University of Calgary

Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development

CME offers several programs, courses and specialty conferences during the year to help rural physicians remain up to date with today's changing knowledge base. For detailed information on the following programs and other CME courses, go to  For more information or to receive a course brochure, email the Rural Conference Coordinator at ruralcme [at] ucalgary [dot] ca or phone 403-220-3379.

Courses & Conferences

Annual Hospital Medicine Course: for Hospitalists and Acute Care Family Physicans
This course provides updates and information on clinical topics important to hospitalists and rural practicing physicians who care for patients in a hospital setting. 
November 22-23, 2013 (Calgary, AB)
Urgent Care Program
This program, designed specifically for physicians and nurses working in Alberta Urgent Care Centres, is intended to enhance the knowledge and practical application of skills required in an Urgent Care setting, resuling in successful and confident management of patients.
October 19, 2013  Calgary, AB
October 18 Pre-course: Basic 12 Lead ECG Interpretation for Nurses
ECG Interpretation for Family Physicians
This course provides a review of basic 12-lead ECG Interpretation skills required by family physicians. It is of interest to those preparing to write the CPSA ECG interpretation exam and those wishing to upgrade their skills in this area. 
Offered every second year - next course in February 2015 
(Calgary, AB)
Rural Anesthesia for G.P. Anesthesiologists:
for GPS/ESS Surgeons
This course is designed to update rural ESS surgeons with current methods for common procedures and to facilitate informal communication and interaction amongst ESS doctors and with Specialists.
January 24, 2014 (Banff, AB)
Enhanced Surgical Skills:
for G.P. anesthesiologists in rural communities
This course provides updates and information
on current issues and techniques on anesthesia that are relevant to the practice of G.P. anesthesiologists in rural areas.
January 24, 2014 (Banff, AB)
Emergency Medicine for Rural Hospitals:
for physicians and nurses in rural hospitals
This course provides participants with updates and information on the management of urgent conditions presenting special challenges in the rural emergency department including assessment, investigation and treatment.
January 24 to 26, 2014 (Banff, AB)
Endoscopy Skills Day for Practicing Endoscopists
This course aims to advance the cognitive and technical skills of physicians who routinely perform endoscopy.
January 25-26, 2014 (Banff, AB)

Exam Preparation Courses

CCFP Exam Preparation Course 
For practice eligible physicians who have trained outside of Canada and are registered to take the certification exam of the College of Family Physicians of Canada. This course is offered twice a year in the spring and fall.
March and September, 2014  (Calgary, AB)

Video Conference Program

For rural physicians and other health professionals in primary care and rural hospital environments.
Offered in collaboration with the University of Alberta's Continuous Professional Learning, the video conference program presents information and updates on the diagnosis, management, treatment and referral of specific medical problems in a case-based interactive format.
Tuesdays, 0800 - 0900 from September to April.
For program information, go to Video Conference Program

For more information on these and other programs offered by the University of Calgary Office of Continuing Medical Education & Professional Development, email the Rural Conference Coordinator at ruralcme [at] ucalgary [dot] ca or phone 403-220-3379.