Electives




Welcome to Queen’s Urology!  Here’s why you should consider doing an elective in Kingston...


We are a small program with a nurturing atmosphere.
On elective you’ll work alongside the residents and see how close we really are. Whether it’s in the OR, clinic or during teaching rounds you’ll see the benefits of being in an environment where people get along well and enjoy working together.

Great Teaching
Queen’s Urology is a renowned teaching program. This has been proven in the fact that we have not had a failure at the Royal College exam for over 15 years. Before clinical duties on Wednesdays and Fridays, there is teaching. Wednesday is an hour lecture on a key topic given by an attending. Friday morning is a three-hour session of pimping on any and all urological topics. There are only 6 residents in the program, you will be asked questions and you cannot hide!

Research Opportunities
Queen’s staff include Dr. Nickel (world expert on chronic prostatitis, interstitial cystitis and BPH), research powerhouse Dr. Siemens and other emerging programs among the faculty. There are plenty of opportunities to discover if research is something you wish to pursue in your career. Moreover, the program uses the carrot on a stick philosophy instead of the whip to motivate research participation. With the completion of a project, you will get to present the results at a conference and have a fun/funded trip in the process!

Fellowship Opportunities
Queen’s is such a small program that all the staffmen will know you well. As a result, it’s easy for references that will land you that Fellowship spot you may decide you need to further your career. With well-known and friendly staff, as well as the big names in our history and present faculty, our former residents have been able to obtain great fellowships in Canada and abroad. Also, Queen’s Urology residency rotations leave you American Board eligible (a feat that is not true of all Canadian programs – a point not to be overlooked for fellowship or future career aspirations).

Lifestyle
Queen’s urology does not pride itself in treating its residents badly. Here, you will be able to develop friendships with the residents and staff in and outside of work. On your elective, plan to stay in town over at least one weekend, the residents will want to get to know you outside of work and you will be invited to hang out when the work is done.

Kingston
Queen’s is located in Kingston, Ontario, on the water of Lake Ontario. It’s a city of 120,000 people, dominated by Queen’s University and Royal Military College. As a result, the entertainment and restaurants available are definitely more varied and of good quality than you’d expect in a town of similar population. The downtown core (where four of the current five residents live) is a seven minute walk from the restaurants, pubs, theatres, stores and the hospital. Therefore, it really is an option to never have to drive when you’re in town.  And, Kingston is located within three hours from Montreal, two and a half hours from Toronto, and an hour and a half from Ottawa -- a weekend getaway (or NHL hockey game in Ottawa on a random weeknight) is very easy.  Look at our Kingston information page for more information on our city.

Increase your odds
Urology is so competitive that medical students are worried about “getting in”. As a result, they see Queen’s has only 1 spot and decide not to do an elective here to better their odds of getting a urology spot. This is flawed logic. Queen’s has selected someone who has either done an elective or rotation of at least a week for over the last ten years. It’s easier for us to choose someone we have met and therefore know will get along with the group. When only ten visiting students come to visit per year (as has been the case the last two years) your odds of being accepted are high. Realistically you are competing against the other elective students as well as an average of two Queen’s medical students who have done rotations here. Obviously, this number changes each year, but as other schools accept more applicants, our number of visiting elective students seems to fall. You can do the math, your chances of getting the position will likely be higher than a program with more spots who see more elective students. Also, Queen’s is in constant fear to get the reputation of taking its own more often then not, and subsequently reducing the amount of future elective students further. Therefore, elective students probably do somewhat have an edge on local students all things being equal.

Advice
Come to Queen’s. See for yourself what we have to offer. A one or two week elective is all you need to realize that Queen’s is a hidden gem in the urology residencies of Canada. Residency is going to be tough no matter where you go, so why not be in a close friendly environment where you can truly enjoy yourself for the five years as you learn your trade!

Short Term Kingston Accomodation
Don’t have a friend in Kingston who’s couch you can crash on? Don’t despair! If in summer months – Queen’s residences for undergrads are very close (three minutes from the hospital and ten minutes from downtown) and cheap (May 1 – Aug 29 only) 613-533-2529. During the school year many students rent rooms. You may be able to find information from the Queen’s Accommodation Listing Service (613-533-2501). Craigslist always offers a chance http://kingston.en.craigslist.ca

Important Contacts To set up an elective:

Program Coordinator Bev Howes
Program Director Dr. Stephen Steele
Chief Resident Dr. Jonathan Pace

Hope to see you soon!