Dr. Julie Carson
The vision of the University of Calgary Medical Microbiology Residency Training program is to train the highest calibre of medical microbiologists and virologists to fill clinical roles in community, public health and academic settings as well as leadership roles in laboratory medicine to meet our societal needs.
Residents who complete our program will have attained a broad based, diverse and competitive skill set that is fundamental to a well-rounded career as a Medical Microbiologist in any setting.
The centralized laboratory model. The Diagnostic & Scientific Center (DSC) of Alberta Precision Laboratories — Calgary, the primary training site, is a population-based laboratory that serves both the community and all the hospitals in Calgary and surrounding area, a population of 1.2 million for acute care microbiology. This unique set up for training provides access to specimens of unsurpassed volume and complexity.
Strong Laboratory Management component of training: Our approach to integrate laboratory management into training at both DSC and Public Health Lab sites through longitudinal experiences will better prepare our residents for their future careers. APL-Calgary has an advanced quality system model and process excellence department which will serve as an excellent training platform. APL-Calgary provides consultative Microbiology services for Central and Southern Alberta microbiology laboratories which will also be tied into their training to prepare residents for their roles in community settings.
Strong ties to the Infectious Disease Programs: Our program benefits tremendously from close cooperation with the Adult and Pediatric Infectious Disease subspecialty residency training program at the University of Calgary. This cooperation includes rotations, rounds, academic half-day sessions and other teaching opportunities to meet many of our shared objectives and requirements for training.
Dedicated teaching faculty: our faculty includes both clinical and academic faculty members that are dedicated to quality education and supporting this residency program. Our academic faculty members at both laboratory sites have excelled in both clinical and basic science research in a variety of interest areas: antimicrobial resistance, laboratory surveillance of infectious diseases of public health importance, development of molecular diagnostics, clinical microbial genomics, infectious prevention and control and more. They will provide mentorship to our residents to train and prepare residents for academic and community positions.
Supportive and Adaptive Learning environment: As a newer residency program (inception 2015), our program continues to grow and evolve to provide the best learning opportunities for our residents. We value the input of our residents the continual quality improvement of our residency program. There is inherent flexibility in Medical Microbiology training (13 blocks of electives) and our program encourages residents to tailor these experiences to meet their learning and future career needs.