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Medical Microbiology Residency

The Medical Microbiology residency training program at the University of Calgary is a 5-year, Royal College accredited program. Our aim is to assist residents in developing competencies and expertise in all aspects of medical microbiology, to offer them opportunities to hone their skills in specific areas of interest, and to prepare them for a fulfilling career in the speciality.

PGY-1: Basic Clinical Training (13 blocks)

In their first year, residents will undergo Basic Clinical Training (BCT). Modelled after what was previously known as the rotating internship, the aim is to provide clinical exposure to prepare for and contextualise later training in medical microbiology and infectious diseases. Rotations include internal medicine and its subspecialties, general surgery and other surgical disciplines, emergency medicine, pediatrics, and obstetrics/gynecology.

PGY-2 to PGY-5: The following four years of training will consist of rotations in medical microbiology, infectious diseases, and elective time, interwoven to provide a balanced and engaging experience.

Medical Microbiology (26 blocks)

Rotations in microbiology will largely be lab-based, and will include the core disciplines of bacteriology, virology, mycology, and parasitology. Other disciplines such as molecular microbiology, mycobacteriology, laboratory management, infection control, and antimicrobial stewardship will have dedicated rotations as well. Lab management, infection control, and antimicrobial stewardship will have a longitudinal curriculum as well, with focused teaching and projects that will be completed over the span of the residency.

Infectious Diseases (13 blocks)

These rotations will be mostly inpatient consult service for infectious diseases, divided between adult and pediatric, and between the different sites to expose the resident to a wide array of experiences and learning opportunities. Rotations in outpatient settings, including TB clinic and HIV clinic, will also be provided.

Electives (13 blocks)

Residents are encouraged to use this time to explore and develop expertise in particular areas of medical microbiology that appeal to them, whether it is basic science, epidemiology, molecular methods, tropical medicine, or whatever else it may be. The versatility afforded by these blocks allows a customized program, which can be developed in discussion with the program director. Residents are strongly encouraged to use at least a portion of this time for dedication to research projects.

Learning Opportunities

Academic half-days are on an ongoing weekly basis, and run on a two-year cycle. Topics encompass both medical microbiology and clinical infectious diseases, spanning the breadth of the discipline. Residents are also expected to attend (and to present at) weekly Infectious Diseases seminars and city-wide case rounds.
Residents are encouraged and expected to take part in research projects during their residency. There are many faculty in the division proper who are happy to mentor and tailor projects to a resident's interests, and a host of links to the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, and the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, & Infectious Diseases for further opportunites and collaboration if desired.