Professional Advancement Learning Series (PALS)

Professional Advancement Learning Series (PALS)

The Professional Advancement Learning Series (PALS) is a monthly 1 hour interactive presentation that provides “information you can’t get from a book” – professional development training to address non-medical subjects for medical trainees, graduate students, staff and Faculty.

Theme: The topics cover one or more themes of the CanMEDS framework and include subjects that provide competence in the areas of professional, communicator, collaborator, Leader, health advocate and scholar. To view previous sessions, please click here.

Target Audience: PALS was developed by Drs. Patrick Doyle and Maria Issa and the Pathology Residency Program Directors in 2012. The intent was to provide non-medical expertise for Pathology residents. As a result of growing interest, PALS are now offered for all members of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine as well as warmly welcoming members of the Departments of Radiology, and Infectious Diseases: the sessions are tailored to accommodate a wide range of interests. Suggestions for topics and presenters are greatly appreciated.

Delivery: Sessions are at 12:30 PM on the last day of a 4-week block, usually at the Paetzold Centre, VGH – though sometimes the location does change. There are 10 sessions per year, and they are approved by the Royal College for 1 hr of Continuing Medical Education credit. The sessions are video-conferenced to any site that requests it, however sandwiches are only served at the VGH site. The organizers suggest that these presentations are great opportunities to meet and to get to know others in the department and to foster collegiality and joint projects.

Everyone is welcome and invited to join. For upcoming sessions, please click here.