**May 2020: Please note that this webpage is currently under review as some of the information is out-of-date.**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