Field Rotations

Field rotations are intended to provide residents with a breadth and scope of public health practice. The rotations have Public Health & Preventive Medicine specific objectives to ensure the Royal College objectives are achieved. Additional objectives may be negotiated between Field Rotation supervisors and residents with assistance from the Program Director.

The core field rotations include a minimum of 3 months in each of two Regional Health Authorities (one urban and one rural), 3 months in Environmental Health, 3 months in Communicable Disease Control, 2 months in Aboriginal Health and 2 months in Occupational Health. Eight months are available for electives, and the content of further field training in the remaining allocated time is a balance between meeting Royal College educational objectives and developing the residents’ capabilities with respect to their career interests. In general, rotations are at least 3 months in duration.

Six months of training in an unaccredited setting is conditionally permitted by the Royal College, conditional on the approval of the Program Director. Examples of elective rotations include international health with UNICEF or the Canadian International Development Agency, and aerospace medicine at the Defense and Civil Institute of Environmental Medicine.

The Royal College accepts up to one year of the Canadian Federal Field Epidemiology Program as a field placement.

Rotation specific objectives

Example Schedules

Family Practice Stream

PGY Month
July August September October November December January February March April May June
1 Introductory Rotation MHSc or MPH Training Elective
2 Family Practice
3 Family Practice
4 Occupational Health Elective Communicable Disease Control Urban Health Authority Rural Health Authority
5 Rural Health Aboriginal Health Elective Environmental Health Elective

 
Basic Clinical Year Stream

PGY Month
July August September October November December January February March April May June
1 Introductory Rotation MHSc or MPH Training Elective
2 Basic Clinical Year
3 Occupational Health Elective Communicable Disease Control Urban Health Authority Rural Health Authority
4 Rural Health Aboriginal Health Elective Environmental Health Elective
5 Elective Elective Elective Elective Elective

 
Reentry Stream

PGY Month
September October November December January February March April May June July August
3 MHSc or MPH degree Elective Aboriginal Health
4 Elective or MPH completion Urban Health Authority Communicable Disease Control Rural Health Authority
5 Elective Environmental Health Occupational Health Elective