Programs Information (2022)

The University of Calgary General Pathology Residency Program was formed in 2011, the first new General Pathology program in Canada for many years. Through co-sponsorship with Alberta Precision Laboratories, we are able to offer an innovative training environment with an emphasis on laboratory management and pathology informatics.

Alberta Precision Laboratories features the only academic General Pathology Division in Canada, comprised of General Pathologists and AP/CP-trained pathologists practicing General Pathology in an urban academic environment. This Division provides medical leadership to four urgent care laboratories in Calgary as well as ten rural hospital laboratories in Southern Alberta. Residents benefit from the teaching and mentorship of the General Pathology Division throughout their 5 years of training.

Residents also benefit from close association with the highly successful University of Calgary Anatomical Pathology Residency Program, Medical Microbiology Residency Program, and Clinical Chemistry Fellowship Program, as well as Alberta Precision Laboratories, a group of approximately 80 pathologists and laboratory scientists.

Unique features of the Calgary General Pathology Residency Training Program are:

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  1. Community Laboratory Longitudinal Management Experience:
    Laboratory management is a key aspect of General Pathology training. Our goal with the Community Laboratory Longitudinal Management Experience is to provide each resident with hands-on management experience through long-term partnership with one of the ten rural hospital laboratories managed by Alberta Precision Laboratories. Under the mentorship of the Director of Rural Laboratories (a General Pathologist), each resident will take responsibility for a rural laboratory during Core and Transition to Practice stages of training. During site visits, the resident will learn about the test menu of his or her laboratory, including testing methodologies, limitations, and quality control procedures. The resident will also work with laboratory technicians—under the supervision of the Director of Rural Laboratories—to resolve technical and management issues as they arise. Finally, the resident will serve as a liaison between his or her lab and the physicians it serves.
  2. Pathology Informatics:
    A unique strength of our program is the emphasis on pathology informatics. Our General Pathology Division has several members with active interests in pathology informatics. In 2010, we began offering an elective for laboratory medicine residents in pathology informatics (the only one in Canada). With a catchment population of close to 1.4 million people on a common LIS and 25 million reported tests per year, our training environment offers tremendous opportunities for research.

Program Curriculum
General Pathology is currently training residents through competency-based medical education in accordance with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada's Competence by Design (CBD) initiative. The curriculum is divided into four Stages of Training: Transition to Discipline, Foundations, Core, and Transition to Practice. The duration of training is expected to be 5 years for most trainees.


Transition to Discipline

Expected duration: 8 weeks

Transition to Discipline consists of introductory blocks designed to cover basic anatomical pathology content such as microscopy skills, basic pathology specimen handling, normal histology, clinicopathologic correlation, and creation of a personal teaching and learning plan. The curriculum also includes exposure to Medical Microbiology, Clinical Chemistry, and Hematopathology.

Foundations

Expected Duration: 12-14 months

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The Foundations Stage of Training includes both clinical rotations and basic training in General Pathology with a focus on Anatomical Pathology. The clinical rotations are designed to provide exposure to medical and surgical services that rely heavily on the pathology laboratory. Clinical rotations commonly include:

Clinical Rotations

Rotation and expected duration
Internal Medicine Teams, 1 block
Surgical Oncology, 1 block
Hematology, 1 block
Pediatric Oncology/hematology, 1 block
Gynecologic Oncology, 1 block
Infectious Disease, 1 block
Medical Oncology, 1 block

The Laboratory Medicine rotations begin with one anatomy and histology block as well as two lab medicine "Bootcamp" blocks with a focus on anatomical pathology at Foothills Medical Centre. These blocks teach residents the foundational skills that they need for success as junior residents.

Core of Discipline

Expected duration: 36 months

The core stage contains the bulk of general pathology training and includes rotations in Surgical Pathology, Autopsy Pathology, Cytology, Forensic Pathology, Pediatric Pathology, Clinical Chemistry, Hematopathology, Medical Microbiology, and Transfusion Medicine. Our program also includes a generous amount of elective time throughout the curriculum that allows residents to complete research, explore areas of interest, and pursue potential fellowship or job opportunities. The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Fellowship Examination in General Pathology is completed by the fall of fifth year to allow nine months of transition to practice at the end residency that are free from exam preparation responsibilities.

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Transition to Practice

Expected duration: 6-9 months

This stage provides residents with an opportunity to function as "junior staff" across all the laboratory disciplines. There is a focus on leading, implementing, and advocating for quality assurance practices. Additional elective blocks allow residents to explore areas of interest and employment opportunities.

