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University of Calgary - Diagnostic Radiology - Calgary

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

Under revision

Last approved on January 29, 2022

Summary of changes

Approximate Quota:

 5 

Accreditation status : Accredited

Provincial Criteria


Dr. James Huynh
Diagnostic Imaging 
Foothills Medical Centre  
1403 29 Street N.W.
Calgary, Alberta, T2N 2T9
403-944-4530
403-944-4577 fax
Cumming School of Medicine/University of Calgary PGME
Department of Radiology, University of Calgary
Casper

Program Contacts

James Huynh
Program Director
James.Huynh@ucalgary.ca
4039444530

Alina Makoyeva
Assistant Program Director
Alina.Makoyeva@ahs.ca
4039444530

Bonnie McCardle
Program Administrator
Bonnie.McCardle@ahs.ca
403-944-4530

Dustin Morris
Program administrator
Dustin.Morris@ahs.ca
4039444747

Pamie Dow
Program Administrator
Pamie.Dow@ahs.ca
403-944-4530


Important Information

NEW for 2022 - Competency by Design (CBD) 

Prospective residents for this iteration beginning PGY1 in July 1st 2022 will be the first cohort of CBD residents at University of Calgary for Diagnostic Radiology.

If you'd like to learn more about CBD; check out the royal college website: Competency By Design

 

NEW for 2022 - Casper Test

 All applicants are required to complete the Casper Test to assist with our selection process for the 2022 Application Cycle. 

 

University of Calgary PGME Information:

https://cumming.ucalgary.ca/pgme/future-trainees/canadian-medical-school-graduates/residency

 

Electives & Observership Information:

https://cumming.ucalgary.ca/pgme/future-trainees/canadian-medical-school-graduates/visiting-electives-and-observerships

Casper Test - Required

 All applicants are required to complete the Casper Test (Altus Suite) to assist with our selection process for the 2022 Application Cycle. 

 Casper is an online test that assesses non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics. To complete Casper visit TakeAltus.com to create an account. In implementing Casper, we are trying to further enhance fairness and objectivity in our selection process.  

 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 TakeAltus.com, and ensure you have a quiet environment to take the test. We strongly urge you to take advantage of the 12-section practice test, which will not only immerse you in the test environment but will also ensure you meet the technical requirements to access and complete the test. 

 The test dates for postgraduate programs are in December 2021 and January 2022 and carry a cost to you of $100 (CAD). After your results are processed you will be notified by CaRMS to log in so that CaRMS will assign your Casper score to the programs you've applied to who request the test score. You will not receive your own score.

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. This is because your score is reported as a z-score within the group of all other applicants of the same year.

Casper Test - admissions assessments of non-cognitive skills 

All applicants applying to the Diagnostic Radiology residency program at University of Calgary are required to complete the Casper Test (Altus Suite), to assist with our selection process for the 2022 Application Cycle. 

How to Complete Casper 

In order to take the Casper Test, you will be responsible for securing access to a laptop or desktop computer with webcam and audio capabilities. You will require the following for both account creation and completing Casper:  

  • Government-issued photo ID
  • Valid email address (the same one you will use to submit your application)
  • Working webcam
  • Working microphone
  • Reliable high-speed internet connection

Please go to www.TakeAltus.com to sign up for Altus Suite for Canadian Postgraduate Medical Education (CSP-20201 – Canadian Postgraduate Medical Education) after selecting Canada as the country which the school you are applying to resides in.

  1. Register using your CaRMS ID and a piece of government-issued photo ID.  
  2. Select a Casper test date. 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 and that you have used for your application; there may be updates to the test schedule. 
  3. Important: To account for identity verification and payment processing timeline, ensure that you register for your test at least 3 days before your preferred test date and time. Last-minute bookings are not recommended. 
  4. Ensure you have selected CaRMS for distribution before the posted Distribution Deadline. Likely, there will be no additional tests scheduled, but the most up to date information can be found by browsing the Test Dates and Times  on TakeAltus.com
  5. Please direct any inquiries on Altus Suite to support@altus.as. Alternatively, you may use the chat bubble in the bottom right hand corner of your screen on the TakeAltus.com website. 

