University Of Calgary Postgraduate Medicine

Enhanced Skills – Prospective Residents – Application

Program Mission Statement

To train Family Physicians in enhanced skills identified as necessary to provide care to specific communities in Alberta.

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Application Process Overview

Given the COVID-19 pandemic, programs will not be holding applicants responsible for not completing the appropriate amount of electives prior to application for academic year 2021-2022. 


All Enhanced Skills Category 1 programs will be accepting applications for the 2021 match cycle via CaRMS.  Please see application timeline listed below or visit the CaRMS website for a detailed description of the timeline.

Application Timeline. Please regularly refer to the CaRMS website for potential change in dates.

  • July 8, 2020 at 12:00 (noon) ET – CaRMS registration
  • 4 August 2020 at 12:00(noon) ET - Access to CaRMS Online
  • 2 September 2020 at 12:00(noon) ET - Program selection period begins
  • 4 September 2020 at 17:00ET - DEADLINE: Submission of translation requests
  • 15 September 2020 - DEADLINE: Submission of applicant assessment forms
  • 16 September 2020 at 12:00(noon) ET - DEADLINE: Assignment of applications and documents
  • 16 September 2020 at 12:05ET - File review period begins
  • 8 October 2020 - DEADLINE: Interview status updates in CaRMS Online
  • 16 October 2020- 30 November 2020 - National interview period
  • 12 November 2020 at 12:00(noon) ET - Ranking period begins
  • 3 December 2020 at 15:00ET - DEADLINE: Submission of applicant rank order lists
  • 16 December 2020 at 12:00(noon) ET - MATCH DAY
  • 13 January 2021 at 15:00ET - CaRMS Online access closes


Available spots for Category 1 programs

  • Addiction Medicine – 2 spots
  • Care of Elderly – 3 spots
  • Emergency Medicine – 8 spots
  • FP-Anaesthesia – 2 spots
  • Palliative Medicine – 2 spots
  • Sport & Exercise Medicine – 2 spots


Application schedule for Category 2 programs is TBA.  Available spots for these programs are:

  • Health Equity: Local and Global Care – 2 spots
  • Maternal and Newborn Care – 2 spots


All University of Calgary Family Medicine Enhanced Skills programs are open to practicing family physicians and current family medicine residents. We encourage anyone interested in the ES programs to apply.

However, it is important to note that funding for so-called "Re-Entry" resident positions (practicing family physicians who have graduated from residency more than 6 months ago) is controlled and limited by UofC Postgraduate Medical Education. The funding for family medicine residents who are offered admission is guaranteed, but it is not for Re-Entry applicants. The decision on the number of ES Re-Entry positions that will be funded for the coming academic year is made by PGME. Historically, these funding decisions from PGME have been made in December prior to the start of the upcoming academic year in July.

For queries regarding the search and selection process, please contact Enhanced Skills Program Coordinator at

Enhanced Skills Orientation

 All ES Residents in all Programs, regardless of the ES Program start date, are required to attend the mandatory ES Program orientation in July.  The orientation is always scheduled for the first business day in July from 1-4pm.

Enhanced Skills Director

Dr. Brendan Miles MD, MPA, CCFP

Program Director, Enhanced Skills