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University of Manitoba - Anatomical Pathology - Winnipeg

2022 R-1 Main Residency Match - first iteration
CMG Stream for CMG

Last approved on November 10, 2021

Summary of changes

Approximate Quota:

 1 

Accreditation status : Accredited

Provincial Criteria


Dr. Vivian Lu
Anatomical Pathology 
401 Brodie Centre, 727 McDermot Ave 
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg , Manitoba, R3E 3P5
204-787-8091
204-789-3212
University of Manitoba
University of Manitoba - Department of Pathology

Program Contacts

Anatomic Pathology
Terri Martin
Program Administrative Assistant
terri.martin@umanitoba.ca
(204) 789-3212


Important Information

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR THE APPLICANT

The eligibility requirements shall include the completion of a CASPer™ Test for all applicants. - Mandatory


All applicants to the Anatomical Pathology Residency Program, at the University of Manitoba are required to complete an online assessement CASPer™ (Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics) test, to assist with our selection process.  Successful completion of CASPer is mandatory in order to maintain admission eligibility.

CASPer is an online test which assesses for non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics that we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program, and will complement the other tools that we use for applicant screening. In implementing CASPer, we are trying to further enhance fairness and objectivity in our selection process.

In order to take CASPer, you will be responsible for securing access to a computer with audio capabilities, a webcam, and a reliable internet connection on your selected test date. CASPer can be taken practically anywhere that you can satisfy the aforementioned requirements. No exceptions will be provided for applicants unable to take CASPer online due to being located at sites where internet is not dependable due to technical or political factors. 

Test dates for 1st Iteration: A limited number of test dates and times will be available.  Please go to www.takeCASPer.com to sign up and reserve a test using your student identifier and a piece of government-issued photo ID.  Please use an email address that you check regularly; there may be updates to the test schedule. Please note these are the only testing dates available and no additional tests will be scheduled.

Test date for 2nd Iteration:  a limited number of test dates and times will be available.  Please go to www.takeCASPer.com to sign up and reserve a test using your student identifier and a piece of government-issued photo ID.  Please use an email address that you check regularly; there may be updates to the test schedule. Please note this is the only test date available and no additional tests will be scheduled.

Please direct any inquiries on the test to support@takecasper.com. Alternatively, you may use the chat bubble in the bottom right hand corner of your screen on the takecasper.com website.

 

Note: The CASPer test is comprised of 12 sections of video and written scenarios. Following each scenario, you will be required to answer a set of probing questions under a time contract. Each response is graded by a different rater, giving a very robust and reliable view of personal and professional characteristics important to our program. No studying is required for CASPer, although you may want to familiarize yourself with the test structure at takeCASPer.com, and ensure you have a quiet environment to take the test.

CASPer test results are valid for one year. Applicants who have taken the test in previous years will therefore be expected to re-take it. Applicants who took the test in the 1st iteration of the 2022 R1 match are not eligible to rewrite the test in 2nd iteration.”

 

 About the Department:

The University of Manitoba and the Faculty in the Department of Pathology are dedicated in assisting and teaching residents on an ongoing basis to educate residents on becoming exceptional practitioners, leaders and researchers in diagnostic services in the field of Anatomical Pathology to help improve health status and services to the Province of Manitoba and across Canada.

The Royal College fully accredited Anatomical Pathology Residency Training Program aims to foster a welcoming, resourceful and supportive environment, in order to help residents of the program prepare for certification in Anatomical Pathology, while assisting in their academic goals for becoming exceptional graduates and leaders in their field.  Some of the resources that assist the residents in achieving their goals are the following:  Annual Research Day, Mandatory Scholarly Activities, Annual Resident Retreat, multiple competency based assessments including the Annual In-Service Exam with digital images.  The Department provides support for the resident to attend the Residency Review Course and other conferences including CAP-ACP, and will support the resident for out of province/out of country elective rotations.  As well, the Department of Pathology has a very high faculty to resident ratio which provides residents more one on one teaching opportunities and more pathology exposure.

 

Mandatory PGME New Resident Orientation Day: June 29, 2022

University of Manitoba eligibility requirements https://www.carms.ca/match/r-1-main-residency-match/eligibility-criteria/manitoba/

 

Residency Training in Anatomical Pathology

General Structure and Content of the Program

The Anatomical Pathology Residency Training Program is designed to meet the training requirements of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.  We pride ourselves on having a demanding and comprehensive program that provides residents the opportunity to individualize a training plan tailored to their ultimate career goals.  The following includes the current rotation requirements for the Anatomical Pathology Residency Training Program at the University of Manitoba.  Note that one “block” equals 4 weeks of training and there is a total of approximately 13 blocks per year.

