Table 4

A sample portion (General Internal Medicine) of the UBC Department of Medicine Postgraduate Education Curriculum Map.

Speciality and Topics




General Internal Medicine

Topics covered in Academic Half Day:

Eating Disorders

1 (ME)

Errors as a Learning Opportunity

1 (P)

Ethics of Symptom Management

1 (P)

Evidence Based Medicine: General Internal Medicine

1 (S)

Fever in the Returning Traveller

1 (ME)

Hypertension (including Isolated Systolic Hypertension)

1 (ME)

Insurance and Introduction to Practice Management

1 (M)

Optimization of Drug Therapy in Patients with Liver Disease

1 (ME)

Palm Project in Medicine

2 (S)

Peri-operative Medicine

1 (ME)

Principles of Drug Therapy

1 (ME)

Pros and Cons of Being a Community Internist

1 (M)

Secondary Hypertension, Laboratory Investigations of

1 (ME)

Things They Didn't Teach You in Medical School

1 (M)

1 (M)


1 (ME)

Topics not covered in Academic Half Day:

Anti-obesity drugs

Achilles tendonitis – from fluoroquinolone antibiotics

Atrophic vaginitis


Brain death

Calculate incidence

Candida albicans Infection

Case control study


Chlamydia trachomatis infection

Chronic catheter-assisted urinary drainage

Chronic recurrent sinusitis

Chronic venous insufficiency

Complement cascade

Compression of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve

Contact dermatitis

Dog bite

Down's syndrome (risk for atlanto-axial instability)

Dupytren's contracture

End-of-life issues

Epidural abscess


Erythema multiforme

Fat-soluble vitamins

Garlic, ginseng and gingko biloba

Genetic Diseases


Heat stroke

Hereditary angioedema

Hidradenitis suppurativa




Innocent cardiac flow murmur

Ischemic encephalopathy

Isopropyl alcohol ingestion

Klinefelter's syndrome

Lactose intolerance

Lateral epicondylitis

Likelihood ratios

Low back pain


Male adolescent with gynecomastia

Malignant external otitis

Marked obesity

Meniere's disease


Methanol ingestion

Morton's neuroma



Number needed to treat

Obstructive sleep apnea


Patient controlled analgesia

Post-test probability

Post-traumatic stress disorder


Preventive medicine

Prostrate disease


Renal stones

Restless legs syndrome


Rhinocerebral mucormycosis

Risk reduction, absolute – number needed to treat

Rotator cuff tendonitis


Secondary syphilis

Serotonin syndrome

Serum alkaline phosphatase elevation

Sexually active homosexual man

Sinusitis as a cause of halitosis

Subconjunctival Hemorrhage

Splenectomy and medical issues

Symptomatic carotid artery stenosis

Symptomatic urinary tract infections

Systolic heart failure

Tension headache

Tinea pedis and lower extremity cellulitis


Ulnar neuropathy

Uncomplicated low back pain

Topics are listed in consecutive rows, with the corresponding hours of academic half day (AHD) coverage in columns. All topics are cross-matched against examination objectives from each year's ACP-ASIM in-training examination. The topics are colour coded to indicate those covered and examined (bolded black font), those covered but not examined (non-bolded black font), and those examined but never covered (red font in the original map). The AHD hours are also colour coded to indicate the category of core competencies covered under the CanMEDS 2005 framework, including medical expert (ME, or white boxes in the original map), manager (M, or gold boxes), scholar (S, or rose boxes), and professional skills (P, or grey boxes). In this particular sample map, core competencies in health advocacy (green boxes), communication (yellow boxes) and collaboration skills (orange boxes) have not been covered in the formal curriculum cycle.

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