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University of Calgary - Family Medicine - Rural - Lethbridge

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

Last approved on January 29, 2022

Summary of changes

Approximate Quota:

 7 

Accreditation status : Accredited

Provincial Criteria


Dr. Martina Barton
Family Medicine - Rural 
Chinook Regional Hospital 
960 - 19th Street South
Lethbridge, Alberta, T1J 1W5
1-866-607-4851
(403) 388-6637
Department of Family Medicine, University of Calgary
Postgraduate Medical Education, University of Calgary

Program Contacts

Dr. Elaine Godwin
Site Director Lethbridge

Currently working from home, please email as first point of contact
Melissa Hoppe
Site Coordinator Lethbridge
melissa.hoppe@ahs.ca
1-403-388-6637
1-866-607-4851


Important Information

Communication Preference

Our preferred manner of communication with all applicants is via e-mail. To facilitate communication, all applicants must ensure that the email address on their CaRMS application is accessible and correct.

Our program recognizes that it has been a very challenging year for senior medical students due to the Pandemic. We want to ensure that you have accurate information about our program and various opportunities to meet our residents, faculty, and leadership team. We strongly encourage applicants to check out these platforms to learn more about the University of Calgary Rural Family Medicine programs:

  • Our Program website
  • The Department of Family Medicine’s Instagram and Twitter accounts
  • The Rural Residents’ self-run Instagram and Facebook accounts
  • Virtual Meet and Greets (advertised on Canada’s Portal for Residency Program Promotion-CANPREPP, our social media pages listed above, and our website). Please note: content at these meet and greets may overlap but each session will attempt to cover distinct topics for applicants. 
    • November 23, 2021 - 5:00pm-6:00pm MST
    • December 13, 2021 - 6:00pm-7:00pm MST
    • January 13, 2022 - 5:00pm-6:00pm MST
    • January 25, 2022 - 6:00pm-7:00pm MST

 

APPLICATION TO BOTH MEDICINE HAT AND LETHBRIDGE SITES OF THE RURAL FAMILY MEDICINE PROGRAM AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY

Although the Medicine Hat and Lethbridge sites are listed under different CaRMS codes, the sites function as one unit underneath the auspices of the University of Calgary. If you are applying for the Rural Program at the U of C, we suggest that you apply to both the Medicine Hat and Lethbridge sites during the CaRMS process. Requests to add on Medicine Hat to your application will not be considered after the deadline or during the interview days.

Once the R-1 Match occurs, incoming residents will be based at the Lethbridge Regional Site.

 

FMProC- New requirement for 2022

FM-ProC NEW REQUIREMENT FOR 2022:

The University of Calgary Family Medicine Programs are excited to be one of six participating Family Medicine Residency Programs to use the FM-ProC (Family Medicine Professional Choices Assessment), 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 FM-ProC can be found here: Family Medicine Residency Program

To register for FMProC please visit  https://fmproc.com

 

Contract with the University of Calgary's Cumming School ofMedicine:

A matched applicant must meet the appropriate criteria to start with the Rural Residency Training Program by July 1. As stated in Clause 5.31 of the CaRMS Applicant Contract: "The Applicant acknowledges that the faculties, in their discretion, may disqualify the Applicant if the Applicant is unable to begin residency training by July 1 of the year the residency training commences". Our Program may release an applicant from the binding commitment if the following circumstances occur:

  • Unable to obtain an MD by July 1, 2022
  • Unable to obtain an educational license/certificate/permit/registration from the applicable provincial Medical Regulatory Authority (The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta) by July 1, 2022.

Statement of Results

MCCQE Part 1 results will be required if admitted to the program. As a result of the Pandemic, medical students must write this  examination at different times. Please submit your results to your Site Director when they become available.

Certifications:

Current lifesaving certification in ACLS, BLS and ATLS is a prerequisite and must be current as of July 1, 2022.  ACLS, BLS and ATLS registration fees are reimbursable if completed less than 90 days of starting residency. We recognize that the Pandemic may impact the availability of lifesaving courses, so please let the Program know if you encounter any problems with course certification. 

Please note that NRP and ALARM courses are provided to all rural residents during their first year of residency.

CMPA and CPSA memberships are mandatory and must be in place before beginning residency training.

