Fellowship Training

A fellow is a post-MD trainee who is registered with the Postgraduate Medical Education Office and is pursuing supervised clinical and/or research training which is NOT accreditable towards fulfilling certification eligibility requirements of existing residency programs recognized by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC).


Examples of Post-MD Trainees Who Should be Classified as Fellows are:

  • Any trainee who has completed Canadian specialty training requirements and is pursuing clinical training or research within their own specialty field beyond the requirements for specialty or subspecialty certification.
  • Any trainee who may be ineligible for Canadian certification because previous training is not accreditable by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC).
  • Any trainee who is registered for the purpose of obtaining specific experience in a specialty/subspecialty which is not currently recognized by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC), or for which there is no accredited program at the University of Alberta.

Subcategories of Fellows

At the University of Alberta, we attempt to subcategorize fellows as follows:

  • Research Fellow - primary activity is to conduct a defined basic research project with a designated supervisor in which there is a minor degree of clinical activity or interpretation by the fellow.
  • Clinical Research Fellow - primary duties relate to defined clinical research under direction of a designated supervisor.
  • Clinical Fellow - primary duties relate to supervised clinical care.
  • Teaching Fellow - primary duty is teaching.