University of Alberta - Family Medicine - Edmonton

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

Last approved on December 13, 2021

Summary of changes

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Accreditation status : Accredited

Provincial Criteria

Dr. Michelle Morros
Family Medicine 
5-16 University Terrace 
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta
(780) 492-9961
(780) 492-8191
Family Medicine Residents' Association
Dept of Family Medicine
Department of Family Medicine Facebook

Program Contacts

John Chmelicek
Program Director

Erika Siroski
Program Coordinator

Important Information

1) For CARMS 2022 (this cycle) Family Medicine Programs have adopted the Canadian Family Medicine Structured Reference Form (SRF). Any FM program requesting a reference will require the form. Traditional narrative letters will NOT be accepted. Should your referee submit a traditional letter it will not be reviewed and your application may be deemed incomplete. Please direct your referees to the SRF on the CaRMS website.

2) The UofA Family Medicine Program is very excited to be one of 6 participating Family Medicine Residency Programs to use the FM-ProC (Family Medicine Professional Choices), which is a Family Medicine context-specific Situational Judgement Test. You will be required to write this Situational Judgement Test for your application to be deemed complete.

More details and information about FMProC can be found here:

Registration opens on December 13. 2021.  To register for FMProC please visit

3) UofA Family Medicine does not require a traditional personal letter. Instead, please look at ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS and click on the Program Questionnaire and answer the specific questions. 

Return of Service

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

General Instructions

Program application language: English

Don't forget:

You will need three referees each using the STRUCTURED REFERENCE FORM.

You will need to register and complete FM-ProC during the test-window in January. Registration
information will be provided no later than December 8th, 2021. Program Descriptions will be updated in
CaRMS once this is available. You WILL be able to upload your results after the document deadline. For
more information about FMProC, click here:

Please complete the Edmonton CMG stream Program Questionnaire instead of a personal letter.

Supporting Documentation / Information

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

Please note that traditional narrative reference letters will NOT be accepted. Please ask referees to submit a FAMILY MEDICINE STRUCTURED REFERENCE FORM, available on the CaRMS website.

Forms completed by physicians with whom the candidate has worked in a CLINICAL setting are preferred. All three forms do not need to be completed by family physicians, however, at least one letter from a family physician is preferred. 

Additional documents
Medical School Transcript 

Available from your Registrar.

MCCQE Part I - Statement of Results 

Please note:  MCCQE Part 1 results will be required if admitted to the program.  If you do NOT have LMCC Part 1 you must notify the Program Director by July 1, 2019.

Medical Student Performance Record 

Available from your Dean's Office.

Custom Résumé / CV 

Program questionnaire 

"OTHER" Instead of a traditional personal letter please answer the following TWO questions. Your answers will be used to evaluate your interest and suitability for Family Medicine as well as any connection to our community and any areas of concern.

1) Please highlight three things about yourself that you would like to ensure we do not miss in our review. Items may include special skills or accomplishments, your connection to Edmonton or anything else you feel will strengthen your application to UofA Family Medicine. Maximum 50 words per item (i.e. 150 words total). Please do not exceed the maximum word count.

2) Sometimes applicants are worried about certain items in their application. Please use this space to explain any concerns you may have. For example, academic performance, professionalism concerns, fam med experience or other. Maximum 100 words. If you have no concerns then simply write n/a.

Family Medicine Professional Choices Assessment 

When you receive your FMProC result letter, even though this will be after the CaRMS Document upload deadline, please remember to upload this document into your CaRMS account to ensure your application package is complete.



Optional - will be reviewed
[Note: Photograph is used as memory aid only]

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

For details of our file review process, see "selection criteria".



  • March 5, 2022
  • March 11, 2022
  • March 12, 2022
  • March 16, 2022
Family Medicine interview dates in Edmonton: March 11, 14, 19, 20.

Dress code is business casual, even via virtual interview.

Program will notify all applicants through CaRMS Online and will send email invitations directly to applicants selected for an interview.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic NO ON-SITE interviews will be offered. We will offer virtual interviews only. The department endeavors to offer interviews to all eligible candidates, but uses file scores to determine a cut-off level if demand for interviews exceeds resources.

As well, there will be NO ON-SITE visits, orientations, socials etc. Throughout the year as well as during the interview period we will offer virtual opportunities to "meet" us and get to know the program. Collegiality, community and a sense of belonging is very important to us and to your success and so we invite and encourage candidates to join in as many of these sessions as they wish.

Applicants will be contacted by the program directly if they have been selected for an interview.

For further details of our interview process, see "Selection Critieria".


