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University of Manitoba - Medical Microbiology - Winnipeg

2021 R-1 Main Residency Match - first iteration
CMG Stream for CMG

Last approved on January 19, 2021

Summary of changes

Approximate Quota:

 1 

Accreditation status : Accredited

Provincial Criteria


Dr. Andrew Walkty
Department of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases 
University of Manitoba  
Room 538, 745 Bannatyne Avenue
Winnipeg , Manitoba, R3E 0J9
(204) 272-3162
(204) 789-3926

Program Contacts

Dr. Andrew Walkty
Program Director
AWalkty@sharedhealthmb.ca
(204) 272-3162

Tanya Merke
Medical Microbiology Program Assistant
Tanya.Merke@umanitoba.ca
(204) 272-3162


Important Information

PGME Mandatory Orientation day for new trainees has been scheduled for Tuesday June 29, 2021

“CASPer™ Test:

All applicants must complete a CASPer™ (Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics) test. CASPer is an online test which assesses for non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics.

Test dates for 1st Iteration:  A limited number of test dates and times will be available in October. Please note these are the only testing dates available and no additional tests will be scheduled.

Test date for 2nd Iteration:  The test date will be scheduled for the first week of March. Please note this is the only test date available and no additional tests will be scheduled. Please refer to the following website to confirm the test dates. https://takecasper.com/test-dates/

 

To see an example of the test structure and schedule a test, please visit take CASPer.com http://www.takeCASPer.com

 

Please direct any inquiries on the test to support@takecasper.com<support@takecasper.com


Return of Service

The following applicants will be required to sign a Return of Service “ROS” contract with the Province of Manitoba. The ROS commitment is commensurate with the length of the training program.

  • All applicants entering the Family Medicine – Northern Remote Stream (including transfers into the program)
  • All IMGs entering all training programs

IMGs already holding a return of service obligation must disclose these obligations at the time of application. IMGs who have undischarged return of service obligations may not be eligible to begin training in a position funded by Manitoba Health.

Such individuals may wish to contact Shared Health at pmao-residents@sharedhealthmb.ca for more information.

 


General Instructions

Program application language: English

You are required to fulfill ALL of the most current Provincial Criteria for Canadian Medical Graduates for Manitoba

The criteria can be found at:  https://www.carms.ca/match/r-1-main-residency-match/eligibility-criteria/manitoba/


Supporting Documentation

Canadian citizenship
CaRMS partners with third-party organizations to verify your citizenship or permanent resident status. If your status is verified by one of these organizations, you will not need to provide citizenship documents in your application. If your citizenship status is not verified, you must provide one of the documents listed below.
Document must be notarized/certified
Required
Submit one of the following documents to verify your Canadian citizenship:
• Canadian Birth Certificate or Act of Birth
• Certificate of Canadian Citizenship
• Confirmation of Permanent Residence in Canada
• Passport page showing Canadian Citizenship
• Canadian Permanent Resident Card (both sides of card)

 

Language proficiency
Required
Submit one of the following documents to verify your language proficiency:
• IELTS

Language Proficiency
English is the language of study at the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, University of Manitoba. All applicants whose first language is not English must submit proof of English language proficiency to CaRMS by the file review opening date.

CMG/USMG

  • If you graduated from an English medical school in Canada or the US, you are exempt from providing proof of language proficiency.

Candidates who attended medical school in Quebec or the University of Ottawa where the language of instruction or the primary language of patient care was not English, must fulfill the English Language Proficiency requirements.

 

IMG’s

  • IMG applicants must fulfill the English Language Proficiency requirements.

 Candidates are exempted from English language proficiency testing under the following circumstances:

  1. the language of instruction and patient care throughout the entire undergraduate medical education curriculum was in English. A letter of attestation obtained directly from the Dean of the candidate’s medical school confirming that the majority of the language of instruction and patient care was conducted in English is required.
  2. their undergraduate medical education was taken in English in one of the countries that have English as a first and native language (see list below)

All other candidates must have taken the Academic Version of International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 7 in each component with an overall band score of no less than 7 in the same sitting.  IELTS scores will be considered valid for 2 years from the date taken.

List of countries that have English as a first and native language - Countries: Australia, Bahamas, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States of America, US Virgin Islands - Caribbean Islands: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Grenadines, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad and Tobago

Please note the following:

  • Photocopies are acceptable.
  • Language Proficiency Attestations will not be accepted from the candidate or a third party.
  • Language Proficiency results will not be accepted by fax or e-mail.

Please note, for the 2021 R-1 Match cycle, the IELTS Indicator will be accepted as a substitute for the Academic Version of the IELTS.

Reference documents
Required
Number requested: 3
Additional documents
Required
Custom Résumé / CV 

Medical School Transcript 

Medical Student Performance Record 

Personal Letter 
Word count
Minimum : None
Maximum : None

Your letter should answer the following questions: 1) Why Medical Microbiology, 2) Why the University of Manitoba

CASPer exam 

“CASPer™ Test

All applicants must complete a CASPer™ (Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics) test. CASPer is an online test which assesses for non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics.

