Rheumatology Residency Training Program Information

The Rheumatology program is a 2 year program, divided into 13 four-week blocks per year. Candidates must have completed at least 3 years of core internal medicine training prior to starting their subspecialty training.  Residents must have LMCC Part 2 for application.

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 out patient 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 with one of 6 participating rheumatologists, attending clinics regularly and completing consults at the community hospitals.
  • Residents will complete 1-2 months of pediatric rheumatology.
  • Other off-service rotations include sports medicine, orthopedics, & physiatry.

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 Responsibilities

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
  • Rheumatology Morbidity and Mortality 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 Resident's weekend.

Evaluations

  • Regular formative written and clinical examinations to evaluate progression and for Royal College exam preparation
  • Regular feedback from the Program Director
  • Portfolios with CanMEDs and regular reviews with Program Director

Hospitals

The home base for our rheumatology residents is the University of Alberta Hospital. With over 650 beds, it treats 700,000 patients each year in the heart of the University of Alberta campus. It is a short walk to the River Valley or trendy Old Strathcona. Light Rail Transit brings you right to the hospital entrance. Just having opened in August 2013 is the new Edmonton Clinic, a state-of-the-art dedicated outpatient clinic. On community rheumatology rotations, residents may also see in-patients consults at some of our other hospital facilities, including Royal Alexandra Hospital, Grey Nuns Hospital and Sturgeon Hospital.

Remuneration

This is negotiated between the health authority and the residents' association. As of 2014, the PGY4 salary is $70,360 and PGY5 is $76,325, with an additional ~$5000 available between a yearly stipend and call renumeration. There is no provincial sales tax while the provincial income tax is the lowest in the country at only 10%!

Edmonton

Edmonton is the capital of Alberta, a warm and friendly city of over one million people. Edmonton is well known for a thriving arts and theatre community, and hosts over 30 festivals throughout the year, including North America's largest Fringe Festival, Heritage Days, the Folk Festival, K-Days, & more. Edmonton is home to the longest urban forest in North America, situated along the banks in the pristine River Valley and only steps away from the University of Alberta Hospital. Whyte Avenue is a well known trendy location, televised nationally when the Edmonton Oilers competed in the Stanley Cup. Football is supported through the Eskimos. And of course shopping is never a problem with North America's largest shopping centre, West Edmonton Mall.

To submit an application, please go to the CaRMS website. Submission deadline is Fall, 2014. To contact the program director, for more information, or for applicants from outside of Canada, please email Melissa Rice.

Please feel free to ask for contact information for current and former residents, as they would be happy to provide you with any information you require.