Our Annual Resident Retreat is held in the late summer / early fall, and rotates between Calgary and Banff. 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.
Throughout the year, we also host a number of other resident group activities, including barbeques, hikes, and our annual send-off celebration for our graduating PGY-5s.
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
Saturday, Sunday, and Named Holidays
As a Tertiary Level Hospital, Level 1 Trauma Centre, and Stroke 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.
Every Monday (7:00 to 8:00AM) encompassing general radiology
Once or twice a month on Wednesday (7:30 to 8:30AM) for Obstetrical 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 rounds, case rounds, quality improvement (morbidity & mortality rounds) and grand rounds.
Multidisciplinary rounds: vary rotation to rotation
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.
In addition to one conference for which funding without a requisite for presentation is funded, residents can also receive travel support to attend other radiological meetings in order to present a scientific paper or exhibit. Residents are funded up to $1500 per meeting by the program with other external opportunities for funding also available. In recent years, the above mentioned funded conference without the need for presentation has typically been RSNA in the PGY-1 year (another great opportunity to get to know your new co-residents better!)
The program also provides funding for AIRP (tuition as well as up to $3000 for living expenses) and a PGY-5 review course (up to $1500).
Recently, residents have attended and presented at conferences such as 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.