University Of Calgary Postgraduate Medicine

Rural Academics


**May 2020: Please note that this webpage is currently under review as some of the information is out-of-date.**

General Information

To reduce travel, we have set a driving radius of 300km required to travel from your site to attend academic day.

Please Note: This does not apply to mandatory program events (see Rural Attendance and Absense Policy - Rural Travel for Acedemic Events) which can be found on Forms, Documents, Policies and Procedures by searching RuralAttendance.

All residents must attend all scheduled mandatory events and activities, unless on an approved period of absence, medical leave or at a distant teaching site/location where travel back for the event/activity is excessive. Excessive defined as a distance > 300kms.

Monthly Academic Days

Rural Alberta South blocks residents' time from clinical training for monthly academic sessions. These sessions are held in Medicine Hat and Lethbridge. Accommodation and mileage expenses will be covered if residents need to travel to attend the academic day.  A two-year curriculum, developed with both Rural and Calgary-based residents, ensures academic excellence. In order to minimize travel and disruption of family time per rotation, these are held the first Thursday and Friday of each month.

Outside of mandatory workshops, academic sessions are resident driven and organized.

The sessions will include workshops and academic presentations. They are designed to allow the residents to identify academic topics of interest. Each first year resident is required to attend a total of 12 journal clubs and senior residents 9 in order to be promoted.

Mandatory Academics

These mandatory are held the first Thursday/Friday of each month with the occasional acceptance for holidays. Attendance is mandatory for all residents in the program so residents should arrange vacation time around these. The program will reimburse accommodation and mileage expenses if residents need to travel out of their homebase to attend.

Academic Topics

Below are the topics to be covered over a 2-year residency program (as of 2 November 2012).
CASTED, CBT and Hemodynamics courses are held once every two years.

First Year (R1)

ACORN Course Mandatory (1.5 days)

Aboriginal Medicine Mandatory (1 day)

Behavior Medicine Mandatory

- Communication 
- Patient Centered Clinical Method

Ethics Mandatory (½ day)

Evidence Based Medicine Mandatory

- Critical Appraisal (½ day) 
- Computer Search Methods (½ day) 
- Cat and Homework (1 hour) 
- Homework Review (½ day) 
- PQI and Research Review - Presentation to Chairman (½ day)

Journal Club Mandatory - 12 in first year

NRP Mandatory (1 day)

Sexual Harassment (2.5 hours)


- Information Session 
- Practice #1

SPHERE (1 day)

ALSO/ALARM Course Mandatory (1 day)

Second Year (R2)

Geriatrics Mandatory

1. Polypharmacy (1.5 hours) 
2. Urinary Incontinence (1.5 hours) 
3. Dementia/Delirium (1.5 hours) 
4. Falls (1.5 hours)

Hemodynamics (1 day)

Behavior Medicine Mandatory

1. Dealing with difficult people 
2. Boundary issues

Journal Club Mandatory - 9 in second year

PALS - Mandatory (2 days)

SOO Practice

- Practice #2 
- Practice #3 
- Practice #4

Sexual Assault (1/2 day)

Public Health (1/2 day)

Teaching Residents to Teach (1/2 day)

Patient Safety and Medical Errors


Palliative Care - Mandatory (2 days)

- LEAP Course - 2 days 
- 2 week Palliative elective

The goal is for a rotational 2-year program so all residents receive teaching in all areas (a total 36 topics) with overlap:

  • Abuse (emotional, physical)
  • Acute UIR/O.M.
  • Andropause/BPH/impotence
  • Approach to allergies in the office/testing
  • Approach to developmental delay/FAS
  • Approach to EBM
  • Approach to elevated LFT’s
  • Approach to routine pediatric exam
  • Asthma
  • Breastfeeding/infant feeding
  • Care of the newborn
  • CHF (in community)
  • Chronic pain/IBS/fibromyalgia
  • Common arthrititis (PA/RA/gout)
  • Common complications in pregnancy
  • Common pediatric infections
  • Contraception
  • COPD
  • Dementia/delirium
  • Derm 1: Rash in children
  • Derm 2: Approach to nevi, skin lesions
  • Derm 3: adult rashes, acne, psoriasis, etc.
  • Diabetes
  • Dysfunctional uterine bleeding
  • Effecting a change in behavior
  • Emerg cases
  • GERD/PUD/dyspepsia
  • Geriatric functional decline/frailty
  • Headache
  • HIV
  • Hypertension
  • Immunizations (childhood and adult)
  • Low back pain
  • Menopause/HRT
  • Obesity
  • Optho 1: trauma, red eye
  • Optho 2: chronic eye disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Periodic Examinations
  • Principles of screening
  • Screening breast cancer
  • Screening cancer of the cervix
  • Screening cancer of the colon
  • Screening cancer of the prostate
  • Sexual assault
  • Sleep disorders/sleep apnea
  • SOO’s
  • STD’s/Vaginitis
  • Substance abuse
  • Thyroid disease
  • Travel medicine