This Rural Program provides amazing opportunities for one-to-one learning in hospital rotations, emergency medicine and Family Medicine clinics across Southern Alberta, and sometimes in Northern locations (Yellowknife and Whitehorse, when these opportunities are available).
The core of the Program is based on extended rotations in Rural Family Medicine settings providing 16 weeks of Rural Family Medicine in first year and 24 weeks of Rural Family Medicine in second year.
Residents experience full scope, comprehensive care with a high, but appropriate level of independence, and significant opportunities for training in procedural skills and acute care.
Residents in the program have the opportunity to obtain experience and teaching in critical care and the ICU rotation in Calgary has been appreciated over the last few years.
High quality teaching is delivered by experienced rural & regional preceptors in Southern Alberta.
Financial support is provided by the program through the University of Calgary. Resident accommodation is arranged and paid for outside their home base of Lethbridge or Medicine Hat. There is also reimbursement for travel expenses to academic workshops and out-of-town rotations.
The Family Medicine experience includes a total of 40 weeks in different rural community-based Family Medicine practices. All sites have accommodation suitable for couples and some for small families.