Test dates for 1st Iteration:  A limited number of test dates and times will be available in October. Please note these are the only testing dates available and no additional tests will be scheduled.

Test date for 2nd Iteration:  The test date will be scheduled for the first week of March. Please note this is the only test date available and no additional tests will be scheduled. Please refer to the following website to confirm the test dates. https://takecasper.com/test-dates/

 

To see an example of the test structure and schedule a test, please visit take CASPer.com http://www.takeCASPer.com

 

Please direct any inquiries on the test to support@takecasper.com<support@takecasper.com

Optional - will be reviewed
Photo 
[Note: Photograph is used as memory aid only]


Review Process

Applications submitted after file review has opened on February 8, 2021


Supporting documents (excluding letters of reference) that arrive after file review has opened  on  February 8, 2021


Letters of reference that arrive after the unmasking date on February 8, 2021



Interviews

Dates:

  • March 15, 2021
Program will notify all applicants through CaRMS Online and will send email invitations directly to applicants selected for an interview.
Interviews may be considered if individuals meet the selection criteria.  Telephone interviews may be considered prior to visitation interviews.


Selection Criteria

Criteria includes an acceptable academic record with special proficiency in subjects relating to microbiology and infectious diseases; interest in training in basic sciences; interest in an academic career; excellent communication skills and proven ability to work well with others.

Program goals

Our goal is to train residents to be competent specialists in Medical Microbiology, capable of assuming a consultant’s role in all major spheres of the specialty.  These include scientific development and clinical direction of a microbiology laboratory, clinical consultations, infection prevention and control, antimicrobial stewardship, and the epidemiology of communicable diseases.  We strive to train physicians that may ultimately become leaders in the field.

At the completion of training, residents demonstrate a working knowledge of the theoretical basis of the specialty, including its foundations in the basic medical sciences and research, and are competent in clinical medicine.  Residents develop skills to be lifelong learners, be able to effectively teach others, and be capable of research in their field of interest.

Emphasis is placed on effective communication in partnership with laboratory technologists, other physicians and health care providers, patients, and other end-users of laboratory services.  Our program strongly emphasizes team work.

Residents also demonstrate the requisite knowledge, skills, and behaviours for effective patient-centered care and service to diverse populations.  In all aspects of specialist practice, the graduate must be able to address issues of gender, sexual orientation, age, culture, ethnicity and ethics in a professional manner

Selection process goals

Successful applicants to the program:

  • Demonstrate a history of academic excellence and have a broad core medical knowledge base.
  • Demonstrate strong clinical skills for their stage of training.
  • Demonstrate an ability to learn independently.
  • Have a strong work ethic.
  • Demonstrate excellent communication skills and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrate the ability to speak and write in English fluently.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work well in a team and/or small groups.
  • Have had some involvement with teaching.
  • Have had some involvement with administrative and/or leadership activities. This could include academic activities or activities outside of medical training (e.g., volunteer activities)
  • Demonstrate interest (and ideally some experience) in research.
  • Demonstrate interest in and enthusiasm for the fields of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. This includes having an understanding of the work a Medical Microbiologist does, and having realistic career goals.
  • Have a history of behaving in a professional and ethical manner.

File review process

Review team composition : Review of the applicant files is performed by the program director, who forms an initial opinion as to whether or not the applicant should be offered an interview. All applicants are then reviewed with at least two other members of the Residency Program Committee prior to a final decision.

Average number of applications received by our program in the last five years : 0 - 50

Average percentage of applicants offered interviews : 51 - 75 %

Evaluation criteria :
File component Criteria
CV Research, publications, academic awards, work experience
Electives Participation in/evaluations for electives relevant to the discipline (Med Micro, ID)
Examinations
Extra-curricular Volunteering (medical and non-medical), mentoring/instructing, team activities
Leadership skills Any leadership activity – includes committee participation, holding office in student government
MSPRs Overall performance during rotations, communication skills, professional behavior
Personal letters Knowledge of the discipline, interest in the discipline and location, ability to write in English
Reference documents Cognitive ability (knowledge base, clinical skills) and non-cognitive ability (communication skills)
Research/Publications Interest in research, participation in research, publications to date
Transcripts Overall academic performance
Other file component(s) MCCQE Part 1 results, CASPer® test performance

Elective criteria

We are looking for and rewarding applicants who have completed a broad range of electives including in our discipline.
We do not require applicants to have done onsite electives.

Interview process

Interview format :



We do not re-schedule interviews for applicants after we have completed the scheduling process.