Travel Requirements:

It is expected that Residents in the Rural programs utilize their own transport when travelling to and from teaching sites, within Lethbridge, and for rotations outside of Lethbridge. A current driver's license and access to a vehicle are mandatory in the U of C Rural Residency Program due to the distances between teaching sites.

Orientation:

University of Calgary Family Medicine residents must complete a mandatory Alberta Health Services Postgraduate Medical Education Orientation. Due to the Pandemic, it is likely that this Orientation will need to be completed virtually.  More details will be provided closer to July 2022.

Mandatory site orientation will be held on a day in late June leading up to the start of the academic year on July 1. 

 

 

 


General Instructions

Program application language: English

You will need to register and complete FM-ProC during the test-window in January 2022.  You WILL be able to upload your results after the document deadline. 

FM-ProC NEW REQUIREMENT FOR 2022:

The University of Calgary Family Medicine Programs are excited to be one of six participating Family Medicine Residency Programs to use the FM-ProC (Family Medicine Professional Choices Assessment), 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 FM-ProC can be found here: Family Medicine Residency Program

To register for FMProC please visit  https://fmproc.com


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)
Language proficiency
Optional - will be reviewed
Submit one of the following documents to verify your language proficiency:
• IELTS
• 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 https://cpsa.ca/ for ELP updates.

Reference documents
Required
Number requested: 3

For CARMS 2022 (this cycle) Family Medicine Programs have adopted the Family Medicine Structured Reference Letter.  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 example of the reference letter on the CaRMS website. Applicants should also familiarize themselves with how to request a Family Medicine Structured Reference Letter on the CaRMS website.

A maximum of three (3) letters of reference can be submitted from clinical supervisors/physician preceptors. DO NOT SEND MORE THAN THREE (3), as they will not be reviewed.

References can be from physicians of the candidate's choice. Referees cannot be related to the applicant. File review will not take place unless all three (3) reference letters have been received by the unmasking date.

The reference letters should be as descriptive and objective as possible. It is essential that the referee describe the extent of their contact with the applicant, and candidly speak to the professional attributes of the applicant. All reference letters must be dated and related to work experience within the last 2 years. Letters dated before July 1, 2019 will not be reviewed and will result in your application being deemed incomplete. 

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

A personal letter is required at a maximum of 750 words. The purpose of the letter is to serve as an introduction to the file reviewers. Please include the following 3 topics in your personal letter:

1.        Why are you choosing a career in Rural Family Medicine? What are your motivations for applying to the Medicine Hat and/or Lethbridge sites?

2.        What personal qualities and/or experience do you have that are critical to a rural family physician and/or connect you to a rural or remote community in Alberta?

3.       As a result of the Pandemic, the past 2 years have been especially challenging. Has this  time transformed you? What have your learned from  this experience?

 

If your transcript or MSPR indicates any poor academic standing, course failure(s), leave(s) of absence, or breeches of professionalism, this must be addressed in an addendum.

If you were unmatched in previous CaRMS iterations, in an addendum please address what clinical experiences and activities have you been participating in since your medical school graduation.

 

Addendums do not count towards your word limit for your Personal Letter.

Medical Student Performance Record 

Order from your Dean's office

If your transcript indicates poor academic standing, course failure(s), leave(s) of absence, or breech of professionalism, this must be addressed in your personal letter under the title "MSPR Addendum". This addendum will not count towards your word limit for your Personal Letter. Failure to submit an addendum   if the above criteria applies will result in the application not being considered.

Medical School Transcript 

Order from your Registrar

If your transcript notes poor academic standing, course failure(s), leave(s) of absence, or breech of professionalism, this must be addressed in your personal letter under the title "Transcript Addendum". This addendum will not count towards your word limit for your Personal Letter. Failure to submit an addendum if the above criteria applies will result in the application not being considered.

Custom Résumé / CV 

Please include a Curriculum Vitae that includes the name and location of your Highschool, Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Medical School Education Information.

FM-ProC Score

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.

 

More details and information about FMProC can be found here.

