What is a Teaching Clinic?

Doctor with patient

The Calgary Family Medicine Teaching Centres are training sites for physicians and other disciplines in family medicine. As a patient of our clinics, you will be seen by male or female medical students or residents and their supervising physician. Together with multi-disciplinary team members, our learners and physicians are committed to providing you with the highest quality of evidence-based medical care.


What types of learners are at the clinic?

  • Residents are physicians who have recently completed medical school and are taking speciality training in Family Medicine in our clinics. They work with a practicing family physician preceptor.
  • Clinical Clerks are students in year three of their medical degree.
  • We also have nursing, social work and pharmacy students here from time to time as well.

Who will I see during my visit?

Many visits in our clinics will be conducted by a male or female resident or other learner. Your physician may not always be present in the exam room - depending on the nature of your medical concern and the training level of the learner - but is always involved in the visit by helping to direct the care provided by the learner and assist with the decisions made.

Your visit may also involve more than one medical professional. This can result in some delays while learners review your care with the supervising physician. As a result, visits in our clinics typically take longer. Nevertheless, many of our patients take pleasure in knowing that they are playing a vital role in the development of a new generation of family physicians and other medical professionals.

Team-Based Care

Our dedicated teams of physicians, learners, multi-disciplinary team members and support staff work together to provide you with comprehensive, coordinated care. These teams work in small units within the clinic, called "microsystems". Members of a microsystem work closely together, so that if your family doctor is unavailable, you can be seen by a doctor from the same team, who will be familiar with your needs.

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