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Program Highlights

The Calgary Medical Genetics and Genomics program provides comprehensive training in all areas of Medical Genetics, with an excellent balance between teaching and clinical service. Starting in the third year, our residents typically participate in monthly outreach genetics clinics in smaller cites (Red Deer, Lethbridge and Medicine Hat) which provides exposure to community based genetics practice. There is a monthly resident clinic featuring classic syndromes/genetic conditions selected specifically for this clinic to ensure that residents gain experience working through important diagnoses and clinical approaches. This clinic also allows residents to gain experience in longitudinal patient care and managing an outpatient clinic. Our centre has an active training program in the clinical diagnostic laboratories. The Canadian College of Medical Geneticists (CCMG) laboratory trainees regularly interact with the genetics residents at teaching and seminars, which provides a mutually enriching learning environment. Our residency program organizes one or two clinical genetics symposia per year with invited external speakers who are experts in the field. Time is allocated for residents to interact with the speakers, typically including a dinner. Recent topics have included neurogenetics, genodermatoses, embryology, cardiovascular genetics, skeletal dysplasias, pediatric cancer genetics, newborn screening, neurodevelopmental disorders, inherited ophthalmologic disorders and somatic mosaicism.

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General Information

This residency program is for 5 years. Program length of training does not exceed the Royal College or College of Family Physicians of Canada standard. Program Outline The first two years of the program involve training in Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Obstetric/Maternal Fetal Medicine, and crisis counseling. The third year is focused on Clinical Metabolics and laboratory experience with rotations in Cytogenetics, Molecular Genetics, and Biochemical Genetics. Clinical genetics exposure also starts in the third year with outreach clinics (Red Deer) and resident clinics. The core Clinical Genetics training during the fourth and fifth years of training is largely based at the Alberta Children’s Hospital (ACH), with consultation services also provided to the four other acute care sites in Calgary. Adult and pediatric in-patients and out-patients with a wide range of conditions are seen, including malformation syndromes and inherited metabolic disorders. The Hereditary Cancer Program provides counselling and testing for adults with personal and/or family histories of cancer. Other specialty clinics include Neurogenetics, Connective Tissue Disorders, Cardiovascular Genetics, and Ophthalmic Genetics. In addition, the Prenatal Genetics Clinic is nearby and closely affiliated with the Maternal Fetal Medicine service. Senior residents also attend outreach clinics in Lethbridge and Medicine Hat. PGY-1 General and subspecialty Pediatrics rotations. PGY-2 General and subspecialty Internal Medicine, crisis counseling and Maternal Fetal Medicine rotations. PGY-3 Cytogenetics, Biochemical Genetics, Molecular Genetics, Clinical Metabolics, and Clinical Genetics. PGY-4 Clinical Genetics. PGY-5 Clinical Genetics, research and/or electives. i.e. Provide a general description of the content and structure of your program.

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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 - Medical Genetics and Genomics - Calgary.
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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
Extended Health Insurance
75% premium paid $1000 per year Flexible Spending Account*
Provincial Dues (% of salary)
Dental Plan
75% premium paid
CMPA Dues Paid
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

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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.