Undergraduate Students

Experience rural medicine through community engagement and hands-on learning. 

The undergraduate rural family medicine experience in Alberta

Physicians and medical students have a unique opportunity to serve rural communities in their practice. But why choose rural medicine? Whether it’s increasing your exposure to generalism, working with patients with undifferentiated issues, or seeing the continuum of care, there is a great opportunity and need for skilled talent in rural Alberta. Want to find out more? Please visit us at ucalgary.ca/ruralmedicine.

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Rural Shadowing

Through the shadowing experience, first year students get the chance to see what rural medicine is like. They get the opportunity to shadow a rural doctor (most probably in ER) for a shift or more (mostly on weekends). Although the "Shadowing Experience" is not a part of the academic requirements of first year, student who completes 30+ hours of rural shadowing will receive a recognition letter from the Director of DLRI. 

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Electives

Electives are open to applicants who are at the clinical clerk level currently registered in a Canadian medical school. The University of Calgary also welcomes applicants from American LCME-accredited medical schools who are currently in their final year of medical undergraduate training. All electives must be done for credit.

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UCalgary Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship

A one year clerkship option for 3rd year medical students interested in learning medicine in a generalist environment. Students are based in a family practice in a rural or regional community and learn the generalist specialties in an integrated fashion by following their patients from the clinic to specialty consults, surgery, delivery, etc. This longitudinal approach allows students to develop an appreciation for the natural history of illness and an understanding of the importance of continuity of care and relational continuity.

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Family Medicine / Rural Medicine Interest Group

The Family Medicine / Rural Medicine Interest Group aims to promote family and rural medicine as an attractive career option to University of Calgary undergraduate medical students. 

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CRIEE

CRIEE Funding

CRIEE funding is available on a first come first served basis for learners (students and residents) going on a remote or isolated elective in Alberta, Northwest Territories, Yukon or Nunavut. This funding is not available to residents that have alternate funding for the territories. The funding covers travel and accommodations up to a maximum of $2,000 per elective. Rotation funding will be split between the number of qualified applicants.

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Tarrant Scholarship

Tarrant Scholarship

Sponsored by the Alberta Medical Association’s Section of Rural Medicine,the Tarrant Scholarship is one of Alberta’s largest, unrestricted medical school undergraduate awards. Two financial awards are bestowed. There is one recipient from the University of Alberta and one from the University of Calgary.

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