Geriatric Medicine – Academic Program

Academic Half Day – This is the cornerstone of the academic program, and is designed to deliver the content required by the Royal College. This is staff-led, and takes place weekly on a Wednesday or Thursday afternoon 1pm to 4pm. Throughout each July to September we deliver the Core Curriculum, aimed at new R4’s entering the program and covering content felt to be essential for Transition to Discipline. If R5s have attained an appropriate standard, they have the opportunity to deliver these sessions with formal feedback from staff on their teaching skills. For the other 9 months of the year, the balance of the curriculum is delivered over a 2 year cycle.

There is specific training in communication skills in dementia. There are sessions and formal feedback on teaching skills. There is a specific critical appraisal curriculum, covering the basics of statistics and critical appraisal of the literature.
2018-2019 Academic Half-Day Schedule

8 times per year there are resident-led, staff-supervised sessions entitled JAPES :

  • Journal Club – where residents present landmark papers in Geriatric Medicine and receive feedback on their critical appraisal skills
  • Ageing – system-based presentations on normal ageing
  • Presentation – residents practice personal educational skills in a small group setting and receive formal feedback from staff
  • Ethics – staff and residents engage in a discussion based on a real case or issue in the news
  • JAPES Day
Leadership TrainingAn innovative idea we are trialing this year is funding our R5s to complete the Canadian Medical Association’s Physician Leadership Institute’s 6 week on-line course in "Leadership Begins with Self-Awareness", with the on-line fora supplemented by staff led reflective discussion groups.
Resident Rounds Held monthly on a Wednesday morning.
Section of Geriatric Medicine RoundsHeld monthly on a Wednesday morning. Residents will be scheduled. You can find them here. to present during their R5 year.
Journal ClubHeld monthly on a Wednesday morning. Residents will be scheduled to present.
Long Term Care There is a formal educational program running weekly throughout the Long term Care block. Residents are also expected to present at Frail Elderly Journal Club when on their Long Term Care block.
City-Wide Interdisciplinary Geriatrics RoundsHeld monthly on a Thursday morning.
Visiting ScholarsTwice a year we invite a visiting speaker to present to our residents, and meet informally in discussion and research mentorship.
Resident Research DayOnce per year residents are expected to present their work at Resident Research Day - for more details follow link to our #Research# page.
Geriatrics Update DayThis is a yearly event arranged by Dr Heidi Schmaltz for the University Of Calgary Cumming School Of Medicine. This single day conference includes keynote addresses from visiting speakers and small group workshops. Dependent upon the theme for the year, residents are expected either to attend, or to be involved in presenting the workshops with staff support.
Shades of Grey Predating the naming of the bestselling books, but just as exciting, this is a yearly one day conference with a more community and multidisciplinary focus which residents are expected to attend. There is a strong emphasis on the intrinsic CanMEDs roles.
Written Exam There is a yearly mock written examination to allow residents to judge the level of their knowledge towards the Royal College subspecialty examination – this is entirely formative.
RetreatThere is a yearly Residents’ Retreat which combines a day of educational activities with team-building and social events. All faculty are welcome during the day and at the evening social event, which is very well attended.

Conferences – Residents are encouraged to attend the Canadian Geriatrics Society Scientific Meeting, the CGS Residents’ Day, and the Canadian Conference on Dementia. Dependent upon career aspirations, residents are also encouraged to attend other courses and conferences relevant to research, leadership in medicine (Physician Leadership Institute) or education (International Conference in Residency Education). Other options both nationally and internationally can be considered with the approval of the Program Director. Residents can apply for funding through the Program’s educational budget from PGME; in addition, there is a generous allowance from the Division of Geriatric Medicine of $2000 per resident per year.