Occupational Medicine

Welcome to Occupational Medicine Enhanced Skills at the University of Alberta.

 

Practical

FOCUSED ON ROTATIONS AND WORKSITE EXPERIENCES

 

UNIQUE

THE ONLY ENHANCED SKILLS PROGRAM IN OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE IN CANADA

 

STRONG

HOSTED IN A NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED DIVISION FOR ITS POST-GRADUATE AND CME PROGRAMS IN OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE  


Contact Us

5-30 University Terrace
8303 112 Street
Edmonton, AB T5G 0B7

Dr. Quentin Durand-Moreau
Program Director, Occupational Medicine
durandmo@ualberta.ca

 

Ms. Allison Alberto 
Enhanced Skills Program Administrator
Email: allison.alberto@ualberta.ca
Phone: 780-492-5562


Welcome to Our Program

The University of Alberta is offering an Enhanced Skills Residency Program in Occupational Medicine for applicants who have demonstrated significant interest in the field, willing to get opportunities to get practical training in Occupational Medicine. 

The Enhanced Skills program in Occupational Medicine is a Category 2 program, which is a local, university-based, and domain-specific competencies program, under the Department of Family Medicine. 

Dr. Quentin Durand-Moreau
Program Director


Our Program

The purpose of the Enhanced Skills program in Occupational Medicine is to offer a 6-month educational experience, largely focusing on real-world practice and practicums, for applicants who have demonstrated significant interest in the field.

The Enhanced Skills program in Occupational Medicine is a Category 2 program, which is a local, university-based, and domain-specific competencies program, under the Department of Family Medicine. Trainees in the program are called Enhanced Skills Residents, or ES residents (PGY3 level).

 

Program Highlights

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Customizable workplace placement location to focus on your individual career goals
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ES residents are encouraged to participate in Occupational Medicine conferences and activities that could happen during their training

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ES residents participate to the national Occupational Medicine Academic Half days (on Friday Mornings) 

Small department size allows for personalized training and feedback

Diversity of placements a unique program feature

Graduates of the program work in a complex, challenging, and fulfilling area of medicine


RESIDENCY AT A GLANCE

This residency program is for 6 months.

Block 1: Workers Compensation Board of Alberta
This block offers an overview of the activity of a Workers’ Compensation Board, the claim processing and appeals process, the adjudication process. ES residents will be able to better handle WCB matters in their practice upon completion of this block.
Block 2: Occupational Hygiene and Ergonomics
This block will allow the ES residents to have an outreach in these two main fields connected to Occupational Medicine, with two sub-rotations of two weeks each with two providers (e.g. Pinchin Ltd. For Occupational Hygiene, and EWI Ergonomics for Ergonomics).
Block 3: Legislation in Occupational Health
This block will be completed at the Ministry of Labour, under the supervision of the Medical Director, Occupational Health and Safety. This will allow the ES resident to understand the regulations in the field of Occupational Medicine and health, including the management of notifiable occupational diseases.
Block 4: Industry placement
This block will allow the resident to have a rotation in one of the main industry sites, having an Occupational Medicine physician, or a Corporate Medical Officer (such as Imperial Oil, Suncor…) ES residents will better understand the work of an occupational physician in the industry.
Block 5: Occupational Health in Healthcare
This block is dedicated to the specificities of Occupational Medicine in the healthcare system. The resident can have a rotation either with Alberta Health Services – Workplace Health and Safety, or with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta – Physician Monitoring Health Program.
Block 6: Selective
This block offers room for the ES resident for their own preferences. They may wish to have a second block in the industry, a rotation in Toxicology or in Environmental Medicine. The ES resident can review the list of rotating sites available on the Occupational Medicine Residency website and submit their wishes to the Program Director early in their training. The selective block must be in the field of Occupational Medicine, with a dedicated supervisor, with the approval of the Program Director.

Application Process

Timelines

For a start on September 1st, 2023, 

  • application package is due by July 31, 2022
  • file review is completed August 31, 2022
  • interviews are offered September 2022
  • notifications are sent to applicants by November 30, 2022

Details

Application is not done through CaRMS. The full application package should be sent to fmes@ualberta.ca by the end of July.

Documents required for application to the program to be emailed by the applicant include all of the following:

Cover letter: 

  • Expected length is about 500 words. 
  • Should cover the motivation of the candidate for Occupational Medicine, interest with work-related issues, past experiences in the field, and all relevant experiences. 

Evidence of CCFP designation 

Curriculum Vitae including:

  • Medical education, training and practice
  • All degrees and qualifications
  • Scholarly activities
  • Additional information (work, notable achievements, interests, language skills…)

Three (3) reference letters; ideally at least one from an Occupational Medicine Specialist, 

Proof of English language proficiency meeting all of the requirements of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA) and the Post-Graduate Medical Education office, unless exempt. Information about these requirements is available on the CPSA website


Teaching SITES

This program offers a multitude of teaching locations that allow for an indepth and unique training experience. Sites will include:

Workers Compensation Board of Alberta

Pinchin Ltd. (for Occupational Hygiene)

EWI Ergonomics (for Ergonomics)

Ministry of Labour and Immigration - Occupational health and safety (OHS)

Alberta Health Services – Workplace Health and Safety

CPSA – Physician Monitoring Health Program

Industry Site and Selective location

WCB - Google Maps