Selection Criteria

Program goals

Our GOAL is to produce competent, caring, full service family physicians with a passion for serving their community. 

The University of Alberta Family Medicine Program believes that the best learning comes from exposure to as many clinical experiences as possible including diverse settings and challenging levels of responsibility. We encourage all medical students interested in family medicine to apply to our program as we believe training with us will prepare you for practice anywhere in the country.


Alberta has a well-integrated, primary-care-based health care system in which all have access to a family physician who provides timely, proactive, individualized, comprehensive and continuity care through an interdisciplinary team of healthcare professionals led by that family physician.  That team practices evidence-based, patient-centred care, and uses its own data, dialog with its stakeholders, and published research to continuously improve its service, quality, and safety.


The Department of Family Medicine at the University of Alberta exists to teach the discipline of family medicine for the future of practice and the needs of society, and to produce scholarly work that improves the practices of family medicine and primary health care.


Selection process goals

The University of Alberta ideal candidate:

1. Demonstrates a genuine passion for family medicine. 

2. Demonstrates a solid knowledge base and excellent critical thinking skills.

3. Demonstrates superior communication skills.

4. Demonstrates a deep sense of responsibility to the community, including diverse populations and multiple settings. 

5. Demonstrates adherence to the highest professional standards. 

6. Takes responsibility for their own well-being in order to ensure they are able to fulfill their responsibilities given the physical and emotional demands of a rigorous residency training program.


File review process

Review team composition : Each file is reviewed independently by one faculty member and one resident using a computer-based, evidence-informed scoring rubric. Discrepancies or concerns are reviewed by a third party and taken to the selection committee as appropriate.

Average number of applications received by our program in the last five years : 401 - 600

Average percentage of applicants offered interviews : 76 - 100 %
The department endeavours to offer interviews to all eligible candidates, but uses the file ranking to determine cut-off level if demand for interviews exceeds resources.

Evaluation criteria :
File component Criteria
CV required: content evaluated as a supplement to the application
Electives Due to COVID restrictions, a lack of family medicine electives will not disadvantage a candidate this year.
Examinations FMProC: professional integrity, adaptability, team-working skills, empathy/compassion
Extra-curricular work and volunteer experience; special skills and interests; community engagement
Leadership skills community service and engagement; family medicine oriented organizations and associations
MSPRs required: academic proficiency, professionalism
Personal letters NOT REQUIRED- see OTHER below
Reference documents required: THREE STRUCTURED REFERENCE FORMS. Traditional narrative letters of reference will not be reviewed.
Research/Publications prefer: relevance to primary care
Transcripts required: academic proficiency
Other file component(s) "OTHER" Instead of a traditional personal letter please answer the following TWO questions. Your answers will be used to evaluate your interest and suitability for Family Medicine as well as any connection to our community and any areas of concern.

1) Please highlight three things about yourself that you would like to ensure we do not miss in our review. Items may include special skills or accomplishments, your connection to Edmonton or anything else you feel will strengthen your application to UofA Family Medicine. Maximum 50 words per item (i.e. 150 words total). Please do not exceed the maximum word count.

2) Sometimes applicants are worried about certain items in their application. Please use this space to explain any concerns you may have. For example, academic performance, professionalism concerns, fam med experience or other. Maximum 100 words. If you have no concerns then simply write n/a.

Elective criteria

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on elective rotation scheduling, electives will not be included in the file review process.
We do not require applicants to have done onsite electives.



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 not specifically evaluated at interview
Collegiality behaviour, attitude and ability to interact well with others
Communication skills strong verbal and non-verbal skills
Health advocacy not specifically evaluated in interview
Interest in the discipline understanding of family medicine
Interest in the program connection to and/or interest in our community
Leadership skills involvement in teaching, mentoring, organizations etc.
Professionalism interactions with faculty, staff and residents
Scholarly activities not specifically evaluated in interview
Other interview component(s) Clinical reasoning skills- problem solving

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

Strengths of the Program

Academic highlights: 

  • NOTE: Activities described below may be modified due to the COVID-19 global pandemic
  • Purposeful, organized and fully protected Academic Days, one full day per month
  • Exam preparation including exam prep seminars and practice written and oral exams
  • Practice Management, Wilderness Medicine, procedural skills training workshops and CBT
  • Annual CME Education Retreat for Residents in Jasper, Alberta 
  • Yearly Resident Research Day
  • Resident as Teacher program- guidance and protected time for teaching medical students.
  • Evidence Based Medicine; Behavioural Medicine workshops; and Quality and Safety
  • Electronic Competency Based Achievement System (e-CBAS) 
  • Program is very responsive to resident input