Family Medicine Professional Choices Assessment 

FM-ProC NEW REQUIREMENT FOR 2022:

The University of Calgary Family Medicine Programs are excited to be one of six participating Family Medicine Residency Programs to use the FM-ProC (Family Medicine Professional Choices Assessment), 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 FM-ProC can be found here: Family Medicine Residency Program

To register for FMProC please visit  https://fmproc.com


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



Interviews

Virtual interviews will allow rural family medicine interviews to be held on a variety of dates (weekdays and weekends) during the national interview period. We wish to be accommodate our applicants and interviewers as best as possible.   

Rural Lethbridge Interview Dates:

  • Friday, March 4, 2022
  • Sunday, March 6, 2022
  • Wednesday, March 9, 2022
The Program will notify all applicants if they have been selected for an interview before the end of the business day on February 18, 2022. If you DO NOT hear from the program by 8:00am MST on February 19, 2022 please contact melissa.hoppe@ahs.caa
Interviews will be conducted by a live virtual format for all candidates. The University of Calgary Rural Family Medicine Program will utilize Zoom to conduct its virtual interviews.

Candidates will be able to choose their preferred interview date via email sign up on a first come, first served basis. Interviews are conducted by two interviewers (one faculty, one resident). Residents and faculty will be present and eager to answer questions about the program.

Should any technical issues arise using Zoom during an interview, a telephone interview option will be available as a backup.

We will attempt to hold a virtual social event for candidates during the interview period. You will be provided more details about this event at a later time.

Details regarding the interview process: The details of our interview process are available on our

website http://calgaryfamilymedicine.ca/residency/index.php/perspective- residents/application-interviews.

 



Selection Criteria

The first iteration of the 2021 PGY1 CaRMS match in Alberta will be restricted to Canadian Medical Graduates. IMGs who wish to apply for postgraduate training have to apply through the Alberta International Medical Graduate program (AIMG), outside the CaRMS process. Please note we do not have any IMG positions in Medicine Hat or Lethbridge. Please refer to the City Calgary program if you are interested in an IMG position.

In assessing the applicant's file and interview, we will be looking for evidence of the applicant's demonstrated commitment to Rural Family Medicine. We recognize that individual circumstances will dictate how this commitment is demonstrated. We are interested in candidates who demonstrate independence and self-direction in their learning skills and decision-making abilities, a demonstrated commitment to Rural Family Medicine and community life, and suitability for a small collegial program that is distributed. Our program supports residents’ development of clinical courage by the time they graduate. Teamwork is important in rural medicine, especially the ability to work with other allied health professionals. We would be particularly interested in candidates who can demonstrate a sensible balance between social and community life, and professional demands within a smaller community.

Historically, the Rural Family Medicine program has encouraged a broad range of elective experiences in which career interests can be explored. In addition, we have not required applicants to have done on site electives. We recognize that elective experiences were severely limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, we will not be considering electives in file review to ensure file review is fair and equitable for all candidates.

http://www.calgaryfamilymedicine.ca/residency/index.php/prospective-residents/application-interviews

Program goals

Mission:

  • Training future family physicians to serve the primary care needs of their communities.

Vision:

  • Our graduates are ready to enter comprehensive & patient-centered practice with the ability to adapt to all settings in Canada.
  • Our residents are engaged learners & have the support & role-modelling to develop as resilient life-long learning family physicians.
  • Our preceptors are fully supported & model best family-medicine practice & foster their resident's development as family physicians.
  • Our program provides outstanding family medicine training, promotes & integrates continuous improvement & drives education innovation.

For more information on the Program goals, please visit our website

at https://www.calgaryfamilymedicine.ca/residency/index.php/program-info/program-mission

Selection process goals

We're looking for and base our overall scoring on the following attributes:

  • Demonstrates a commitment to and suitability for Rural FM training
  • Demonstrates evidence of interest in caring for all people, ages, life stages, and
  • Exhibits ease and comfort working between different care settings and environments (including office, emergency room, home/long term care and hospital)
  • Historically, the Rural Family Medicine program has encouraged a broad range of elective experiences in which career interests can be explored. In addition, we have not required applicants to have done on site electives. We recognize that elective experiences were severely limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, we will not be considering electives in file review to ensure file review is fair and equitable for all candidates.
  • Exhibits a passion for outreach and advocacy in the community, such as working with community partners, diverse populations, and patients experiencing barriers to care
  • Demonstrates excellent communication skills
  • Demonstrates effective work in teams, including the ability to collaborate and share care with other health care professionals
  • Exhibits evidence of research potential; contributes and supports scholarly environment
  • Exhibits self-awareness; manages influences on personal well-being and professional performance
  • Displays high professional standards

