Department of Critical Care

Postgraduate Residency Training

We offer a two-year residency training program approved by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Our training program offers complete clinical exposure including all the major subspecialties of critical care.

Our training program is small enough that you will be given as much responsibility as needed, while at the same time, the number of attending physicians is sufficient to ensure that the ICU does not rely on trainees to operate. Our philosophy is “Education before service".

Training is clinically focused and, at the end, you are prepared to care for any type of patient – general medical, surgical, trauma, solid organ transplant, neurosurgical, cardiovascular, and burn-injured.


Program Overview

The mandatory twelve months of core Critical Care Medicine are divided into two month blocks. Each block gives the resident the opportunity to develop an appreciation of the entire spectrum of critical illness from admission to discharge.

The ICUs are divided into teams so that the resident is not overwhelmed with patient responsibilities. Between core rotations there is ample elective time to round out the resident’s knowledge and pursue special interests or projects. Up to three months in the two years can be used to complete the mandatory academic project – which may be in clinical research, quality improvement and patient safety, informatics or any other area if approved by the Program Director. In addition, one month each are spent the Neurosciences and Cardiovascular Intensive Care Units to provide focused exposure to these special patient populations.

A significant amount of research takes place under the auspices of the Division of Critical Care Medicine and provides ample opportunities for trainees. The research activities include mainly investigator-initiated studies funded by CIHR, Canadian Critical Care Trials Group, Alberta Innovates Health Solutions (PRIHS - Partnerships for Research and Innovation in the Health System) and the University Hospital Foundation Competition.


Training Sites

Residents rotate through the General Systems ICUs at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, University of Alberta Hospital and Grey Nuns Community Hospital. These units are general and the residents are exposed to a wide variety of critical illness.


More Information

For more information, eligibility requirements and application timelines, please visit the Canadian Residency Matching Service (CARMS) website.