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University of Alberta - Pediatrics - Edmonton

2022 R-1 Main Residency Match - first iteration
CMG Stream for CMG

Last approved on September 23, 2021

Summary of changes

Approximate Quota:

 10 

Accreditation status : Accredited

Provincial Criteria


Dr. Jessica Foulds
Department of Pediatrics 
General Pediatric Residency Training Program 
11405 - 87 Avenue Edmonton Clinic Health Academy
Edmonton , Alberta, T6G 2J3
(780) 248-5538
(780) 492-9742
University of Alberta
Department of Pediatrics
Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation
Alberta Health Services
City of Edmonton
General Pediatrics Residency Program

Program Contacts

Dr. Jessica Foulds
Program Director
jwylie@ualberta.ca
780-248-5538

Dr. Christopher Gerdung
Assistant Program Director
gerdung@ualberta.ca
780-248-5538
780-248-5544

Cassie Rivait
Program Administrator
genpeds@ualberta.ca
780-248-5538
780-248-5544

Jodi Gartner
Program Administrator
genpeds@ualberta.ca
780-248-5544


Important Information

Welcome!

Thanks for your interest in our pediatric training program here at the University of Alberta. We are a collaborative and tight-knit community striving for excellence in clinical care, education, advocacy, research, and setting learners up for success in their future careers. We are excited to learn more about you, and your interest in pediatrics. Please let us know if you have additional questions after reviewing the site and accompanied links here.

Competence by Design (CBD)

July 2021 was our official launch for Competence by Design (CBD) and our General Pediatric Residency is thrilled for how this initiative is contributing to the delivery of high-quality patient care and enhanced learner feedback and mentorship. By empowering learners to more fully engage in their education process, CBD will use time as a resource rather than the basis for progression. It is not anticipated that the duration of training will change for the majority of trainees, though our curriculum is mapped to a four year training program. 

The General Pediatric Residency Program has been broken down into four stages: Transition to Discipline, Foundations, Core and Transition to Practice.Each stage has a series of entrustable professional activities (EPAs) and milestones based on required competencies. These EPAs and milestones create more targeted learning outcomes and involve more frequent, formative assessments within the clinical workplace to ensure our residents are developing and receiving feedback on their skills they need. Our program is following the nationally coordinated transition to CBD schedule and is fortunate to have national leaders in our postgraduate leadership mentoring us in this transition. Our program will continue to undergo the accreditation process leading to Royal College certification. Certification for trainees in both CBD and traditional programs will include the completion of a Royal College examination; however, residents in CBD programs will also be assessed against specialty specific EPAs and milestones throughout their training. Within a CBD program, all EPAs (documented within an electronic portfolio unique to the University of Alberta), stage promotions and the Royal College examination must be successfully completed to achieve certification.

CASPer Examination

All applicants to the General Pediatric Residency Program, at the University of Alberta are required to complete an online assessment (CASPer), to assist with our selection process. Successful completion of CASPer is mandatory in order to maintain admission eligibility.

CASPer is an online test which assesses non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics that we believe are important for ensuring success as a learner and pediatrician, and will complement the other tools that we use for applicant screening. In implementing CASPer, we are trying to further enhance fairness and objectivity in our selection process. 

In order to take CASPer, you will be responsible for securing access to a computer with audio capabilities, a webcam, and a reliable internet connection on your selected test date. CASPer can be taken practically anywhere that you can satisfy the aforementioned requirements. No exceptions will be provided for applicants unable to take CASPer online.

Please go to www.takeCASPer.com to sign up for the Canadian Postgraduate Medical Education test (CSP20201) and reserve a test using a piece of government-issued photo ID. You will be provided with a limited number of testing dates and times. Please note that these are the only testing dates available for your CASPer test. There will be no additional tests scheduled. Please use an email address that you check regularly; as there may be updates to the test schedule. The tests for the 2022 admission cycle is open for registration as of September 2021.

Please direct any inquiries on the test to support@takecasper.com. Alternatively, you may use the chat bubble in the bottom right hand corner of your screen on the takecasper.com website.

The CASPer test comprises 12 sections of video and written scenarios. Following each scenario, you will be required to answer a set of probing questions under a time contract. The test typically takes between 75-90 minutes to complete. Each response is graded by a different rater, giving a very robust and reliable view of personal and professional characteristics important to our program. No studying is required for CASPer, although you may want to familiarize yourself with the test structure at www.takeCASPer.com, and ensure you have a quiet environment to take the test.

CASPer test results are valid for one admissions cycle. Applicants who have already taken the test in previous years will therefore be expected to re-take it.


