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Program Highlights

Rigorous yet supportive learning environment with a large pool of dedicated and enthusiastic teaching faculty who lead optional slide teaching rounds multiple times per week

Opportunity to complete a specialized period of training for 6-12 months during the final year of residency training

Dedicated program leadership and administrative staff who are readily accessible and highly responsive to resident concerns and feedback

Strong track record of our graduates obtaining highly competitive fellowship positions and the jobs of their choice

Outstanding state-of-the art newly built or recently remodeled physical facilities, and generous financial support including an annual CME fund, and paid registration at the CAP pathology review course and annual Banff Pathology Course

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General Information

Here are some of the strengths of the University of Calgary’s Anatomical Pathology residency program:

Our program is well-established, with an organized and structured rotation schedule and curriculum. Slide rounds and other educational activities are frequent and well-attended. In addition to the formal didactic curriculum, there are numerous additional optional teaching sessions on evenings and weekends. Most of these sessions are now virtual (Zoom format) due to the COVID pandemic, which allows residents to attend even if they are off-site. Our program’s rotation schedule is fairly flexible and allows for ample elective time (including away electives) and protected time for research.

The program director, program administrator and other program leaders are experienced and dedicated, and truly care about the residents. We listen to our residents and respond to their needs. We have a fantastic CBME lead and competence committee to serve our incoming CBD residents.

As a Calgary AP resident, you will have a large and diverse peer group. Calgary accepts 3 AP residents, 2 GP residents, +/- 1 NP resident per year, and the residents in these programs work together throughout much of their training. Residents get along very well and have fun together, both at work and outside of work. There is an atmosphere of collaboration. Residents show each other interesting cases, work with each other on research projects, and form study groups together.

Residents rotate at 7 training sites across Calgary, are exposed to a large volume and variety of cases in all sub-specialties of anatomical pathology, and have a pool of enthusiastic teaching faculty who participate in their training. All training sites share a common laboratory information system and electronic medical record system, so residents don’t need to re-learn a new system with each rotation. Alberta also has an awesome provincial electronic medical record system, which makes it very easy to get clinical information.

Our facilities are well-appointed. At our main training site of Foothills Medical Centre, our department is on the top floor of a new (built 2015) building. The resident room has large windows with a beautiful view of Canada Olympic Park and the Rocky Mountains. The gross room and morgue are modern, bright, clean, spacious, and well-ventilated. Most of our other training sites are newer or recently remodeled also.

The program provides generous financial support to residents, including a  personal CME fund, annual free registration to the Banff Pathology Course. Funding for research projects is available through the residency program, and generous funding for conference travel (for research presentations or leadership roles) is provided by the University of Calgary’s PGME office. Please see our program’s website and PGME’s website for more details.

PGY2-5 residents write two rigorous exams each year that are the same structure, length and difficulty as the Royal College Anatomical Pathology exam. Our PGY5 residents usually return from their Royal College exam reporting that there weren’t any surprises and that they felt well-prepared for everything. Additionally, we use the same digital imaging platform as the Royal College for our in-house exams, unknown slide rounds and some teaching sets. This ensures that our residents are already comfortable with the digital format, which gives them another advantage at the Royal College exam.

Most of our graduates complete sub-specialty fellowships at prestigious institutions such as Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Johns Hopkins, Emory, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Please see the Alumni document. Our graduates have no problem finding a job, and many choose to remain in Calgary as staff pathologists.

Finally, Calgary is a fantastic, friendly and welcoming place to live. Cost of living and commute times are lower than other large Canadian cities (i.e. Toronto and Vancouver), but Calgary is still large enough to offer ample cultural activities, great restaurants, and a ton of small craft breweries and distilleries. This is an awesome city for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. There are numerous easily accessible parks, hiking trails and bike paths within the city and just outside Calgary. The Rocky Mountains (including Banff National Park, Kananaskis and Lake Louise) are only an hour away. While there are currently some political challenges in Alberta’s healthcare system, funding for residency training has remained stable, and we do not expect these political uncertainties to affect the training environment for our pathology residents.

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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 Calgary - Anatomical Pathology - Calgary.
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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Calgary, a cosmopolitan Alberta city with numerous skyscrapers, owes its rapid growth to its status as the centre of Canada’s oil industry. However, it’s still steeped in the western culture that earned it the nickname “Cowtown,” evident in the Calgary Stampede, its massive July rodeo and festival that grew out of the farming exhibitions once presented here.

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