Accommodations: If you require testing accommodations for the Casper Test you will need to submit the Accommodations Request Form signed by you and your qualified professional 3 weeks in advance of your desired test date. More information regarding accommodations can be found here. 

More About Casper 

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 TakeAltus.com, and ensure you have a quiet environment to take the test. We strongly urge you to take advantage of the 12-section practice test, which will not only immerse you in the test environment but will also ensure you meet the technical requirements to access and complete 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. 

For a more detailed look at the Casper test, please see this video


General Instructions

Program application language: English

Casper Exam required:

New for 2022!!

Casper Test - admissions assessments of non-cognitive skills 

All applicants applying to the Diagnostic Radiology residency program at Queen's University are required to complete the Casper Test (Altus Suite), to assist with our selection process for the 2022 Application Cycle. 

How to Complete Casper 

In order to take the Casper Test, you will be responsible for securing access to a laptop or desktop computer with webcam and audio capabilities. You will require the following for both account creation and completing Casper:  

  • Government-issued photo ID
  • Valid email address (the same one you will use to submit your application)
  • Working webcam
  • Working microphone
  • Reliable high-speed internet connection

Please go to www.TakeAltus.com to sign up for Altus Suite for Canadian Postgraduate Medical Education (CSP-20201 – Canadian Postgraduate Medical Education) after selecting Canada as the country which the school you are applying to resides in.

  1. Register using your CaRMS ID and a piece of government-issued photo ID.  
  2. Select a Casper test date. 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 and that you have used for your application; there may be updates to the test schedule. 
  3. Important: To account for identity verification and payment processing timeline, ensure that you register for your test at least 3 days before your preferred test date and time. Last-minute bookings are not recommended. 
  4. Ensure you have selected CaRMS for distribution before the posted Distribution Deadline. Likely, there will be no additional tests scheduled, but the most up to date information can be found by browsing the Test Dates and Times  on TakeAltus.com
  5. Please direct any inquiries on Altus Suite to support@altus.as. Alternatively, you may use the chat bubble in the bottom right hand corner of your screen on the TakeAltus.com website. 

Accommodations: If you require testing accommodations for the Casper Test you will need to submit the Accommodations Request Form signed by you and your qualified professional 3 weeks in advance of your desired test date. More information regarding accommodations can be found here. 

More About Casper 

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 TakeAltus.com, and ensure you have a quiet environment to take the test. We strongly urge you to take advantage of the 12-section practice test, which will not only immerse you in the test environment but will also ensure you meet the technical requirements to access and complete 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. 

 For a more detailed look at the Casper test, please see this video


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

Three letters of reference are required. Please give careful consideration to your selection of referees. References should be obtained from research or work supervisor, and/or clinicians who know you well and have worked directly with you. Referee should state their relationship and length of association with the applicant. He/she should be able to comment on your medical knowledge, clinical and interpersonal skills, your strengths and weaknesses and be able to compare your performance to the standard expected for your level of training, or to other students they have worked with. 

Additional documents
Required
Medical Student Performance Record 

Order from your Dean's Office

Medical School Transcript 

Order from your Registrar

Undergraduate Transcript (Bachelor's Degree) 

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

Personal Letter 
Word count
Minimum : None
Maximum : None

The letter should outline the candidate's past background, interests and accomplishments and include reasons for choosing the diagnostic radiology program at the University of Calgary.  Please limit the length of the letter to 750 words.

Custom Résumé / CV 

The Curriculum Vitae should include, but not necessarily be limited to, previous and current education and all degrees, all Radiology electives, shadowing and research activities as well as any previous work experience and extracurricular activities.


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


Each of the 6 members of the CaRMS application team reviews all of the applications and ranks the applications according to a numerical score. All components in the CaRMS application (Education, Electives and Observerships, Work Experience, Scholarly Activities and Research Experience, Achievements and Interests, CV, Personal Letter and Reference Letters) are reviewed and incorporated into the final score.

The CaRMS Selection Committee then meets to narrow down the number of candidates to interview (usually 36 candidates). 


