Nuclear


medicine

Welcome to the Nuclear Medicine Residency Program at the University of Alberta.

  • dual 

    certification in Nuclear Medicine and Diagnostic Radiology

  • >3:1

    staff : resident ratio

  •  exceptional

    breadth of community, tertiary, cancer, transplant, cardiac, research experiences and brand new technologies

Interview/CaRMS Specific Information 

Virtual panel interviews (2-3 sessions, each approximately 20-30minutes) with nuclear physicians, radiologists and residents. Each candidate will have the opportunity to meet with the program director. More details to follow.

Contact Us

Dr. Alexander Tamm
Program Director, Nuclear Medicine
Email:  astamm@ualberta.ca  
Phone:  7804076810

Janet Dawson 
Program Administrator 
Email:  janet.dawson2@ahs.ca  


Dr Alex Tamm

Dr. Alexander Tamm
Program Director

Janet Dawson
Program Administrator

Welcome to the University of Alberta Nuclear Medicine Residency Program

Our unique, well-established program effectively integrates all aspects of Nuclear Medicine and Diagnostic Radiology, paving the way for graduates to provide unrivaled personalized imaging for their patients at both a macroscopic as well as molecular level. Our program meets the requirements for successful candidates to be certified in both Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Residents will receive training in community hospitals, academic tertiary care centers, cancer centers as well as outpatient clinics that are equipped with state-of-the-art technology. We have a diverse, large volume nuclear medicine practice (including a busy transplant center) that will give residents the necessary skills to work in any setting upon completion of the program.

Teaching is optimized by the ample number of dual-trained faculty involved in teaching only a small number of residents each year. With dedicated academic half-days for resident teaching in clinical nuclear medicine and physics, hosting the Canadian Nuclear Medicine Resident Review Course, and participating in numerous multidisciplinary rounds, our residents are well equipped to tackle the Royal College examinations.

The combination of nuclear medicine and radiology provides a highly rewarding career where no two days at work are the same. You will have the opportunity to participate in the intersection of cutting edge technology and new advances in medicine. Our residents go on to establish successful academic and community careers across North America.

We are delighted to have the opportunity to meet you, and we thank you for taking the time to consider our program. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.

Dr. Alexander Tamm  
Program Director


Our Program

The aim of the University of Alberta Nuclear Medicine and Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program is to teach residents the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to function as a safe, competent and independent consultant in the specialties of Nuclear medicine and Diagnostic Radiology. This includes the abilities to supervise, advise on, perform and interpret imaging procedures at a high standard, functioning as a capable consultant to referring family physicians and specialists alike. Residents will obtain the communication skills, knowledge and technical skills required of such a consultant and will be taught to develop a personal education strategy to help establish a habit of continuous learning. The importance of the team approach to the provision of imaging services will be emphasized throughout the residency. Residents will develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes relating to critical appraisal, research methodology, data presentation and analysis pertinent to Nuclear Medicine and Radiology. They will also learn to practice ethically and consistent with the obligations and attitudes of a physician respectful and sensitive to culture, ethnicity and gender.

Our program mandate is to support and foster education, research, quality assurance and continuing professional development. We seek to engender the same sense of responsibility in our residents towards the specialties of Nuclear Medicine and Diagnostic Radiology at large, ensuring a healthy, thriving discipline that is responsive to the needs of the public and our clinical colleagues. To that end, we are committed to providing our residents with the expertise and resources necessary to achieve these goals.

Program Highlights
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Challenging and rewarding career which still allows for creativity in the workplace; no 2 days are the same.

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Full integration with a complete and comprehensive Diagnostic Radiology residency program.

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Provincial Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS) and Electronic Healthcare record system (NetCare and ConnectCare).

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Diverse, state-of-the-art, large volume nuclear medicine practice and equipment.

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Large referral base and transplant program.

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Fully funded on-line resources such as StatDx, RadPrimer, and IMAIOS e-anatomy.

 

 


 

Program Supports

  • Transitioned to the new Royal College Competence by Design Curriculum.
  • Our Diagnostic Radiology program is a published leader in Resident Wellness and has received international recognition for its COVID-19 response, including program modifications emphasizing resident safety and wellness.
  • A resident-driven Social Committee hosts multiple sponsored events including annual golf tournaments, welcome/farewell events, resident social events, and more recently, virtual events.
  • Dedicated radiology and/or nuclear medicine career days occur annually during the training program.
  • The program draws on the expertise and mentorship of over 90 radiologists and 12 dual trained nuclear physicians.

Residency at a Glance

Our program is a seven year combined program in the Competence by Design (CBD) Royal College Curriculum.

Year 1

Basic Clinical Training (Medicine, Surgery, CCU, Emergency, Orthopedics, Pediatrics, Pediatric Emergency, Pathology, Obstetrics, Neurology, Outpatient Cardiology rotations) + a transition month to radiology

Year 2 - 5
Radiology with 6 months of nuclear medicine (see Diagnostic Radiology Program CaRMS website for more details; FRCPC, Diagnostic Radiology)
Year 6 - 7

Nuclear Medicine (FRCPC, Nuclear Medicine)

UAH: General nuclear medicine, pediatric nuclear medicine, SPECT-CT, nuclear cardiology and PET-CT x 10-11 months
UAH: Instrumentation and in-vitro rotations x 2 months
RAH: General nuclear medicine, SPECT-CT and PET-CT x 7 months
CCI: Oncologic imaging x 3 months
CCI: NM Therapy x 1 month
Edmonton Radiopharmaceutical Center x 1 month
Outpatient Clinics x 1-2 months
Flexibility is a key feature in the final graduating year to allow residents to develop any special areas of interest and prepare for their Royal College examination.


