Medical Students

Personal Message from our Program Director

I want to extend a warm welcome to all new and returning students to the Emergency Department (ED), at the Saint John Regional Hospital. I hope you will have a rewarding and successful rotation. Our educational team is here to support your success as a medical student. To that end, we want to ensure that you know how to locate the wide variety of resources available to you and that you are aware of and have easy access to the policies and regulations that pertain to you as a student. We look forward to you joining our team!

The Medical Education team of the ED wishes you an enjoyable and rewarding learning experience. We hope that your time here will provide you with a wealth of knowledge and training which will serve you well throughout your career. We hope also that you will be able to establish friendships with fellow graduate students, staff, and faculty and that these friendships may enhance the enjoyment and success of your activities.

Your weeks with us promise to be a very exciting, busy and educational time. The ED offers a rare chance to see and treat undifferentiated patients who present in the acute phase of their illness. You will be challenged to apply the knowledge gained to date directly to the patient at the bedside. No matter what your future holds, the knowledge and skills gained during this rotation will prove valuable throughout your medical career.

Dr Chris Vaillancourt

Undergraduate Program Director: Dr Chris Vaillancourt

Admin Assistant: Melanie Kelly – (506) 649-2635 – [email protected]


The Hospital

The Saint John Regional Hospital is the largest tertiary care hospital (445 beds) in New Brunswick and is the primary health care referral centre for this area and to all New Brunswickers for major trauma and cardiac care.The New Brunswick Trauma Program and the New Brunswick Heart Centre are located within the hospital. It is also the centre of Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick’s distributed medical education program. On-site specialties include cardiac and thoracic surgery, neurosurgery, plastic surgery, orthopedics, interventional radiology, intensive care, nephrology, gastroenterolgy, rheumatology, pediatrics, obstetrics, etc (full list here).

Student Elective

Are you considering applying for an elective in Emergency Medicine? See this posting for more information.

For Med1 and Med2 students – to get an EM elective, you have to sign up for the EM elective lottery when either Rebecca Comeau or Jo Anne Burke send out the email to sign up.

For 4th year medical student electives – if you are a DAL student, you apply for electives by emailing Megan Dow ([email protected]). If you are a student outside DAL, you apply for electives through the Elective Portal at

Visiting Medical Student electives can be applied for here





SJRHEM Learner Competencies

Learning Portfolio

Dalhousie Medical Curriculum

Medical Student Clinical Pearls



EM Clerkship Objectives

EM Clerkship PoCUS Objectives


Memorial University of Newfoundland – Medical Students



DMNB Personnel

Natalie Vautour

General Curriculum Enquiries 

Rebecca Svarc

Longitudinal Curriculum Coordinator

Tricia Cole

[email protected]

Simulated Patient Educator

Jo-Anne Burke

[email protected]

Med 2 Coordinator. Jo-Anne is the point person for all scheduling issues if you are teaching a Med 2 unit

Stephanie Rutherford

[email protected]

Simulated Patient Educator

Megan Dow

[email protected]

Med 3 Saint John Clerkship Coordinator

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Useful DMNB and Dal Links


Medical Student Files

Other Recommended Links:

The 3 Min Case EM Presentation

Incredible useful summary of how to present your patient case to the attending