Introduction to CORE of July 08 2009 by Dr. N. Amin

CORE Curriculum Orientation
Nalin Amin, Program Director
CORE Surgical Curriculum
Department of Surgery
McMaster University
What is CORE?
• Academic curriculum designed to develop
and achieve the basic competencies
required by the Royal College for
certification in any surgical specialty
• Rotating schedule occurring Wed am’s
from 0900-1200
Who attends CORE?
• All PGY-1’s and PGY-2’s in all surgery
divisions at McMaster University
– Cardiac Surgery
– General Surgery
– Orthopedic Surgery
– ENT Surgery
Plastic Surgery
– Opthalmology
Possibly Ob/Gyne
What happens in CORE?
• Clinical sessions
• Principles of Surgery
• Technical Skills sessions
• Research Methodology Course
• CanMEDS sessions
Where does CORE happen?
• Usually MUMC 4E-20
• Other venues:
– Michael Degroote Center for Learning
– Stelco Amphitheater (St. Joseph’s Healthcare)
– MUMC Anatomy Lab
– MUMC Simulation Center
How will I know…
• Program Coordinator:
– Jane Klie, [email protected]
– Henderson Hospital, Ground Floor
– 70 Wing, Rm 17
• email usually best..
– Ensure you have given her your addresses
and get a medportal account ASAP
– Check your email regularly!
How will I know…
Advanced CORE schedule
Contact information
Handouts and presentations
Goals and objectives
Executive and their duties
• http://www-
CORE Organization:
• CORE Program Director
• CORE Program Coordinator
• CORE Executive Committee
– Curriculum organized and managed by
– President, secretary, treasurer, past president,
Thunder Bay rep, PGY-1 rep, coordinators
– Elected yearly
Duties of the CORE executive:
• Elected from the PGY-1’s, 2’s – all divisions
• Represent the group, responsible to the
• Voice concerns, educational needs,
coordinate sessions and faculty
• Pivitol role in modifying the program
Current Executive: 2009-2010
PGY-3 rep
Thunder Bay rep
PGY-1 rep
John Agzarian
Craig Durant
Blake Yaracavitch
Laura Vanderbeek
Sara Kalechstein
Michael Tran
Kevin Debiparshad
Sarfaraz Banglawala
Stephanie Ma
Conflict Resolution:
• Jane Klie
• Nalin Amin
• CORE Executive Members
• Home Program Director
• Ombudsperson:
– Mark Crowther – Hematology
– Elected every 3 yrs
Expectations: Respect
• Significant time and resources
• Rely on educational altruism of clinical and
research faculty
• If needs not met, follow process
– Executive
– Evaluations
– Jane or myself
Expectations: Attendance
• Full attendance to all sessions is
• This includes post tuesday night call
• No exceptions!
– Illnesses, conferences, exams, dependents,
retreats, clinical work
• Off all clinical duties from 0900-1200
• Turn off pagers!
Expectations: Evaluations
• Critical for improvement of the curriculum
• Used as attendance for sessions
Expectations: Research
• Have attended and completed all 10
• Have attended and completed all 10 posttests
• Have attended the CORE and Department
of Surgery Research Days
• Have presented 1 research proposal, work
in progress, completed research project
Am I evaluated for CORE?
Previously no…
Technical skills progress
Research methodology attendance, modular
quiz, presentation
• Final CORE evaluation is placed in FITER
submitted by home program director to Royal
College for consideration of certification
New developments and future
• Newly renovated anatomy lab
• Newly renovated simulation center
• Revolutionized research methodology
• Increased clinical content
• Corporate sponsorships
• Developing surgical skills centers
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