As of July 2021, residents entering a Vascular Surgery will participate in competency-based training through the Competence by Design (CBD) educational initiative of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
Program application language: English
Program application language: English
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.
A maximum of 3 letters will be accepted. References should be from consultant level physicians. References are due by the CaRMS reference letter deadline.
A personal letter of no longer than 1200 words is required. The letter should outline unique aspects of the candidate in addition to the reasons for wishing to pursue a career and training in Vascular Surgery at the University of Calgary. The letter should address what the candidate will contribute to the training program.Photo
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
The Department of Surgery at the University of Calgary is committed to a fair, equitable, and transparent application process. We maintain the right to choose the applicants we feel are the best people for our residency training program. The following criteria will be used as a baseline to determine who will be considered for an interview.
The Vascular Surgery Resident Training Program at the University of Calgary seeks to provide the highest quality care to patients while supporting the educational, research, health, and wellness needs of our residents. The aim of our program is to provide the best possible environment, technology, facilities, and human resources in order to facilitate comprehensive education and training of residents, along with medical students.
When selecting applicants, the interview team looks for a candiate:
The team also expects a personal letter that clearly outlines why the applicant wishes to pursue a career in Vascular Surgery in Calgary. Reference letters from surgical specialists will be an important factor.
Review team composition : Resident Selection Committee:
*Two Vascular Surgeons (minimum)
*Chief of Vascular Residents and/or Senior Vascular Resident
Average number of applications received by our program in the last five years : 51 - 200
Average percentage of applicants offered interviews : 51 - 75 %
|CV||Ability to work well with teams; Leadership potential; Extracurricular interest|
|Electives||Electives will not be considered for file review.|
|Examinations||We do not evaluate this file component.|
|Extra-curricular||Extra-curricular interests relating to medicine as well as outside interests|
|Leadership skills||Leadership potential|
|MSPRs||Applicant should be in good standing at their medical school|
|Personal letters||Highlight how and why you chose vascular surgery. Demonstrate a strong interest.|
|Reference documents||Three reference letters from faculty. At least one should be from a vascular surgeon.|
|Research/Publications||Not mandatory, but encouraged.|
|Transcripts||Must not have any failed rotations or remarks of concerns.|
Interview format :
We routinely accommodate requests to re-schedule interviews for applicants.
|Collaboration skills||Understands the importance of working in a team, & how to interact with potentially difficult peers.|
|Collegiality||Reliability; Honesty; Integrity; Kind; Professional; Good listening skills.|
|Communication skills||Clear and concise. Rationale and reasoning for answers verbalized. Compassionate.|
|Health advocacy||We do not evaluate this interview component|
|Interest in the discipline||Interest in vascular surgery. At least one elective in vascular surgery.|
|Interest in the program||On-site vascular surgery elective preferred; Knowledge and interest specific to our program.|
|Leadership skills||Potential for leadership to be an effective leader.|
|Professionalism||Ethical decision-making; honesty; capacity for self-directed learning.|
|Scholarly activities||Interest is weighed.|
The Vascular Surgery service is based at the Peter Lougheed Centre, but provides city wide coverage. We are a large volume center with complex cases. We have a dedicated faculty who are keen on teaching residents and medical students. There are opportunities for research in clinical outcomes and education for those interested in pursuing it. Some trainees may also be interested in the surgeon scientist program.
The Vascular Surgery Service is closely linked to Interventional Radiology Services and our groups work together routinely and have joint rounds to add different perspectives. Our group also works closely with our cardiac surgery colleagues to address complex aortic cases including arch and thoracoabdominal procedures.
We have two hybrid OR suites that were built specifically for vascular surgery, a vascular surgery step down unit and a dedicated vascular ward. Our group has a dedicated research coordinator, vascular nurse practitioner, and an internal medicine team focused on vascular surgery patients. We work closely with podiatrist in the limb preservation clinic which is a dedicated in hospital vascular/podiatry and vascular risk reduction clinic.
To see more about our program, please check out our website at uofcvascular.ca
A Program Information Session will be held on January 12 from 5:00 - 6:00 PM MST on Zoom.
Meeting Code: 972 3963 7050
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Toll Free: 1-855-703-8985
Find by local number: https://albertahealthservices.ca.zoom.us/u/adFmMoxnf
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.
