Enhanced Skills

Postgraduate training accredited by the College of Family Physicians of Canada is available under the auspices of the Department of Family Medicine supported by the office of the associate dean post-graduate medical education. In addition to the standard two-year program required for certification in family medicine, additional one-year training programs (PGY3s) in Emergency Medicine, Palliative Care, Family Practice Anesthesia, Care of the Elderly, and Sport and Exercise Medicine are available through the Department of Family Medicine. These programs are accredited by the College of Family Physicians of Canada. Successful completion of these programs leads to a Certificate of Added Competence awarded by the College of Family Physicians of Canada. Admission to these certificate programs is competitive and requires an application process available through the department.


Provides training opportunities for Family Medicine Physicians who wish to supplement their comprehensive training skills in a specialized area.

Offers a variety of six-month to one-year training programs, including the opportunity for a customized program lasting three months to one year.

Program Currently Available

Category 1 programs

Category 1 Programs with nationally standardized curricula. At the University of Alberta these currently include:

  • CFPC Emergency Medicine (12 month program)
  • Care of the Elderly (6 or 12 month programs)
  • Family Practice-Anesthesiology (FP-A) (12 month program)
  • Palliative Care (12 month program)
  • Sport and Exercise Medicine

Category 2 programs

Category 2 Programs with established regional curricula. At the University of Alberta these currently include:

  • Occupational Health (six month program)

Category 2 Customized Skills Programs. These are from three to 12 month programs and are specifically designed to meet the needs of communities or individual practitioners.

Certificate of Added Competency

Starting in 2015, family physicians who complete additional training in an enhanced skills PGY-3 residency training program will be eligible to receive a Certificate of Added Competency (CAC). Currently, CACs are only available for the following domains of care:

  • Care of the Elderly
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Practice Anesthesia
  • Palliative Care
  • Sport and Exercise Medicine

For complete details about the Enhanced Skills Program, please download the Enhanced Skills FAQ Sheet (PDF).

Contact Enhanced Skills

Department of Family Medicine
Enhanced Skills Program
Suite 205, 8215 - 112 St.
Edmonton, AB
T6G 2C8
Lisa Chambers