Respirology Residency Program

Why Choose UAlberta for the Pediatric Respirology Residency Program?

  • A busy tertiary/quaternary referral center covering a population of two million from across Canada.
  • A variety of unique exposure with national / international expertise in pediatric lung transplantation, pediatric pulmonary hypertension, NovaLung, ECMO, cardio-thoracic medicine, exercise physiology and pediatric sleep respiratory control.
  • A pediatric sleep lab (400 PSG/yr) lead by an American Board of Sleep Medicine certified sleep specialist.
  • A large cystic fibrosis (CF) population (120 pediatric, 160 adult) and CF newborn screening program (50/year).
  • The Alberta Lung Transplant Program in Edmonton is the biggest pediatric and adult lung transplant program in Western Canada (35-40 lung transplant/year, 495 transplants so far). Learners will encounter a wide range of end stage lung diseases.
  • A strong pediatric and adult combined pulmonary research group with nationally and internationally-recognized researchers.
  • Opportunities to pursue a master's degree in research after completing the two years of respirology training.
  • A resident office equipped with a computer, statistic and other learning software.
  • Diverse living, arts and recreational opportunities in Edmonton.

Pediatric respirology is a medical pediatric subspecialty which deals with the study of the respiratory system of newborns, infants and children in health and in disease. Learners will acquire clinical, research, technical and professional skills at consultant level in the management of all pediatric respiratory conditions.

The curriculum of this two year training program is designed to meet all training requirements of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). The program is accredited by the RCPSC. The program offers residency training for Canadian trainees and fellowship training for non-Canadian trainees. The program offers a clinical track and a research track depends on the trainee’s career goal.

The program contains 13 blocks per year. All trainees must show satisfactory progress in clinical training before they are promoted to dedicated research blocks. All trainees will go through a minimum of 18 months clinical training.

Program Highlights

  • This program is a fully accredited Royal College program.
  • An emphasis on high teacher to learner ratio and individual attention to learners.
  • A wide variety of rotations providing a rich learning program (inpatient, outpatient, sleep, pulmonary function, CF, allergy, ENT, anaesthesia, PICU, thoracic medicine, ID etc).
  • A respiratory physiology course (13 lectures and one examination).
  • A bronchoscopy course (one week) and practice on a bronchoscopy simulator.
  • An emphasis on teaching bronchoscopic skills: Our division staff perform 100 flexible bronchoscopic procedures per year.
  • A research rotation from 4 to 20 weeks depending on the learner's career goal.
  • A one week research and statistics course.
  • An extensive two year academic half-day program provided by pediatric staffs but also include selected academic half day sessions from two RCPSC accredited residency training programs (Adult Respirology and General Pediatrics) covering a wide range of topics.
  • Mock oral and written exams and a wide range of rotation assessment tools.
  • A residency training committee with members experienced in post-graduate education (program directors and current / ex-PGME officials).