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Student Shadowing Program

First Exposure to Clinic Life

Presented in collaboration with the Alberta Medical Association’s Sections of Family Medicine and Rural Medicine, the ACFP is proud to facilitate your first exposure to medical practice through shadowing placements.

The Shadowing Program places incoming medical students from across Alberta with volunteer physicians from across the spectrum of family practice during the summer before medical school begins. 

2024 Shadowing Program Now Accepting Applications

This year’s Shadowing Program is officially underway! If you are ready to experience firsthand the variety of family medicine please read the Shadowing Program Guidelines and complete the appropriate application form below.

University of Calgary

Placements will take place between June 8 to 28, 2024.

Application Deadline: NOW CLOSED.

University of Alberta

Placements will take place between August 10 to 25, 2024.

Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. (MT) on July 12, 2024.

What to Expect Next

What Participants Are Saying

My name is Smitha Yaltho and I feel privileged to work as a family physician. Why? I believe that being a family physician has been the best job any physician can hope to have. I have personally grown in my own abilities and skill-sets with diverse opportunities in ambulatory practice, acute care and work in Facility Living.  Working in primary care has been exciting and has also afforded me tremendous opportunities for growth while still remaining stimulating in its complexity.  I believe that Family physicians are trusted partners in patient care –  every step of the way. 

Why are you volunteering to serve on this committee?
I currently have an interest in Physician Leadership and  trauma informed care.  I have served as a director with the Board of Directors with the Edmonton North PCN, Edmonton’s largest PCN. Thereafter, I have worked as the Director of Medical Services with CapitalCare (also based in Edmonton) for almost 6 years. It is my express wish that my contribution on the ACFP board of directors will highlight the excellence of family medicine that exists right here and now within the Alberta health care system. 

What about the ACFP’s work do you find most valuable?
Ability to highlight and further support the excellence of primary care right here in Alberta.