Westgrove Clinic is a registered teaching site for the department of Family Medicine at the University of Alberta. The physicians who work at the clinic may have a resident physician working with them during any given time period.
A resident physician is a person who has completed a medical degree (M.D) and who practices under the supervision of fully licensed physician, to gain further in- depth training within the discipline of family medicine. A resident physician can do full histories, physical examinations, procedures, and write prescriptions. Depending on their stage of training, a resident physician may be the sole physician you see at a given visit.
Please help us create a welcome learning environment by accepting care from the resident physicians in our clinic. To facilitate their learning, each resident will be following a small group of patients more closely. If you have seen the same resident on a few occasions you may become part of their patient panel and we ask that you choose to see them as your primary care physician during their second year of training when they have clinic days in our office. This is very beneficial to them as they learn to become a competent and caring doctor and learn to manage all aspects of family practice. It will also benefit you, as you will have more time with your doctor and you will be able to mold the next generation of family doctors. Rest assured if there is a complex medical issue that they require more help with, their preceptor physician, your family doctor, is always available in clinic.