The Section of Geriatric Medicine is passionate about educating future and current physicians. Despite our relatively small size, the section provides Medical Education Leadership not only within our Section, but in the Department of Medicine and the Cumming School of Medicine. This includes:

  • UME Course Leadership. Erika Dempsey is the co-chair for Course V – Aging, Neurosciences and Special Senses course.
  • Paula Pearce, Karen Fruetel and Darren Burback sit on the Course V course Committee.
  • Paula Pearce and Karen Fruetel sit on the Integrative Course Committee.
  • Paula Pearce is our Program Director for the Geriatric Medicine Residency Training Program.
  • Darren Burback is the CBD Lead for the Department of Medicine.
  • Stacey Hall is an Associate Program Director in the Internal Medicine Residency Training Program.
  • Karen Fruetel is the chair of the Internal Medicine Residency Training Program Competence Committee.
  • Paula Pearce, Erika Dempsey, Emily Kwan and Darren Burback are members of the Internal Medicine Residency Training Program Competence Committee.
  • Heidi Schmaltz is the Section Lead for CPD and has provided leadership nationally as the chair of the CPD Committee of the Canadian Geriatrics Society.
  • Karen Fruetel is the Vice Chair of Education for the Department of Medicine.


Within the Undergraduate Medical Education (UME) program at the Cumming School of Medicine, four Section members are Master Teachers who commit significant time to teaching in the UME curriculum. All section members participate in clinical teaching in Geriatrics, including Course V.


The section has an active subspecialty training program in Geriatric Medicine, with three positions per year. We have close ties to other training programs including Care of the Elderly, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR), Geriatric Psychiatry and Palliative Care. We provide clinical rotations in Geriatric Medicine to a wide variety of training programs including Internal Medicine, PMR, Neurology, Family Medicine and Public Health. We also have elective students who come from a variety of other Canadian Medical Schools.


With respect to Continuing Professional Development (CPD), we organize the University of Calgary Annual Geriatric Update: Clinical Pearls conference for primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, pharmacists and other professionals interested in caring for older adults. Members regularly contribute presentations directed at best practice of older adults in a variety of settings including the Annual Therapeutics course and the multidisciplinary annual Shades of Grey conference, along with other CPD programs.

The practice of Geriatrics is multidisciplinary, and many members are active in educating not only physicians but other healthcare professionals. This includes participation in the Cumming School of Medicine Multidisciplinary Education committee, providing training opportunities for nurse practitioner education, and participation in multidisciplinary rounds and conferences such as Seniors Health Rounds.

For further information about our CPD events:
Please contact Erica Miller (, assistant to Dr. Heidi Schmaltz.