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**May 2020: Please note that this webpage is currently under review as some of the information is out-of-date.**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

Rural residents participate in 2 full days most blocks over the year of mandatroy academics.  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.  Academics teaching varies from classroom lectures to Educational SIMs.

Monthly Academic Days

The Rural program 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. 

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.

Mandatory Academics

Academics are generally always scheduled on a Thursday/Friday once per block.. 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 when 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