University Of Calgary Postgraduate Medicine

Family Medicine Behavioural Medicine/Mental Health Curriculum


The components of mental health training are:

  1. Family Medicine clinic experiences
  2. Family Medicine Mental Health Lab (FM-MHL)
  3. Patient Centered Care Lab (PCCL)
  4. Psych Call
  5. Ambulatory Care Experiences
  6. Foundations
  7. Wellness
  8. Academics didactic teaching sessions
  9. Behavioural Med Manuals


Family Medicine Clinic Experiences

Most of the medical training you will receive in Mental Health will be with your preceptors in your main Family Medicine clinic. These family medicine centered experiences over the duration of your training will help you to meet the Mental Health competencies of continuity, comprehensiveness and while being centered in Family Medicine.

Your 2 year Family Medicine schedule includes 16 half days in 10 – 13 FM blocks.  As an estimate of 20% of your patients will have some form of mental health / psycho-social issue, you will receive the equivalent of approximately 35 half days of mental health supervision in your Family Medicine clinic.


Foundations occurs during the month of July for incoming first year residents.  During this month they learn more about the program and what to expect over the two year residency program.  They attend plenary sessions on family medicine topics and have the opportunity to practice their existing hands on medical skills as well as learn new ones.

Foundations schedule and location information is available on One45.


ALARM is a formal teaching course for first year Family Medicine residents as required for the Obstetrics and Gynecology rotation. It is a mandatory two-day course held twice during the academic year - July and November.  Information about the upcoming ALARM courses will be distributed to the participants via email.

Procedural Skills