Physicians must complete residency training (postgraduate medical education) after their MD degree before they can practice medicine. The administrative processes for residents are complex. Most residents are both students at the University, and employees of the Calgary Health Region, and must be registered with the provincial Medical Licensing Authority (The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA). There are also requirements from the national educational organizations (The College of family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), or The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC)), that affect the resident, the residency training program, and the Office of Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME).
There is increasing interest in obtaining postgraduate training at the University of Calgary from trainees sponsored by other countries, particularly from the Middle East, who return to their home country after their training is completed.
This section outlines how PGME positions are allocated, resident salary funding, procedures, timelines and various tasks that are carried out by the resident, the residency training program (RTP), the PGME Office (PGME), the University of Calgary (UofC), Alberta Health Services (AHS), the RCPSC, and the CFPC.
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