University of Calgary - Anesthesiology - Calgary

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

Last approved on January 29, 2022

Summary of changes

Approximate Quota:


Accreditation status : Accredited

Provincial Criteria

Dr. Melinda Davis
Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine 
Foothills Medical Center 
Room C229 C, 1403 29 Street NW
Calgary, Alberta, T2N 2T9
(403) 944-1991
(403) 944-2425
University of Calgary Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine

Program Contacts

Dr. Melinda Davis
Program Director

Dr. Graeme Bishop
Associate Program Director, CBD

Ms. Anca Petri
Program Administrator

Camille Baguio
Program Administrator (2)

Important Information

Any information included on all documents submitted to CaRMS, as well as all interactions throughout the CaRMS process, may be taken into account during a candidate's review and assessment.

General Instructions

Program application language: English

All sections of the application must be completed.

Supporting Documentation

Applicants are advised to only provide the documents requested by the program. No other documents submitted will be reviewed.
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)
Language proficiency
Optional - will be reviewed
Submit one of the following documents to verify your language proficiency:
• Occupational English Test (OET) - Medicine
• Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) - General

IELTS, OET or CELPIP is required by CPSA for candidates from medical schools in Quebec except for candidates from McGill and for IMG candidates.  Please check CPSA for ELP updates.

Reference documents
Number requested: 3

Reference letters should be written by physicians who are well acquainted with your knowledge, communication skills, clinical performance, and professionalism. 

No more than three reference letters will be included in your file; any extra letters submitted will be discarded randomly.

Additional documents
Personal Letter 
Word count
Minimum : None
Maximum : None


Please answer all three parts of the following (maximum 500 words in total):

What experiences have led you to choose a career in anesthesia? What do you see as the biggest downside to a career in anesthesia? Why would you like to do your anesthesiology residency in Calgary?


Word Limit will be strictly enforced. Points will be deducted for letters over 500 words.


Questions that must be answered if relevant (not part of word limit):

  1. Please provide an explanation for any unsatisfactory performances during medical school.
  2. If this is not your first time applying to our program, please explain what has changed since your previous application, and what you have learned from that experience.
  3. If you failed to match to a residency training program in a previous iteration of CaRMS, please explain why you believe that occurred, what has changed since your previous application, and what you have learned from that experience.
  4. Please provide an explanation for any leaves of absences that may have occurred during your medical school training.




Medical Student Performance Record 

Please order this from the Dean's office of your medical school.

Medical School Transcript 

Please order this from your university Registrar's office.

Custom Résumé / CV 

This should be submitted electronically through CaRMS, and it must be a distinct document from your CaRMS application.


Please submit copies of all abstracts and publications listed in your application and/or CV.  This should be submitted as a single scanned document, and the first page of this document should list the title of each abstract/publication in the order that it appears in the scanned document; please also clearly state which projects were done during medical school, and which projects were done prior to medical school.

If you are unable to provide a copy, please do not list the abstract or publication in your application and/or CV.


Please provide copies of any certifications listed in your application and/or CV.  This should be submitted as a single scanned document, and the first page of this document should list the title of each certificate in the order that it appears in the scanned document; please also clearly state which certificates were awarded during medical school, and which certificates were awarded prior to medical school.

If you are unable to provide a copy, please do not list the certification in your application and/or CV.

[Note: Photograph is used as memory aid only]

Please submit a photo taken since January 2020.  Note that this photo will be used as a reference/reminder during our selection process.

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

All files are reviewed by multiple individuals.  Files are ranked and scored by a group of reviewers using an agreed on scoring rubric.

All applications that are complete and submitted by the published deadline will be reviewed.

Once all files have been reviewed, the Selection Committee will choose the applicants to be invited for interviews.  All applicants will be notified of their status via e-mail as early as possible.  Our program maintains an interview waitlist, and candidates will be notified if an opening for an interview becomes available.



  • March 15, 2022
The date for the Calgary interview is determined through discussion with other Anesthesiology Program Directors. There are no alternative dates for an interview.  Please note that interviews will be conducted virtually.

In the event that an interview position becomes available after the initial interview invitations have been distributed, we will invite applicants for an interview in accordance with their ranking order based on the file review (i.e. from our waitlist).  Note that the interview is weighted sufficiently such that significant movement up the rank order is possible with a strong interview.

Program will notify all applicants through CaRMS Online and will send email invitations directly to applicants selected for an interview.

Selection Criteria

Final ranking is done by committee. All aspects of a candidate's application, interactions with the program, and interview are taken into consideration.

