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Program Highlights

Grande Prairie is a rural family medicine training stream within the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Alberta. We strongly believe that future rural physicians should train in the setting in which they will practice. Residents graduating from the Grande Prairie site universally report that they have gained the knowledge and skills required to confidently practice in any community in Canada. The Grande Prairie site is distinctly non-service-based. Residents select clinical duties based specifically for their learning value, and are given the flexibility to tailor clinical duties to their individual learning needs. With only one family medicine resident on a given service at any one time, there is little or no competition for procedures or other important learning opportunities. Residents also enjoy tremendous flexibility when selecting call days and holiday time.

Rotations:

PGY1 

4 weeks – Family Regional Medicine
16 weeks – Rural Family Medicine
4 weeks – General Surgery
4 weeks – Pediatrics Emergency Medicine (Stollery Children’s Hospital)
4 weeks – Pediatrics
4 weeks – Orthopedics
4 weeks- Anesthesia
8 weeks – Obstetrics & Gynecology
4 weeks – Electives
0.5 days/wk – Continuity Clinics

PGY2:

16 weeks – Rural Family Medicine
8 weeks – Rural Family Medicine
8 weeks – Electives
8 weeks – Emergency Medicine
8 weeks – Internal Medicine
1 week – Integrated Palliative Care
4 weeks – Psychiatry

PGY1 Overview:

Early in their residency training, each R1 will spend a 4-week block in their “home” family medicine clinic, working with a full-service family physician from the Grande Prairie area. Throughout their R1 year, the resident will return to their home clinic on a regular basis to maintain continuity in family medicine.

PGY1 also includes a 16-week block of rural family medicine, in a community of the resident’s choice. This block will contain an integrated program in Care of the Elderly.

The remainder of the R1 year consists of time spent with Royal College specialists within the city of Grande Prairie.

PGY2 Overview:

There are further specialty rotations in second year but the main thrust of PGY2 is to develop the resident as a rural family physician, building on the knowledge, skills and attitudes acquired in the first year. The key rotations are two additional rural family medicine blocks of 8 weeks and 16 weeks duration. These rotations provide further opportunities to experience comprehensive medicine and continuity of care in a rural setting.

Program Highlights
Learner Focused

The Grande Prairie site is distinctly non-service-based. Residents select clinical duties based specifically for their learning value, and are given the flexibility to tailor clinical duties to their individual learning needs. With only one family medicine resident on a given service at any one time, there is little or no competition for procedures or other important learning opportunities. Grande Prairie is fortunate to have a cohort of Royal College specialists who have a particular interest in the teaching of family medicine residents, tailoring their teaching to what rural family physicians need to know.

Flexibility

Residents enjoy tremendous flexibility when selecting call days and holiday time as well as choosing specific rural communities for their training, tailoring their choices to individual learning needs and future practice goals.

Resident Well-being

The Grande Prairie site prides itself on the emphasis we place on resident wellbeing and the support we provide to our residents. As a small program, Grande Prairie residents develop close, supportive relationships with their fellow residents, as well as with preceptors and administrative staff. This is actively promoted by the program, through weekly site meetings, and regular social gatherings in which resident’s families are encouraged to participate. In addition, Grande Prairie offers its residents a program called “Finding Meaning in Medicine”. This program involves regular, structured gatherings in which residents are invited to share with one another their personal responses to challenging life experiences, allowing residents to provide each other with mutual support.

Enhanced Training

Grande Prairie residents benefit from high-quality academic programming, with regular academics supplemented by focused workshops and courses. Residents will receive enhanced training in areas which are crucial for practice in a rural setting. These include; CPoCUS IP certification, CASTED course, regular practice of critical care simulations and procedures.

Mentoring

Grande Prairie residents have the opportunity to be actively involved in the teaching of medical students and to form mentoring relationships with them, with a small group of medical students from the University of Alberta choosing to be placed in Grande Prairie for 8 months during their final year.

Funding

It is our belief that training in a rural stream should not be more expensive than training in a large urban centre. For this reason, additional funding is available for off site travel expenses and accommodations, as well as attending conferences.

For residents who are truly interested in a career in rural family medicine, we strongly believe that the training offered by the Grande Prairie site is second-to-none.

