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We are also proud to be Canada's only residency program based out of a circumpolar region Residents will have the opportunity and privilege of working with and learning Indigenous health and remote medicine from the diverse First Nations, Inuit, and Metis populations that we serve.  Yellowknife, the capital of NWT and located on the north shore of Great Slave Lake, offers a multicultural, artistic and welcoming city experience with a small town feel where opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts abound.  Stanton Territorial Hospital, the referral hospital for all of the NWT and the western third of Nunavut, has a catchment area that is geographically vast (nearly 18% of Canada's landmass) and encompasses a heterogeneous population with complex health, and psychosocial needs. Besides Yellowknife, other training sites will include Inuvik, Fort Smith, Hay River or Fort Simpson. Inuvik is located north of the Arctic Circle in the heart of the Mackenzie Delta.  With its tight knit and welcoming physician group, Inuvik has been welcoming medical learners for nearly 20 years and is well placed to provide an exceptional family medicine residency experience. Fort Smith is found close to the Alberta border and is the gateway to the Wood Buffalo National Park. Hay River is located on the south shore of the mighty Great Slave Lake while Fort Simpson is nestled in between the Nahanni Mountain and the mighty Mackenzie River. Residents will also be linked to smaller and more remote NWT communities to provide ongoing clinical care in those communities throughout your residency. Some of these smaller communities are fly-in or winter road access only! 

PGY1: The first 16 weeks of the residency program will be spent in an integrated family medicine block where the resident will have a mixture of clinic days with their Faculty Advisor along with obstetrics, emergency medicine and hospitalist rounds. The first 16 weeks will also be spent learning about the NWT through dedicated Cultural training days and meeting with elders and leaders in your linked communities. An additional eight weeks will be spent on Family Medicine Community block in one of our larger communities such as Fort Smith, Hay River or Fort Simpson. There, residents will do a mixture of clinic and rural emergency medicine. The remainder of the first year consists of four specialty rotations in Yellowknife and two specialty rotations in Edmonton. The rotations have been designed to facilitate exposure to a wide variety of acute conditions and to the acquisition of procedural skills. Some services in Yellowknife are not dependent on the presence of house staff, with on-call usually being from home and the learning experience focused on education.

PGY2: The main focus of the second year is on the integrated 16 week family medicine block with Psychiatry, Long Term Care, Orthopedics and Sports Medicine while continuing to visit the linked small community on a regular basis. Four weeks in Yellowknife will be dedicated to Emergency Medicine and Women’s Health. Another eight weeks will be spent in Canada’s most northern hospital in the community of Inuvik doing clinic, emergency medicine and obstetrics. These family medicine blocks are designed to further develop the resident as a rural family medicine physician, building on the skills acquired from the first year. These rotations provide further opportunities to experience comprehensive medicine and continuity of care in rural and remote settings. Eight weeks will be spent in northern or central Alberta on an Internal Medicine and Critical Care rotation while four weeks will be spent in Edmonton on a Geriatrics and Palliative care rotation. 

Rotation Structure

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