Dr. Allison McConnell

Program Director


Dr. Michael Clemente

Assistant Program Director


Susan Pierson

Program Administrator


Year ONE:  Transition to Discipline and Foundations

  • Adult ER (4)
  • UCC (1)
  • Paeds ER (2)
  • Anesthesia (1)
  • POCUS/EMS (1)
  • CTU (1)
  • Gen Sx (1)
  • Psych (1)
  • Paeds Gen Sx (1)

Year TWO: Core

  • Ortho Trauma (1)
  • Ortho Hybrid – urgent care shifts with a focus on ortho presentations (1)
  • CCTC (ICU) (2)
  • Cardiac critical care unit (2)
  • Anesthesia (1)
  • Adult ER (4)
  • Paeds ER (1)
  • OB/Gyn (1) – Windsor

Year THREE: Core

  • ER SMR (1)
  • Trauma (1)
  • Paediatric CCU* (2)
  • Adult ER (4)
  • Paeds ER (2)
  • Electives (2)
  • Neuro (1/2 stroke; ½ community clinic)

*One PCCU block may be substituted for paeds transport

Year FOUR: Core

  • Adult ER (5)
  • Paeds ER (2)
  • UCC (1)
  • Electives (5)

Year FIVE: Transition to Practice

  • Area of interest (6)
  • Electives (2)
  • ER (5)

During electives in 3rd year and 4th year, residents must complete EMS, Advanced POCUS, and Toxicology rotations

Resident Research Opportunities

As one of the program goals is for residents to be capable of and enthusiastic for scholarly pursuits in emergency medicine, scholarly activities are a mandatory component of the program. In addition to this, scholarly pursuits in education are encouraged and supported by the program.

Residents are supported in the scholarly endeavours in a number of ways. It is hoped that a resident will choose one larger project early in his/her residency that can be developed and completed over 3 to 5 years. Those residents with a greater interest are encouraged to also conduct several smaller projects throughout their five year residency. Reserach projects may be in any field related to emergency medicine including, but not limited to: medical education, pre-hospital medicine, medical administration, trauma and resuscitation, or clinical decision making.

Dr. Jon Dreyer is a faculty member who is designated as resident research coordinator, however most faculty members are involved in research either through their role on the research committee or as individual project supervisors. Our two research coordinators, Kristine Van Aarsen and Melanie Columbus, work in the research office and are excellent resources for project design and clinical epidemiology. They also deliver clinical epidemiology teaching sessions throughout the year during Thursday morning chief rounds.

Resident Research Day (RRD)
Resident Research Day (RRD) is an annual event held in the spring by the emergency medicine department. Here, residents from both the royal college and CCFP-EM programs present their active reserach projects. In order to encourage quality work, residents may present project proposals, work in progress, or completed work. It is expected that each royal college resident will present at a minimum of three RRDs during their five year residency. A group of judges, including a visiting physician from an external hospital, award montary prizes to the best oral presentations.

National & International Conferences
Royal college residents are expected to present their research findings at a minimum of one national level conference during their residency. Most often, residents present at the annual Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians conference. A conference stipend of $1500 is provided by the program to help cover costs.

Academic Days

Academic half days occur on a weekly basis. Every Thursday, residents are excused from clinical duties from 0800-1200 to attend their academic day. Format typically includes:

  • One hour of Chief’s Rounds – peer-to-peer teaching by senior residents and other faculty, organized by residents for residents
  • One hour of Grand Rounds – exploring hot button areas in Emergency Medicine, numerous guest speakers
  • Two hours of core teaching – exploring 1-2 chapters of our core textbook (Rosen’s Emergency Medicine) each week, faculty teach residents the important clinical context for each chapter in a fun and engaging way

Once per month, residents have an academic full day with the afternoon consisting of high-fidelity simulation cases at a local simulation laboratory. Core EM presentations are explored and critical resource management skills are reinforced

Selection Criteria

  • Proven interest in emergency medicine as demonstrated by enthusiasm in the interview, previous elective experience in emergency medicine, letters of reference from emergency physicians familiar with the candidate
  • Commitment to an academic/scholastic practice of Emergency Medicine
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • An acceptable academic record
  • We encourage applicants to have completed at least one elective in our specialty.
  • We do not require applicants to have done onsite electives.

The strengths of the program reside within the dedicated faculty, the commitment to teaching and the extensive and varied patient population.

Residents are evaluated on a regular basis by means of direct observation and in-training examinations, both written and oral in nature. The program director reviews resident progress on a regular basis.


Undergraduate students may be interested in an elective in Emergency Medicine at UWO in order to get a closer look at the program, the facilities and the city. Electives are welcome and encouraged and can be set up by contacting the program administrator (Susan Pierson) at

Program Strengths

Quick Facts:

  • There are opportunities for interprovincial and international electives while training in the program. Past residents have done electives in other provinces in Canada, the United States and around the world. These electives need to be arranged by the residents with approval of the residency training committee. In general, there is no financial support for residents in these electives.
  • There are currently 21 residents in the Emergency Medicine Residency Program spanning 5 clinical years. Currently there are 67 faculty members at The London Health Sciences Centre and 12 full-time Pediatric Emergency physicians at the Children’s Hospital of Western Ontario.
  • It is mandatory to do one block of a rural or community rotation. It is very common for residents to take electives in Clinical Toxicology at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and also NYC.  Although these are by definition electives, the program currently supports residents for travel and accommodation up to $750 for these two electives should they desire.

Resident Support

  • Residents are provided with a copy of the textbook Rosen’s Principles and Practices of Emergency Medicine at the beginning of their residency. In addition, residents receive $750.00 per year in academic funding to use towards conferences, textbooks or other academic uses. Residents who have projects accepted for presentation at national conferences receive an additional $1000.00 to offset the costs of travelling to the conference. There is an annual competition for a $1000.00 resident scholarship for those residents pursuing academic study such as Master’s level courses. Resident travel and accommodation costs for the toxicology and trauma electives are supported.

Fellowship Programs

Residents are encouraged to use their elective time wisely to foster additional expertise / fellowship opportunties. These may include but are not limited to Critical Care medicine, Sports Medicine, EMS, POCUS as well as Masters Programs in Epidemiology, Public Health, Health Administration.

Training Sites

Clinical experience is gained at the London Health Sciences Centre which includes the Children’s Hospital of Western Ontario. The London Health Sciences Centre also operates as a regional Trauma Referral Centre. It is also the Base Hospital for the Prehospital Care Program. London has both Basic and Advanced Life paramedics in the field that are under on-line and off-line medical control. Rotations also occur at St. Joseph’s Health Centre which runs an urgent care center.

There are opportunities for interprovincial and international electives while training in the program. Past residents have done electives in other provinces in Canada, the United States and around the world. These electives need to be arranged by the residents with approval of the residency training committee. In general, there is not financial support for residents in these electives.