Pulmonary Diagnostics Unit - Dr. Amanada Grant-Orser

Respiratory Medicine Education

Our Program

The University of Calgary offers a 2-year training program designed to qualify residents for Royal College subspecialty certification in Adult Respirology. Our mandate is to provide an inclusive and welcoming program centered around the needs of our residents so that they successfully achieve all the training requirements for certification. Our program provides exposure to all facets of Respirology including critical care medicine, sleep medicine, thoracic surgery, TB/NTM, pulmonary hypertension, lung transplant, ILD, bronchiectasis, interventional pulmonary medicine, pulmonary function testing, CPET, and ambulatory clinics. Our goal is to work closely with residents to help them achieve our shared goal of becoming excellent consultants in respiratory medicine who will take on leadership roles in clinical, academic, research, or administrative capacities in either academic or community settings.

This program offers a wealth of clinical material, a well-rounded and collegial teaching staff and a structured academic half day with a broad and inclusive curriculum.

Highlights Include:

  • A flexible program that allows residents to meet their individual goals in establishing a future direction in the specialty.
  • Vast variety of patients, presentations, and pathologies.
  • Collegial and supportive division members who are accomplished researchers and educators.
  • Excellent opportunity to become skilled in procedures relevant to the specialty including a rotation through the Thoracic Oncology block.
  • Longitudinal fellow’s clinic that runs weekly over two years.
  • A two-year academic half day curriculum covering all areas of Pulmonary Medicine
  • An active Pulmonary Hypertension program with Respiratory physicians performing their own right heart catheterizations. Respirology residents rotate through this service. 
  • Subspecialty experience in:
    • Interstitial Lung Disease
    • Severe Asthma
    • Sleep Medicine
    • Tuberculosis
    • Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing
    • Palliative Respirology
    • Neuromuscular Disease
  • Tremendous opportunity for involvement in research and innovation within the division of Respirology, the department of Medicine and the University of Calgary.
  • Case Of the Week (COW). Trainees in the program receive weekly cases and questions to work through which results in an extensive collection of imaging and knowledge of both common and uncommon conditions encountered in pulmonary medicine
  • Fair and equitable application process.  All faculty members and residents involved in the resident selection process have had training in unconscious bias and in mitigating bias.
  • Subspecialty fellowship training programs in
    • Interventional Pulmonary Medicine (IPM)
    • Airways disease/Asthma
    • Interstitial Lung Disease
    • Sleep Medicine
  • Multiple opportunities to socialize and get to know colleagues in social settings including retreats, welcome BBQs, awards nights, evening journal clubs

Questions about what it’s like to be in the program?  Current residents welcome questions about their experience in the program. Residents’ email addresses can be obtained from the Program administrative assistant.

Application Process

Application to the two-year subspecialty program in Respirology at University of Calgary is coordinated through the Medicine Subspecialty Match (MSM) offered by the Canadian Residency Matching Service (CaRMS).

For complete details on eligibility and on applying to the University of Calgary Respirology Program through the MSM, visit www.carms.ca.

Elective Information

We offer elective opportunities for Internal Medicine residents on the General Respirology inpatient service at all four acute care sites in Calgary:

  • Rockyview General Hospital (RGH): 7007 14th Street SW
  • Foothills Medical Centre (FMC): 1403 29th Street NW
  • Peter Lougheed Centre (PLC): 3500 26th Avenue NE
  • South Health Campus (SHC): 4448 Front Street SE

In addition, there may be limited availability to do electives in a variety of subspecialty areas including Lung Transplant, Pulmonary Hypertension, Interstitial Lung Disease, Sleep Medicine, and Interventional Pulmonary Medicine.

If you are interested in doing a Respirology Elective in Calgary, please email monika.khoury-dool@ahs.ca