Policies + Procedures

As a member of the postgraduate medical education at the University of Alberta, there’s a lot to know! This page includes PGME policies, procedures, guidelines, and the terms of reference for various committees. Documents included on this page are derived from a variety of organizational oversight committees and regulatory bodies. Please note that updates to these documents may occur throughout the year, however, the most current version of each document can always be found on this site.

Documents by Classification

We’ve classified all of our PGME documents into six key categories while mindful of the General Standards of Accreditation for Institutions with Residency Programs as set by the Canadian Residency Accreditation Consortium (CANRAC), as well as the General Standards of Accreditation for Areas of Focused Competence (AFC) Programs.

Teaching and Learning
Governance and Administration

The Governance and Administration classification is assigned to documents that relate specifically to the detailed operations of the program and/or PGME, which includes documents specific to how trainees can take certain actions within a program, such as leaves, waivers, transfers, electives, and more.

Program Administrators
Program Directors
Programs & PGME
Safety and Wellness

Wellness is defined by CANRAC as “A state of health, namely, a state of physical, mental, and social wellbeing, that goes beyond the absence of disease or infirmity.” The Safety and Wellness classification is assigned to documents that relate specifically to how the PGME addresses ensuring and protecting a safe learning environment where our trainees are able to maintain wellness.


Assessment is defined by CANRAC as “A process of gathering and analyzing information on competencies from multiple and diverse sources to measure a physician’s competence or performance and compare it with a defined criteria.” The Assessment classification is assigned to documents that relate specifically to the assessment, remediation, or appeals of trainees by the program, PGME, or University.

Continuous Improvement

Continuous improvement is defined by CANRAC as “The systematic approach to making changes involving the cycles of change that leads to improved quality and outcomes. It is used as a tool for monitoring and decision making.” The Continuous Improvement classification is assigned to documents that relate specifically to the continuous improvement of postgraduate governance and structure, residency programs, learning sites, educational experiences, and learning environments.

Documents by Search

How to Use The Search Tool

There are three ways you can use this page:

  1. Use the search bar to search by a specific document name, keyword or term. Note that immediately below is an expandable list of searchable tags and keywords that can be used.
  2. Use the Classification and Keywords & Tags drop-down filtering options to view all documents that fall under that classification or term. Both filters can be used together to further define the scope of search.
  3. Explore the unfiltered table list, noting that it can be sorted alphabetically (A-Z or Z-A) by Document title.

Document Search Tool