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University of Ottawa’s Department of Emergency Medicine simulation boot camp: a descriptive review
  1. Sean P Patrick1,
  2. George Mastoras2,
  3. Ashley Krywenky2
  1. 1 Department of Emergency Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
  2. 2 Department of Emergency Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Dr Sean P Patrick, Emergency Medicine, The University of British Columbia, Victoria V8R 1J8, Canada; sean.patrick{at}

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Emergency medicine (EM) residency programmes in Canada have recently introduced competency-based medical education (CBME), and the first stage of the curriculum focuses on standardising learner competency.1 Introductory residency boot camps provide a focused opportunity to address varying levels of medical knowledge and procedural competency prior to the start of residency.2–4 There are currently no papers that report on the landscape of EM orientation programmes outside of the American context.

The Department of Emergency Medicine (DEM) at the University of Ottawa (uOttawa) offers one of Canada’s largest EM training programmes, and its curriculum includes a robust boot camp for incoming residents. The objective of this descriptive review is to describe uOttawa’s DEM resident boot camp curriculum. This will provide a framework for the development and refinement of introductory EM boot camps at other universities, which will help with the standardisation of learner competency prior to the start of residency.

Curriculum design

The uOttawa’s DEM boot camp was originally implemented in 2012 in response to a needs assessment identifying initial knowledge and skills necessary for starting EM residents. Based on continual feedback from instructors and participants, the curriculum has undergone several revisions to hone content, learning objectives and modes of educational delivery. The boot camp is delivered in July over 2 …

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  • Contributors SPP and AK conceptualised the study. SPP participated in data extraction, drafted the initial version of the manuscript, and contributed to edits and final revisions of the manuscript. AK and GM participated in manuscript drafting, edits and final revisions of the manuscript. SPP, GM and AK have all had the opportunity to review the final manuscript and all agree with submitting the manuscript for publication.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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