Program Curriculum

Program Curriculum

The core residency program is for 3 years.

Program Overview

The Calgary Internal Medicine Program adheres to the Royal College Specialty Training requirements and was fully accredited at our last College review in 2015.

Each year is composed of 13 four-week blocks.  The first year includes six blocks on the Medical Teaching Units (MTU) located at Foothills Hospital, Peter Lougheed Hospital, Rockyview General Hospital, and/or South Health Campus.  Trainees are not assigned to one specific site and rotate through all sites over the year.   The balance of the year includes subspecialty rotations including one block of Coronary Care Medicine, Nephrology and Geriatrics.  The remaining four blocks are scheduled from the other subspecialties and may include endocrinology & metabolism, gastroenterology, neurology, hematology, infectious diseases, medical oncology, dermatology, general internal medicine, respiratory medicine, rheumatology, toxicology and palliative care rotations.

During the second and third 'senior' years, residents complete three rotations (per year) as Senior Medical Residents on the Medical Teaching Units. The balance of the year includes subspecialties, electives and research. Trainees are permitted to have three elective blocks and three research blocks over their core three years.  Community rotations are offered in Grande Prairie, Lethbridge, Red Deer, Yellowknife and at the Rockyview General Hospital (RGH). The RGH community rotation is reserved for those unable to leave Calgary for personal reasons.  Senior residents are given priority in rotation choice to allow alignment of training and career objectives.

Academic Half-day (AHD) is protected (Wednesday afternoons from 1-5 pm) and includes lectures, small group learning, simulation based training and protected time for independent scholarly activity. Small group learning includes physical exam teaching, Point of Care ultrasound instruction, procedural skills and PBLs.  The PGY3's have protected study time during their AHD to allow for RCPSC exam preparation.

Resident Research Day, the Annual Resident Retreat, Charitable Half Day and evening Journal Clubs are among some of our special academic activities.  Social events include a Welcome BBQ, Fall Awards Dinner, and Sports Day. With COVID 19 we have had to create innovative ways to socially connect, and have been impressed with the leadership of our Chief residents in paving this path for us.