 

Competency By Design Stream (CBD)

Transition to Discipline Schedule - Scheduled by the Resident Program Assistant

2 Blocks including 4 weeks of Histology

 

Foundations Schedule - Scheduled by the Resident Program Assistant

1 Block Peds Oncology
1 Block Surgery (Green - Oncology or Orange - Hepatobiliary)
1 Block Internal Medicine – General
1 Block Internal Medicine - GI
1 Block Gynecologic Oncology
1 Block Medical Oncology
2 Blocks SurgPath – Grace Hospital
1 Block Autopsy
1 Block Radiology

 

Core Schedule (Mandatory/Selective) - Compiled by Resident and Academic Advisor

9 to 12 Blocks Surg Path (HSC/St. B)
6 Blocks Autopsy/Forensic (HSC/St. B)
6 Blocks Cytology                                                                                                                                                                                                      
2 Blocks Pediatric Path
1 Block Molecular Path                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               2 Blocks NeuroPathology
2 Blocks SurgPath Grace (Surgical Rotation with focus on GU) (must be taken consecutively)
2 Blocks Hematopath (must be consecutive blocks)
1 Block Electron Microscopy (must be taken before renal path and neuropath rotations)
1 Block Renal Path (need to complete Electron Microscopy first)
1 block Bone and Soft Tissue
1 block GI Path
1 Block Head and Neck
1 Block Pulmonary
1 block Breast
1 block Gyne Path
1 block Dermatopathology
1 block Liver path
1 block Ophthalmic Path

Community Rotations - (Electives) including:

1 block SurgPath Brandon, MB
1 block General Pathology Kenora, ON
Other elective rotations are welcomed (out of province/country)

If a Resident is interested in the Community Rotation Electives this should be discussed with their Academic Advisor and Program Director and can be taken during Core or Transition to Practice Schedule

  

Transition to Practice Schedule  - Will be organized by Resident/Academic Advisor and CBD Committee

 

 

Scholarly Project (Mandatory)

Successful completion of a scholarly project relevant to Anatomical pathology is a requirement for certification (based on the Royal College’s criteria). Residents are encouraged to complete and present their project by the end of their Core Schedule. The resident may schedule “Research Project (Elective)” time into their schedule so they can work on/finalize their project with the approval of their Academic Advisor, Research Supervisor and Program Director.  The supervisor must submit a detailed work plan on what the resident will accomplish during this rotation block. In addition, the supervisor must provide a progress report outlining their accomplishments. Residents are still expected to attend Academic Half Day Sessions, Pathology Grand Rounds, and any other teaching sessions during the “research project rotation”.

 

The program outlined above is to be regarded as the minimum training requirement. The Program Director and the CBD Committee may require the resident to do additional training to ensure that clinical competences have been achieved.

 

 

Additional Information

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada: Applying competency-based practices to residency education

To contribute to the success of Canadian physicians and the delivery of high-quality patient care, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada has embarked upon an initiative to introduce competency-based medical education (CBME) in Canadian postgraduate specialty training and in professional practice in Canada. This initiative, called Competence by Design (CBD), aims to enhance patient care by aligning medical education and lifelong learning with evolving patient needs and empowering learners to more fully engage in their education process.

CBD will use time as a framework rather than the basis for progression. It is not anticipated that the duration of training will change for the majority of trainees. Residency programs will be broken down into stages, and each stage will have a series of milestones based on required competencies. These milestones will create more targeted learning outcomes and involve more frequent, formative assessments within the clinical workplace to ensure residents are developing and receiving feedback on the skills they need.

All programs implementing CBD will continue to undergo the same rigorous accreditation processes as traditional programs. All CBD programs (and traditional programs) will continue to lead to Royal College approved certification. Certification for trainees in both CBD and traditional programs will include the completion of a Royal College examination; however, residents in CBD programs will also be assessed against program milestones throughout their training. Within a CBD program, all milestones (documented within an electronic portfolio) and the Royal College examination must be successfully completed to achieve certification.

For more information, please contact cbd@royalcollege.ca.

 

 

 

 


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 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

Application documentation must be submitted in English.

Translated documents will be accepted only if verified by a certified translator.

Make sure you have completed your CASPer Test requirement.

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
• Occupational English Test (OET) - Medicine
• Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) - General

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 one of the following:

  • 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
  • Occupational English Test – Medicine (OET-Medicine), with a minimum grade of B in each of the four subsets in the same sitting; or
  • Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program – General (CELPIP-General) Test, with a minimum score of 9 in each of the four skills in the same sitting

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.