International Medical Graduates

Admission to Alberta programs in the first iteration is limited to graduates of medical schools accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). Canadian citizens and permanent residents who are graduates of non-LCME accredited medical schools who wish to do postgraduate medical training in Alberta are eligible to apply to CaRMS IMG Stream provided they have been assessed by

the Alberta International Medical Graduate program (AIMG). 

Website: http://www.aimg.ca/


Return of Service

There are no return of service requirements at the University of Alberta.


General Instructions

Program application language: English

 

Program application language: English

 

Canadian citizenship

Supporting Documentation:

Required

Submit one of the following documents to verify your Canadian citizenship:

  • Canadian Birth Certificate or Act of Birth
  • Certificate of Canadian Citizenship
  • Confirmation of Permanent Residence in Canada
  • Passport page showing Canadian Citizenship
  • Canadian Permanent Resident Card (both sides of card)
  • Record of Landing, clearly showing the date of landing in Canada

Canadian Permanent Resident card must be accompanied by Record of Landing, clearly showing the date of landing in Canada.

 

Language proficiency

Optional - will be reviewed

Submit one of the following documents to verify your language proficiency:

  • IELTS

IMG and graduates of Canadian medical schools where instruction is not English (as identified by CPSA) must meet English language requirements required by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta for licensure. English Language Proficiency .Effective January 1, 2018, IELTS is the only English language proficiency test accepted by CPSA.

 

Reference documents

Required

Letter of reference Number requested: 3

Three letters of reference are required. Please do not send more than three letters. These letters should be written by a faculty member who supervised the student. References from pediatricians are preferred, however we recognize that this year in particular opportunities for electives have been substantially affected. NO late references will be accepted. No references from peers or patients / patient families will be accepted.

 

Additional documents

Required

Medical School Transcript

Order from your Registrar

Medical Student Performance Record

Order from your Dean's office

Personal Letter

Custom Résumé / CV

Photo [Note: Photograph is used as memory aid only]

 


Supporting Documentation

Canadian citizenship
CaRMS partners with third-party organizations to verify your citizenship or permanent resident status. If your status is verified by one of these organizations, you will not need to provide citizenship documents in your application. If your citizenship status is not verified, you must provide one of the documents listed below.
Required
Submit one of the following documents to verify your Canadian citizenship:
• Canadian Birth Certificate or Act of Birth
• Certificate of Canadian Citizenship
• Confirmation of Permanent Residence in Canada
• Passport page showing Canadian Citizenship
• Canadian Permanent Resident Card (both sides of card)
• Record of Landing, clearly showing the date of landing in Canada

Canadian Permanent Resident card must be accompanied by Record of Landing, clearly showing the date of landing in Canada.

Language proficiency
Optional - will be reviewed
Submit one of the following documents to verify your language proficiency:
• IELTS

IMG and graduates of Canadian medical schools where instruction is not English (as identified by CPSA)  must meet English language requirements required by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta for licensure.  English Language Proficiency . 

Effective January 1, 2018, IELTS will be the only English language proficiency test accepted by CPSA.

Reference documents
Required
Number requested: 3

Three letters of reference are required. Please do not send more than three letters. These letters should be written by a faculty member who supervised the student. References from pediatricians are preferred, however we recognize that this year in particular opportunities for electives have been substantially affected. NO late references will be accepted. No references from peers or patients / patient families will be accepted.

Additional documents
Required
Medical School Transcript 

Order from your Registrar

Medical Student Performance Record 

Order from your Dean's office

Personal Letter 
Word count
Minimum : None
Maximum : None

Your letter should outline your reasons for choosing Pediatrics specifically at the University of Alberta. Your letter should give the review committee better insight into who you are, and your genuine interest, commitment and suitability to pediatrics. What doesn’t jump out from your CV or transcript that you want us to know about you? Why specifically are you interested in pediatric training at the University of Alberta?. Please limit your letter to 750 words.

Custom Résumé / CV 

Please limit to 3 pages.

Photo 
[Note: Photograph is used as memory aid only]

CASPer exam 


Review Process

Applications submitted after file review has opened on January 31, 2022


Supporting documents (excluding letters of reference) that arrive after file review has opened  on  January 31, 2022


Letters of reference that arrive after the unmasking date on January 31, 2022


The files are reviewed by two-three members of the selection committee. Invitations to an interview are made based on this review.


Interviews

Dates:

  • March 14, 2022
  • March 15, 2022
  • March 16, 2022
  • March 17, 2022
Interviews will be held virtually.