Program goals

The goal of our residency program is to train the best anesthesiologists that we can, in order to serve and meet the healthcare needs of Canadians.  We aspire to help our residents develop themselves into the best that they can be - especially within the professional domains of their lives.  Ultimately, we strive to do everything we can to support our residents in achieving all of their professional goals.

Selection process goals

- honesty, integrity, responsibility and compassion

- insight and the capacity to learn from past experiences

- capcity for self-directed learning

- a strong academic record across a wide range of fields

- excellence in communication and interpersonal skills, a capacity for team work, and enthusiasm for learning

- comprehension of the practical aspects of a career in anesthesiology

- demonstrated technical aptitude

- well-rounded character demonstrated by extracurricular activities and interests

File review process

Review team composition : 18 faculty members from all sites in Calgary, 6 resident members

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

Average percentage of applicants offered interviews : 26 - 50 %

Evaluation criteria :
File component Criteria
CV academic and professional achievement, research, employment, leadership, community engagement, innovation.
Electives Not evaluated other than information about performance available on MSPR
Examinations We do not evaluate this file component
Extra-curricular Well rounded individuals with interests outside medicine.
Leadership skills Demonstrated leadership skills within or outside medicine.
MSPRs Performance in all CanMEDs domains across all areas of the curriculum.
Personal letters Written communication skills, insight, understanding of anesthesiology as a career
Reference documents Evidence of well developed skills across all CanMEDS domains and in more than one discipline.
Research/Publications Interests in academic work outside MD curriculum, ability to work in a research team and complete projects.
Transcripts Broad academic success

Elective criteria

Elective experiences were severely limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be considering electives in file review to ensure file review is fair and equitable for all candidates.
We do not require applicants to have done onsite electives.

Interview process

Interview format :

We do not re-schedule interviews for applicants after we have completed the scheduling process.

Interview evaluation criteria :
Interview components Criteria
Collaboration skills Potential to do well in future career
Collegiality Potential to do well in future career
Communication skills Potential to do well in future career
Health advocacy Willingness to advocate on behalf future patients and their communities
Interest in the discipline Potential to do well during residency and beyond
Interest in the program Thorough understanding of our program
Leadership skills Potential to do well in future career
Professionalism Potential to do well in future career
Scholarly activities Potential to contribute to our speciality and profession in the future

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

Calgary is the major referral site for southern Alberta, parts of central Alberta, southwestern British Columbia and southeastern Saskatchewan.  Delivery of care and training of residents is undertaken primarily at four adult hospitals (Foothills Medical Centre, Peter Lougheed Centre, Rockyview General Hospital and South Calgary Health Campus) as well as our pediatric facility, the Alberta Children’s Hospital.  All surgical services, other than major transplant and pediatric cardiac surgery, are provided in the city.  The proximity of Calgary to the mountains makes our program particularly attractive to those looking for an outdoor lifestyle. 

Our training program continually strives to achieve an optimal balance of general and specialist focused training, clinical experience and non-operating room instruction, tertiary care and community experiences, rigorous training and resident wellness.  Our goal is to attract honest, intelligent and innovative students and guide them into becoming well-rounded physicians who possess the specialized knowledge and skills required in modern anesthetic practice.  We regularly re-evaluate our program in order to optimize the educational experiences of our residents, and to ensure that their skills will meet the future needs of the specialty and society at large.  We embrace progressive methods to accomplish these goals, and our faculty work together with our residents to accomplish the shared goal of producing excellent anesthesiologists.

Resident wellness and resilience are priorities for our program. We recognize that residents need to be healthy and well in order get the most out of learning experiences and perform at their best. Our residents are encouraged to 'think big' and 'aim high’ and appreciate that residency is a unique chapter in their lives during which they can pursue broad educational and professional endeavours. As part of our CBD model of training, each resident is assigned an academic coach who will work with the resident to ensure that they are following a trajectory to competence. During regular meetings with the Program Directors, residents are encouraged to discuss ways in which the program can assist them to meet their goals.

Our program is designed to enable residents to be able to confidently work well independently the day they graduate from our program, and to be in the best position possible to pursue the fellowship opportunities that they desire.  Our residents work closely with program leadership and faculty members to ensure that their professional goals are achieved, and that they will have reached their full potential at the completion of their residency training.


Program Curriculum

This residency program is for 5 years.

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

Detailed information about our program can be found in our Program Manual.



Training Sites

Detailed information about our program can be found in our Program Manual.


Please refer to our Program Manual for a detailed description of our program.

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