Interviews

Dates:

  • March 9, 2022
  • March 10, 2022
  • March 11, 2022
  • March 12, 2022
Wednesday, March 9, 2022 - 0830-1600

Thursday, March 10, 2022 - 0830-1600

Friday, March 11, 2022 - 0830-1600

Social event - Thursday, March 10, 2022 @ 1800 VIRTUAL

 

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

  • There are 3 days for interviews.
  • All interviews will be virtual. The total interview time for each candidate is 120 minutes.
  • All candidates (in groups of 3) meet with resident representatives who present a PowerPoint presentation with general information about the program including the structure, call and program highlights from a resident perspective. The resident representatives also have an opportunity to answer any questions candidates may have. (30 minutes in length). This presentation is not a formal interview but forms part of the overall interview process. 
  • Each candidate will have 2 interviews (30 minutes each), with a pair of the faculty from the CaRMS Selection Committee.  The interviews include some pre-selected questions from the faculty members, but there is also ample time for the faculty to converse with and ask questions of the candidates to learn more about the candidate.  There is also ample time for the candidate to ask questions about the Program.
  • Each candidate will also have an interview/tour of the department at the Foothills Medical Centre by the two Chief Residents (30 minutes in length).  
  • A social event is held in the evening organized by the residents. This event is attended by any CaRMS candidates who are able to attend and by all residents in the Program, the program director and staff do not attend.  This event is not part of a formal interview as not all candidates may be able to attend but forms part of the overall process providing a time for the candidates to interact with the residents in the program on an informal basis to learn more about the Program.
  • The CaRMS Selection Committee meets in the evening after each interview day to rank the list of candidates interviewed. A final rank list is created after the final interview day.

Selection Criteria

A successful applicant is expected to have an above average academic record and demonstrate an interest in the field of radiology through a combination of work experience, electives/observerships and research. Successful candidates require strong communication and interpersonal skills so they can excel in a collegial team environment among their fellow residents and staff as well as represent the program well interacting with referring clinicians and allied health providers. Applications should demonstrate a commitment to wellness, lifelong learning, and excellence through a well rounded combination of personal, work and academic experiences.  

Program goals

  The goal of the Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program at the University of Calgary is to prepare the next generation of physicians to become highly skilled clinical radiologists while also teaching the skills required to excel in research, education, and innovation in the field of diagnostic imaging.  To advance health and knowledge locally and globally through the development and application of innovative and impactful precision medical imaging. The Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program at the University of Calgary strives for excellence as learners and patient care providers, while fostering an environment of collegiality and respect.

Selection process goals

A successful applicant is expected to have an above average academic record and demonstrate an interest in the field of radiology through a combination of work experience, electives/observerships and research. Successful candidates require strong communication and interpersonal skills so they can excel in a collegial team environment among their fellow residents and staff as well as represent the program well interacting with referring clinicians and allied health providers. Applications should demonstrate a commitment to wellness, lifelong learning, and excellence through a well rounded combination of personal, work and academic experiences.  

File review process

Review team composition : The CaRMS Selection Committee is composed of the Program Director, 3 additional staff radiologists and the two current chief residents.

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

Average percentage of applicants offered interviews : 26 - 50 %
usually 36 candidates

Evaluation criteria :
File component Criteria
CV well rounded CV with strong academic, extra curricular & personal skills
Electives NEW for 2022 - Since, 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.
Examinations will be reviewed
Extra-curricular demonstrated skills & interests outside of medicine
Leadership skills demonstrated leadership with emphasis on communication skills
MSPRs academic and overall clinical experience
Personal letters passion for radiology with combination of experience & insight
Reference documents positive reference letters from individuals that know the candidate well
Research/Publications interest and/or experience in research
Transcripts all transcripts from graduate and undergraduate transcripts are reviewed
Other file component(s) Observerships, Work Experience, Achievements and Interests

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.
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.

NEW for 2022 - Since, 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.

