We have a strong environment for our rheumatology residents by providing a diverse experience, warm atmosphere, and a strong educational component with the full support of our rheumatology staff over the two years of the program.
Highlights of our program include:
•Large catchment area covering Northern Alberta as well the Northwest Territories, with a diverse variety of disease
•Friendly approachable staff with an interest in education
•A weekly Half Day Fellows Continuity Clinic
•Weekly Academic Half Days with emphasis on clinical disease: pathogenesis, an immunology and ethics course
•Portfolio for maintaining CanMEDs topics
•Regular rheumatology exam preparation
•Formal Department of Internal Medicine Royal College preparation in conjunction with other PGY4's
•Equal opportunities to work in both the academic and community setting
•World class research opportunities
•Outreach clinics to Red Deer, Edson, and Yellowknife
•Regular resident-run injection clinics
For more information on the application & selection process, please visit the CaRMS (Canadian Resident Matching Service) website. Also, please feel free to contact our program administrator, Melissa Rice at (780) 248-1346, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Program Director: Dr. Elaine Yacyshyn
The Rheumatology program is a 2 year program, divided into 13 four-week blocks per year. Candidates must have completed at least 3 years of core internal medicine training prior to starting their subspecialty training. Residents must have LMCC Part 2 for application.
The first year of the program has its emphasis on clinical rheumatology.
•Residents will complete rotations at the University of Alberta Hospital, our academic setting. Here, residents will participate in
regular out patient clinics as well as help lead the rheumatology consult service. Rotating resident and medical student
education is also important, with expectations to teach both physical examination skills and approaches to rheumatic
•Residents will complete community rotations with one of 5 participating rheumatologists, attending clinics regularly and
completing consults at the community hospitals.
•Other off-service rotations include sports medicine, orthopedics, physiatry, and pediatric rheumatology.
The second year of the program is more flexible. Residents have the opportunity to focus on more clinical experience, complete electives in areas of interest, and research projects. A research project is mandatory during the 2 year program, and various levels of research can be performed.
Call is home call only, with the maximum call of 9 days per block. Call is renumerated as per the Resident Association contract.
•Weekly Academic Half Day
•Monthly Journal Club
•Monthly City Wide Rheumatology Rounds, discussing interesting and/or difficult cases
•Monthly Radiology Rounds, held in conjunction with our MSK radiologists
•Weekly Internal Medicine Grand Rounds
•Bi-annual Rheumatology Morbidity and Mortality Rounds
•Small group Undergraduate MSK teaching
•Rotating Resident Education
•National and International Conferences with financial support, including but not limited to the annual CRA meeting & ACR meetings, Western Rheumatology Meeting, National Rheumatology Resident's weekend.
•Regular formative written and clinical examinations to evaluate progression and for Royal College exam preparation
•Regular feedback from the Program Director
•Portfolios with CanMEDs and regular reviews with Program Director
The home base for our rheumatology residents is the University of Alberta Hospital. With over 650 beds, it treats 700,000 patients each year in the heart of the University of Alberta campus. It is a short walk to the River Valley or trendy Old Strathcona. Light Rail Transit brings you right to the hospital entrance. It is also home of the newly completed Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, a 130 bed facility dedicated to cardiac patients. Now under construction is the addition of the Edmonton Clinic, a new state-of-the-art outpatient clinic scheduled to open in the next year. On community rheumatology rotations, residents may also see in-patients consults at some of our other hospital facilities, including Royal Alexandra Hospital, Grey Nuns Hospital and Sturgeon Hospital.
This is negotiated between the health authority and the residents' association. Please click here for further contract details. Currently, the PGY4 salary is $70,360 and PGY5 is $76,325, with an additional ~$5000 available between a yearly stipend and call renumeration. There is no provincial sales tax while the provincial income tax is the lowest in the country.
Edmonton is the capital of Alberta, a warm and friendly city of over one million people. Edmonton is well known for a thriving arts and theatre community, and hosts over 30 festivals throughout the year, including North America's largest Fringe Festival, Heritage Days, the Folk Festival, Capital EX, & the Rexall Edmonton Indy Race. Edmonton is home to the longest urban forest in North America, situated along the banks of the pristine River Valley and only steps away from the University of Alberta Hospital. Whyte Avenue is well known as a trendy location, televised nationally when the Edmonton Oilers competed in the Stanley Cup. Football and baseball are also supported through the Eskimos and Capitals respectively. And of course shopping is never a problem with North America's largest shopping centre, West Edmonton Mall.
To submit an application, please go to the CaRMS website. Submission deadline is Fall, 2012. To contact the program director, for more information, or for applicants from outside of Canada, please email Melissa Rice.
Please feel free to ask for contact information for current and former residents, as they would be happy to provide you with any information you require.