Vascular Surgery Program Curriculum
In the first year, the R1 attends the University of Toronto Boot Camp for one week and also attends the Surgical Foundations Boot Camp for one week. Starting in July 2021, CBD will be launched in Vascular Surgery. Surgical Foundations takes place in the first two years. A curriculum for all surgical residents at University of Calgary during the PGY 1 and PGY 2 Surgical Foundations years includes weekly seminars, technical skills laboratory sessions, online case-based learning modules, Principles of Surgery Examination Review Lectures, and a series of formative assessments.
The final three years of training are comprised of senior level rotations as well as enrichment rotations and elective opportunities.
Throughout the 5 years the residents will be exposed to the following: Vascular Surgery, Surgical Foundations, Internal Medicine, General Surgery Access, General Surgery Trauma, Cardiac Care, Emergency Medicine, Angiography, Ultrasound & Vascular Lab, Research, Transplant Surgery, ICU, Podiatry, PMR, and Cardiac Surgery.
All surgical residents have protected academic time on Thursday afternoons from 12- 6 PM. Vascular Academic half day teaching rounds are from 3:30 - 5:30 PM weekly. Once a month CanMEDS has a mandatory teaching session Thursdays from 12:30 - 2:30 PM. Journal rounds are held about 4 or 5 times a year.
For the entire five years of the program, in addition to the weekly vascular rounds (which address basic and vascular topics), there are also weekly interventional radiology rounds. QI Rounds are held monthly and Aortopathy Rounds are held every other month. During daily rounds and weekly vascular rounds, the resident is responsible to demonstrate adequate teaching skills with junior house staff and associated staff (nursing).
Research is highly encouraged for residents to pursue scholarly work while in the program. We also have a dedicated research analyst.
Elective opportunities and opportunities for rotations at other hospitals across Canada are possible.
Starting July 2021, all Vascular Surgery CBD Residents will be required to do the EPA evaluations on Mainport. There will also be In-training evaluation reports (ITERS on One45) that reflect the rotation specific goals and objectives follow every rotation and are read and signed by the resident. Residents' performance and progress are monitored closely by the program director and the residency program committee with regular feedback to the residents.
Residents are invited to provide written evaluations of the teaching performance of the individual faculty members, to the extent that is possible, in an anonymous manner.
Vascular Surgery is a quaternary referral service that is the only source of vascular care to patients in southern Alberta, western Saskatchewan and eastern British Columbia, with a catchment population of approximately 2.1 million persons.
There are five major hospital sites in Calgary that the program covers. The Peter Lougheed Centre is where the Vascular Surgery Program is based. The Foothills Medical Centre is attached to the University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine Health Sciences Centre and is a teaching trauma hospital. The Alberta Children's Hospital is an award winning facility that attends to children from south eastern British Columbia, all of Alberta and western Saskatchewan. The Rockyview General Hospital is a community teaching hospital that includes general surgery, urology, and ophthalmology. South Health Campus is Calgary's newest facility and will have many services offered at the site.
Calgary is a dynamic city of over 1 million people located in the Southern Alberta Foothills.
Within the city of Calgary there are numerous cultural and social amenities. These include an excellent system of pathways for walking and cycling. For those with children there are excellent schools. There is a world class zoological garden with a prehistoric dinosaur park, Heritage Park and Science Centre. The world famous Calgary Stampede is held every July. For sports enthusiasts, Calgary boasts the NHL Western Conference Calgary Flames, CFL Calgary Stampeders, and WHL Calgary Hitmen. The city houses the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Alberta Ballet Company, Alberta Theatre Projects, Calgary Opera, Theatre Calgary, and several annual festivals including the Calgary Children's Festival, the Calgary Folk Music Festival and the Calgary Jazz Festival.
Kananaskis Provincial Park, Banff National Park and Lake Louise are within a one to two hour drive of the city. Yoho, Kootenay, Jasper and Waterton Lakes National Park are all within a three hours drive. For outdoor enthusiasts these areas provide unlimited opportunities for sightseeing, hiking, cycling golfing and skiing.
Do you have Extended Residency opportunities?
Calgary Vascular Surgery Program has the accreditation to have a 5 + 2 Program. Offering an extended residency position is dependent on PGME budget allocations and may not be offered on a regular basis.
Do you have a Fellowship Program?
We currently have a fellow and are determining if a fellowship will be beneficial for our program and our vascular surgery service.
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