March 14-17, 2022 - Mornings sittings only 

**Interview days will wrap up by 1:00pm**

Program will notify all applicants through CaRMS Online and will send email invitations directly to applicants selected for an interview.
Short listed candidates will be contacted by email no later than Friday, February 18, 2022 (noon EST) and, if applicable, will include instructions on accessing an online self-scheduling tool used by all programs participating in the 2022 General Pediatrics CaRMS R-1 match.

Interview Day: Interviews will be held in a virtual multiple mini interview format (MMI) These stations will evaluate the candidate's attributes, both cognitive and non-cognitive, which are felt to be important to the Pediatrics Program at the University of Alberta. The interviews themselves will take place in the morning of the interview dates provided and your time commitment for the whole process will be a approximately of 4 hours; this includes tours, meetings with the Program Directors.

Social Events: Our resident group will host two virtual social events during our interview week. Details will be included with the interview invitations. Social events are not mandatory and may not occur on each interview day. Names collected on these virtual events are only included for scheduling purposes and attendance does not impact a candidate’s final ranking. All aspects (including but not limited to, inappropriate behaviour/interactions with physicians, trainees and administrative staff) of the interview process will be taken into consideration when determining the final rank list.


Selection Criteria

The criteria that our selection committee uses for choosing candidates include:

-acceptable academic record throughout the medical undergraduate program with particular emphasis on the proficiency achieved in pediatrics.

-demonstrated interest in pediatrics reflected in the personal letter.

-extracurricular activities in medical school.

-positive reference letters.

-a positive interview demonstrating the individual's communication and interpersonal skills, level of maturity, empathy and sensitivity and ability to work in a team environment which helps determine their appropriateness for training in the pediatric program.

-research/scholarly activities (clinical or basic) done during Medical School. Other research (Masters or PhD) will be noted.



Program goals

Mission, Vision and Values

Our Values

Our values mirror those of the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry. They are:

Scholarship

To discover, interpret and disseminate new knowledge that promotes and restores health.

Respect, Compassion and Caring

To use these ideals to guide how we teach our students, care for our patients and work with our colleagues.

Integrity

To carry out our responsibilities to patients, students and colleagues while maintaining the highest moral standards.

Social Accountability

To engage all levels of the broad community in order to address their priority health concerns.

Excellence

To be dedicated to the highest standard of conduct in teaching, research and patient care.

Partnership

To partner in education, research and health care for the greater good of the communities we serve.

Our Mission

To deliver excellence in care for infants, children, youth and families by:

  • Providing comprehensive health care
  • Educating health professionals for today and the future
  • Advancing knowledge through innovative research
  • Advocating for vulnerable populations
  • Promoting quality and patient safety
  • Developing leaders in child health

 

Selection process goals

Successful applicants will have a well rounded application and will clearly demonstrate their desire to train in the discipline of pediatrics and to serve the pediatric population and their families. Successful applicants will have a positive interview demonstrating the individual's communication and interpersonal skills, level of maturity, empathy and sensitivity and ability to work in a team environment which helps determine their appropriateness for training in our pediatric program.

File review process

Review team composition : Review team composition : The file review team consists of eight (8) faculty: the Program Director, the Assistant Program Director and six (6) other faculty reviewers.

Average number of applications received by our program in the last five years : 51 - 200

Average percentage of applicants offered interviews : 51 - 75 %

Evaluation criteria :
File component Criteria
CV Current CVs
Electives Electives at our site are not mandatory. We appreciate what a challenging year this has been for clinical placements.
Examinations MMI not required due to COVID-19 for the 2022 Match year.
Extra-curricular Extra-curricular activities during Medical school.
Leadership skills Demonstrated leadership skills during medical school.
MSPRs Describing overall performance in medical school.
Personal letters Positive reference letters completed by faculty, not by peers.
Reference documents We do not evaluate this file component.
Research/Publications Research activities (clinical or basic) done during Medical School. Other research will be noted
Transcripts Transcripts are reviewed

Elective criteria

Electives at our site are not mandatory. We appreciate what a challenging year this has been for clinical placements.
We do not require applicants to have done onsite electives.

Interview process

Interview format :



We routinely accommodate requests to re-schedule interviews for applicants.

