About PARA

The Professional Association of Resident Physicians of Alberta (PARA) is the voice of the more than 1,700 resident physicians who provide round-the-clock care to Albertans in outpatient facilities and acute care hospitals.

PARA is a non-profit association that endeavours to provide effective representation for physicians completing further training in a residency program.  PARA advocates excellence in education and patient care while striving to achieve optimal working conditions and personal well-being for all its members.


Alberta’s resident physicians will be:

  • Informed about their patients’ health and innovations in medicine.
  • Empowered to create healthy professional working and learning environments.
  • Involved in shaping the future of health care delivery in Alberta.



  • Principled, accountable, inclusive
  • Engaged, collaborative, passionate
  • Representative, responsive, proactive




Be a respected voice in the development of health care policy in Alberta


Foster and strengthen relationships with partners in both medical education and health care delivery
(Alberta Health, Alberta Health Services, Postgraduate Medical Education, Alberta Medical Association, Resident Doctors of Canada, etc.)

Member Engagement

Strengthen engagement and transparency between PARA and its members

Resident Physician Agreement

Negotiate the Agreement, securing competitive compensation, benefits and workplace conditions, as well as advocate for consistent application by training facilities, postgraduate medical education offices and AHS medical affairs offices

Resident Physician Well-Being

Promote, encourage and support resident physician well-being

Sustainability and Continuity

Ensure long-term sustainability and continuity of the Association


Apply for funding for resident physician-led initiatives that promote wellness within PARA’s membership.


RSVP to one of our upcoming events!


Access our Member-Exclusive pages with member content, forums, publications and much more.