University of Calgary

Updated August 12, 2016

Faculty vision

Creating the future of health.


The University of Calgary residency programs enable trainees to achieve certification by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or the College of Family Physicians of Canada. The University of Calgary has 58 accredited programs.

The University of Calgary offers PGY-1 Royal College programs in Anatomical Pathology, Anesthesia, Cardiac Surgery, Dermatology, Diagnostic Radiology, Emergency Medicine, General Surgery, Internal Medicine, Medical Genetics, Neurology (Adult and Pediatric), Neurosurgery, Neuropathology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedic Surgery, Otolaryngology, Pediatrics, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Plastic Surgery, Psychiatry, Public Health and Preventive Medicine and Radiation Oncology. Further training is available in a number of sub-specialties in Internal Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics, Surgery, Vascular Surgery, and the Clinician Investigator Program.

Family Medicine is a two year program, accredited by the College of Family Physicians of Canada, with the option of a third year of additional special skills training, e.g., Anesthesia, Care of the Elderly, Emergency Medicine, Palliative Care, etc.

Training may take place at any of the affiliated teaching hospitals within Alberta Health Services which include: the Alberta Children’s Hospital, the Peter Lougheed Hospital, the Foothills Hospital, South Health and the Rockyview Hospital. In addition, rotations may occur at other locations in southern Alberta. Residency programs benefit from the excellent working relationship between the University and the Health Region and extensive clinical opportunities.

Calgary is a dynamic city with strong community spirit. It features many outdoor attractions such as a scenic network of jogging and cycling paths, as well as close proximity to mountain hiking and skiing in Banff and Lake Louise.


Graduates of University of Calgary residency programs, with 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, are eligible for licensure anywhere in Canada.

Tuition fees

The University of Calgary tuition fee for 2018-2018 is $970.46 per annum. This fee is subject to change.

There is a significant reimbursement for this fee as part of the agreement with PARA.

The University of Calgary PGME annual registration fee is $250.00.

Salary & benefits (as of July 1, 2013)

Pay level I $54,857
Pay level II $60,828
Vacation days 20 days per annum (1 2/3 weekday per month of service)
In hospital call In-house call is on a one-in-four basis. No resident shall be scheduled to be on call more than 7 nights in 28; a portion of 2 weekends in 4; and on duty more than 24 consecutive hours.
Out of hospital call Home call is on a one-in-three basis. No resident shall be scheduled to be on call more than 9 nights in a 28 day period.
Rural/regional rotations For information on rural/regional experiences contact:

See also, terms of the contract of the Professional Association of Residents of Alberta (PARA).


All programs at the University of Calgary will conform to deadlines published by CaRMS which include dates for short-listing candidates and periods during which interviews will be offered. Candidates who are short-listed for interviews will be provided dates for interviews in accordance with CaRMS deadlines.

Other information

Upon successfully matching to a University of Calgary residency program and prior to starting residency training, if you required accommodation during medical school or if you believe you will need accommodation in residency it is necessary to notify the PGME Dean as soon as possible.  Because of the nature of residency, it may take time to ensure arrangements for accommodation are in place.

International medical graduates

Admission to Alberta programs is limited to Canadian citizens and permanent residents who are graduates of medical schools accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). Canadian citizens and permanent residents who are graduates of non-LCME accredited medical schools who wish to do postgraduate medical training in Alberta must apply to the Alberta International Medical Graduate program (AIMG). Website:


Further information about the University of Calgary can be found at our web site:

Program start date

July 1, 2017. Orientation on June 26, 2017.