Family Medicine

Distributed Residency

The Department of Family Medicine distance networked family medicine residency training programs include three sites, Fort McMurray, Red Deer, and Grande Prairie. All three sites provide an environment of collegiality in which residents become an important part of the health care team and the medical community.
For Red Deer and Grande Prairie, the bulk of the family medicine experience occurs at rural community teaching sites with which we partner. There are 39 sites throughout central & northern Alberta, extending into the Northwest & Yukon Territories; many of the sites overlap and are also involved with undergraduate teaching.

In Fort McMurray, the introduction of the residency program with the University of Alberta's Department of Family Medicine has provided Fort McMurray with a new integrated and horizontal approach to family medicine training that is also competency based. The program began in July 2012. Residents participate in weekly rounds, monthly academic days, and workshops in evidence based medicine, practice management, behavioural medicine, critical care, and SOO training sessions, all in conjunction with the University of Alberta family medicine program.

In the PGY1 year, residents do four weeks of family medicine in their regional home base and eight weeks of rural family medicine. PGY2 residents spend 28 weeks in rural practices, eight of which can be spent in a remote rural area.

A third year of training also available. The program allows residents who are committed to working in rural Alberta a third year of training during which specialized skills can be honed. Third year objectives are individualized to the needs of the resident and may involve a number of different specialties or sub-specialties. Currently, third year residents in this program are receiving specialized training in:
  • General Surgery
  • Palliative Care
  • Care of the Elderly
  • Anesthesia

For more information, please visit the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry Office of Rural and Regional Health.