Interview evaluation criteria :
Interview components Criteria
Collaboration skills Promotion of high-quality patient care through working in a team environment, research collaboration
Collegiality Behavior, attitude, ability to work well with others
Communication skills Ability to speak fluently in English, thoughtfulness in answering questions, maturity
Health advocacy Description of involvement in advocacy activities to date
Interest in the discipline Understanding of what a career as a Medical Microbiologist entails, realistic career goals
Interest in the program Demonstrate an interest in training in Manitoba and overall knowledge of the program
Leadership skills Description of roles and responsibilities in leadership activities (medical + non-medical)
Professionalism Professional attire and behavior/manner, correspondence with staff and trainees in the program
Scholarly activities Description of involvement in research to date, including the specific role of the trainee
Other interview component(s) A standardized question is typically included as part of the interview

Information gathered outside of CaRMS application

Specifically, we may consider:







Ranking process

The behavior(s) exhibited below during the interview process may prevent an applicant from being ranked by our program :
   
   
   


Program Highlights

Highlights of the medical microbiology program at the University of Manitoba include:

1) A close working relationship with both the pediatric and adult infectious diseases training programs at the University of Manitoba, including shared clinical rounds, journal club, and half-day.  This ensures excellent training in clinical infectious diseases.

2) Formal courses in clinical bacteriology, clinical virology, and parasitology that are provided as part of the academic half-day.  A variety of other teaching sessions are offered outside of academic half-day (e.g., plate rounds, clinical rounds, tropical medicine rounds, medical microbiology specific teaching sessions).  Additionally, trainees are funded to attend an epidemiology course off-site.

3) A mandatory rotation through the National Microbiology Laboratory, which is located in Winnipeg, Manitoba.


Program Curriculum

This residency program is for 5 years.

Program length of training does not exceed the Royal College or College of Family Physicians of Canada standard.

Curriculum

The medical microbiology and infectious diseases training programs are closely integrated, with joint teaching rounds, journal clubs, plate rounds, case presentations, and research seminars. Opportunities exist for close interaction with the infectious diseases training program and basic sciences teaching and research at the University of Manitoba. Training with the infection control services at both teaching hospitals is available. Public health and epidemiological training is available through the rotation at Cadham Provincial Laboratory, and a dedicated rotation in public health. A variety of formal microbiology courses are offerred as part of academic half day (includes clinical bacteriology, clinical virology, and parasitology). Trainees are funded to attend an off-site training program in biostatistics and epidemiology.



PGY-1

The PGY-1 year is a basic clinical training year.  It consists of a rotating internship, which is predominantly geared to internal medicine or pediatrics.  The goal of the basic clinical training year is to help the resident become a competent, well-rounded clinician.  Residents typically rotate through general medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, general surgery, and emergency medicine during this year.



PGY-2

This year consists of training in clinical infectious diseases.  Trainees spend time on the three adult infectious diseases services and the pediatric infectious diseases service.  They also participate in a continuity clinic and an outpatient specialty clinic block.  Note that in practice, some clinical infectious diseases training occurs in years 3 and 4, while laboratory rotations start in year 2.



PGY-3 and 4

These are two years of core laboratory training, with training divided between the Health Sciences Centre, St. Boniface General Hospital, Cadham Provincial Laboratory, and the National Microbiology Laboratory.  Training in the areas of infection control, antimicrobial stewardship, and public health are also provided during these years.  Note that in practice, some clinical infectious diseases training occurs in years 3 and 4, while laboratory rotations start in year 2.



PGY-5

This year provides additional specialty training or research opportunities.  Essentially this is an elective year of training, that is tailored to the specific interests of the trainee. 



Research

Trainees are encouraged to participate in research programs, especially those of a collaborative nature with the infectious disease program. Research opportunities exist in all three institutions, for research within the microbiology laboratories or at an affiliated research institution or laboratory. Trainees are encouraged to present and publish research projects, and to travel to a national/international meeting for this.




Training Sites

Resources:

The medical microbiology and infectious diseases training programs are closely integrated, with joint teaching rounds, journal clubs, plate rounds, case presentations, and research seminars.  There is a dedicated study room for trainees, equiped with computers and current text books.  There is also dedicated space for trainees in all of the microbiology laboratories involved in the training program.

 

Key Training Sites:

Health Sciences Centre, an 800 bed adult and pediatric teaching hospital with comprehensive microbiology services including specialty training in mycology and mycobacteriology.  There are three separate infectious diseases services at the Health Sciences Centre that provide clinical training.

 

St. Boniface  Hospital, a 550 bed teaching hospital that offers comprehensive general microbiology training with an emphasis on bacteriology.  There is a single infectious diseases service at St. Boniface Hospital that provides clinical training.

 

Cadham Provincial Laboratory, a public health laboratory that offers specialty training in virology, serology, parasitology, environmental microbiology, and public health microbiology.

 

National Microbiology Laboratory, a reference laboratory for Canada that is located in Winnipeg.  Trainees spend time at the National Microbiology Laboratory to gain an appreciation of the services offered by a national reference laboratory.  There is often an opportunity to participate in a research project in collaboration with scientists at this lab.

 


Additional Information

The University of Manitoba provides the option of doing combined training in medical microbiology and infectious disease over three years for qualified individuals.


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