The University of Calgary offers a two-year postgraduate training program in Adult Infectious Diseases that offers exceptional flexibility, resident support, and opportunity for mentorship and career development. Our program is closely integrated with the paediatric infectious diseases training program, which provides synergy and additional learning opportunities.
The initial four blocks of training are spent on the adult inpatient consultation service (2 blocks) and in the medical microbiology laboratory (2 blocks). This allows trainees to rapidly acquire the fundamental skills they need in order to be successful. The remainder of the program is flexible, allowing subspecialty residents to accommodate elective experiences and vacation time. Other highlights include:
Infectious Diseases Academic Half-Day:
- We have designed a flexible two-year clinical academic half-day curriculum that is thorough, resident driven, and seamlessly integrated with teaching from the medical microbiology laboratory. In addition to clinical sciences, issues pertaining to basic science and pathogenesis are emphasized. Non-medical expert CanMEDS competencies are incorporated into the curriculum.
- Every Thursday morning (protected time), adult and paediatric ID subspecialty residents meet together for topical or case-based studies. Sessions are facilitated by members of the divisions of Adult and Paediatric ID, and Medical Microbiology.
- Practise examinations are conducted biannually in preparation for the Royal College examinations in Infectious Diseases.
Rounds and Seminars:
- ID Seminar series: weekly teleconferenced state-of-the-art lectures and research presentations.
- ID Case Presentation rounds: weekly teleconferenced case presentations with faculty in attendance.
- Infectious Diseases Journal Club: development of critical appraisal skills with faculty facilitators.
- Infectious Diseases Research Group Meetings (monthly).
- Visiting Professor Rounds.
- All new trainees attend a mandatory Clinical Epidemiology course at the beginning of their subspecialty training.
- There is substantial opportunity for research mentorship and supervision available.
- Over two years of subspecialty training, all residents are expected to complete a minimum of one QA/QI project, submit an abstract for presentation at a major national or international meeting, and to submit a peer-reviewed manuscript for publication.
- All trainees participate in longitudinal care clinics 1/2 day/week. In the first year, this consists of a general ID clinic, while in the second year, emphasis is given to the care of persons infected with HIV.
- Trainees gain extensive experience in the management of home parenteral therapy throughout the course of training.
- More intensive clinical experience with STI, travel-related medicine, TB, Hepatitis or transplant-related infection is available.