Rural and Regional Health

The Rural Alberta North units of our program offer a CaRMS level entry for those residents wishing to learn entirely in the rural and regional setting. Our distance networked family medicine residency training programs include three sites, Fort McMurray, Red Deer, and Grande Prairie. All three sites provide an environment of collegiality in which residents become an important part of the health care team and the medical community.


For Red Deer and Grande Prairie, the bulk of the family medicine experience occurs at rural community teaching sites with which we partner. There are 39 such sites throughout central & northern Alberta, extending into the Northwest & Yukon Territories; many of the sites overlap and are also involved with undergraduate teaching.


In Fort McMurray, the introduction of the residency program with the University of Alberta's Department of Family Medicine has provided Fort McMurray with a new integrated and horizontal approach to family medicine training that is also competency based. The program began in July 2012 with two International Medical Graduates (IMGs) and increased by four additional IMGs in July 2013. Residents participate in weekly rounds, monthly academic days, and workshops in evidence based medicine, practice management, behavioural medicine, critical care, and SOO training sessions, all in conjunction with the University of Alberta rural family medicine program.

The RAN family medicine experience is entirely regional, rural or remote. In the PGY1 year, residents do four weeks of family medicine in their regional home base and eight weeks of rural family medicine. PGY2 residents spend 28 weeks in rural practices, eight of which can be spent in a remote rural area.

A third year of training...

The program allows residents who are committed to working in rural Alberta a third year of training during which specialized skills can be honed. Third year objectives are individualized to the needs of the resident and may involve a number of different specialties or sub-specialties. Currently, third year residents in this program are receiving specialized training in:

  • Operative Obstetrics

  • General Surgery

  • Palliative Care

  • Care of the Elderly

  • Anesthesia

For more information, visit
Office of Rural & Regional Health