Residency Program Overview

UAlberta's Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Training Program is centered at the Royal Alexandra Hospital (RAH) in Edmonton. The RAH is the tertiary referral centre for northern Alberta, northern British Columbia, and the Northwest Territories. RAH houses the Lois Hole Hospital for Women, a leading centre in women’s health which receives approximately 75,000 patient visits annually. Our residents also spend time at three community hospitals in the Edmonton area: the Grey Nuns Hospital, the Misericordia and the Sturgeon General.

There are 6 funded residency positions per year and approximately 34 residents in the program annually. Residents work with a supportive and dynamic team of educators, clinicians and researchers throughout their training. Current academic faculty includes 8 perinatologists, 6 gynecologic oncologists, 7 reproductive endocrinologists, 5 urogynecologists, 1 urogynecologic fellow, 7 basic scientists, and many generalists.

Our residency program has full accreditation from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Our graduates consistently place above average in the national Royal College examinations and go on to enjoy rewarding careers in gynecological and obstetrical medicine across Canada and beyond. 

Program Curriculum: Years 1 – 5

  • PGY - 1

    In the first year, resident training is focused on Core Surgical Training. We have been part of the RCPSC Surgical Foundations program for over 15 years, and our residents have taken the Surgical Foundations RCPSC exam for the past 5 years. It has become a mandatory part of Obstetrics and Gynecology RCPSC training commencing in 2016, and we feel well-prepared at the University of Alberta since we have been a part of our University program for years. 

    PGY-1 training includes: 

    • 20 weeks of General Ob/Gyn 
    • 8 weeks General Surgery 
    • 8 weeks General Medicine 
    • 4 weeks ER 
    • 4 weeks Ultrasound
    • 4 weeks NICU 

    Residents must attend both Surgical Foundations and Ob/Gyn Academic Half-Days throughout PGY-1.

  • PGY - 2

    During the second year, our resident program focuses on the management of high-risk Obstetrics and General Gynecology surgical skills. Training includes 10 months of Core Ob/Gyn studies carried out at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, Misercordia and the Grey Nuns Hospital sites.

    We also expose our residents to 4 week block at the Women’s Health Options, family planning block and 8 week block at ICU.

  • PGY - 3

    The third year of our program focuses of subspecialty training, including:

    • 12 weeks training in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
    • 12 weeks training in Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility
    • 8 weeks of Community Ob/Gyn
    • 8 weeks Rural Ob/Gyn*

    * During the 8 weeks of Rural blocks Ob/Gyn, this time is spent in locations including Grande Prairie, Red Deer, and Medicine Hat. Resident accommodations and travel are arranged through the department. 

  • PGY - 4

    In their penultimate year, our residents focus on advanced pelvic surgery. Study and training this year includes: 

    • 12 weeks Gyne Oncology
    • 12 weeks Urogynecology
    • 4 weeks Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery
    • 28 weeks Elective/Selective distributed through R3 & R4

    During their final 3 months in PGY-4, students begin their Chief Year at our various hospital sites.

  • PGY - 5

    In the final year of residency, students grow in their roles as Site Chiefs acting as Junior Consultants in Labor and Delivery, and prepare for their Royal College Examinations. The PGY-5 year is divided as follows:

    • 24 weeks as the RAH Site Chief
    • 8 weeks as the GNH Site Chief
    • 20 weeks Ambulatory clinics / Elective*

    *Including 8 weeks immediately prior to & 4 weeks post the resident's Royal College Examination.