Infectious Diseases Program Highlights

The postgraduate training program in Adult Infectious Diseases provides two pathways to certification in Infectious Diseases (after completing three core years in Internal Medicine). They are:

  1. Clinical Infectious Diseases Training
    • 2 year program, RCPSC accredited
  2. Combined training in Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
    • 3 year program preparing for dual certification in both RCPSC specialties. Applicants must apply to both programs.

Post-clinical training opportunities at the University of Alberta include

  1. Training in Clinical Infectious Diseases and Research
    • After completing two years in clinical Infectious Diseases, a third year of research is an option. This is dependent on acquisition of funding through a research preceptor. Enhanced research training through tailoring of elective time within the first two years is possible.
  2. Training in Transplant Infectious Diseases
    • A one year program in Transplant Infectious Diseases is available, after completing the first two clinical years. There is a competitive application process. The curriculum is the prototype of the American Transplant Society Transplant ID guideline for training. Dr. Karen Doucette is the Transplant Infectious Diseases training coordinator.

Our program offers the following experiences:

  1. In-patient consultation service - the diagnosis and management of primary and complicating infectious conditions in medical, surgical and obstetrical patients, in both tertiary and community settings. Our patient pool incorporates a large population of immunocompromised hosts, including oncology, and HIV-infected patients at two main hospital sites, the University of Alberta Hospital and the Royal Alexandra Hospital. Duration: 8-9 months.
  2. Ambulatory clinics - the trainees have their own weekly, half-day general Infectious Diseases Continuity Clinics supported by a rota of Faculty preceptors (includes patients with HIV, hepatitis B and C, travel medicine, sexually transmitted infections, and post hospitalization follow-ups) as well as defined blocks in the outpatient IV therapy clinics. Duration: One half-day clinic per week with preceptors changing every 3- 6 months (total duration 2 years).
  3. Viral Hepatitis – trainees have an opportunity to learn all aspects of outpatient viral hepatitis management including initial assessment, treatment and follow-up. Duration: 2 weeks
  4. Tuberculosis - involves consultative service for both in-patient and out-patient management of tuberculosis, with specific attention to public health issues. Duration: 1 month.
  5. Infection Control - a one month rotation in hospital Infection Control, which includes an opportunity to complete an Infection Control project using the IC database, and an option to do an online course in hospital epidemiology and infection control. Duration: 1 month.
  6. Antimicrobial Stewardship – residents work with an ID physician and dedicated antimicrobial stewardship pharmacists to assess antimicrobial stewardship interventions such as audit and feedback. Duration: 2 weeks
  7. Public Health, and Epidemiology - an elective in Community Medicine includes a preceptorship with health officers, participation in public health clinics and the Travel Clinic, and an opportunity to do a project. Duration: 0-1 month.
  8. Pediatric Infectious Diseases Consultation Service - the Stollery Children's Hospital (within the University of Alberta Hospital complex): exposure to NICU, PICU, oncology, and outpatient populations. Duration: 2 months.
  9. Laboratory training in Medical Microbiology - Medical Microbiology training takes place at the UAH Microbiology and Virology Laboratories, the Provincial Laboratory for Public Health (UAH site), and DynaLifeDX laboratory. The rotation includes experiences in a level 3 lab (for TB and other pathogens). Duration: 6 months minimum (longer for combined ID-MM).
  10. Transplant Infectious Diseases. The UAH site has a dedicated Transplant ID Consult Service, which provides pretransplant consultation, peritransplant care, and management of opportunistic infections post-transplant. Duration: 0-2 months.
  11. Sexually Transmitted Infections. The Edmonton General Hospital site STD Centre provides a concentrated experience, working with expert clinical nurse practitioners and physicians in the syndromic evaluation and point-of-care management of common STIs, including performance of direct microscopy and offering therapy at time of diagnosis. Duration: 0-2 months.
  12. Research – residents are required to participate in a research project during their residency. Mentorship is provided to ensure an appropriate project is chosen. Opportunities are available in both clinical and basic science research. Duration: 0-4 months.
  13. Global Health Elective. The Program has strong links with Makerere University and Mulago Hospital, Kampala, Uganda and many recent trainees have taken the opportunity to work and learn in a resource-limited setting. Duration: 0-2 months.

For further information please contact:

Program Director: Dr Stephanie Smith email: ss@ualberta.ca ph: 780-492-6701

Education Coordinator: Ms Linda Semper email: mednid@ualberta.ca ph: 480-492-7174