Family Medicine

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Group of students in lab coats talking on campus

Caring for All, Always.

Family Medicine is the only specialty where all patients are within scope, and the Department of Family Medicine is devoted to advancing this practice. Our educational programs are learner-focused, dynamic, and prepare our graduates to have clinical confidence in all aspects of care. We further the goal of health for all through our excellence in research and faculty development. Our family physicians will continue to serve our patients and communities, providing care for all, always.

September 20

CaRMS Residency Applications Open

Looking for information about our Family Medicine Residency Program? Learn more on the CaRMS site »

Programs and Education

Medical School

Medical students receive regular, longitudinal experiences in family medicine throughout all four years of medical school, inspiring them to follow the path to family medicine residency and a career in family medicine.

Family Medicine Urban Residency

The Family Medicine Residency Program Edmonton Stream offers a diverse clinical experience that can be tailored to suit your areas of interest. Whether you want to do full-scope rural Family Medicine or work in a team-based urban setting, you will find yourself prepared after completing your residency.

Family Medicine Rural Residency

Train for a career in family medicine based out of three rural sites: Red Deer, Grande Prairie, and Yellowknife. All sites provide outstanding exposure, experience, and confidence to practice family medicine while offering a learning experience unique to their locale. The foundation of our excellence rests on the supportive relationships you'll cultivate with fellow residents, preceptors, and program staff.

Enhanced Skills Programs

Family Physicians can further their skills in a specialized area through our Enhanced Skills Programs. Programs include Addictions, Emergency Medicine, Care of the Elderly, Anesthesiology, Palliative Care, Sports Medicine, Occupational Medicine, and Family Medicine Obstetrics.

Faculty Development

Family Medicine is dynamic and always changing. Our Faculty Development Program offers opportunities for teaching and continuing professional development.


Our Department is a leader in primary care research with multiple programs of research including Health Services, Medically At-Risk Drivers, Centre for health and Culture, Care of the Elderly, and Medical Education.

Message from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Alberta, where healthcare excellence thrives! We take pride in our dynamic and diverse department, offering a unique breadth of skills, diverse practice, and the chance to build lasting connections with patients and families.

Our mission is to serve the public with social accountability, driven by partnerships, leadership, and innovation in education, research, and health care. We invite you to explore the enriching opportunities within our Department of Family Medicine as we continue to strive for excellence.

Join us on this journey of compassionate care and impactful service.

Tina Korownyk
Professor and Chair

Tina Korownyk, Professor and Chair


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