Department of Medicine

Welcome from the Program Director

Thank you for your interest in the University of Alberta, Division of Gastroenterology Residency Training Program.

We are a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Accredited Program and offer a two-year educational training program in Gastroenterology, designed with all aspects for you to become a fully trained Royal College of Canada-certified consultant gastroenterologist

While two years is the minimum duration of the Royal College accredited GI training, the University of Alberta is specifically interested in learners who are seriously considering advanced clinical and research Fellowship training after completion of their Gastroenterology Residency Training Program.

Our program has a long history of training residents in gastroenterology with our first graduates completing their training in the early 1970’s. The majority of our trainees go on to advanced gastroenterology fellowships both nationally and internationally. We are fortunate to have a wealth of both clinical and research expertise in our Division, with experience in liver transplant, viral and autoimmune liver disease, motility, nutrition, advanced endoscopic therapeutics (including ERCP, EUS, Balloon-Assisted Endoscopy, Capsule Endoscopy, and SpyGlass™) and IBD.

In addition, our Gastroenterology Residency Training Program is closely integrated into one of Canada’s largest gastrointestinal clinical trial units where residents have the opportunity to not only participate in clinical trial operations but to learn and experience the very latest in therapeutics.

The Gastroenterology Residency Training Program is housed in the Division of Gastroenterology on the University of Alberta campus. The Division itself is located adjacent to the University of Alberta Hospital in its own 30,000 sq foot state of the art building, the Zeidler Ledcor Centre (link to photo), providing onsite faculty offices, resident offices, clinical trial and research space, outpatient clinics seeing over 10,000 patients annually and a biologic infusion center.

The University of Alberta Hospital, is a quaternary referral research and teaching hospital (link to photos) with over 800 inpatient beds and a dedicated gastroenterology and hepatology ward.

The Allan H. Owen Endoscopy Suite [link to photos], located at the University of Alberta Hospital is a world-class facility utilized for education, research and clinical care. Over 16,000 inpatients and outpatients, annually, are seen through the Allan H. Owen Endoscopy Suite in the Division of Gastroenterology at the University of Alberta Hospital.

Residents will also rotate through the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Downtown Edmonton, and through at least one of the Grey Nuns Community Hospital or the Misericordia Community Hospital. A focus of our program is our academic half day; which has a structured 2-year curriculum in which the majority of sessions are staff-led presentations/discussions. Residents entering our program are also paired with a Career Advisor who will help you navigate the challenges of post-residency training and beyond.

The Center of Excellence for Gastrointestinal Inflammation and Immunity Research (CEGIIR) is a $22M research facility with an outstanding human database and biobank that will enable the Residents and Fellows to engage in translational research projects with Canada’s top gastrointestinal scientists. Areas of major strength include: the gut microbiome; metabolomics; artificial intelligence; precision health; virtual reality; point-of-care device engineering; hand-eye mechanical optics for health care training; hepatitis B and C and vaccine development.

We also have advanced Fellowship training programs that the learner can enter into after their Residency is completed. These include transplant and viral hepatology, inflammatory bowel disease, advanced therapeutic endoscopy, motility, and nutrition. Each of these Fellowships can be combined with research expertise from CEGIIR and across the University to ensure the learner develops a highly competitive resume that can afford global position opportunities. For those fellows with special interests the Division of Gastroenterology has access to additional training and learning prospects around the world.

We are confident that we can train you to become compassionate and competent gastroenterologists. We hope to impart the necessary skills and resources for you to reach your potential and continue to develop as your career progresses. Please explore our website and feel free to contact us if you have questions about our training program.

Karen I. Kroeker, MD, MSc, FRCPC
Gastroenterology Residency Program Director