Dedicated to the education of Alberta's rural doctors: present and future.
The Alberta Rural Family Medicine Network (ARFMN) offers dedicated Family Medicine residency training to prepare competent physicians for the broad demands of rural practice. The Network is a unique collaborative venture of The Alberta Rural Physician Action Plan (RPAP), the Family Medicine departments of the Universities of Alberta and Calgary, and Alberta's rural physicians and Alberta Health Services.
Through the Network, a rural-based Family Medicine residency training program is offered collaboratively through two branches– Rural Alberta North (RAN) and Rural Alberta South (RAS) – which are units of the University of Alberta and University of Calgary Family Medicine residency programs.
The two-year Family Medicine curriculum provides training mainly in rural and regional community and hospital practices within rural Alberta. The curriculum is taught largely by rural-based family physicians and specialists attached to the Family Medicine and Royal College specialty departments of the Universities of Alberta or Calgary.
Rural Alberta North and Rural Alberta South work collaboratively and offer a number of joint programs using the academic resources of both units, both parent Family Medicine departments and both Faculties of Medicine.
Rural Alberta North and Rural Alberta South each accept 10-15 residents per year through the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS).