Academic Half Day

The Academic Half Day (AHD) curriculum is a rotating 2-2.5 year series of 8 major themes.  They are held each Friday morning. Residencts who are away on rotations far from Ottawa participate through webconference or teleconference.

It is expected that residents will have the opportunity to pass through the full AHD curriculum twice over the course of their residency.  

Curriculum

AHD Theme

Length

CanMEDS Competencies

Communicable Diseases

4 blocks

1. Medical Expert

Management in Public Health

4 blocks

4. Manager

Environmental and Occupational Health

4 blocks

1. Medical Expert

Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention

5 blocks

1. Medical Expert

Policy, Advocacy, Partnership and Communication

3 blocks

2. Communicator

3. Collaborator

4. Health Advocate

Special Populations

2 blocks

1. Medical Expert

Ethics and Professionalism

1 block

7. Professional

Review of Epidemiology and Surveillance

3 blocks

1. Medical Expert

6. Scholar

 Each AHD session is divided into two parts. The first part of the session is dedicated to the curricular theme being studied.  A mix of approaches are used to cover the topics, including guest speaker and in-house presentation, case-study and field visits. Discussion among residents is an essential learning component and is highly encouraged.  The second part of the AHD session is dedicated to a rotating schedule of other academic activities which are typically resident led.  Residents are encouraged to present on their clinical work, academic research or rotation projects.  The typical AHD structure per block is as follows:

Typical AHD Schedule

Block Week

Academic Activities

Duration

Lead

Week 1

Topic Presentation

2 hours

Guest speaker or in-house

Hot topic discussion

1 hour

Resident

Week 2

Topic Presentation

2 hours

Guest speaker or  in-house

Resident Presentation

- Focus independent of topic of current series

- PGY1 can present on clinical topic

1 hour

Resident

Week 3

Topic Presentation

2 hours

Guest speaker or in-house

Journal Club

1 hour

Resident

Week4

Topic Presentation

2 hours

Guest speaker or in-house

Mock oral or written exam for PGY-4/5,

Open Discussion with PGY-1,2,3

1 hour

Program Director

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