Program Goals

Our mission is to promote the professional and personal growth of compassionate, well-rounded leaders capable of meeting the needs of community or academic-based Respiratory practices in Canada (or beyond). We believe in creating an academic teaching environment that allows trainees to learn alongside colleagues and faculty in a collaborative atmosphere that enhances teaching and patient care activities. We believe in allowing trainees to self-identify career priorities through Faculty mentorship and allow trainees to tailor academic experiences in order to achieve these goals. We believe in providing trainees who complete our program with a broad skill set of expertise ranging from highly specific technical capabilities to leading complex multidisciplinary patient care teams.

Program Highlights

The Respirology Program at Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University is a 2-year Royal College accredited program. The academic schedule includes 13 blocks per year. The program provides both acute Respiratory care in an inpatient and outpatient setting with graded responsibilities including 2 blocks of Sleep, 2 blocks of Critical Care Medicine, 1 block of Thoracic Surgery (mandatory elective), 0.5 blocks of Junior Attending (PGY-5), 2 blocks of Electives in PGY-4 and 3 blocks in PGY-5, 1 block of Non-invasive Ventilation and one block in Interventional Pulmonology (EBUS, Pleural disease clinic, DAP clinic, endoscopy time, chest ultrasound teaching and pleurosocopies).

Residents participate in a 2-year weekly longitudinal clinic alongside a Faculty supervisor. The residents have extensive longitudinal exposure to bedside procedures throughout the training including thoracentesis, chest tube insertion, and indwelling catheter insertion.  

Our fully-accredited academic program includes a comprehensive curriculum based on the Royal College Objectives of Training in Adult Respirology. Half-day and teaching seminars include OSCE-style sessions, clinical pulmonary physiology teaching, pulmonary function testing and cardiopulmonary exercise test interpretation and PFT/ Radiology OSCEs.