University of Calgary - Family Medicine - Calgary


Program Director

Dr. Lindsay Jantzie


Program Administrator

Alexandra Thomas

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The Teaching Experience

  • First block of Residency is devoted to 'Foundations' which consists of orientation (e.g. to Alberta Health Services, PGME, and the Department of Family Medicine), core teaching, clinical skills (e.g. courses such as ALARM and an Opioid Training Day), and time in Family Medicine home clinics prior to launching into clinical rotations

  • Resident involvement in ongoing curriculum development and in Program leadership

  • Safe, supportive, and collaborative learning environments including our well-established home FM clinics

  • Enthusiastic and consistently highly-rated Preceptors at all of our teaching sites

  • The opportunity to build and manage your own group of patients longitudinally at home clinics

  • Weekly academics designed to enhance your learning experience

  • Patient-Centered Care Labs focused on communication skills and doctor-patient relationships

  • FM-focused off-service teaching and learning on immersion rotations

  • A leading edge Resident Assessment Program with a focus on assessment for learning, not just of learning; an electronic assessment and curriculum platform (FMeCAP) has launched November 2020 for residents to track their progress and assessment

  • CCFP exam preparation sessions with Faculty Leads; includes access to virtual practice SOOs training throughout first and second year, and access to an online SAMP prep program in second year

  • The opportunity for residents to develop their teaching skills through formal academic lectures devoted to the topic, participation with the undergraduate FM interest group, teaching clerks in FM home clinics and junior clerkship, and available elective opportunities.

The Clinical Experience

  • Two to Four days a week in your core FM Home Clinic for 7 blocks in the first year and 6 blocks in the second year

  • Immersion rotations in Palliative Care, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics/Low Risk, Hospitalist Medicine, Care of the Elderly, Rural Medicine, Pediatric Emergency, and Adult Emergency

  • Focused teaching in Urgent Care, Hospice, Long Term Care, and Community Palliative Care

  • Team-based care/inter-professional learning opportunities

  • Eight weeks in rural settings in Southern Alberta in second year

  • Eight weeks elective time in first year and 8 weeks in second year

  • Scheduled Plus Weeks during FM blocks designed to provide supplemental learning in specific domains of care (Adult, Child, Mental Health)

The Resident Experience

  • A 4-week Foundation Block at the start of first year, to find your feet in FM Home Clinics and set you up for a successful residency

  • A Program that is supportive and prioritizes our Residents’ well-being.

  • We have resident representation on all appropriate Program leadership committees

  • We have a Wellness Curriculum that teaches residents a basic skill set relating to the maintenance of wellness, and provides half days away from clinical duties to work on these skills

  • Strong resident leadership opportunities, including numerous positions on our Resident Leadership Committee (RLC)

  • Up to 8 days Educational leave for conference attendance and research work during residency

  • The City of Calgary and surrounding areas are your playground during training! Rivers, sunshine, snow (with chinooks which warm things up in the winter), and quick access to Rockies; We are a Program that values a healthy lifestyle and fun!

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Family Medicine residency training programs began in Canada in 1966 and at the University of Calgary in 1985. Calgary city grads are confident to practice family medicine anywhere in Alberta, nationally, and in the world!

We have a supportive network of teachers, including a cohort of over 1000 clinical preceptors who support learners in the undergraduate and the residency programs. Calgary Family Physicians are vital to our communities and hospitals, and our residents work alongside them learning how to provide the best possible care using the Patient’s Medical Home model and working collaboratively with specialist colleagues. In addition, we have a network of rural family medicine colleagues who influence our residents greatly in elective and the core rural family medicine rotations in the R2 year.


How can I meet your Program and learn more before the CaRMS deadline to submit my applications (Feb 8, 2021)?

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 the following to learn more about the University of Calgary FM programs:

  • Program website

  • Department of Family Medicine’s Instagram and Twitter accounts

  • Virtual Meet and Greets (advertised on the AFMC National Web Calendar)

Do I have to have my own car as a Calgary FM resident?

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

If I match to the Calgary stream, how is it determined whether I will be a part of the Northwest, Northeast, or South Division?

Soon after residents match to the CMG and AIMG positions in Calgary after first iteration, they will participate in an internal match for assignment to home clinics and divisions.

Who are my resident leaders when I match to the Program?

Each division in the Calgary stream has a chief resident. Your chief resident is your first point of contact when it comes to concerns, questions, or issues. Chief residents sit on all Program Committees (e.g. Resident Program Committee-RPC, Curriculum and Evaluation Committee-CEC, Postgraduate Executive Committee-PGEC, etc) to ensure the resident perspective is always heard and appreciated. In addition, residents can run for a position on the Resident Leadership Committee (RLC). The mandate of the RLC is to represent Calgary Family Medicine (Calgary) Program residents within the Department of Family Medicine, the University of Calgary, and externally, giving particular concern to representation on issues related to resident education and resident wellness.

How many residency positions does the FM program have in the city of Calgary for 2021?

  • For the 2021 Selection process, Calgary Family medicine will have 58 CMG positions and 10 AIMG positions.

  • In addition, there are two University of Calgary Public Health and Preventive Medicine (PHPM) including Family Medicine positions. Clinical training for the combined PHPM and Family Medicine positions will be completed in the Department of Family Medicine (Calgary Program), providing the opportunity to achieve certification in Family Medicine (CCFP). Clinical competencies within the Family Medicine Program relevant to PHPM will be highlighted, and training sites/rotations will be prioritized to maximize opportunities to work with vulnerable and underserved populations. Those interested in this program must apply through Public Health and Preventative Medicine.

  • Please note that University of Calgary Family Medicine will have 2 MOTP positions for the 2021 selection cycle; for the first time, these positions will be housed in Lethbridge with our rural program residents.