Resident Collegiality

Our Annual Resident Retreat is held in the late summer / early fall, and rotates between Calgary and Banff/Canmore. Spanning, two days, this event is geared towards team building activities and learning opportunities curated by residents, for residents. Highlights from past retreats include many a mountain hike, scavenger hunts, and Archery Games, and Laser Tag.

Throughout the year, we also host a number of other resident group activities, including barbeques, hikes, annual resident holiday party, and our annual send-off celebration for our graduating PGY-5s.

Call Structure

We employ a graduated call system. To maximize patient safety and education, residents do not take call in the first six months of PGY-2 so as to allow completion of core rotations necessary for call competence. Residents provide radiology call coverage at the Foothills Medical Centre.

In November and December, PGY-2 residents are transitioned to call, by working a number of "Buddy Call" shifts with a more senior resident. This allows for residents to understand the logistics of call.

Starting in January of their PGY-2 year, “junior residents” (i.e. those in the second half of PGY-2 and first half of PGY-3) start taking call. For the first calendar year of night shifts, junior residents are supported and supervised by an in-house Body staff. Neuro staff are available for support from home on an as-needed basis. Overnight call becomes more independent in the second half of the PGY-3 year with overnight Body case reviews at 3:00AM for the second half of PGY-3 with the transition to independent overnight call with 07:00AM reviews in PGY-4.

Monday through Friday

  • Noon Start: Residents work 12:00PM to 5:00PM on their home rotation, and then work 5:00PM to 9:00PM covering after-hours inpatient and ED US/CT examinations.
  • Extended Stay: Residents work 8:00 AM to 5:00PM on their home rotation, and then work 5:00PM to 9:00PM covering after-hours inpatient and ED US/CT examinations.
  • Night Call: Residents have a pre-call day off, and then work 9:00PM to 8:00AM overnight covering after-hours inptient and ED US/CT examinations. Night shifts typically range in continuity from 2 to 3 nights in a row. Residents have a post-call day off.
  • In-House Neuro and Body staff are present for support and supervision until 11:00PM.

Saturday, Sunday, and Named Holidays

  • Day Shift (8:00AM to 8:00PM or 10:00AM to 10:00PM): Two residents work the day shift, providing coverage for inpatient and ED US/CT examinations.
  • Night Call (8:00PM to 8:00AM): One residents works the night shift, providing coverage for inpatient and ED US/CT examinations.
  • In-house Neuro and Body staff are present until 11:00PM.

As a Tertiary Level Hospital, Level 1 Trauma Centre, Cardiovascular and Neurosurgery Referral Centre, Stroke Intervention Centre, and with the on site Tom Baker Cancer Centre the Foothills Medical Centre is a busy facility. Residents can expect to see a wide range of pathology on call.

While the bulk of call coverage consists of CT interpretation, and ultrasound to a lesser extent, residents may also occasionally perform and interpret fluoroscopy studies, and assist with nuclear medicine studies as needed.



Morning rounds:

Every Monday (7:00 to 8:00AM) encompassing general radiology
Once a month on Wednesday (7:30 to 8:30AM) for Obstetrical / Maternal Fetal Ultrasound

Noon rounds: daily with the exception of Thursdays (reserved for Academic half day). May be staff, fellow or resident led and include topic or systems didactic rounds, case rounds, peer learning (morbidity & mortality rounds) and grand rounds.

Multidisciplinary / Tumour Board rounds: vary rotation to rotation. Examples include: Breast Tumour, Thoracic Oncology, Interstitial Lung Disease, Chest Case, Neuroendocrine Tumour, Pancreas Tumour, Hepatobiliary Tumour, Neuro Oncology, Endometriosis/Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery, Stroke, NeuroVascular Intervention, Sarcoma Tumour, Head & Neck Tumour, Pediatric Oncology, Pediatric Neuro Oncology, Fetal Diagnosis & Therapy, etc.

Special PGY-1 introductory lectures – in the last month of PGY-1, there is a two-week series of noon lectures specifically designed to prepare the incoming residents for the start of their PGY-2 year as a radiology resident. In addition, noon rounds for the month of July and August are wholly dedicated to junior lectures. That is, residents in PGY-3 and higher organize and teach their juniors with a focus on high yield anatomy and topics to ease the transition from off-service into Radiology.

We have a well-established in-house and external visiting professor program in place to enhance teaching. Intensive teaching is provided over a 1 to 1.5 day period by local experts or visiting luminaries in the field of Diagnostic Radiology from across Canada and the USA. There are between 4 to 6 external visiting professor sessions throughout a given academic year and 3 to 5 in-house visiting professor days.

We are a high volume centre which ensures variety and undoubtedly prepares us for practice. At our facilities, in the 2015/2016 fiscal year, we performed:
142,863 CT Scans
76,850 MRI Scans
81,372 Ultrasound Scans
14,439 Interventional Therapeutic Procedures
17,710 Nuclear Medicine Scans
5,156 PET Scans
536,786 Radiographic/Fluoroscopic studies.​

Conference Funding

Funding opportunities are available through the program and other University supports to attend and present research at conferences.

The program provides funding for PGY4 residents to attend the ACR Institute for Radiologic Pathology (AIRP) course (including course registration and limited support for travel/accommodation expenses). 

The program also supports resident attendance at Call Preparation courses for the PGY2 cohort, and Royal College Exam Preparation courses for the PGY5 cohort.

Recently, residents have attended and presented at conferences such as CAR, RSNA, the Alberta Society of Radiologists Annual Meeting, Journées Françaises de Radiologie (Paris), International Conference on Resident Education (Toronto) and numerous others over the years.

Contact Us             TOUCHSQAURE

Lead Residents:
Alice Wang (PGY-4)
Brad Bergin (PGY-4)
Gmail: CalgaryRadiologyResidents
Web Developers:
Nic (PGY-3)
KJ (PGY-3)
Yejun (PGY-2)