Welcome to the Department of Family Medicine - Calgary

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Who we are

The Department of Family Medicine (DFM) is a partnership between Alberta Health Services, and the University of Calgary's Cumming School of Medicine (CSM) –  A community of Family Physicians and Primary Care Providers building collaborative, integrated, and innovative medical homes, responsive to the needs of our population.

We serve communities by:

  • Promoting best practice primary health care and family medicine
  • Enabling our members to build and support patient-centred medical homes
  • Translating innovations in family medicine to our physicians and communities
  • Supporting medical education, credentialing, recruitment, and retention

Come home to family

Learn about postgraduate family medicine at the University of Calgary from our residents and program leaders.

CaRMS & Future Residents

Rural Family Medicine

Why Rural? 
Learn about our rural postgrad programs at our Medicine Hat and Lethbrige sites.

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Calgary Family Medicine

Why Calgary?

Learn about our three Calgary divisions and the experiences that family medicine training in Calgary offers.

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Enhanced Skills

If you are a practicing family physician or recent family medicine graduate who wants to develop enhanced skills in a specific area, we provide the opportunity to do so in our 8 Enhanced Skills programs.

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6Cs of Generalism

6Cs

Generalists are physicians whose practice is broad in scope– they diagnose and manage diverse, undifferentiated and often complex clinical problems, and provide a comprehensive range of services.

Learn more about the 6 core concepts of generalism, all beginning with 'C'.


A message from our Department Heads

The Department of Family Medicine (DFM) is comprised of physician services, academic family medicine (with our education, clinical services and research programs), and six clinical sections overseeing service delivery of family medicine related programs in Calgary. We are one Department that is integrated within Alberta Health Services and the University of Calgary.

The DFM is focused on modelling the principles of family medicine and the Patient Medical Home through integrated academic and clinical work. Our academic teaching clinics provide care to over 27,000 patients in Calgary. Training future family doctors to be successful and competent practitioners is an endeavour that spans all across the DFM – with preceptors and learners in acute care, urban and rural practices across Southern Alberta. Our clinical sections oversee the varied and complex programs that deliver family medicine care in Calgary’s acute care and community-based Alberta Health Services settings. In all aspects of what we do, the DFM works closely with Primary Care Networks and other primary care stakeholders to develop and support the Patient Medical Home and the primary care health system in the Calgary Zone. These collaborations have resulted in many innovations in patient care, including a unique and highly successful response to COVID-19 management in the community, which minimizes acute care admissions and maximizes safe and appropriate care for Calgarians in their homes.

As a Department, we are committed to improving Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, addressing anti-racism, and working towards decolonization and reconciliation. Our physicians are dedicated to leadership and advocacy - with many contributing to local, provincial, and national organizations to voice the needs of primary care and ensure a strong family medicine presence.

As Department Heads, we are incredibly proud of the work of our member physicians, staff, and learners. We hope you enjoy learning more about our various programs, services, initiatives, and teams.

Dr. Sonya Lee

Academic Department Head
Department of Family Medicine

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Dr. Mike Spady

Clinical Department Head
Department of Family Medicine