File review process

Review team composition : Review team composition: Family Medicine Preceptors, Program Leadership, and Residents

Average number of applications received by our program in the last five years : 201 - 400

Average percentage of applicants offered interviews : 76 - 100 %

Evaluation criteria :
File component Criteria
CV Locations/timelines of educational experiences, participation in FM related leadership/volunteer activities and Professional memberships
Electives Historically, the Rural Family Medicine program has encouraged a broad range of elective experiences in which career interests can be explored. In addition, we have not required applicants to have done on site electives. We recognize that elective experiences were severely limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, we will not be considering electives in file review to ensure file review is fair and equitable for all candidates.
Examinations *N/A*
Extra-curricular Participation in sports, music; entrepreneurial/previous career ventures
Leadership skills FM-related leadership and advocacy activities
MSPRs Academic standing, strength of rotation comments, evidence of course failure(s), leave(s), breeches of professionalism
Personal letters Demonstration of suitability for training in rural Alberta; Demonstration of adaptability and resilience.
Reference documents Duration of contact with applicant, professional attributes, quality of comments relating to CanMEDS
Research/Publications Relevance and relationship to primary care/Family Medicine
Transcripts Location of education, previous degrees, evidence of course failure(s), and leave(s) of absence

Elective criteria

Historically, the Rural Family Medicine program has encouraged a broad range of elective experiences in which career interests can be explored. In addition, we have not required applicants to have done on site electives. We recognize that elective experiences were severely limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, we will not be considering electives in file review to ensure file review is fair and equitable for all candidates.

Previous electives in FM are not required for admittance to the University of Calgary FM Residency Program.

Historically, the Rural Family Medicine program has encouraged a broad range of elective experiences in which career interests can be explored. In addition, we have not required applicants to have done on site electives. We recognize that elective experiences were severely limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, we will not be considering electives in file review to ensure file review is fair and equitable for all candidates.

Interview process

Interview format :



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

Interview evaluation criteria :
Interview components Criteria
Collaboration skills As per the CanMEDS role criteria
Collegiality Assessed by Collaboration and Professionalism CanMEDS role questions
Communication skills As per the CanMEDS role criteria
Health advocacy no comment
Interest in the discipline Suitability to and the applicants’ understanding of the role of a Family Physician is considered
Interest in the program Suitability to practice in the province of Alberta is considered
Leadership skills As per the CanMEDS role criteria
Professionalism As per the CanMEDS role criteria
Scholarly activities As per the CanMEDS role criteria
Other interview component(s) Rural Suitability: self directed, maturity, flexibility, community minded.

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

This Program provides amazing opportunities for one-to-one learning in hospital rotations, emergency medicine and Family Medicine clinics across Southern Alberta as well as Northern locations when feasible (Yellowknife and Whitehorse).

The core of the Program is based on extended rotations in Rural Family Medicine settings providing 16 weeks of Rural Family Medicine in first year and 24 weeks of Rural Family Medicine in second year.

Residents experience full scope, comprehensive care with a high, but appropriate level of independence, and significant opportunities for training in procedural skills and acute care.

Residents in the program have the opportunity to obtain experience and teaching in critical care and the ICU rotation in Calgary has been particularly well evaluated and appreciated over the last few years.

High quality teaching is delivered by experienced rural & regional preceptors in Southern Alberta.

Financial support is provided by the program through the University of Calgary. Resident accommodation is arranged and paid for outside their home base of Lethbridge or Medicine Hat. There is also reimbursement for travel expenses to academic workshops and out-of-town rotations.

The Family Medicine experience includes a total of 40 weeks in different rural community-based Family Medicine practices. All sites have accommodation suitable for couples and some for small families.

IMPORTANT: Accommodations arranged by the program do not include pets. If you wish to bring your pets with you, accommodations while on rural rotations will be the responsibility of the candidate.


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.