Research Project, Advocacy Projects, and Conferences

General Pathology residents are expected to complete one research project during their residency, although additional research activity is supported. The General Pathology faculty has a strong interest in pathology informatics and so research in this area is especially encouraged.

The University of Calgary and Alberta Precision Laboratories cover travel expenses for residents presenting research. Most residents present at our annual residents' research day, with judging and awards provided for by an endowed fund. Residents attend the Banff Conference in Anatomical Pathology which brings international experts in the field to Banff. Almost all residents attend at least one conference a year to present original research.

There is a research coordinator for resident research. The research project may take the form of basic or clinical research. The RTC closely monitors the manpower required for the project to ensure that residents do not take on too many projects. Our department has special funds available for resident research including money earmarked for biostatistical support.

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Didactics

General Pathology residents have the opportunity to attend academic half days offered by the University of Calgary Residency and Fellowship training programs in Anatomical Pathology, Medical Microbiology, and Clinical Chemistry. In addition, the monthly General Pathology academic half day covers topics uniquely relevant to General Pathology and community practice. The General Pathology On Call Review Rounds uses a problem based and interactive approach to prepare residents to handle issues encountered on Clinical Chemistry, Hematopathology, Medical Microbiology, and Transfusion medicine on call services. The integrated laboratory management seminar series covers management topics common to all laboratory medicine disciplines and is open to residents in all laboratory medicine programs including General Pathology. Residents are exempt from work commitments during academic half days.

Evaluation

Within the Competence by Design curriculum, evaluations are completed after observing residents complete specific tasks or Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs), which are key skills required for General Pathology practice. These evaluations are supplemented by global, narrative feedback after completion of certain rotations. Residents are assigned an academic advisor, a staff pathologist, to act as a mentor through the Stages of Training. Beginning in their second year, all residents take two exams per year mimicking the fellowship exam by the RCPSC. Resident evaluations and promotions are overseen by the Competence Committee and Residency Training Committee.

Training Sites

Clinical rotations in the Foundations Stage (year 1) will be primarily at Rocky View General Hospital in Calgary, AB.

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Rotations in pathology and laboratory medicine (years 2 to 5) will be primarily at Foothills Medical Centre, Alberta Children's Hospital and Alberta Precision Laboratories' Diagnostic and Scientific Centre in Calgary, AB.

Senior residents may take an elective at one of our rural and community training sites including Whitehorse General Hospital (Whitehorse, Yukon Territory), Red Deer General Hospital (Red Deer, Alberta), Chinook Regional Hospital (Lethbridge, Alberta), and Medicine Hat Regional Hospital (Medicine Hat, Alberta). Financial support is available for travel and accommodations.

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When an application asks for additional information? ›

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How to write a supporting statement
  1. Write in short paragraphs to avoid a wall of text. Choose a clear font such as Arial, to make sure that your statement is easy to read.
  2. Lay your answers out in the same order as the criteria. ...
  3. Remember to save your work as you go along. ...
  4. There is a word/character limit.

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What is a supporting information? ›

Supporting information means documentation and information reasonably necessary to verify the calculation or determination for which such documentation and information is requested or provided.

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How do you fill out supporting information on a job application? ›

How to write a supporting statement
  1. Review the job description. Review the job description and take note of keywords and phrases that employers include. ...
  2. Include relevant skills and qualifications. ...
  3. Give examples of your success. ...
  4. Keep your supporting statement brief. ...
  5. Format your statement. ...
  6. Proofread your statement.
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Which should you not do in an interview? ›

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  • Speaking negatively about your current employer. ...
  • Not asking questions.
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Do colleges look at the additional information section? ›

Do I have to complete the Additional Information section? No, the Additional Information section is truly optional. In fact, adcoms (admissions committee members) look down on students who force unnecessary responses and include redundant information in this section.

Should you add additional information on Common App? ›

If a life event truly impacted your academic performance, then the Additional Information section is a perfect place to succinctly and effectively explain the hows and whys. Common events that would fall in this category include: Parents separated or divorced.

How long should the additional information on Common App? ›

You will write a 650-word essay from 1 of 7 prompts. You will also have the chance to explain any disciplinary history on your record. The Additional Information section is located here.

How many skills should you put on a resume? ›

You should list 4 to 10 skills on a resume. The number of hard and soft skills you include on your resume depends on the job you want, but 4 to 10 is enough for most candidates.

What is my job title if I do everything? ›

Jack of all Trades” started in the 1600s and describes someone who can do many different tasks.

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