Clinical resources:

  • Fantastic and enthusiastic preceptors
  • Significant rural opportunities with excellent comprehensive sites up to 5 months (individual consideration for longer time) 
  • Integrated Reproductive and Sexual health with continuity of care delivery for all residents; Enhanced Women's Health Integrated Experience
  • Many optional integrated programming experiences in psychiatry, palliative care, care of the elderly, PCHT, etc
  • Horizontal electives throughout Family Medicine rotations
  • Electronic medical records in all Family Medicine Centres  
  • NetCare online health records connecting Alberta Health Services medical centres and hospitals
  • Interprovincial and international elective opportunities are available to residents 

Social activities and other perks:

  • Scheduled (protected) vacation time which does not interfere with rotational blocks
  • Active Family Medicine Residents Association with regular social activities
  • Welcome BBQ each summer and a graduation celebration at the end of training
  • Flex days, float days and educational days
  • "Up-To-Date" 2 year subscription
  • Post-call taxi rides available and reimbursed through Professional Association of Resident Physicians of Alberta (PARA)
  • Responsive to changing individual and societal needs


  • Program Director and Team very responsive to residents and value resident feedback
  • Dedicated Assistant Program Director for Resident Support 
  • Highly motivated faculty
  • Strong and responsive support staff
  • Ideal balance of family medicine and specialty rotations
  • Residents treated as junior colleagues

Program Curriculum

This residency program is for 2 years.

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

First-Year Curriculum

Family Medicine - 24 weeks minimum -integrating maternity and newborn care, Enhanced Reproductive and Sexual Health Experience, Behavioural Medicine workshops and opportunities for horizontal electives

Adult In-patient Medicine - 8 weeks. Depending on the site and capacity, experience will be divided between Internal Medicine and Family Medicine In-patient units.  

CCU - 4 weeks

Pediatrics - 8 weeks total  -  4 weeks Peds ER, 2 weeks community hospital based and 2 weeks CTU at the Stollery Children's Hospital.

Emergency - 4 weeks 

Vacation - 4 weeks 

Integrated Options - Care of the Elderly, Palliative Care, Psychiatry, PCHT. Internal applications for integration are reviewed once accepted to the program. 

Continuity clinics - bi-weekly full day clinics at your home site for teaching and clinic continuity

Second-Year Curriculum

Family Medicine - up to 20 weeks of family medicine block time may be spent with either urban or rural based community family physician(s). A minimum of 8 weeks of rural family medicine is required, but all 20 weeks can be done in rural location(s).

Geriatrics - 4 weeks (unless integrated in year 1)

Emergency - 4 weeks 

General Surgery - 4 weeks

MSK/Ortho Selective - 4 weeks (currently under review to meet learner needs)

Palliative Care - 2 weeks (unless integrated in year 1)

Psychiatry - 4 weeks (unless integrated in year 1)

Electives/Selectives - minimum of 10 weeks

Vacation - 4 weeks

Continuity clinics - bi-weekly full day clinics at your home site for teaching and clinic continuity

Selectives can include: Family Medicine, Obstetrics, Primary Care Obstetrics, Intensive Care (ICU), Family Medicine Hospital or In-patient Team, Palliative Care, Inner City Medicine, Anesthesia, Long Term Care and others as approved individually.

Electives are chosen individually by each resident with the guidance of the resident's faculty advisor. Electives can include but are not limited to: Dermatology, Sports Medicine, Rheumatology, ER, Child Psychiatry, Cardiology, Diabetic Care, Ophthalmology, Plastics, Urology, etc.  They may include interprovincial and international experiences if approved.

Academic Curriculum

Foundations Course

Two day Foundations workshop including introduction to family medicine residency, CBT, and procedural skills.

Academic Days (AD)

The Academic curriculum consists of 24 rotating monthly topics on a two-year schedule. Monthly academic days include small group case-based learning, journal review, ethics cases, practice exam (SAMP) questions, literature updates, and didactic lectures by family doctors and other specialists and professionals. We use online tools, including recorded video lectures to enhance learning.

Exam Preparation

At each monthly Academic Day, all residents practice exam questions (SAMPs) prepared by the Program.  In first year, residents are introduced to Simulated Office Oral exams (SOOs).  In second year, practice exam workshops are held. 

Evidence-Based Medicine

Curriculum components include a mandatory 2 day EBM workshop to establish basic EBM knowledge; Brief Evidence-based Assessment of the Research projects (BEARs) enhancing integration of evidence based medicine in to daily practice; and a Journal Club to support peer learning and growth of rapid appraisal skills.

