Rheumatology

Welcome to the Rheumatology Residency Program at the University of Alberta.

 

EXCELLENCE

A STRONG TRACK RECORD OF TRAINING EXCELLENT CLINICAL AND ACADEMIC RHEUMATOLOGISTS

 

FACILITIES

RHEUMATOLOGY CLINIC WITHIN THE STATE-OF-THE-ART KAYE EDMONTON CLINIC

 

DEDICATion

FRIENDLY APPROACHABLE STAFF WITH AN INTEREST IN EDUCATION 


Interview/elective Specific Information 

Interviews will be held on one day only, Wednesday, September 29, 2021.
Program will notify all applicants through CaRMS Online and will send email invitations directly to applicants selected for an interview.

For more information on the application & selection process, please visit the CaRMS website.

Interviews will be conducted virtually via Zoom. There will be a series of one-on-one short interviews with our staff and residents.

Internal Medicine residents who would like to experience our Rheumatology program first-hand can apply to do an elective with us. To book an elective in Rheumatology at the University of Alberta, please contact Casandra Nero at mednrhe@ualberta.ca.

If you are a resident applying from an outside University please download the incoming elective form, and return completed along with a letter from your Program Director, to Casandra Nero at mednrhe@ualberta.ca.

Contact Us

Dr. Sarah Troster
Program Director, Rheumatology Residency Program
troster@ualberta.ca

Casandra Nero
Program Coordinator
mednrhe@ualberta.ca
780.248.1353


Welcome to Our Program

The University of Alberta Rheumatology Residency Training Program offers a strong environment for our Rheumatology residents by providing a diverse experience, warm atmosphere, and a strong educational component with the full support of our Rheumatology staff over the two years of the residency training program.

The first year of the program has its emphasis on clinical Rheumatology. The second year of the program is more flexible. Residents have the opportunity to focus on more clinical experience, complete electives in areas of interest, research and/or QI projects.


Our Program

We are a fully accredited program that follows the guidelines set out by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. 

 

Program Highlights

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Multiple Sites:  This program has sites in Northern Alberta as well the Northwest Territories and oresents a diverse variety of diseases
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Focus: Resident wellness and work/life balance is a focu for the Rheumatology program

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Fellows Continuity Clinic: 2 year weekly 1/2 day

Outreach Clinics: Locations for the outreach clinics are in Red Deer, Edson, Grand Prairie, Lethbridge and Yellowknife

Equal opportunities: Trainees can work in both the academic and community setting

Specialty Clinic Opportunities: Lupus, vasculitis, SpA, osteoporosis, MSK ultrasound, scleroderma, pregnancy, capillaroscopy

Residency at a Glance

The Rheumatology Residency Program requires completion of 3 years of Internal Medicine training in order to be eligible.

This residency program is for 2 years.

More Information

Overview

The first year of the program has its emphasis on clinical Rheumatology.

  • Residents will complete rotations at the University of Alberta Hospital, our academic setting. Here, residents will participate in regular outpatient clinics as well as help lead the Rheumatology consult service. Rotating resident and medical student education is also important, with expectations to teach both physical examination skills and approaches to rheumatic diseases.
  • Residents will complete community rotations, attending clinics and completing consults at the community hospitals.
  • Residents will complete 1-2 months of pediatric Rheumatology.
  • Other off-service rotations include:
    • Physiatry
    • Sports Med
    • Research
    • Peds Rheum
    • Radiology (2 weeks)
    • Ortho
    • Osteoporosis (2 weeks only)
    • UAH clinics or consults
    • Community Clinics or consults

The second year of the program is more flexible. Residents have the opportunity to focus on more clinical experience, complete electives in areas of interest, research and/or QI projects.

Call Responsibility
Call is home call only, with the maximum call of 9 days per block. Call is remunerated as per the Resident Association contract.
Academic Opportunities
  • Weekly Academic Half Day
  • Monthly Journal Club
  • Monthly City Wide Rheumatology Rounds, discussing interesting and/or difficult cases
  • Monthly Radiology Rounds, held in conjunction with our MSK radiologists
  • Weekly Internal Medicine Grand Rounds
  • Small group Undergraduate MSK teaching
  • Rotating Resident Education
  • National and International Conferences with financial support, including but not limited to the annual CRA meeting & ACR meetings, Western Rheumatology Meeting, National Rheumatology Residents weekend.
Evaluations
  • Rheumatology is a CBD program within the Royal College
  • Evaluations include: EPAs, ITERs, regular formative written exams and OSCEs
  • Regular feedback from the Program Director


Program Supports

 

  • Weekly Academic Half Days with emphasis on clinical disease, anatomy, pathogenesis, immunology, and intrinsic CanMEDS skills
  • Financial support to attend many conferences and courses
  • Regular Rheumatology Royal College exam preparation
  • World class research opportunities

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to provide all of my ITERs/rotation evaluations?
No, please just provide us your internal medicine/CTU and Rheumatology selective and elective ITERs/evaluations.
What is the difference between the first and second year of this program?

The first year of the program has its emphasis on clinical Rheumatology whereas the second year of the program is more flexible. Residents have the opportunity to focus on more clinical experience, complete electives in areas of interest, research and/or QI projects. See the Residency at a glance section for more information or visit the carms website.

How do I take an elective in Rheumatology?

Internal Medicine residents who would like to experience our Rheumatology program first-hand can apply to do an elective with us. To book an elective in Rheumatology at the University of Alberta, please contact Casandra Nero at mednrhe@ualberta.ca.

If you are a resident applying from an outside University please download the incoming elective form, and return completed along with a letter from your Program Director, to Casandra Nero at mednrhe@ualberta.ca.