Care of the Elderly Diploma Program


To enhance the skills of family physicians in caring for older, often frail, patients. The program is directed by the Can-MEDS Family Medicine roles:
  • Health advocate
  • Scholar
  • Professional
  • FM expert
  • Manager
  • Communicator
  • Collaborator

Program Overview

The program runs for one year and is an Enhanced Skills Program that is accredited by the College of Family Physicians of Canada. A six-month program is offered to rural physicians and physicians currently in practice and who are returning to their area of practice. Entry into the COE program is contingent on successful completion of the Certification in the College of Family Physicians (CCFP)

The Core Program includes experience in:
  • Inpatient Assessment (on an Inpatient Assessment Unit)
  • Rehabilitation (on a Rehabilitation Unit)
  • Consultative Geriatrics
  • Outpatient Clinics
  • Geriatric Psychiatry
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Continuing Care including Supportive Living
  • Home living and community care
  • Palliative Care
  • Research (through completion of a formalized research project)

The program is flexible and offers both urban and rural experiences. Opportunities for teaching and administration/program development are available and encouraged.

Funding of Diploma Program Residents

Three one-year and two six-month positions per year are funded at the level of a PGY3 resident.
Funding/contracts are arranged with help of the Postgraduate Medical Education.

Contact the Care of the Elderly Diploma Program
Lesley Charles, Director
Pam Weber, Administrative Assistant
Phone: 780.735.8882
Fax: 780.735.8846