Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine Residency

At the University of Calgary, we offer a five-year specialist training program in Anesthesiology, recognized by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Training occurs at all five hospitals in the city. Our training program continually strives to achieve the correct balance of general medical and specialist focused training, clinical experience and non-operating room instruction, tertiary care and community experiences, rigorous training and resident wellness. Our goal is to attract honest, intelligent and innovative students and then guide them into becoming well-rounded physicians who possess the specialized knowledge and skills required in modern anesthetic practice. We are constantly re-evaluating our program in order to optimize the educational experiences of our residents, and to ensure that their skills will meet the future needs of the specialty and society at large. We are not afraid to embrace new methods and means to accomplish these goals, and our faculty work together with our residents to accomplish the shared goal of producing the best anesthesiologists possible with the resources available to us.

Our program is designed to enable residents to be able to work well independently the day after they graduate, and to bein the best position possible to pursue the fellowship opportunities that they desire. Our residents are constantly encouraged to "think big" and "aim high", and to appreciate that residency is a unique chapter in their lives in which they are free to pursue any educational endeavor that they desire. Our residents work closely with faculty members from the very first day of residency to ensure that their professional goals are achieved, and that they will have their full potential at the completion of their residency training.

Teaching takes place primarily in the operating room where residents work one on one with faculty anesthesiologists. Our academic portfolio also includes hospital based off-service rotations, core program sessions, journal club, grand rounds, simulation sessions, scholarly projects and formal PGME courses.

The Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine offers a number of formal fellowship opportunities including: cardiac anesthesia, thoracic anesthesia, perioperative ultrasound, perioperative medicine, regional anesthesia and acute pain medicine, simulation, safety and quality and pediatric anesthesia.

Our past residents have gone on to complete a diverse range of fellowship specialties such as cardiac anesthesia, neuro anesthesia, pediatric anesthesia, obstetric anesthesia, perioperative medicine, perioperative ultrasound, medical education and simulation, chronic pain and prehospital and transport medicine (STARS) to name a few. We have had residents travel to Massachusetts General, Oxford, University of Pennsylvania, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Stanford.

Contacts

Program Director
Dr. Reuben Eng
e-mail: reuben.eng@ahs.ca

Associate Program Director CBD
Dr. Graeme Bishop
e-mail: Graeme.bishop@ahs.ca

Associate Program Director and UME Clerkship Director
Dr. Melinda Davis
e-mail: Melinda.davis@ahs.ca


Program Administrator
Anca Petri
e-mail: anesthesiology.residency@albertahealthservices.ca

 

For further information see also: www.carms.ca.

For detailed information see our Program Manual.

Resident Wellness

We recognize this is a very demanding 5 years of training and our residency program takes resident wellness seriously. Calgary is ideally situated for quick escapes from the city, allowing us to explore the province and easy access to world class activities such as skiing, hiking, biking and climbing!

Additionally, our program builds in multiple events throughout the year to build resident resilience and comradery. Some of these include a welcome BBQ, funded resident retreat weekend, resident wellness day, as well as many optional informal get togethers.

Highlights of Wellness Initiative

  1. Calgary Anesthesiology Residents Retreat (CARR): Each year, the PGY-4 residents organize a retreat for the residents. These retreats enhance resident camaraderie and socialization with residents and their families. Activities are also planned to increase staff-resident social interactions, and to develop non-medical expert CanMEDS competencies.
  2. Resident Wellness Day: Every year, we host resident wellness retreat in the lovely mountains of Alberta.
  3. Academic coaches: Every CBD resident is assigned their own academic coach. The Academic Coach guides the resident to be the best anesthesiologist  they can be, in the broadest terms possible. This includes the intrinsic CanMEDS roles, resiliency, professional identity formation, emotional intelligence, leadership, mentorship, and other academic skills.
  4. Resident buddies: every incoming R1 is paired right after match day with a junior and a senior resident. They can ask them anything! From where to look for housing, what the city is like, how call works, etc...they are your on the ground support system and friends!
  5. Dinner with the juniors: Every two weeks, after half day the junior resident invite the clerks to join them for dinner to meet the residents and gain a better understanding of our program.
  6. We also spend time together in a non-organized fashion. Be it celebrating birthdays or team dinners or post call ski days. We are a close knit group.
residents annual hike
Residents Skiing together

Words from the Residents:

"I am so glad to be here. The residents here are some of my closet friends, and very approachable if you ever need anything. The staff take a great interest in you and your learning. They go out of their way to make you feel welcome. Be it talking medicine or jokes they've played on family and friends. This program made Calgary feel like home right away." Chris Durr R1

"Residency is hard work no matter where you train, Calgary is no different. However, our residents are constantly advocating for changes to make this work as pertinent as possible. We are fortunate to have residency program staff who are responsive to feedback, and willing to implement our ideas. This extends to creating opportunities for engagement outside of work. Events such as our resident ski day would not be possible without the hard work of our seniors, and the receptiveness of the staff. I'm excited to see this program continue to evolve in the upcoming years." Josh Nicholas R1

"Calgary is an amazing city to residency in. Its proximity to the mountains is ideal for work and play. What makes it truly special though is the people who are ere. You will encounter many incredible educators who are truly invested in your education. It will not take long to feel a part of the group!" Oliver Hatheway R2

"When you start residency it is difficult to anticipate exactly where your career will take you. Calgary's program will prepare you for all forms of practice. Whether you intend to pursue an academic career in medical education or research and whether your clinical work will be based at a major trauma centre or community hospital - it is reassuring to see our alumni successfully navigate fulfilling careers in all areas." Claire Allen R3

Competence By Design (CBD)

Like all anesthesiology programs across the country, CBD began on July 1, 2017, for our program at the University of Calgary.  CBD represents a multi-year transformation in Canadian post-graduate medical education aimed at better defining learning objectives, reducing gaps within, and between programs, and facilitating the transition to independent practice.  To help support this change we have implemented a number of curriculum/rotation changes as well as intentionally limited the size of our program.  A small program ensures that our residents have sufficient resources to help deal with the inevitable hurdles they will face while our program undergoes such a significant change.  To help assist our residents, while also ensuring they have met the high standard of care that our program demands, we have recently introduced an academic coach program.  The faculty members who act as coaches will follow residents longitudinally through their training and assist them in managing the academic and professional goals of a rigorous training program.     

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