 

Reference documents
Required
Number requested: 3
Three letters of reference are required and must be from staff. References from senior residents will not be accepted.
Additional documents
Required
Medical School Transcript 

Order from your registrar.

Medical Student Performance Record 

Order from your Dean's office

Personal Letter 
Word count
Minimum : None
Maximum : None

A personal letter is required. State reasons for choosing pathology as a career, previous exposure to pathology or related fields and research (if applicable), future plans in pathology.

Custom Résumé / CV 

Due by document deadline

CASPer exam 

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 and early November. Please note these are the only testing dates available and no additional tests will be scheduled.

To see an example of the test structure and schedule a test, please visit takeCASPer.com.


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

Note: CASPer test results are valid for one year. Applicants who have taken the test in previous years will therefore be expected to re-take it. Applicants who took the test in the 1st iteration of the 2019 R1 match are not eligible to rewrite the test in 2nd iteration.”

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Review Process

Applications submitted after file review has opened on January 31, 2022


Supporting documents (excluding letters of reference) that arrive after file review has opened  on  January 31, 2022


Letters of reference that arrive after the unmasking date on January 31, 2022


We ask all candidates to limit emails and phone calls for following up with your application status, as its a busy time of year and there can be a delay for responses.   If you do not receive an email from the program by February 28, 2022, then you were not selected for the interview process.

 

Steps for interview process:

The Admissions Committee will review all applications.

Those selected for an interview will receive an invite by email from the Program Assistant to schedule a date/time.

Once the applicant's interview date/time has been confirmed, the Program Assistant will send another email with more details/instructions pertaining to your interview date and time.


Interviews

Dates:

  • March 9, 2022
  • March 10, 2022
  • March 11, 2022
Interviews for the first iteration of the Match will be scheduled for March 9-11, 2022.

We hope to have in-person interviews this coming year.   However, if there are COVID restircitons in place we will have to re-assess and determine how interviews will be done.  Selected Candidates will be informed as to how interviews will be conducted at the time of their email invite.

 

Program will notify all applicants through CaRMS Online and will send email invitations directly to applicants selected for an interview.
We ask all candidates to limit emails and phone calls for following up with your application status, as its a busy time of year and there can be a delay for responses.   If you do not receive an email from the program by February 28, 2022, then you were not selected for the interview process.

 

Steps for interview process:

The Admissions Committee will review all applications.

Those selected for an interview will receive an invite by email from the Program Assistant to schedule a date/time.

Once the applicant's interview date/time has been confirmed, the Program Assistant will send another email with more details/instructions pertaining to your interview date and time.

 

 

 

 


Selection Criteria

1. Successful completion of undergraduate medical studies at an accredited Medical School.

2. Demonstrated interest in Anatomical Pathology (e.g. electives, research, relevant publications). 

3. Review the results from your CASPer (Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics) test. 

Program goals

The Max Rady College of Medicine and the Department of Pathology are dedicated in assisting and teaching residents on an ongoing basis to educate residents on becoming exceptional practitioners, leaders and researchers in diagnostic services in the field of Anatomical Pathology to help improve health status and services to the Province of Manitoba and across Canada.

The Royal College fully accredited Anatomical Pathology Residency Training Program aims to foster a welcoming resourceful and supportive environment, in order to help residents of the program prepare for certification in Anatomical Pathology, while assisting in their academic goals for becoming exceptional graduates and practitioners in their field.  

Selection process goals

The Anatomical Pathology Residency Training Program Admission Committee are identifying applicants who have demonstrated or posed an interest in the field of Anatomical Pathology by taking electives or other observerships; and have demonstrated the ability and enthusiasm to learn and can adapt to various demands of Anatomical Pathology; applicants who have actively participated in research activities.

File review process

Review team composition : The review team is composed of the Program Director, designated faculty members from the Admission Sub-committee, and a resident representative.

Average number of applications received by our program in the last five years : 51 - 200

Average percentage of applicants offered interviews : 0 - 25 %

Evaluation criteria :
File component Criteria
CV The content, including research, publications, electives and other experiences
Electives The number of electives an individual has done with high interest in Anatomical Pathology
Examinations Exam results (including Canadian and US)
Extra-curricular Volunteering, personal hobbies
Leadership skills Interest in clubs, organizations, and mentoring and teaching junior peers
MSPRs Interpersonal skills, general comments and assessments
Personal letters Interest in Anatomical Pathology and program location
Reference documents General performance including interaction with colleagues and patients
Research/Publications The content of research activities and its relevance to Anatomical pathology
Transcripts Academic performance

Elective criteria

We encourage applicants to have completed at least one elective in our discipline.

