Geriatric Medicine – Welcome to the Residency Program

Welcome from the Program Director

Dr. Paula Pearce“The purpose of a Geriatrician is to reproduce!” Dr. Karen Fruetel, Division Head 2007-2016
These seemingly strange words speak to the passion for education in the Division of Geriatric Medicine, and our commitment to the training of the next generation of Geriatricians. A large proportion of the faculty have pursued higher training in medical education, and are frequently recognized for teaching excellence by the University of Calgary Cumming School of Medicine.
The Geriatric Medicine Residency program is a two-year subspecialty program approved by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). The program is designed to develop skills across the CanMEDs domains and prepare residents for careers in clinical and academic Geriatric Medicine. In addition to developing strong clinical skills, diverse career paths amongst the faculty allow residents to pursue experiences in medical leadership, research, education and strategic planning. The program has the flexibility to be highly responsive to the needs of individual residents.

We are committed to a smooth launch of Competency by Design in the 2019-2020 academic year. We have already completed our curriculum and assessment mapping, and are confident we can meet the new RCPSC Training Experiences required for 2019 entry residents.

We are already piloting CBD via a “soft launch”. We are using EPAs to improve the culture of observation and feedback, and piloting the workings of the Competency Committee. To date it is going well, with our first resident achieving 21 individual documented observations in the first 2 blocks of the pilot, giving the me a much richer picture of performance than the traditional end-of-block ITERs. We have run an educational retreat for faculty development in areas of CBD, and have now rolled out EPAs to the whole faculty.

Core rotations designed to meet the new RCPSC Training Experiences include ambulatory care (including an innovative new Falls, Ambulation and Balance block), inpatient Geriatric consult service, Acute Geriatrics Unit, Day Hospital, Geriatric Psychiatry, Rehabilitation Medicine and Long Term Care. Residents will have a longitudinal Fellows’ Clinic throughout the 2 year program. A number of elective and selective experiences allow residents the opportunity to individually tailor their training, and include opportunities in specialized clinical services, research, medical leadership and education.

Residents are expected to complete a scholarly project in Geriatric Medicine, and there is strong research mentorship under Dr. David Hogan, Dr. Jayna Holroyd-Leduc and Dr. Zahra Goodarzi.

There is an active academic program comprising the formal academic half day, Geriatric Medicine Division Rounds, Journal Club, Long Term Care Journal Club, Residents’ Retreat, and Resident Rounds. Attendance at national and international conferences is encouraged.

Residents are genuinely welcomed into the Division as junior colleagues, and are actively involved in Division social and professional events, from the collegial welcome reception through to the graduation party!!

Thank you for your interest in the University of Calgary for your Geriatrics residency training, and please learn more about us by exploring the website. I welcome any inquiries you may have.

– Dr. Paula Pearce

A Message from the Section Chief

Dr. Jayna Holdroyd-LeducAs 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. Jayna Holroyd-Leduc

Amy Mahon, Program Administrator

Amy MahonWelcome to Geriatric Medicine in the beautiful city of Calgary! I have been with the Geriatric Medicine program for just over a year, but have been involved in Residency Education over the last several years. Working in Postgraduate Medical Education has been, in all respects, a remarkably enjoyable and rewarding career.
I feel fortunate to have been born and raised in this great city, and blessed to be raising my children here. In my spare time, I enjoy travelling, gardening and engaging with my family. I am a passionate cook, and a bit of a foodie – always on the lookout for new taste experiences!