College of Family Physicians of Canada

Emergency Medicine Certification Program


This one-year program is open to applicants who are enrolled in or have successfully completed a CFPC-accredited two-year Family Medicine Residency Program or is a practicing family physician with CCFP certification.

The program involves a multi-site experience that allows the resident to be exposed to different kinds of Emergency Departments and a wide range of disease entities among various age, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. The aim of this program is to empower the family physician trainee to become a skilled and knowledgeable practitioner of Emergency Medicine in a wide variety of settings.

Successful completion of the program leads to CFPC national certification for Special Competence in Emergency Medicine (CCFP(EM)). The program is affiliated with the Department of Family Medicine and the Department of Emergency Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta. The University of Alberta CFPC-EM Residency Program currently maintains full accreditation status with the CFPC.

Selection Criteria
Applicants must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents and must be registered in the second year of a CCFP program or be CCFP certified.

Candidates must have an acceptable academic record and a commitment to the principles of Family Medicine within Emergency Medicine. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are essential.

Candidates should have a proven interest in Emergency Medicine -- please note that a well-rounded candidate is usually preferable to one who has done only Emergency Medicine electives.

University of Alberta Emergency Medicine

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