thousands of people in Southern Alberta,
the Family Medicine Teaching Clinic at
South Health Campus will connect them
to a missing element in their health care: a family doctor.
The clinic will have 20 medical residents by July, where
they’ll gain the vital hands-on experience needed to run
a family practice—and work with patients. A joint venture
between Alberta Health Services and the University of
Calgary’s Department of Family Medicine, the clinic is one
of only three facilities in Calgary focused on training future
family doctors for the Calgary area.
Dr. Ron Garnett, the clinic’s medical lead, says while
most residents are recent medical graduates completing
a two-year residency in family medicine, others are
from related disciplines such as nursing, pharmacy and
kinesiology, and are seeking experience in family medicine.
Family medicine is based on the principle of a single
doctor providing a patient with care from birth to end of life.
It is believed that the consistency that comes from seeing
(and building a relationship with) a family doctor, rather
than simply visiting a walk-in clinic, leads to more comprehensive patient care in the long run.
“The continuity of care is a defining element—and
advantage—of family medicine,” explains Jane Bowman, the
manager of the Campus’s Family Medicine Teaching Clinic.
“Patients go to their family doctors for their periodic health
exams, acute care issues, complex issues or
pressing health concerns.
“The fact that these doctors are familiar with their
With family medicine growing once again, facilities such
patients’ complete history means they can work with
patients to define problems, set treatment goals or take
a more preventative approach to their health.”
Without an existing medical relationship or understand-
ing of a patient, it is easier for a doctor to miss important
factors affecting health.
as the Family Medicine Teaching Clinic are shaping and
mentoring the doctors of tomorrow, while simultaneously
providing care for up to 4,000 Albertans.
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