GERIATRIC MEDICINE – A MESSAGE FROM THE ACTING SECTION CHIEF

Dr. Karen FruetelAs the Section Chief of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Calgary, I would like to encourage you to explore our exciting training program. Our program offers Geriatric Medicine residents the opportunity to customize their training experience to meet both their individual learning needs and the requirements of the Royal College.

We are a diverse and enthusiastic group of geriatricians, who are interested in teaching, research, clinical service and quality improvement. We have an active training program accredited by the Royal College. We have up to 6 trainees within our program at any one time. Our graduates have been successful at obtaining clinical and academic positions of their choosing. Two of our trainees have also successfully gone on to complete Master’s degrees within Community Health Sciences, as part of the Clinician Investigator Program at the University.

Geriatric Residents in our program are given the opportunity to work within a number of clinical settings and with a variety of health care providers. In addition to developing the clinical skills required to become a geriatrician, there are opportunities to develop skills in medical education, quality improvement, applied research and health care administration.

As a group, the section members believe in mentoring and supporting our trainees as they explore their career options. The environment within the University of Calgary itself promotes innovation and collaboration. The Department of Medicine also works to promote a respectful work environment that is healthy, safe, supportive, and values diversity and equity. Calgary is a dynamic city at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, where we are only minutes away from outdoor activities and adventures. The city itself has a population of about 1.3 million, and in 2017 was ranked the 5th most livable city in the world for the 8th consecutive year.

– Dr. Karen Fruetel