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Alberta General Practitioner in Oncology Training Program 2021 – 2022

Program Objectives

The overall goal of this program is to improve the cancer-related education of family physicians and provide them with the necessary skills to proficiently function as members of the cancer care team.  Such physicians may go on to work in an urban hospital setting or oncology clinic, or may provide cancer services to patients in rural communities which are areas that generally lack oncologists. This program would also be appropriate for practicing family physicians who want to enhance their knowledge of cancer management and act as a primary care physician with special interest in oncology in their community.

Please see the Alberta General Practitioner in Oncology Program Summary 2021 for all the details.

Deadline is February 28, 2021!

Fellowship Opportunities

The fellowship program in the Department of Oncology is expanding. Applications are open to all trainees who have completed core training in an oncology discipline and are seeking to enhance their clinical and/or research skills. Fellowships are of one year duration.

The advertisement for fellowship positions is posted each year in April, and the closing date for applications is August 31. Notification of awards is made by October 31, for fellowships beginning the following year, usually on July 1, but start date is negotiable.

For information about available Fellowship programs, see the divisional websites or contact the Fellowship director (listed in the fellowship ad on this page).

Details about the application procedures for domestic and international fellowships are described in this link. Please read the policies and application procedures carefully. International graduates must pass English proficiency requirements before their application will be considered.

Clinical Fellows are remunerated annually at a rate commensurate with their level of training. The salary grid of PARA is used as a guide for determining fellows’ reimbursement.


Fellowships are paid on a contract basis. Some fellowships include a small amount of benefits of coverage, but some pay no benefits. You are responsible for obtaining Alberta Health coverage as well as any extended health benefits, life/disability insurance that you are interested in.  Information about benefits can be found in the following links:

Residency Training Programs

Gynecology Oncology

Program Director:                    Program Administrator:

Prafull Ghatage                           Judy McFadzen              

Selection Criteria
Applications to the Gynecologic Oncology Program must be received by September 28

of the year prior to the year in which you wish to start your training.

The following are required for application:

Covering letter explaining why you wish to pursue a career in Gynecologic Oncology


3 letters of reference.

Palliative Medicine

Program Director:                          Program Administrator:

Laurie Lemieux                                 Dixie Vancak

Specific to the Palliative Medicine training program at the University of Calgary, successful applicants will have demonstrated interest in palliative care and commitment to developing expertise and advanced skills in this field of medicine. They will have demonstrated academic and leadership potential.


Our program follows the eligibility requirements described by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada for training in the subspecialty of Palliative Medicine (


– Royal College Certification in Internal Medicine, Anesthesiology, or Neurology, or enrolment in a Royal College accredited residency program in these disciplines (see requirements for these qualifications). Entry from other specialties may occur but must follow completion of the primary specialty training and must include the prerequisites of: Twelve (12) months of clinical medicine-based rotations with a minimum of six (6) months at a senior level designed to allow achievement of competencies in the consultation and care of complex medical patients, interprofessional care, and effective communication skills. All candidates must be certified in their primary specialty in order to be eligible to write the Royal College certification examination in adult Palliative Medicine.


– Residents with the following levels of training are eligible to apply: Internal Medicine: PGY3. Neurology: PGY4 or PGY5. Anesthesiology PGY4 or PGY5. Other Royal College specialty program in which the requirements specified above have been achieved: final year of training program.

For more information, and who to contact, please Click Here.

For information on the program and the application process, please Click Here.

Surgical Oncology

Program Director:        Program Administrator:

Antoine Bouchard-Fortier                       Judy McFadzen

For information on the program and the application process, please Click Here.

Radiation Oncology

Program Director:        Program Administrator:

Shaun Loewen                Melissa Watkins

For information on the program and the application process, please Click Here.

Medical Oncology

Program Director:                    Program Administrator:

Nimira Alimohamed                  Mary Lynn Pedora

Selection Criteria
Three to four residents are accepted into the program each year.  The following are required for application to the program:

Curriculum Vitae

Covering Letter describing why you wish to pursue a career in Medical Oncology and why you would be interested in training in Calgary

3 Letters of Reference