University Of Calgary Postgraduate Medicine

Program Highlights

Studying Family Medicine in Calgary and Southern Alberta is unlike anything else.

Family Medicine residency training programs began in Canada in 1966 and at the University of Calgary in 1985. Calgary city grads are confident to practice family medicine anywhere in Alberta, nationally, and in the world!

We have a supportive network of teachers, including a cohort of over 1000 clinical preceptors who support learners in the undergraduate and the residency programs.  Calgary Family Physicians are vital to our communities and hospitals, and our residents work alongside them learning how to provide the best possible care using the Patient’s Medical Home model and working collaboratively with specialist colleagues.  In addition, we have a network of rural family medicine colleagues who influence our residents greatly in elective and the core rural family medicine rotations in the R2 year.

Our Program Highlights

  • The first block of Residency is devoted to 'Foundations' which consists of core teaching, program orientation, building clinical skills (e.g. courses such as ALARM), and time in family medicine home clinics.
  • Weekly academics are designed to enhance your learning experience and catch up with co-residents.
  • A Competency Coach will provide you with support throughout your residency training program for 2 years. Meetings and Progress Reviews are completed every 4 months.
  • We have resident representation on all postgraduate program leadership committees to ensure the resident voice is always heard and considered.
  • We have Patient-Centered Care Labs that are focused on communication skills and doctor-patient relationships
  • We have a leading-edge Resident Assessment Program that focuses on assessment for learning, not just of learning
  • There are opportunities for residents to develop their teaching skills through formal academic lectures devoted to the topic, medical education electives, participation with the undergraduate FM Interest Group, and teaching opportunities in home clinics.
  • We are a Program that is supportive and prioritizes our Residents’ wellbeing. Chief Residents organize quarterly Resident Confidentials (peer support sessions) that are run during protected program time. We also have a Wellness Curriculum that teaches residents a basic skill set relating to the maintenance of wellness.
  • Evaluations of academics, rotations, and preceptors are reviewed regularly, and necessary improvements are made.

First Year Curriculum

Electives - 8 weeks

Family Medicine Focused:
Home Clinic – 2 days each week throughout all Family Medicine (FM) based rotations

  • Foundations - 4 weeks
  • Calgary Clinics (opportunities at partnering clinics) – 8 weeks
  • Behavioural Medicine/Mental Health – 8 weeks
  • Care of the Adult – 4 weeks
  • Care of the Child – 4 weeks
  • Longitudinal Long term Care option
  • Family Medicine Mental Health Labs

Immersive Experiences:

  • Internal Medicine - 4 weeks
  • Obstetrics/Low Risk - 4 weeks
  • Palliative Care - 4 weeks
  • Pediatrics - 4 weeks

Second Year Curriculum

Electives – 8 weeks

Family Medicine Focused:
Home Clinic – 2 days each week throughout all FM based rotations

  • Calgary Clinics (opportunities at partnering clinics) – 8 weeks
  • Selective – 4 weeks 
  • Pediatric Emergency – 4 weeks
  • Adult Emergency – 4 weeks
  • Urgent Care – 4 weeks
  • Rural - 8 weeks
  • Family Medicine Mental Health Labs

Immersive Experiences:

  •  Care of the Elderly – 4 weeks
  •  Hospitalist – 4 weeks
  •  Musculoskeletal – 2 weeks
  •  Low Risk Obstetrics – 2 weeks