The Rural Family Medicine Residency Program in Lethbridge is a stream of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Calgary. The emphasis in this program is on providing learning opportunities that will enable the resident to successfully practice in a rural centre at graduation. This occurs in a context and practice environment that, as much as possible, reflects the real world of Rural Practice. Following our philosophy that future Rural Physicians should train in the setting in which they practice, Residents choose rotations in regional and rural sites across southern and central Alberta.

This small, decentralized program allows a focus on the individual's training requirements. To ensure high quality training, the Lethbridge site functions as a unit of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Calgary, allowing access to the full academic resources of the parent institution.

R1 Year

Throughout the first year, two 8-week rotations are scheduled at one of our core rural sites. Each 8 week rotation is completed in a different site so residents can experience a different flavour of rural family medicine. 

The year consists of specialty rotations primarily at the regional base hospital, maintaining the sense of family medicine context with weekly full day sessions in a community family practice clinic. The Family Medicine rotations have been designed to facilitate exposure to a wide variety of acute conditions and to the acquisition of procedural skills.  Often the Resident is the only learner on the team ensuring access to clinical cases combined with individualized teaching. The regional hospitals are not dependent on the presence of house staff, with the agreeable consequence that on-call for most rotations is from home.

The surgery rotation focuses on the safe management of surgical emergencies and minor surgical techniques.  The emphasis in orthopaedics is on the management of common fractures and dislocations, with ample opportunity to attend fracture clinics as well as sports medicine clinics. There is ample opportunity to arrange local electives or out of province elective experiences.

Rotation

Duration

Location / Notes

Family Medicine

2 x 8 weeks

Rural sites

Internal Medicine

4 weeks Hospitalist; 4 weeks Internal Medicine

Lethbridge

Pediatrics

4 weeks

Lethbridge

 Pediatric Emerg

4 weeks

 Calgary

Psychiatry

4 weeks

Lethbridge

Ortho/Sports Medicine

4 weeks

Lethbridge

Elective

8 weeks

Resident's choice

Surgery

4 weeks

Lethbridge



R2 Year

The main thrust of the R2 year is to develop the Resident as a rural Family Physician, building on the skills and attitudes acquired in the first year. The key feature of the second year is 24 weeks of experience in rural family medicine.  Most of these sites have busy emergency rooms and active surgical and obstetrical programs reflecting the full range of rural family practice. This lengthy family medicine exposure in the second year provide opportunities to experience continuity of care and the time to accomplish the requirements of the integrated programs in care of the elderly, psychiatry, and palliative care.

During the obstetrics rotation, preceptors will be both Family Physician and specialist colleagues, ensuring that the skills acquired are put into an appropriate family medicine context. This rotation has in-house call.

A 2-week anesthesia block during the 8-week emergency medicine rotation fosters the advanced airway management skills needed for rural practice.

Four weeks of vacation may be taken throughout the year. The Family Medicine experience consists of 40 weeks in rural communities. With the exception of ICU in the second year, which is based in Calgary, specialty rotations generally occur in Lethbridge. EM may also be done in Yellowknife.

Call is typically home based except for ICU and obstetrics. 

Rotation

Duration

Location / Notes

Family Medicine

24 weeks

Rural site

Emergency & Anesthesia

6 wks EM, 2 wks Anesth

Lethbridge or Yellowknife

Obstetrics & Gynecology

8 weeks

Lethbridge or High River

ICU

4 weeks

Calgary

Palliative Care

2 weeks

Lethbridge

Elective

6 weeks

Resident's choice

 

Integrated Programs:

Many areas of care, such as Care of the Elderly and care for terminally ill patients, are integrated into the Rural Family Medicine experience.  While there is also a two week rotation experience for Palliative Medicine, skills in Geriatric Medicine are gained through this integrated approach as part of rural and other rotations.  In addition, specialists in Palliative Medicine and Geriatrics provide academic content in monthly Academics, workshops and seminars.  Residents learn to use community resources, such as local mental health teams, palliative care and home care teams to assist them in providing longitudinal care for these patients under the supervision of their Family Medicine preceptors.

