University of Alberta - Nuclear Medicine - Edmonton

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

Last approved on September 21, 2021

Approximate Quota:


Accreditation status : Accredited

Provincial Criteria

Dr. Alexander Tamm
Nuclear Medicine 
Walter C Mackenzie Health Sciences Centre  
8440-112 Street
Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2B7
(780) 407- 6810
(780) 407- 6176

Program Contacts

Janet Dawson
Program Assistant

Dr. Alexander Tamm
Program Director

Important Information

Competence by Design (CBD)

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada has embarked upon an initiative to introduce competency-based medical education (CBME) in Canadian postgraduate specialty training and in professional practice in Canada.  This initiative, called Competence by Design (CBD), aims to enhance patient care by aligning medical education and lifelong learning with evolving patient needs.

CBD uses 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. Residency programs are broken down into stages, and each stage compasses 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 residents are developing and receiving feedback on the skills they need.

Our program has successfully transitioned to CBD in accordance with the nationally coordinated schedule. Our program will continue to undergo the same rigorous accreditation processes as traditional programs. All CBD programs (and traditional programs) will continue to lead to Royal College approved 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), stage promotions and the Royal College examination must be successfully completed to achieve certification.

For more information, please contact


CASPer Assessment:

All applicants to the Combined Nuclear Medicine/ Diagnostic Radiology 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 successful students and graduates of our program 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 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; there may be updates to the test schedule. The tests for the 2022 admission cycle will be open for registration as of September 2021.

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


Return of Service

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

General Instructions

Program application language: English

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.
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:

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
Number requested: 3
Additional documents
Medical School Transcript 

[Note: Photograph is used as memory aid only]

Medical Student Performance Record 

Undergraduate Transcript (Bachelor's Degree) 

Personal Letter 
Word count
Minimum : None
Maximum : None

A personal letter must be submitted, not to exceed 500 words. Your personal letter should help us to get to know you. It should also answer the following:

- Why you have chosen diagnostic Nuclear Medicine as your professional career.

- What personal attributes you have which will be suitable to a career in nuclear medicine.

- What your expectations of nuclear medicine training are, and what aspects of our program are important to you.

Custom Résumé / CV 

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



  • March 7, 2022
  • March 8, 2022
  • March 9, 2022
Interviews will be held on March 7, 8 and 9, 2022 during the national interview period.

Program will notify all applicants through CaRMS Online and will send email invitations directly to applicants selected for an interview.
Interviews are required and are program initiated. Candidates selected for interviews will be contacted as per the CaRMS schedule.

All interviews will be conducted virtually. Each interview consists of two or three sessions (each approximately 20-30 minutes in length) with separate panels of radiologists and residents in the program.

Selection Criteria

Candidates will be selected on the basis of individual merit. Applicants should demonstrate strong academic performance, a positive attitude and good interpersonal and communication skills. The program is seeking enthusiastic, hard-working and motivated applicants who function well in a team setting and exhibit an aptitude for diagnostic imaging and a specific interest in nuclear medicine.

Program goals

The aim of the University of Alberta Nuclear Medicine and Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program is to teach residents the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to function as a safe, competent and independent consultant in the specialties of Nuclear medicine and Diagnostic Radiology. This includes the abilities to supervise, advise on, perform and interpret imaging procedures at a high standard, functioning as a capable consultant to referring family physicians and specialists alike. Residents will obtain the communication skills, knowledge and technical skills required of such a consultant and will be taught to develop a personal education strategy to help establish a habit of continuous learning. The importance of the team approach to the provision of imaging services will be emphasized throughout the residency. Residents will develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes relating to critical appraisal, research methodology, data presentation and analysis pertinent to Nuclear Medicine and Radiology. They will also learn to practice ethically and consistent with the obligations and attitudes of a physician respectful and sensitive to culture, ethnicity and gender. 


Our program mandate is to support and foster education, research, quality assurance and continuing professional development. We seek to engender the same sense of responsibility in our residents towards the specialties of Nuclear Medicine and Diagnostic Radiology at large, ensuring a healthy, thriving discipline that is responsive to the needs of the public and our clinical colleagues. To that end, we are committed to providing our residents with the expertise and resources necessary to achieve these goals. 


Selection process goals

The goal of the selection process is to identify sucessful applicants who demonstrate the attributes needed to acquire knowledge, skills and attitudes required to eventually function as a safe, competent and independent consultant in the specialties of Nuclear Medicine and Diagnostic Radiology.   These skills include effective communication, knowledge acquistion, problem solving and continuous learning.  Successful applicants require above average visual learning ability as excellent visual detection and visual memory skills are necessary for success in diagnostic imaging.  Applicants should have sufficient hand-eye coordination and visual-spatial abilities to acquire the technical skills required to perform basic interventional diagnostic imaging procedures such as drainages and biopsies.  Applicants should be comfortable learning in a computer and technology driven environment.  Applicants must be self-motivated to learn independently and exhibit good collaborative and interpersonal skills which will allow them to function well in a team.  Applicants should possess attitudes fostering respect, cooperation, patient-centered care.  The Program values applicants who demonstrate a high level of honesty, integrity and professionalism.  

