|Thank you for
in our Program!
had a beautiful summer in Calgary, our new residents have settled in,
and the Program has been already been planning for academic year 2013 -
For those considering Internal Medicine in Calgary, allow me to offer a few words about our Program.
We believe our greatest strength is our residents. Our
residents are committed to their education, excellence in patient care,
research, and teaching. Residents participate in the organization
and operationalization program. We place a high value on
collegiality and know that many life-long bonds are formed during
residency training. We have over 90 residents in our core (R1-3)
program and more in our many specialty programs.
Our Program is well supported by dedicated faculty. An Associate
Program Director works at each of our major training
sites. Assistant Program Directors work in the areas of
curriculum development, evaluation, and simulation. Rotation and
Medical Teaching Unit Directors play key roles in optimizing the
educational experience of our learners.
We have excellent administrative support including a full time Program
Administrator and three Administrative Assistants that support the Core
Program. Subspecialty Programs are additionally supported.
training is challenging and rewarding. Physician
well-being is important to us. Healthy and happy physicians (or
anyone) do their best work. For example, our Senior Medical
Residents on-call for each of the three adult hospitals start call at
2100 and should be en route home (by paid taxi if they wish) by 1000
the next day. (Yup, we pay for the taxi ride back to pick
up the car later in the day if needed). We allocate time to
welcome events, sports day, retreat, research days, and more.
Residents in Alberta have compensation that is highly
We are very excited about our simulation teaching and ultrasound guided
procedural training. We have a modern clinical skills
centre, take advantage of telehealth to reduce travel time, and have
access to a world class research community.
Calgary is a dynamic and growing city. In 2006, the Alberta
Children's Hospital opened its doors. The former hospital site
has been reopened as the Richmond Road Diagnostic and Treatment Centre
and is home to clinics in General Internal Medicine, Dermatology,
Rheumatology, and others.
The three adult hospital sites (Foothills Medical Centre, Peter
Lougheed Centre, and Rockyview General Hospital) have undergone major
expansions. Our Medical Teaching Units at all sites are based in
units that are more spacious, have dedicated space for physician
education, and are well equipped with information
technologies. Telehealth is used to transmit rounds between
the sites alleviating the need to travel. We are looking forward
to the opening another new hospital... the South Calgary Health Campus
In 2009, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
approved the University of Calgary during an external review.
Thank you very much for considering the Calgary Internal Medicine
Jeffrey P Schaefer MSc MD FRCPC FACP
General Internist, Clinical Associate Professor, and
Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
University of Calgary