 

 

Electives

Eight weeks are available for electives in the first year and six in the second year, allowing Residents to tailor the postgraduate experience to meet their individual needs and interests. Interprovincial and international electives are available for 2 blocks in the 2 years, with the permission of your home base Site Director and the Program Director. Interprovincial and international electives will not be paid for by the UofC.

 



Program Conferences and Scholarship Day

Two conferences (Fall and Spring) are held each year in conjunction with the Calgary-based family medicine residents. The Conferences provide opportunities for team-building as well as providing more time to cover topics and themes relevant to Family Medicine with invited speakers. Costs for the conferences are covered by the Program. 

Scholarship Day is held each Spring and is an opportunity for residents to showcase their QI projects.

The Conferences and the Scholarship Day are also an opportunity for Residents from all streams of the program to meet up and share experiences.

 

Due to the Pandemic, our Program is prepared to offer our Conferences and Scholarship Day virtually, as required.



Academic Programming

Monthly academic days and rounds provide the backbone of the academic programming. Topics are based on the recommendations by the CFPC. Residents are involved in ensuring that the content meets their needs. The Medicine Hat and Lethbridge regional sites generally alternate in hosting these monthly events. All attempts are made to minimize travel away from your rotations. Aboriginal Medicine, Casted, ACoRN, NRP, SPHERE, and Behavioral Medicine (communication skills, etc.) will be delivered through these workshops and seminars. Palliative Care is currently achieved through a 1-day workshop (LEAP) at the end of the first year along with a 2-week rotation in your second year. Simulated Office Oral (SOO's) exam preparation is offered 6 times during your residency to prepare you for the CCFP exam.

 

Due to the Pandemic, our Program will continue to offer monthly Academics in a virtual format in the future, as required.

 

Research/Practice Quality Improvement

Completion and presentation of a QI Scholarship project and participation in journal club are required of our Residents. Individual faculty will act as a resource to assist with all critical appraisal and project activities. An annual Resident Scholarship Day is held in the Spring of each year. This day includes a combination of posters and oral presentations given by Residents.



Third Year Programs

The University of Calgary Department of Family Medicine offers a variety of third-year Enhanced Skills Programs. The purpose of these programs is to assist Residents in developing enhanced skills in an area of interest. Enhanced Skills Programs are offered in Care of the Elderly, Family Practice-Emergency Medicine, Family Practice-Anesthesia, Palliative Medicine, Addictions Medicine, Sport & Exercise Medicine, Maternal & Newborn Care, and Health Equity.

 


Training Sites

Location

Residents have a home base in Lethbridge where they spend 8 months of the first year of their program. Training in rural settings outside of the regional centre occupies 16 weeks of the first year. Trainees matching as couples will be guaranteed a match to the same regional centre. Should a couple match to the Rural program, all efforts will be made to ensure a minimum disruption of family life in the rural rotations.

The program generally takes place outside of tertiary centres with a few exceptions (Peds Emergency and ICU experiences take place in Calgary). Specialty experiences will occur at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital.

All family practice experiences will be based in the core teaching communities of Bassano, Bow Island, Brooks, Camrose, Cardston, Claresholm, Crowsnest Pass, Drumheller, High River, Olds, Pincher Creek, Raymond, Stettler, Sundre, Taber, Three Hills and Whitehorse in the Yukon (if/when available in second year). Residents based in Medicine Hat have access to all rural teaching sites.

Lethbridge

The City of Lethbridge (https://www.lethbridge.ca/Pages/default.aspx) has a population of 101,482. It is the agricultural service center for southwestern Alberta and southeastern British Columbia. Supported by the University of Lethbridge and Lethbridge College, it also has a thriving cultural aspect with arts, entertainment, alternative energy, and an advanced communications infrastructure. It is located one hour from the United States border and the Rocky Mountains, and approximately 200 km south of Calgary, providing the residents many options for sporting and cultural activities.

The Chinook Regional Hospital (https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/findhealth/facility.aspx?id=3312&locale=en) has a full complement of specialist and diagnostic facilities with an exemplary outpatient program.  Lethbridge family physicians act as the attending doctor for their patients and use Royal College specialists as consultants.

 


Additional Information

Additional Information

This has been a challenging year for so many, including medical students. Despite the differences in 2022 CaRMS procedures, please know how much we look forward to meeting you !


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