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 no specific criteria but assessed indirectly through application documents & interview
Collegiality no specific criteria but assessed indirectly through application documents & interview
Communication skills no specific criteria but assessed indirectly through application documents & interview
Health advocacy no specific criteria but assessed indirectly through interview
Interest in the discipline previous work experience, research & electives
Interest in the program interest & knowledge specifically regarding the UofC program
Leadership skills no specific criteria but assessed indirectly through application documents & interview
Professionalism no specific criteria but assessed indirectly through application documents & interview
Scholarly activities overall assessment of education, experience, research & electives

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

SPECIFIC FEATURES

Training provided at the University of Calgary Residency Program in Diagnostic Radiology is at a high level. The preceptors in the Department of Radiology are dedicated instructors and are experts in their respective subspecialties.  The catchment is both large and comprehensive and the imaging equipment is state-of-the-art. The overall educational experience is excellent for the training of qualified radiologists.

We are the only diagnostic radiology program in Canada to offer a Senior Resident Radiology Clinic in which a senior resident has the opportunity to gain confidence and independence in a community radiology clinic.  This clinic will be an important component as we transition to competency based medical education.

The Visiting Professor program occurs 4-6 times per year to teach over two days and brings in world-renowned experts in radiology and authors of the classic and innovating textbooks fundamental to radiology.  The Visiting Professor program allows our residents to access the best radiology teachers and educators in the world and it connects the residents with experts from major teaching centres, which has opened doors to highly competitive fellowships.

There are opportunities for training outside of Calgary, including a Pathology/Radiology (AIRP) course in Maryland, a pre-call preparation course in Ottawa and elective training in rural Alberta.  

Research is a required and supported component of the program with many qualified and prolific researchers in the department who serve as mentors and resources.  There is an annual Department of Radiology Research Day where residents are invited to present their research.  

EQUIPMENT

We have some of the most advanced imaging equipment available including 3 clinical and 2 cardiac 3T MRI scanners, US, CEUS, CT, PET, CT SPECT and fluoroscopy.  Digital image processing (PACS) is performed daily on dedicated workstations throughout the department.  Advanced diagnostic and therapeutic body, vascular and neurointerventional imaging suites rounds out the complete spectrum of imaging infrastructure in Calgary.

RESOURCES 

Teaching and educational resources include a dedicated resident library with three workstations (PC and Mac) for research and manuscript preparation.    Digital subscriptions to all major DI journals and comprehensive online resources, such as STATdx, are maintained.  Many electronic textbooks and online resources are available through the University of Calgary library.  For case conferences, teaching rounds and multidisciplinary rounds there is a dedicated DI lecture theatre outfitted with professional grade presentation equipment optimized for presentation of high resolution complex diagnostic radiology images and case presentations.

CHECK OUT OUR VIDEO PRESENTED BY THE RESIDENTS 

HIT THIS LINK -> VIDEO LINK


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.

We adhere to the Professional Association of Resident Physicians of Alberta (PARA) agreement

https://para-ab.ca/residentphysicianagreement/

Medical Education Office (MEO) of Alberta Health Services 

https://insite.albertahealthservices.ca/ma/Page3314.aspx

Transition to Discipline (TTD)

The PGY-1 year consists of 11 blocks and is designed to provide a broad background in clinical medicine. This training will facilitate not only the candidate's preparation for the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination, but will also serve to develop the extensive core knowledge required in the role as a consultant Radiologist. 

Rotation Duration
General Internal Medicine   4 weeks
General Internal Medicine Subspecialty 4 weeks
Respirology 4 weeks
General Surgery 4 weeks
Surgical Subspecialty - most commonly Urology 4 weeks
Emergency Medicine 4 weeks
Neurology 4 weeks

Radiation Oncology

Medical Oncology

2 weeks

2 weeks

Pediatric Emergency 4 weeks
Elective - most commonly Anatomic Pathology 4 weeks
Diagnostic Radiology 4 weeks

 **New for this cohort has been removal the Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Orthopedics blocks which was a required rotation. These 2 blocks have been repurposed and added to the Foundation's stage (discussed below).

Foundations of Discipline (FD)

The foundations stage will last 8 blocks after successful completion of the TTD stage. This stage encompasses the core rotations required prior to beginning independent overnight radiology on-call services (typically in December of their PGY2 year). 

