Gastroenterology and Nutrition Residency Program

Why Choose UAlberta for the Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition Residency Program?

  • Centre for Gastrointestinal Inflammation and Immunity Research (CEGIIR) - World class research institute with outstanding researchers and laboratory environment
  • Pediatric Centre for Weight and Health (PCWH) - Clinical research in pediatric weight management
  • Alberta Research Centre for Health Evidence (ARCHE) - Internationally recognized centre for evidence synthesis, knowledge translation practice and training
  • Advanced research training opportunities available to complement clinical training
  • Edmonton - a dynamic, engaging community with diverse cultural opportunities, abundant green space in parks and river valley, and proximity to the stunning Rocky Mountains
  • Edmonton Clinic Health Academy - Home of the Department of Pediatrics and Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition

Program Highlights

The Pediatric Gastroenterology Residency at the University of Alberta has been designed to meet the requirements of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada for examination and certification in this subspecialty. The Residency Program will prepare the resident for an independent career involving patient care, education and research.

Stollery Children's Hospital is a tertiary referral centre serving the medical needs of children from across Alberta, BC, Saskatchewan and the Territories. Of particular note, Stollery is the liver, small bowel and multivisceral transplant centre for Western Canada, providing trainees with unique clinical exposure. Our program provides a wide variety of clinical experiences in a multidisciplinary setting. Outpatient clinics include both general gastroenterology and specialty clinics, including:

  • Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD)
  • Eosinophilic esophagitis
  • Celiac disease
  • Chronic abdominal pain
  • Intestinal failure
  • Transplant (liver and small intestine)
  • Hepatology

Trainees rotate through two distinct inpatient services: Consults/Luminal GI and Transplant/Intestinal rehabilitation, covering the breadth of pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition, as well as outpatient, elective, and research rotations.

Our division performs a large number (over 1,000) of endoscopic procedures annually, providing excellent opportunities for trainees to become proficient in diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. In addition, our trainees complete a one month adult endoscopy rotation, providing further endoscopy training. Trainees are also exposed to motility investigations, such as multichannel intraluminal impedance and pH monitoring (MIIpH), high resolution esophageal manometry, anorectal manometry and colonic transit studies.

Trainees are provided with four blocks dedicated to scholarly activity. Research skills training including basic methodology, epidemiology and statistics is provided through the Department of Pediatrics. There are extensive opportunities for clinical, translational, basic science and quality improvement projects within our division in collaboration with faculty in other areas. Trainees have the opportunity to enroll in the Clinical Investigator Program (CIP). Academic activities include an academic half day combining pediatric and adult GI gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition curricula, divisional rounds, pathology and radiology rounds as well as journal club.