Teaching Hospital

Our Role As A Teaching Hospital

An important part of our mission at Hotel Dieu Hospital is to provide excellent patient care while educating the next generation of doctors, nurses and health care professionals.

Teaching hospitals provide highly specialized and complex care to patients. Hotel Dieu Hospital is a teaching hospital for Queen’s University and is affiliated with St. Lawrence College and other educational institutions.

As a patient in a teaching hospital, you have the chance to participate in the training of tomorrow’s health care professionals. We need and appreciate your help.

During your visit to Hotel Dieu Hospital, students and post-graduate trainees from various health professions may be involved in your care.

Our learners will introduce themselves to you. If you have any questions about their involvement in the delivery of your care, feel free to speak with your attending physician or the health care professional in charge.

Kingston Health Sciences Centre is also a member of The Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO), the non-profit association of Ontario’s 24 academic hospitals and their research institutes. CAHO provides a focal point for strategic initiatives on behalf of these academic hospitals.


Medical Resident: A physician who has finished medical school and is receiving training in a specialized area, such as surgery, internal medicine, pathology, or radiology. 

Clinical fellow: A physician who has completed a residency program and is pursuing advanced training.A clinical fellowship is an opportunity for a physician to obtain advanced training and/or to acquire more specialized expertise not normally acquired during residency training.Clinical fellowship training is ordinarily between 1 and 3 years. 

Queen's University offers 34 residency training programs and has over 425 residents and Fellows registered.