Interview evaluation criteria :
Interview components Criteria
Collaboration skills Ability to demonstrate of collegiality in a multidisciplinary team
Collegiality Demonstration of collegiality through a scenario
Communication skills High level communication skills is an essential component in all the stations
Health advocacy N/A
Interest in the discipline Interest in discipline is assessed during the interactive stations.
Interest in the program Interest in Program is assessed during the interactive stations.
Leadership skills Ability to demonstrate leadership skills through a scenario
Professionalism Ability to recognize professional boundaries. Recognize the obligation to the profession
Scholarly activities We currently do not evaluate this during interview component

Information gathered outside of CaRMS application

We do not consider any information gathered outside of the CaRMS application and local interview processes.

Ranking process

The behavior(s) exhibited below during the interview process may prevent an applicant from being ranked by our program :
   
   
   


Program Highlights

Quick Facts

Electives may be taken internationally or interprovincial. A maximum of 4 weeks away, per year is generally allowed during the first three years of training. Further time away may be taken during fourth year as negotiated with the program director and training committee.

There are mandatory community-based rotations in each year of training to allow for exposure and graded responsibilities, with second and third years onward having rural/regional opportunities.

We have roughly 40 general pediatric residents and 230 Faculty/clinical teachers. This may seem like a large number of teaching staff, but reflects our broad community of educators from Red Deer to Yellowknife. Our residents get to know these pediatricians and faculty well.

Average patient load on rotations can be difficult to predict. On your CTU rotation as a junior resident you would be assigned on average 5-6 patients, and our geographic ward teams are typically capped at 20 patients. Our program has a Night Float system that concentrates your call, and serves to minimize time away from other rotations, while facilitating fatigue risk management. 

Our institution does provide residents with access to electronic medical resources. From second year onward, residents participate in a Continuity Clinic at various community sites located in Edmonton. This enhances their experience in consultative ambulatory pediatrics with a high needs population and enhances longitudinal care provision proficiency.

Clinical opportunities include day trips and multi-day trips to communities anywhere from 45 minutes to 7 hours outside of Edmonton. We are particularly proud to offer clinical opportunities in Maskwacis, initially a pediatric outreach clinic started by a residency advocacy group, and is now a full time general pediatric clinic serving all four Cree nations in its local area.

 


Program Curriculum

This residency program is for 4 years.

Program length of training does not exceed the Royal College or College of Family Physicians of Canada standard.

Curriculum

In addition to general pediatric training, subspecialty residency training programs are also offered in Cardiology, Infectious Diseases, Emergency Medicine, Hematology/Oncology, Developmental Pediatrics, Neonatal-Perinatal,Neurology, Pediatric Critical Care, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Respirology and Nephrology.

Funding exists for travel to rural Alberta and Yellowknife, as these rotations would be part of the compulsory community blocks, or as additional selectives. We also encourage residents to attend outreach clinics, and support residents interested in international experiences.

The residency program consists of 4 years of general pediatric training, with an opportunity for application to subspecialty, or other career directed activities after completion of their “Transition to Practice” stage of training. Residents are regularly mentored as to their experience and direction for their training.

Each year consists of 13 four-week blocks, one being allocated for vacation.

We are a dynamic training program. Changes in the curriculum may have occurred since this posting. Please refer to our website at the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta.

The rotations for each year are as follows: (most rotations are at the Stollery Children's Hospital)

Please note Selectives are any Pediatric Core or Subspecialty area.

Elective is any Pediatric Core or Subspecialty but with no call requirements and may be away.





  Year 1 (Transition to Discipline/Foundations of Discipline)

  • 10-12 wks General Inpatient Pediatrics (Clinical Teaching Unit)
  • 4 wks Neonatology (Royal Alexandra Hospital, level 2)
  • 4 wks Emergency
  • 4 wks Developmental Pediatrics (Junior Rotation)
  • 4 wks Pediatric Surgery
  • 4 wks Elective (Call Free)
  • 8-10 wks Selective
  • 2 wks Research
  • 2 wks Ambulatory (Grey Nuns)
  • 4 wks Night Float
  • 2 wks Community Urban
  • 4 wks Vacation

Year 2 (Core of Discipline)

  • 8 wks Pediatric Intensive Care (or the option to do 4 wks Pediatric Intensive Care and 4 wks Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care)
  • 4 wks Neonatology (Stollery)
  • 2-4 wks Research and extra if needed which comes out of selective time
  • 12 wks Selective
  • 4 wks Social Pediatrics
  • 4 wks Elective (call free)
  • 4 wks Rural/Regional 
  • 4 wks General Inpatient Pediatrics (Clinical Teaching Unit Green Team)
  • 4 wks Night Float
  • 4 wks Vacation

Year 3 (Core of Discipline)