File review process

Review team composition : The file review team is comprised of selected members of the Residency Program Committee and CaRMS interview committee

Average number of applications received by our program in the last five years : 51 - 200
Average ~13-15/yr

Average percentage of applicants offered interviews : 51 - 75 %

Evaluation criteria :
File component Criteria
CV Evaluated
Electives We will not evaluate this file component for 2022.
Examinations We do not evaluate this file component.
Extra-curricular Evaluated
Leadership skills Evaluated
MSPRs Evaluated
Personal letters Evaluated
Reference documents Evaluated
Research/Publications Evaluated
Transcripts Evaluated

Elective criteria

Electives will not not be considered as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on elective rotation scheduling.
We do not require applicants to have done onsite electives.

Electives will not not be considered as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on elective rotation scheduling.  

Interview process

Interview format :

We may accommodate requests to re-schedule interviews for applicants due to weather, technology failure, or unforeseen circumstances.

Interview evaluation criteria :
Interview components Criteria
Collaboration skills Evaluated
Collegiality Evaluated
Communication skills Evaluated
Health advocacy Evaluated
Interest in the discipline Evaluated
Interest in the program Evaluated
Leadership skills Evaluated
Professionalism Evaluated
Scholarly activities Evaluated
Other interview component(s) The interview may contain an evaluation of visual detection and visual-spatial skills.

Information gathered outside of CaRMS application

Specifically, we may consider:

Ranking process

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

Program Highlights

State-of-the-art and diverse nuclear medicine practice and equipment, including three clinical, digital PET/CT facilities and four clinical SPECT/CT facilities in the training program (including tertiary care, cancer, and community centers).

Full integration with the diagnostic radiology program.

Ratio of residents to faculty is dependent on the various rotations. With respect to the total nuclear medicine faculty, the ratio of residents to faculty in the nuclear medicine training phase is roughly 1 to 3.

Resident experience in busy ambulatory outpatient clinics.

There are no mandatory rural rotations.

Program Curriculum

This residency program is for 7 years.

Program length of training exceeds the Royal College or College of Family Physicians of Canada standard.


At the University of Alberta, all candidates accepted into the Nuclear Medicine program will be given the opportunity to do combined training in Nuclear Medicine and Diagnostic Radiology, leading to full Royal College certification in both specialties.  In combined training, the candidate will write the Royal College examinations for Diagnostic Radiology after four continuous years of radiology training (PGY2-5).  Nuclear medicine training includes six months training between PGY3 and PGY5, as well as 24 months training in PGY6 and PGY7.  The candidate will write the Royal College examinations in Nuclear Medicine in PGY7.

The combined Nuclear Medicine training program provides the resident with training in all aspects of Nuclear Medicine and Diagnostic Radiology and is designed to satisfy current standards of good clinical practice, to prepare the trainee for future academic pursuit, and to meet the requirements of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada for both specialties. The program is primarily based at the University of Alberta Hospital and Royal Alexandra Hospital. Diagnostic (including PET/CT) and therapeutic nuclear medicine for oncology is taught at the Cross Cancer Institute.  Residents also participate in the nuclear medicine services of the Grey Nuns Community hospital.  Ambulatory/Out-Patient rotations are offered at private clinics in Edmonton.

Please see Diagnostic Radiology at the University of Alberta for more information on the Radiology component of the combined program.



In addition to daily Radiology rounds:

-Weekly didactic seminars in Basic Science and Clinical Nuclear Medicine (TWO academic half-days per week)

-Nuclear Medicine interesting case rounds

-Regular Journal Clubs

-Diagnostic Radiology Grand Rounds

-Dedicated small group anatomy lab teaching/dissections

-Nuclear medicine review course

Research and Audit

During their training, Combined Nuclear Medicine/Diagnostic Radiology residents must complete one nuclear medicine research project between PGY2 and PGY4.  The timing and scope of the project is analogous to the research requirements for radiology residents in their four year training program. During the same time frame, the resident is expected to complete an audit project. 

Training Sites


-University of Alberta Hospital

-Royal Alexandra Hospital

-Cross Cancer Institute

-Grey Nuns Community Hospital 

-Edmonton Radiopharmaceutical Centre

-Various Outpatient Diagnostic Imaging Clinics

Electronic resources: there are widespread computer facilities with internet access. This includes online access to the various health databases as well as electronic journals, through a number of channels within Alberta Health Services and the University of Alberta. Our own academic film library is reasonably state of the art, with very good capacity for digital image processing and presentation capability.

Additional Information

Please contact the program director or program assistant.