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General Information

The City of Grande Prairie is home base for our residency program. Located about 450 km northwest of Edmonton, with a population of about 70,000 people, Grande Prairie is the economic hub of the “Peace Country”. With regard to life outside of medicine, the City of Grande Prairie is large enough to offer an extremely wide array of amenities, while still maintaining its small-town feel. It offers a great variety of recreational and leisure pursuits, (including sports, music, and theatre) in addition to a wide range of shopping and dining options. Some Grande Prairie highlights include the Wapiti Nordic Ski Area, the Bear Creek Folk Music Festival, and the Eastlink Centre recreational complex. In addition, Grande Prairie offers easy access to the beauty and recreational opportunities found in nearby mountain wilderness areas.

Academics & Research

There is a two year structured learning program which covers the full range of topics important to family medicine. This includes weekly academic rounds, monthly academic days as well as several workshops throughout the course of the program. Academic days are made up of didactic teaching, exam preparation, therapeutics, ethics and guideline review.  There are also monthly hands-on simulation training sessions with STARS Air Ambulance.  Workshop subjects include Evidence-Based Medicine, Behavioural Medicine, CASTED-ER, CoPoCUS IP certification training, and critical care simulations.

Residents must be ACLS certified before starting their residency.  ALARM, ATLS , NRP and PALS courses are all reimbursed to the resident when successfully completed during residency.

Our residents are assigned four Brief Evidenced Based Medicine projects in the first year and complete a Practice Quality Improvement project in the second year. Residents have an opportunity to present their research projects at family medicine conferences and the FM Research day.

Vacation

There are 4 weeks of vacation days given in each year but not allotted as block time. Additionally there are 6 consecutive holidays at Christmas (or other religious holiday) and up to 5 days to write and prepare for the national exam. Our residents have the flexibility to work their vacation time into their rotation schedule.

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Salary Information

Post graduate salaries and benefits differ by province and are determined by two things: your training year, and the province you work in. See below the salaries and benefits for University of Alberta - Family Medicine - Grande Prairie.
Alberta
Pay Level 1
$58,934
Pay Level 2
$65,232
Pay Level 3
$70,259
Pay Level 4
$75,291
Pay Level 5
$81,584
Pay Level 6
$86,615
Pay Level 7
$93,577
Pay Level 8
$101,114
Educational Leave
14 days paid leave
Annual Vacation
4 weeks/yr
Call Stipends
Weekday in-house – $118.02
Weekend in-house / holiday – $178.72
Weekday home call – $59.01
Weekend home call / holiday – $89.35
Frequency of Calls
In-house call: 7/28. 2/4 weekend call.
Home call: 9/28. 2/4 weekend call
**A Resident scheduled on Home call but who is required to work more than four hours in hospital during the call period, of which more than one full hour is past 12:00 a.m. and before 6:00 a.m., or more than six (6) hours in hospital during the call period, shall be remunerated at the rate for In-House call.$100 per day for each scheduled weekend day of patient rounds when not on-call
Practice Stipend
$1,500
Extended Health Insurance
75% premium paid $1000 per year Flexible Spending Account*
Provincial Dues (% of salary)
.95%
Dental Plan
75% premium paid
CMPA Dues Paid
$1,500
Life Insurance
100% towards $150,000 coverage
Life Support Course Costs (Program Approved)
100% paid
Long-Term Disability Insurance
100% paid for 75% gross income
Statutory Holidays
Paid days. Additional days off are given if resident works the day before and part of a named holiday.
Parental Leave
2 weeks leave with full pay and benefits; 52 weeks (inclusive of Maternity/Paternity/Adoption Leaves) – unpaid leave
Sick leave
Up to 3 months or to end contract paid leave, whichever occurs first
Maternity Leave
18 weeks total (17 weeks paid to match 90% of salary when combined with EI)

Updated September 9, 2022

Resident Physicians shall advance to the next pay level upon completion of twelve (12) months of service at each level. (PARA Agreement – Article 35)

*Terms of Agreement July 1, 2018 – December 30, 2021
https://www.para-ab.ca/agreement/

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Aerial view of Grand Prairie
Grande Prairie
Grande Prairie is a city in northwest Alberta, Canada within the southern portion of an area known as Peace River Country. It is located at the intersection of Highway 43 and Highway 40, approximately 456 km northwest of Edmonton.

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