ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT OF MEDICINE

GEOGRAPHIC SCOPE

The Department of Medicine is located in the Alberta Health Services – Calgary Zone and at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary.

The Department serves a catchment of 2.4 million residents of Southern Alberta, Southeastern British Columbia and Southwestern Saskatchewan.

Department members are located at seven (7) medical sites across Calgary, including the Foothills Medical Centre (FMC) and UCalgary Foothills Campus, Peter Lougheed Centre (PLC) and Sunridge Landing, Rockyview General Hospital (RGH), South Health Campus (SHC), Richmond Road Diagnostic and Treatment Centre (RRDTC), Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre, and the Associate Clinic, Gulf Canada Square.

6 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT OF MEDICINE:

1.   POWERFUL PARTNERSHIPS

One of the core tenets of the Department of Medicine is that collaborative, multidisciplinary teams are essential for providing outstanding medical care to all Albertans. We have close working relationships with other Departments, including Community Health Sciences, Cardiac Sciences, and Oncology, as well as with the six Calgary and Area Primary Care Networks (PCNs). Our members are also extensively involved within Alberta Health Services’ sixteen provincial Strategic Clinical Networks (SCNs).

2.   INNOVATION TO IMPROVE PATIENT CARE

In collaboration and partnership with PCNs and SCNs, the Department has established numerous Clinical Care Pathways and Specialist Link services, which have reduced wait lists for specialist services and allowed more patients to receive quality care in the medical home.

Other innovative programs we have developed include the Geriatrics Fracture Liaison Service, COPD Initiative, Lung Cancer Screening Program, Home Dialysis Program, Diabetes in Pregnancy Clinic, Health Analytics Working Group (HAWG), and the Calgary Zone Medical Services Clinical Safety Committee (MSCSC).

3.   EDUCATING THE NEXT GENERATION

Our Mandate is to identify and mentor trainees who have potential to become academic leaers in medicine and related fields: identify them, mentor and support them, provide them with the opportunities to be competitive for academic faculty positions, and ultimately recruit them as the medical leaders of tomorrow.

4.   IMPACTFUL RESEARCH

Department members conduct world-class translational and health outcomes research within all seven Research Institutes at the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine as well as within W21C, a research and innovation initiative based in the University of Calgary and Calgary Zone of Alberta Health Services.

5.   IMPROVING PUBLIC HEALTH

Our members are committed to improving Public Health for the benefit of all Albertans.

Dr. John Conly, who is the current Medical Director for W21C and former Head of the Department of Medicine, conducts groundbreaking research on antimicrobial resistance and stewardship.

Dr. William Ghali is the incoming Vice-President (Research) and outgoing Institute Director for the O’Brien Institute of Public Health.

Drs. Gabriel Fabreau and Prabh Lail both lead innovative clinical and research programs to improve patient care for vulnerable populations, including refugees and patients with substance use disorders.

Dr. Cheryl Barnabe, Vice Chair of Indigenous Health in the Department of Medicine, is helping to drive work to improve health outcomes for Indigenous patients.

6.   OUR MEMBERSHIP

We are one of the largest departments in the Cumming School of Medicine and Calgary Zone, and have grown to just under 500 members in 2018-19, including 431 members with primary appointments in the Department of Medicine or Division of Cardiology (Cardiac Sciences), and 66 members with cross-appointments to the Department of Medicine.