  • 4 wks Developmental Pediatrics (Senior Rotation)
  • 16 wks General Inpatient Pediatrics (CTU as senior resident)
  • 4 wks Elective (call free)
  • 4 wks Community Rural (away rural i.e.: Yellowknife/Red Deer)
  • 4 wks Emergency
  • 4 wks Neonatology (Royal Alexandra, level 3)
  • 4 wks Selective (flexible with research time)
  • 4 wks Mental health
  • 3 wks Night Float
  • 1-4 wks Research (1 wk allotted for research, however flexible with selective time)
  • 4 wks Vacation

Year 4 (Tailored to Transition to Practice needs)

  • 4-8 wks Neonatology (Grey Nuns, junior staff)
  • 4 wks Emergency (suggested)
  • 3 wks Night Float
  • 1wk research (if needed)
  • 28 wks Selective (designed to complement the resident's career objectives)
    • up to 4 wks clinics which come out of selective time
  • 8 wks Elective (Call Free)
  • 4 wks Vacation

Medical Education Training

Resident Academic Half Day occurs weekly and is designed based on adult learning principles and active learning strategies that include small group, flipped classroom, didactic, procedural skills and simulations. Sessions are based on the Royal College objectives and the CanMEDS roles. Opportunities exist for residents to take formal courses on medical education and improve teaching skills. Our postgraduate medical education office has developed a Resident as Teacher online course. There are many medical educators keen to mentor residents also. All subspecialties ensure teaching is provided in both basic sciences and the clinical aspects of the subspecialty.

There are also Pediatric Grand Rounds and Admission Rounds weekly.

Our Residents will complete and maintain PALS (Pediatric Advance Life Support) and NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation) certification, which is funded by the residency program.



 

 

Research

It is assumed that residents have no formal research background upon starting the program. Residents will have the opportunity to review an online Research Methodology course when it works best for them in their academic schedule. First year residents are expected to identify a research question, find a mentor and start writing a protocol. Many faculty have projects on the go and are keen to have residents on board; our resident research supervisor facilitates a “speed dating” experience for you to get to hear about some of these projects. Your program directors can also help connect you  with someone with similar interests if you have some of your own ideas/interests (medical education/QI/advocacy).  Residents usually then submit a grant proposal by the end of first year so that they can carry out their research/scholarly project in second year. In third year, they present their project at the Department of Pediatrics  research day and prepare their project for publication. Residents may request 2-4 weeks in each of PGY 2, 3, and 4 to complete their research. It is expected that research time is planned, as it requires approval and the time is accountable. Resident’s are  supported in establishing a strong basic grounding in ethics, clinical or basic sciences research.

The Clinician Investigator Program is available for those interested in obtaining a MSc or PhD in medical sciences. Funds for research are available through the endowment of the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research and other granting agencies. Various awards for research are given on an annual basis.

We are pleased to offer a research intensive paediatric residency training system, supported through the Women and Children's Health Research Institute and Department of Pediatrics for trainees either with advanced research training or demonstrated aptitude. This stream aims to support future paediatrician-scientists via targeted mentorship, advocacy and support from the foundation stage of training and beyond. More details about this program are available at https://www.wchri.org/members-and-trainees/strategic-opportunities/research-intensive-pediatric-residency-training-stream/

 



 

 


Training Sites

Resources

The Stollery Children's Hospital is a full service pediatric hospital located within the University of Alberta Hospital's Walter Mackenzie Centre, with satellite facilities at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, Grey Nun's Hospital, Misericordia Hospital and Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital. All pediatric disciplines are well represented, and there are strong NICUs and PICU/PCICUs. Our referral base of approximately 1.7 million includes Northern Alberta (Red Deer and north), Northeastern B.C and the Western Arctic. Rural/Regional training sites include Maskwacis, Red Deer, Yellowknife, High Level, Cold Lake and Slave Lake. During the residency, trainees will have the opportunity to experience inpatient and ambulatory care in the teaching hospitals, as well as train in community-based practices within and outside Edmonton. With a broad base upon which to draw, our residents achieve a high level of consulting ability, which will equip them for pediatric practice in any setting as well as provide a sound basis for subspecialty training if desired. Our teaching staff is recognized for its excellence and dedication. In addition, our position within the larger University Hospital, and University of Alberta, provides for additional learning and research opportunities which are often more difficult to access within a traditional children's hospital. Electronic medical resources: computer terminals are available on all of the patient care units. There are several terminals located in the resident lounge and study area. There is a medical school library within the University hospital building complex. Our hospital-wide electronic platform went live November 2019, offering many exciting ward upgrades, new devices and improved patient care.




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