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
- First block of Residency is devoted to an introduction to the profession with a rotation called FM-Core, which consists of orientation to the program, core teaching and specific clinical skills (e.g. courses such as ALARM, participation in an Opioids Skills Day), and Family Medicine home clinic
- 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.
- CCFP exam preparation sessions, including practice SOO sessions in both years (currently virtual), and access to an online SAMP study platform in second year
- 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.