Residents will rotate through core rotations (a total of 8) including Neuro and body CT, thoracics, ultrasound, GI/GU Fluoroscopy, MSK and ER and the educational focus of these rotations will be on-call scenarios/cases.

Successful completion of the PGY2/Foundations OSCE is also expected before beginning independent on-call services.

Core of Discipline (Core 1 and Core 2)

The core stage constitutes the majority of residency training. Residents in this stage will be building upon their fundamental knowledge obtained in the foundations stage with rotations through all areas of subspecialty medical imaging with fellowship trained radiologists.

Core rotations include abdominopelvic CT/MRI, neuro CT/MRI, thoracics, cardiac, breast imaging, ultrasound, GI/GU fluoroscopy, CT GU (at a 2nd community hospital site), MSK (in both the tertiary and community hospital setting), maternal-fetal-medicine/obstetrical imaging and nuclear medicine.

Additional rotations through pediatric radiology (4 blocks), interventional radiology (3 blocks) will also occur in this stage.

During this stage the resident will also have ample elective blocks in order to discover a field of interest in order to pursue additional fellowship training post-residency.

The core 1 stage will span approximately 23 blocks and will focus on lower volumes and less complex cases; in the core 2 stage the emphasis will be on higher volumes and greater case complexity.

In core 2, residents will also have 1 block allocated to attend the AIRP (American Institute for Radiological Pathology) course. This is a course attended by essentially all radiology residents in Canada and the USA and is an excellent opportunity for advancing knowledge as well as networking with potential colleagues.

Successful completion of the Core 1 and Core 2 stages permits the resident to challenge the royal college examination to receive board certification (FRCPC); which is expected to be in the early PGY5 year and prior to beginning the Transition to Practice stage.

Transition to Practice (TTP)

The Royal college examination is expected to be moved from the end of PGY5 to likely the early PGY5. In the last 6 blocks of PGY5 where the TTP resident has successfully received Canadian board certification rotations will then be tailored to residents who are now ready to perform at the level of a junior consultant. They will be expected to perform all CanMEDS competencies throughout these high-level rotations.

This stage includes 2 blocks in our "Senior's Clinic"; this is an outpatient lower volume community clinic where TTP residents will have the opportunity to run an outpatient general radiology clinic interpreting ultrasound (general and obstetrical), general radiography and mammography with faculty available for consultation should questions arise.

Two elective blocks have been allocated to the TTP resident's in fields of their choice. This allows trainees to tune-up any subspecialty knowledge prior to departing for fellowships or for additional training in specialized fields such as cardiac imaging, or interventional radiology if more advanced skillsets are required for employment opportunities secured right out of residency.

Two blocks of a "community hospital" rotation is also under development and expected to be ready for 2025/2026. This rotation will allow TTP residents to function at the level of a junior consultant for a lower volume, lower acuity hospital interpreting radiography, ultrasound, CT and MRI as well as perform minor procedures. TTP residents will also benefit from having subspecialty faculty readily available for consultation when appropriate.

RESEARCH

All Foundation stage residents are involved in one quality assurance (QA) project. A second research project leading to either a presentation at a recognized national or international meeting or a publication in a refereed journal is also mandatory during the residency. Four weeks are provided to conduct research to be used during the Foundation through to the Transition to Practice stages.  Funding is provided to residents to present papers at conferences.

Residents also participate in Journal Club, scheduled throughout the year.

SEMINARS

Introductory lecture series for TTD residents is given just prior to the FD stage.

There are daily noon-hour rounds, usually case-based, but also lectures.

Academic half-day occurs weekly, 12 months per year. The half-day includes lectures by faculty radiologists, visiting professors and pediatric case rounds.

Monthly obstetrical ultrasound rounds by perinatologists are a regular component of the seminar schedule.

Morning rounds are also provided by faculty and fellows before the start of the workday.

A well-established in-house and visiting professor program enhances teaching.  Intensive teaching is provided over a 1 to 1-1/2 day period by local experts or visiting luminaries in the field of Diagnostic Radiology from across Canada and the USA.  These dedicated Diagnostic Imaging teaching sessions occur 4-6 times per year.

