Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine

Family Practice Anesthesia

This one-year, enhanced skills, 3rd year College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) program trains family physicians to deliver anesthesia services outside of major urban centres.This is program is run in conjunction with the Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine and the Department of Family Medicine residency programs. 

The educational objectives of the program are outlined in a national document that is in accordance with those developed by the Collaborative Committee for Anesthesia training for Family Practitioners. The FPA program at the University of Alberta is a fully accredited, Category 1 program.

The program is comprised of 12 months of clinical training divided into 13 four-week blocks. The trainee will spend six months giving anesthetics at a community hospital level, most often the Grey Nuns or Misericordia Hospital. These facilities provide a high volume of the types of patients and operative procedures that a family physician could expect to deal with upon completing the program.

There is a requirement for the equivalent of two days of FP work per month. This is outside of the FP-A program and is meant to allow residents to maintain their connection to family practice and to maintain their skills in that area.

For approximately five blocks (20 weeks), training will be split between community based anesthesia and the Royal Alexandra Hospital giving anesthetics for more complicated patients and operative procedures. During this time, the trainee will receive significant exposure to trauma patients. Of the remaining time, the trainee will spend two months seeing a high volume of outpatient pediatric patients at the Stollery Children's Hospital. During July and August, trainees will attend the "summer introductory lecture series"; and beginning in the fall, weekly seminars, monthly morbidity and mortality rounds, weekly departmental rounds, and monthly journal clubs will be held.

*The program incorporates two months of community based anesthesia experience that exposes the residents to FP-A practice. The training sites will include the Sturgeon Hospital in St. Albert as well as the new Fort Saskatchewan Community Hospital. This will give trainees a better understanding of the scope of FP-A practice and will allow them to have some mentorship from like colleagues.