age and coordinate the observership with the physician they are hoping to shadow.
Students will be required to fill out all of the required paperwork (link below) for this opportunity once dates and times have been confirmed with the Physician students will be observing.
Students must wear an observer badge while on site at all times. Observership badges will be provided by the Medical Education Assistant on the first day of an observership. A $25 deposit is required at the start of your observership, but $20 of that deposit will be returned at the conclusion of your observership.
A Message From Our Medical Trainees
“During my final year as a radiation oncology resident physician, I spent one month working with the cancer team at the Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre at RVH. The cancer program in Barrie has recently started treating lung tumours with stereotactic body radiotherapy, a form of image-guided treatment that precisely targets cancer with large doses of accurate radiation. This novel treatment has dramatically improved local tumour control for pulmonary tumours and metastases. I learned how to deliver this radiotherapy technique from my clinical supervisors and mentors, Drs. Frederick Yoon and Matthew Follwell, and I am proud to have been a part of this treatment program.”
-Dr. Derek Tsang, PGY 5 Radiation Oncology
“The Barrie residency program at RVH has far exceeded my expectations of any family medicine residency program. The longitudinal design of the program provides training designed for a well-rounded family practitioner capable of working in any environment. This is achieved by our unique opportunity for follow-up with our patients. We are able to deliver our patient’s babies and admit our own patients to hospital. We follow these patients along until discharge and then follow up with them in the clinic. In my opinion, the three half days back each week is the only way to provide this kind of superior ongoing care for patients. This is not only satisfying on a personal level with patients, but is also ideal for training. We see all of the results from the investigations we order and then are able to come up with treatment plans afterwards.”
-Dr. Jordan Shaw, PGY 2 Family Medicine
“The Barrie site is an amazing place to complete your residency training! Barrie is a very welcoming community with a small close knit group of residents. The Family Medicine Teaching Unit offers residents the unique experience of carrying their own patient load and really learning what it will be like to practice family medicine. The RVH is a state of the art community hospital where you work one on one with a wide variety of specialist physicians who are very interested in residency training. The family medicine supervisors are always accessible and extremely dedicated to making our two years in Barrie the best they can possibly be. I have been happy with my choice to come to Barrie everyday since starting here and can’t imagine ever leaving this amazing community.”
– Dr. Leslie Morrison, PGY 2 Family Medicine
2019-2020 School Year PARTY Schedule:
• Tuesday, October 8, 2019
• Tuesday, November 12, 2019
• Tuesday, December 10, 2019
• Tuesday, January 14, 2020
• Tuesday, February 11, 2020
• Tuesday, March 10, 2020
• Tuesday, April 14, 2020
• Tuesday, May 12, 2020
If you are interested in sending your student to this session, contact Victoria Furtado-Hammill, PARTY Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Space is limited to 30 students
$500 per school group (pizza lunch will be included)
About the P.A.R.T.Y Program
During this session, the students learn through both didactic and interactive presentations led by a dynamic team of experts including a physician, paramedic, police officer, nurses, and a survivor who will share the inspirational story of her life, both before, and after, a devastating accident. Students will also tour parts of the Health Centre, such as the Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit, with a focus on the clinical care of trauma patients.
This program has been designed to demonstrate how high-risk behaviors can impact and change lives forever. Students who participate in the program leave knowing that they have the power to make responsible choices and the knowledge to understand the potential consequences of poor choices.
The program also exposes students to the path of a trauma patient, from the time a 9-1-1 call is placed, through the ambulance transfer to the Emergency Department, the life-saving measures that may be required, the elements of intensive hospital care, and the early aspects of rehabilitation.
Street: Gallie Court
Travelling on Georgian Drive you will pass Georgian College and TURN RIGHT into the third entrance at Gallie Court. After the stop sign, proceed FORWARD and TURN RIGHT into RVH’s Main road entrance.
- You will see Rotary Place and RVH entrance signage
Proceed FORWARD through RVH’s Main road entrance. RVH’s Main parking lot can be found ON YOUR RIGHT.
- You will see Rotary Place on your right followed by parking gates
Entrance: Rotary Place
Enter Rotary Place building entrance and proceed to the Rotary elevators.
Elevator: Rotary Place
Take the Rotary Place elevators to Level 3.
From the elevator proceed FORWARD to register for FMTU.