University of Alberta - Anatomical Pathology - Edmonton
- We are a medium-sized training program with two to four residents per year. This allows for the formation of close bonds with resident colleagues, flexibility in scheduling and ample learning and research opportunities for everyone.
- We have six training sites across the city, allowing residents to gain experience in academic hospitals, tertiary care hospitals, community hospitals and a private lab. This prepares residents for job opportunities in any type of environment.
- We offer funding for books, travel to conferences and research.
- We have a well-established academic half-day where staff pathologists present a core curriculum every two years. This ensures all essential topics are covered and reviewed at least twice during residency training.
- We have a very high ratio of teaching staff to residents, with expertise across all pathology disciplines. They are dedicated and caring. Our residents consistently report that our teaching staff is “one of the best things about the program.”
- Edmonton is known as Festival City. There are activities for every interest year-round. It might get cold here, but we don’t let that stop us from having fun.
- We have a diverse group of trainees and staff who have interests outside of pathology that span everything from downhill ski racing to needlepoint to playing in local and international orchestras.
- Edmonton is known for its culinary scene. New restaurants find it the perfect place to test the waters, resulting in an abundance of amazing dining opportunities.
What does a call look like for a pathology resident?
While on their pathology rotations, residents cover University of Alberta Hospital surgical pathology after-hour calls for a week at a time, about every once every 10 weeks. It is home call and most issues are dealt with over the phone. Occasionally, residents may have to go to the hospital to deal with a frozen section.
How much elective time do residents get?
Our program offers 11 four-week blocks. These can be in anything the resident chooses, from surgical pathology specialties to cytopathology to forensics, or even dedicated research time. Electives out of town, province and country are allowed and encouraged.
How difficult is it to get into and then succeed in pathology residency?
Almost all students who want pathology as their first choice will be matched in the first round and most of those will also get their first choice of location. With our training program, paired with your hard work, you should have no difficulty succeeding in the Royal College examinations.
Do most people do fellowships after residency?
This really depends on long-term career goals and intended practice location. The current trend is that the majority of residents who want to work in large centres do additional training after residency, either as a formal fellowship or a directed observership in an area of interest. Trainees looking to have more general practices or work in smaller locations may choose not to pursue subspecialty training.
What are you specifically looking for in candidates for your program?
Someone who is hard-working, self-motivated and passionate about understanding the nature of disease. Someone who is a team player and has excellent communication skills. It is also important to have strong clinical knowledge, which serves as a basis for everything we do in pathology.