University of Alberta
Updated September 6, 2017
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For the 2017-2018 term, the University of Alberta plans to offer 170 CMG stream and 20 IMG stream positions leading to certification by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or the College of Family Physicians of Canada. The University of Alberta has 54 accredited programs.
The number of positions and allocation among specialties will be finalized well before February 2018. Any changes in numbers of positions or in the following descriptive material relating to University of Alberta programs will be published on the Carms website. We would also encourage all applicants to communicate directly with the listed program directors for clarification of any issues related to individual programs.
All listed postgraduate programs are accredited by and comply with educational requirements of national accreditation authorities and include a wide range of academic activities including scheduled rounds, lecture series, seminars, journal clubs, etc. Further details are available in individual program descriptions or from the listed program director.
For trainees who have completed the two-year program in Family Medicine, there is the possibility of additional training of three to twelve months for those wishing to enhance preparation for rural practice. This would most frequently involve extra training in Anaesthesia, Obstetrics, Emergency Medicine, Psychiatry, etc.
Basic Clinical Year
PGY-1 trainees in Royal College programs requiring a “basic clinical year”, including Anatomical/General Pathology, Anaesthesia, Dermatology, Diagnostic Radiology, Emergency Medicine, Medical Microbiology, Nuclear Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Psychiatry and Radiation Oncology will be secunded to a standardized common year program designed to provide broad exposure to the major clinical disciplines. While minor variations occur in relation to certain specialty programs, for most the year will consist of 8 weeks Medicine, 4 weeks of CCU, 4 weeks General Surgery, 4 weeks Orthopedics, 8 weeks Pediatrics, 4 weeks Ob/Gyn, 4 weeks Emergency Medicine, 4 weeks Psychiatry and 8 weeks elective. The elective experience is usually taken in the parent specialty. This “common” year will be under the direction of a faculty-appointed committee chaired by Dr. J Walton which includes all directors of programs receiving this training plus the director of the Surgical Foundations program and the program director in Family Medicine.
PGY-1 Surgical Foundations
All surgical programs, including Obstetrics and Gynaecology, will undertake a 2-year core program of which the first year will be similar for all and consist of 12 weeks General Surgery, 12 weeks Internal Medicine with an emphasis on surgical aspects, 8 weeks Emergency Medicine, 4 weeks Pediatric ICU, 8 weeks base specialty and 4 weeks Anaesthesia. Details for the PGY-2 year are described under each specialty.
Competence by Design (CBD)
Applying competency-basec practices to residency education
To contribute to the success of Canadian physicians and the delivery of high-quality patient care, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada has embarked upon an initiative to introduce competency-based medical education (CBME) in Canadian postgraduate specialty training and in professional practice in Canada. This initiative, called Competence by Design (CBD), aims to enhance patient care by aligning medical education and lifelong learning with evolving patient needs and empowering learners t more fully engage in their education process.
CBD will use time as a framework rather than the basis for progression. It is not anticipated that the duration of training will change for the majority of trainees. Residency programs will be broken down into stages, and each stage will have a series of milestones based on required competencies. These milestones will create more targeted learning outcomes and involve more frequent, formative assessments within the clinical workplace to ensure residents are developing and receiving feedback on the skills they need.
Programs will transition to CBD according to a nationally coordinated schedule. All programs implementing CBD will continue to undergo the same rigorous accreditation processes as traditional programs. All CBD programs (and traditional programs) will continue to lead to Royal College approved certification. Certification for trainees in both CBD and traditional programs will include the completion of a Royal College examination; however, residents in CBD programs will also be assessed against program milestones throughout their training. Within a CBD program, all milestones (documented within an electronic portfolio) and the Royal College examination must be successfully completed to achieve certification.
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Postgraduate training programs are carried out predominantly within the hospital and community resources of the Alberta Health Services within the City of Edmonton. These include the University of Alberta Hospitals, the Royal Alexandra Hospital and the Covenant Health Group. Program specific activities occur within specialized institutions including the Stollery Children’s Hospital, Mazankowski Heart Institute, Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, Cross Cancer Institute and the Alberta Psychiatric Hospital. The Family Medicine Program operates in selected community practices both within Edmonton and in several Alberta rural communities.
Interviews will generally be scheduled in January-February. Specific information is contained in individual program descriptions.
The University of Alberta Programs are designed such that certification by either the college of Family Physicians of Canada or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada plus successful completion of Parts I and II of the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination will establish portability of licensure within Canada.
The current program fee payable to the Registrar, University of Alberta is $968.39
This is subject to a small annual increase.
There are no tuition fees charged at the University of Alberta.
Salaries and Benefits
See terms of the contract of the Professional Association of Resident Physicians of Alberta (PARA).
International Medical Graduates
Canadian citizens and permanent residents who are graduates of non-LCME accredited medical schools who wish to do postgraduate medical training in Alberta must first apply to the Alberta International Medical Graduate program (AIMG). Website: http://www.aimg.ca/
Programs commence July 1, 2018. Orientation will be held the second last working day of June.