Clinical rounds are also attended by faculty and residents.  The type of rounds varies depending on the clinical specialty, but are usually case-based.  The discussion and interaction with the clinical colleagues enhances the radiology residents' understanding of the disease processes.

POST RESIDENCY

Fellowships: Residents have been successful in obtaining fellowships in well-recognized centres across North America.

Employment: Residents have consistently obtained positions in desired centres in Canada and the USA.  In recent years, all residents have pursued fellowship training prior to starting their radiology practice.


Training Sites

Foothills Medical Centre (FMC):  This is the primary location for resident training in Diagnostic Radiology.  It is a tertiary acute care and academic facility home to the trauma centre, neurosurgery, cancer care and the Calgary Stroke Program for southern Alberta.  Calgary zone hospitals are well equipped with some of the most advanced imaging equipment available today. Located at the FMC are intraoperative and cardiac 3T MRI scanners, CT, PET, CEUS, US, Mammo, SPECT and DXA.

Alberta Children's Hospital (ACH):  An academic acute care children's hospital and tertiary pediatric referral site for southern Alberta with inpatient, outpatient and emergency services.  Radiology residents spend 4 blocks training at the ACH in pediatric radiology.

Rockyview General Hospital (RGH):  Hospital in southwest Calgary, offering comprehensive community services for inpatients and outpatients.  Radiology residents spend their PGY-1 year at RGH and they may also spend time in CT/GU later in residency.

Peter Lougheed Centre (PLC):  Hospital in northeast Calgary, offering comprehensive community services for inpatients and outpatients.  Radiology residents may spend time at PLC in MSK radiology.

Richmond Road Diagnostic and Treatment Centre (RRDTC):  An outpatient facility in southwest Calgary with CT and MRI staffed by faculty radiologists and also used for resident training.  Radiology residents spend 3 blocks at RRDTC in comprehensive MSK radiology.

South Health Campus (SHC):   Outpatient, inpatient and emergency services are offered with CT, MRI, ultrasound, nuclear medicine staffed by faculty radiologists.

Community Clinics:  Radiology residents attend three community clinics within walking distance to FMC where they are supervised and taught by U of C faculty radiologists and perinatologists.

One clinic is the Calgary Maternal Fetal Medicine Centre where residents have 1:1 teaching by faculty perinatologists.  Radiology residents spend two full blocks at the MFM Centre honing their ultrasound scanning while seeing the full breadth of low risk to high risk obstetrical ultrasound cases from southern Alberta.

The second clinic is a community radiology clinic where each resident spends two blocks learning community screening and diagnostic mammography from faculty radiologists.

The third clinic is a dedicated Senior Residents' Clinic focused on community ultrasound and radiography and is the only one of it's kind in Canada. The senior resident functions independently similar to a junior radiologist.

Elective training in both rural and urban centres in Alberta, other provinces, and the United States is encouraged. All residents are also encouraged to attend a Pathology/Radiology course.  Funding will be provided to attend.


Additional Information

Quick Facts

Interprovincial and international electives are possible. Each request for training outside the province is reviewed individually and approved by the Residency Program Committee (RPC).

Ratio of residents to faculty is 1:1

Rural rotations are not mandatory but encouraged. Funding may be available through the office of Distributed Learning and Rural Initiatives.

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada: Applying competency-based practices to residency education

To contribute to the success of Canadian physicians and the delivery of high-quality patient care, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada has introduced 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 and empowering learners to more fully engage in their education process.

CBD will use time as a framework rather than the basis for progression. It is not anticipated that the duration of training will change for the majority of trainees. Residency programs will be broken down into stages, and each stage will have a series of milestones based on required competencies. These milestones will 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.

The Royal College anticipates that all specialty and subspecialty programs in Canada will adopt CBD by 2023. National implementation of CBD commenced in July 2017. Diagnostic Radiology goes live 2022.

All programs implementing CBD 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 program milestones throughout their training. Within a CBD program, all milestones (documented within an electronic portfolio) and the Royal College examination must be successfully completed to achieve certification.

For more information, please contact cbd@royalcollege.ca.


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