Program Highlights

Family Medicine Residency program prides itself on being dynamic, flexible and innovative. Highlight of our program include special features, innovative academic curriculum, research opportunities and special events and conferences to enhance your learning experience.

Special Features

  • Family medicine blocks are a minimum six months in PGY1 and five months in PGY2
  • Integrated maternity and newborn care
  • Purposeful, organized and fully protected Academic Days.
  • Exam preparation including exam prep seminars, Benchmarking exam practice, written and oral practice exams
  • Evidence-based Medicine Curriculum
  • Significant Rural Opportunities
  • Active Family Medicine Residents Association with regular social activities
  • Practice Management, Wilderness Medicine and Procedural Skills training workshops
  • Yearly Resident Research Day
  • Optional Integrated Programming
  • Wide array of Horizontal and Block Electives
  • Competency Based Education
  • Behavioural Medicine Program
  • Seven PGY1 Core Family Medicine units plus allied community based sites
  • Huge clinical and academic resources, both urban and rural
  • Responsive to changing individual and societal needs
  • Interprovincial and international elective opportunities
  • Up-to-date two year subscription
  • Electronic medical records
  • Scheduled (protected) Vacation time which does not interfere with rotational blocks

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Academic Curriculum

Academic Days
The Academic curriculum consists of 24 rotating monthly topics on a two-year schedule. Monthly academic days include small group case-based learning, journal review, practice exam (SAMP) questions and didactic lectures by family doctors, specialists and other professionals.

Exam Preparation
At each monthly AHD, all residents write practice exam questions (SAMPs) as prepared by the Program. In first year, residents are introduced to Practice Simulated Office Oral exams (SOO's) during their Behavioural Medicine Course. In second year, 2-3 SOO practice exam workshops are held. Family Medicine Benchmark exams are held every year in November to provide residents with feedback to guide their studying.

Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM)
The EBM Curriculum components include a two day EBM Workshop to establish basic EBM knowledge; Brief Evidence-based Assessment of the Research projects (BEAR) enhancing integration of evidence based medicine in to daily practice; and a Journal Club to support peer learning and growth of rapid appraisal skill

Family Medicine Centre Seminar Program

Structured seminar programs at each of the Family Medicine Centres occur weekly, usually over the noon hour. These cover a wide array of topics including various clinical subjects, economic and practice management issues, medical legal issues, community resources, computer and data management issues, etc. Critical appraisal projects and BEARs are also presented by the residents during these seminars.

Resident as Teacher

Residents are encouraged to develop teaching skills by teaching medical students which are frequently assigned to the same practices as the resident. Each year, residents receive a mandatory "Resident as Teacher" Workshop which is put on by the office of PGME, and the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry. Many opportunities are available each year to teach undergraduate students during workshops, courses and examinations.

Postgraduate Courses
ACLS is required before residents start the program on July 1st. This is reimbursed to the residents after they begin the residency program. NALS or NRP is provided and ATLS is mandatory and sponsored for all residents. ALARM is partially or fully covered for those who elect to take the courses.

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Research Opportunities

  • All residents are required to complete a Practice Quality Improvement Project in each year to develop skills required to implement the process of quality assessment and improvement in the practice setting
  • Residents interested in developing research skills have the additional optional opportunity to do a research project. The research project is supervised by a faculty member.
  • Residents have the opportunity to do a research elective in either the first or second year of the residency program. During year 1, the research elective is offered as a 2-week horizontal elective, while in year 2 it is a 6-week horizontal elective. The research elective can be adapted to the needs of the resident.
  • The Family Medicine Research Day occurs each year in June. Faculty members and residents have the opportunity to present their scholarly work (oral presentation and posters). Attendance at Research day is mandatory for residents.
  • A monthly Resident Research Evening is organized by the Research Director to assist those residents interested in pursuing research / scholarly activities in greater scope. The focus of the sessions is on the resident's individual scholarly interests and needs. Various faculty members also attend.
  • The Research Committee of the Department is comprised of faculty and resident representation (one first year and one second year resident representative). The committee meets monthly during September to June and acts as a resource to family medicine residents on matters related to research and scholarly activity.

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Special Events and Conferences

  • In March, the yearly program-funded (non-industry) Resident Education Retreat is held in Jasper, Alberta;
  • In June, we celebrate the completion of residency with a graduation dinner; and.
  • In the Fall, residents sign up for the Wilderness Retreat which has been very popular every year;
  • In addition, residents are entitled to $550 or $650 per year for conferences and textbooks etc.