Academic Curriculum


Throughout the year, one- and two-day workshops supplement on-site academic activities and deliver programming not covered in the typical clinical day. Attendance is mandatory for all residents in the program. The workshops are generally geared to RAN residents; however, some are combined with U of A Urban residents. The program reimburses accommodation and travel expenses when residents need to travel outside their home base to attend workshops.

Academic Days generally occur once a month, usually on a Friday, and follow the two year curriculum of monthly topics and alligning with the urban program. To ensure the content meets their needs, residents take part in the Academic Programming Committee responsible for planning and delivering these sessions. Except when together for workshops, each site conducts its own academic day. Half the day is made up of didactic teaching provided by faculty with expertise in the topic of focus and the other half involves small-group learning, including therapeutics, review of guidelines and ethics.

In addition to Academic Days, each site holds weekly academic teaching rounds within the monthly curriculum topic. There are also a variety of other teaching rounds offered at each site, such as emergency medicine rounds and bedside CCU rounds.

A number of life-support courses are mandatory and thereby covered throughout the program, including

  • Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)
  • Advances in Labour and Risk Management (ALARM)
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
  • and Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP)