Exemplary Patient Experiences, Always.


Exemplary Patient Experiences, Always.

Emergency Department Clinical Teaching Unit

What you need to know before arrival at the ED:

Computer access numbers and ID are arranged via the Halton education office. If you have not already done so, please, contact Anna Dahdal. Reflect on what your personal goals for the rotation should be. You may use CANMEDS roles as a starting guideline.

Once again welcome to OTMH ED. Remember that one of the best ways to learn is to get involved and ask as many questions as possible.

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The objectives of the rotation depend on your level of training and program of affiliation.  Generally, however, during your ED rotation at OTMH you will be exposed to a variety of clinical situations, mainly at the undifferentiated level. You will be expected to develop an approach to common patient presentations as well identifying acutely sick patients.

On Your First Day

  • There is public transit to the hospital. There are also monthly parking permits that you can obtain from the Parking Cashier located in the main lobby.
  • A group orientation meeting will take place on the first day of the rotation. This will include a physical tour of the department and review of goals for the rotation.
  • There is a locked ED physician room where you can leave your coat, get scrubs etc.
  • There is also a physician lounge that has a microwave, coffee etc.
  • You will be assigned a primary preceptor with whom you will spend the majority of your time.
  • The number of assigned shifts will reflect your level of training and McMaster undergraduate/postgraduate guidelines.>
  • At your first meeting with your preceptor ask how he or she prefers to work with learners. e.g. assign you specific patients versus seeing whoever is next etc.
  • Always leave space on the front of the chart for your attending to write a note in addition to your note. Always date and time your note.
  • At any time if you have concerns about the status of a patient that you are seeing, please get the attention of your preceptor/supervisor immediately.

Sick Calls

If you are not feeling well, you are encouraged not to come to work. You must notify the physician with whom you were to work that day as well as the CTU director via Anna Dahdal.

If need be, replacement shifts will be assigned to you to attain the minimum number of shifts required to complete the rotation.


You should have a daily evaluation filled at the end of your shift. It is your responsibility to collect these evaluations. The format (electronic versus paper-based) depends on the program with which you are affiliated (clinical clerk versus resident etc.).

Midway through your rotation, a face to face feedback session will occur with your main preceptor to address any issues that might have arisen. However, you should bring to your preceptor/supervisor any issues that you want attended to at any time.

A final face to face evaluation/feedback will occur with your assigned preceptor at the end of your rotation. You will also be asked to complete a confidential evaluation of your preceptor.

Download: Daily Evaluation Form

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