Procedural Skills workshops

Procedural skills workshops are provided at Foundations and at the Annual Resident Education Retreat. Simulated skills include, but are not limited to, IUD insertion, endometrial biopsy, central lines, LPs, obstetrical perineal repair, joint injections, biopsy and excisions and more.

Home Site Noon seminars

Structured seminar programs at each of the Family Medicine Centres occur weekly, usually over the noon hour. These cover a wide array of topics including various clinical subjects, economic and practice management issues, medical legal issues, community resources, computer and data management issues, etc. Practice Quality Improvement projects and BEARs are also presented by the residents during these seminars.

Behavioural Medicine Workshop

Topics include patient communication, ethics, physician wellness.  These skills are applied throughout residency. We make use of online tools, small group learning, simulation and reflective practice to impart this essential part of Family Medicine.

Resident As Teacher (RAT)

The Resident as Teacher Program is a joint initiative with the University of Alberta MD program where family medicine residents teach small group sessions of communication and/or physical examination sessions to Year 1 - 4 medical students.    The Family Medicine program believes that residents not only learn by teaching, but that teaching is a vital skill that allows graduates to mentor and ‘pay forward’ their knowledge, clinical skills and attitudes to their future learners.  

Practice Management 

Each year there is a mandatory 2 day Practice Management workshop organized by the program for PGY2s.  In addition there are added seminars throughout the year, usually clinic-based.

New initiatives may include Ultrasound course and CASTED.

Other Postgraduate Courses:

ACLS is required before a resident starts the program on July 1st.  ACLS, ATLS, ALARM, PALS and NRP courses are mandatory and reimbursed by Alberta Health Services upon successful completion.  We recommend that PALS be completed prior to start of residency.  

Research Opportunities

All residents are required to complete Practice Quality Improvement projects to develop skills required to implement the process of quality assessment and improvement in the practice setting.  

Residents interested in developing research skills have the additional optional opportunity to do a research project. The research project is supervised by a faculty member.

Residents have the opportunity to do a research elective in either the first or second year of the residency program. During year 1, the research elective is offered as a 2-week horizontal elective, while in year 2 it can be 2-6 weeks. The research elective can be adapted to the needs of the resident.

The Family Medicine Research Day occurs each year in June. Faculty members and residents have the opportunity to present their scholarly work (oral presentation and posters). Attendance at Research Day is mandatory for residents.

A monthly Resident Research Evening is organized by the Research Director to assist those residents interested in pursuing research/scholarly activities in greater scope. The focus of the sessions is on the resident's individual scholarly interests and needs. Various faculty members also attend.    

The Research Committee of the Department is comprised of faculty and resident representation (one first year and one second year resident representative). The committee meets monthly during September to June and acts as a resource to family medicine residents on matters related to research and scholarly activity.

Special Events and Conferences

The program funded Faculty and Resident Education Extravaganza Education Retreat (FREzER) is held every  March in Jasper, Alberta. In September, residents sign-up for the Wilderness Retreat, which has been very popular every year and focuses on wilderness or remote medicine managing with limited resources in austere environments.  In addition, residents are allotted some money each year for conference registration fees.  In June, we celebrate the completion of residency with a Graduation dinner.  


Training Sites

Teaching Resources

Teaching sites:

In Edmonton: Grey Nuns Family Medicine Centre, MacEwan University Health Centre, Misericordia Family Medicine Centre, Northeast Family Medicine Centre, Family Medicine Clinic - Kaye Edmonton Clinic and Westview* Physician Collaborative Community Teaching Sites in Spruce Grove. Community teaching sites (including those in St. Albert*, Leduc*, south Edmonton and Meadowlark areas) affiliate with core sites for administration and academic activitiy. 

*Westview, Leduc and St. Albert sites are considered suburban or rural-like in their settings, utilize their local community hospitals, and each is located within a 15 minute commute from the city boundaries.

Maternity Stream: Based at Heritage Medical clinic (all residents get Primary Care Obstetrics exposure).  

Inner City Stream:  Based at Boyle McCauley Health Centre

All residents enter an internal match after CaRMS for their choice of site. Requests are considered based on interest and plans for future practice and accommodated as much as possible. 

Other resources:

Outpatient departments, family physicians' offices in Edmonton and rural locations, specialists' offices, and other community hospitals outside major metropolitan areas.

Additional Information

Driver's License: A current driver's license and access to a vehicle are mandatory due to the distance between teaching sites.

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