Department of Oncology
School of Medicine Queen's University
 

Information for Internal Medicine Residents

 

Welcome to the Division of Medical Oncology.  We hope you enjoy your block rotation with us.  Please feel free to discuss any pertinent issues with any of our staff or our Chief Resident. 
A copy of your schedule will be sent to you by email prior to your start date.  Post call dates, IM resident clinics and confirmed absences through your home program will be included in this schedule.  Should there be any discrepancies, please let us know.  Dr. Hammad, the Medical Oncology Program Director will want to meet with you to discuss the goals and objectives  as well as discuss your clinic and patient responsibilities.  A time will be set up and you will be informed by email.

 

Our Chief resident, Kelvin Young will also like to meet with you to provide an information session.  Please page him at 613-650-0110 to arrange a suitable time.

 

Also in your intro email, you will find an important checklist that is required to be complete and submitted on the last day of your rotation.  Dr. Hammad will go over this checklist with you when you meet with her.

If you will be away or on call (and it's not already indicated on your schedule) PLEASE CONTACT THE SECRETARY OF YOUR ATTENDING PHYSICIAN AND MICHELINE McDONALD TO INFORM THEM OF YOUR UNEXPECTED ABSENCE.

 

ATTENDING

PAGER

MED. SECRETARY

EXT.

EMAIL

Dr. Tara Baetz

613-650-5612

Tammy Chevarie

4503

tammy.chevarie@krcc.on.ca

Dr. Jim Biagi

613-650-6719

Tammy Chevarie

4503

tammy.chevarie@krcc.on.ca

Dr. Chris Booth           

613-650-3687

Samantha Biesick

4505

biesicks@kgh.kari.net

Dr. Richard Gregg

613-650-5620

Catharina Boecker

4509

boeckerc@kgh.kari.net

Dr. Nazik Hammad

613-536-7903

Samantha Biesick

4505

biesicks@kgh.kari.net

Dr. Vikaash Kumar

613-650-5631

Samantha Biesick

4505

biesicks@kgh.kari.net

Dr. Mihaela Mates

613-536-7745

Tammy Chevarie

4503

tammy.chevarie@krcc.on.ca

Dr. Andrew Robinson

613-650-0152

Samantha Biesick

4505

biesicks@kgh.kari.net

Dr. Anna Tomiak

613-650-5643

Tammy Chevarie

4503

tammy.chevarie@krcc.on.ca

 

 Important info....

Please be advised that email correspondence will be done using your KGH account and not Queen’s.  Physicians may need to relay patient information and this can only be done using your KGH account.  Please check it frequently.

Oncology uses a unique dialup number and worktype codes for dictations.  PLEASE follow the instructions indicated on the back of your schedule to avoid any notes being lost in the system.  This information is available as a separate print out (with your intro email) and on your schedule.  Any questions or concerns regarding Oncology dictation, please call extension 6796.

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About the rotation....

Your rotation will consist of of a mixture of treatment, follow-up and consults clinics.   Trainees are involved in the assessment of patients and the development of an appropriate management and treatment plan.  


You may also be asked to share the responsibility of the Chemo Emergency pager (613 650 3294).  Although the primary responsibility for this will usually be with the MO residents, your help may sometimes be requested.  This provides the additional educational opportunities of attending and managing urgencies/emergencies in the Chemotherapy Unit.  If you are paged to the chemotherapy suite, your urgent attendance is required.   The most common reason for being paged is a drug reaction (it is a good idea to read up on infusion/hypersensitivity reactions and treatment) but there are other medical emergencies (such as chest pain, shortness of breath etc) that also occur.  You will not be alone and the attending staff physician will also be called at the same time.  It is your responsibility to respond to pages promptly and proceed to the chemotherapy suite urgently.  If you are in clinic with another physician, please notify them that you have been paged and will leave clinic.
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About departmental rounds you should attend...

The Department of Oncology Rounds and Conferences are listed on our website www.oncology.queensu.ca

Oncology teaching sessions and multidisciplinary rounds are an important component of the rotation and resident participation is expected.  

Residents will be expected to attend the Grand Rounds in Oncology** (Thursday mornings), the Medical Oncology Journal Club** (Friday mornings) and at least one multidisciplinary tumor board per week.  Your email address will be added to the distribution list for the Friday morning Journal Club articles.

Residents will also be responsible for a presentation towards the end of the rotation.  This could consist of either presentation of articles for Journal Club or a presentation on an oncological topic of the resident's choosing.  A mutually convenient date for your presentation will be found.  Some non-clinical time has been allotted on your schedule for you to prepare for your presentation.

** These sessions do not take place during July and August

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About the evaluations...

Your evaluation will consist of feedback from each preceptor.  Once finalized, it will be discussed with you by the medical oncologists that you've spent the most time with (in your intro) and submitted electronically through the Web-Eval system.  Please arrange a suitable time for you both to meet to discuss your evaluation.  For the mini-CEX evaluation, YOU MUST INFORM YOUR EVALUATOR AT THE BEGINNING OF THE CLINIC THAT YOU WOULD LIKE THEM TO OBSERVE AND COMPLETE THE EVALUATION.  Otherwise, it will not be done.

Together with your staff attending, it is your responsibility to ensure that your evaluation and mini-CEX are completed.  At the start of the rotation, please contact the physicians responsible for your evaluations to ensure a mutually convenient time is scheduled to do this.  THIS IS CRITICAL - NOT ONLY FOR YOUR TRAINING BUT FOR FULFILLING YOUR PROGRAM'S MANDATE.

In addition, an end-of-rotation evaluation from you is equally important in order for us to make any necessary improvements to the rotation.  One will be sent to you through the Wed-Eval system from your Program Administrator.  Please complete and submit within 1 week of completing your rotation.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Micheline McDonald at extension 6647.
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