Teaching Hospitals

The University of Alberta Hospital (including the Stollery Children's Hospital) and the Royal Alexandra Hospital are large quaternary/tertiary care hospitals serving a population in excess of 1 million people. Each hospital imaging department performs in excess of 200,000 examinations per year.

University of Alberta Hospital (UAH): 650+ bed quaternary care centre treating over 700,000 patients annually and a leading clinical, teaching and research hospital in Western Canada

Stollery Children's Hospital: referral centre for pediatric cardiac surgery in Western Canada and national leader in organ transplantation. Referral base of 1.7 million.

Royal Alexandra Hospital (RAH): features one of Canada's busiest emergency departments and one of the largest and longest serving hospitals in Edmonton.

Cross Cancer Institute (CCI): one of the two major cancer centres in Alberta, situated near University campus.

Grey Nuns Community Hospital (GNH): 267 bed large community hospital situated in southeast Edmonton providing a full range of services.

Sturgeon Community Hospital: 80 bed community hospital serving the community of St. Albert, at the northwest border of Edmonton

Strathcona Community Hospital: Urgent care centre serving the community of Sherwood Park

Edmonton Radiopharmaceutical Centre (Centralized Radiopharmacy)

UAH and STARS helicopter

Subspecialties

Unlike other fields, nuclear medicine itself is often considered by many as a subspecialty of imaging. There are some more definable subspecialty areas, such as nuclear oncology (diagnostic and therapeutic), nuclear cardiology, etc, which are part of the residency training.

Frequently Asked Questions

What distinguishes the U of A program from other programs?
Dual training in two Royal College specialties is uncommon and highly sought after.  The scope, volume and breadth of cases seen in our program is exceptional.  Our equipment is state-of-the-art, including access to digital PET/CT, PET/MRI, and SPECT/CT at multiple facilities.  Our philosophy of combined nuclear medicine and radiology training puts us in step with the current clinical and technological evolution of the specialty.
What is your program’s orientation and focus?
To produce a well-trained, modern nuclear medicine physician with a strong general imaging background, capable of practicing state-of-the-art nuclear medicine. That specialist will also be a certified radiologist.
What is the on-call schedule during residency?
During the nuclear medicine phase of the combined training, the resident typically takes nuclear medicine call for 1 in 8 weekends. In PGY2 through PGY5, residents complete radiology resident call (generally, a combination of night float and evening shifts).
Are there sufficient elective opportunities during training to explore your special interests?
Flexible electives at home and abroad are possible.
How much conference funding is available?
Guaranteed at least $2000 for international conference and $1000 for Canadian conference at least once when presenting. Guaranteed funding to attend the American Institute for Radiologic Pathology (AIRP) course in Washington, D.C. (1 month), one major radiology meeting or review course, and the International Society for Clinical Densitometry Course for clinicians. Additional requests will be considered on a case by case basis but are usually approved. Funding is available for audits, research projects, or educational exhibits.

Resident Testimonials

Click this link to see the profiles of all Diagnotic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine Residents.

Meet Our Residents

We asked our residents what they like about Edmonton, their highlights of the program, and one piece of advice for applicants about the interview process. Here is what a few of them had to say.
Eric PGY7

Eric is a PGY7 resident in the combined diagnostic radiology and nuclear medicine program at the University of Alberta. As he graduates, he can look back on his time in Edmonton and honestly say that it has been an absolute joy and wonder to attend residency here. He is looking forward to the opportunities that await him as a first year staff.

What do you like about Edmonton: Very livable city with affordable housing options, beautiful summers and many amazing festivals.

What are the highlights of the program for you:  Depth and breadth of  learning opportunities available, being a referral center for Northern Alberta, BC, Saskatchewan and NWT.  Amazing staff radiologists and nuclear medicine physicians, many from our own program, who are deeply committed to teaching.

What is one piece of advice that you want to share with applicants about the interview process: Just be yourself, relax, and enjoy the process.

Eric (PGY7)
Jeffrey PGY7

What do you like about Edmonton: Being in Edmonton for the past 6 1/2 years has provided me with variable perspectives of the city itself. My wife and I initially drove across Canada together and moved into an apartment on Whyte Ave. Super nice area to live in, close to amenities, and right next door to the UAH. Fast forward a few years and we now have two kids. Apartment living was no longer for us so we decided to move to a more community/family-centered neighbourhood in Southeast Edmonton. Bonus: it has a beach - reminding us of our time back East. Our starter home cost us $400,000 (fully finished, rear-detached garage) and takes anywhere from 22-35 minutes to drive to work (depending on which hospital). One of the advantages of Edmonton is that pre-CoVID there are a multitude of opportunities to join activities, both for yourselves and your kids. You name it - Edmonton has it. Just last year, I was in Basketball and Volleyball, my wife was in Volleyball and book club, my son was in Sportball and Soccer, and my daughter was in gymnastics.

What are the highlights of the program for you: The Nuclear Medicine department at the University of Alberta is arguably one of the best in all of Canada. This is coming from an unbiased, true, through-and-through East Coaster point-of-view. The department combines many experienced physicians/role models and is on the cutting-edge of recent and upcoming NM imaging techniques and therapies. The wide-variety of cases and the easy-going collegial work environment is combined with excellent clinical/technical teaching, making this a must-have option when deciding on NM training.

When I was deciding on my site of residency training, I primarily wanted a school that was big enough to have sufficient volume and sufficient case complexity but at the same time not be treated as just a number or "another" resident. UofA fit that bill to a tee combining multiple different hospitals to offer a variety of teaching opportunities (ie. UAH - academic centre, RAH - inner-city medicine, CCI - cancer institute).

Jeffrey (PGY7)