Interview process

Interview format :



We may accommodate requests to re-schedule interviews for applicants due to weather, technology failure, or unforeseen circumstances.

Interview evaluation criteria :
Interview components Criteria
Collaboration skills Promotion of high quality patient care through working in a team environment
Collegiality Behavior, attitude, ability to work well with others
Communication skills Ability to speak and write in English well
Health advocacy Understanding the needs of community, disease prevention, health promotion and health surveillance activities. This will be considered accordingly based on information provided.
Interest in the discipline The number of electives and relevant research activities
Interest in the program Anatomical Pathology electives, knowledge about the program and location
Leadership skills Involvement in the continuous development and improvement of medical care
Professionalism Adherence to ethical principles and correspondence with all medical staff and residents
Scholarly activities will be considered accordingly based on the content
Other interview component(s)  

Information gathered outside of CaRMS application

We do not consider any information gathered outside of the CaRMS application and local interview processes.

Ranking process

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


Program Highlights

Our program offers residents the opportunity to train at multiple laboratory sites within the cities of Winnipeg and Brandon (Westman Laboratory). Our multiple teaching and training sites receive a wide variety of cytology, surgical and autopsy cases. Our department has a hybrid generalist-subspecialty practice offering the residents the benefits of both general surgical pathology and subspecialty training. Our department has a busy autopsy service covering adult and pediatric hospital based and medico-legal autopsy cases from across the province. Beyond the protected academic half-day, the residents are offered many slide sessions by the teaching faculty within the department.

Some of the resources that assist the residents in achieving their goals are the following:  Annual Research Day, Scholarly Activities, Annual Resident Retreat, multiple competency based assessments including the Annual In-Service Exam with digital images.  The Anatomical Pathology Residency Program is actively engaged in Professionalism workshops and teaching sessions.  As well, the program offers multiple safety sessions along with Quality Assurance and lab management.  The Department also has additional training through the Simulation Lab sessions.  The Department provides support for the resident to attend the Residency Review Course and other conferences including CAP-ACP, and will support the resident for out of province/out of country elective rotations.  As well, the Department of Pathology has a very high faculty to resident ratio which provides residents more one on one teaching opportunities and more pathology exposure.


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.

The program adheres to the Standards of Accreditation for Residency Programs, Training Experiences and Competencies in Anatomical Pathology set by the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada. The program's goal is to prepare residents to be practicing Anatomical Pathologists. Scholarly activity is mandatory for all residents. Residents are encouraged to pursue basic research activities during their training to further assist them in their future career planning. Residents are exposed to a variety of administrative, organizational and managerial structures within the Department of Pathology and Shared Health Manitoba.

Residents are given 20 days of vacation a year.  Residents are also granted conference time. Pending on the rotation residents are on, will determine how many vacation days/conference time they can take.

General Structure and Content of the Program

The Anatomical Pathology Residency Training Program is designed to meet the training requirements of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.  We pride ourselves on having a demanding and comprehensive program that provides residents the opportunity to individualize a training plan tailored to their ultimate career goals.  The following includes the current rotation requirements for the Anatomical Pathology Residency Training Program at the University of Manitoba.  Note that one “block” equals 4 weeks of training and there is a total of approximately 13 blocks per year.

 

Competency By Design Stream (CBD)

Transition to Discipline Schedule - Schedules are scheduled by the Resident Program Assistant

2 Blocks including 4 weeks of Histology

 

Foundations Schedule - Schedules are scheduled by the Resident Program Assistant

1 Block Peds Oncology 
1 Block Surgery (Green - Oncology or Orange - Hepatobiliary)
1 Block Internal Medicine – General
1 Block Internal Medicine - GI
1 Block Gynecologic Oncology
1 Block Medical Oncology
2 Blocks SurgPath – Grace Hospital
1 Block Autopsy 
1 Block Radiology

 

Core Schedule (Mandatory/Selective) - Schedules will be organized by Resident and Academic Advisor

9 to 12 Blocks Surg Path (HSC/St. B) 
6 Blocks Autopsy/Forensic (HSC/St. B)
6 Blocks Cytology                                                                                                                                                                                                      
2 Blocks Pediatric Path
1 Block Molecular Path                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2 Blocks NeuroPathology
2 Blocks SurgPath Grace (Surgical Rotation with focus on GU) (must be taken consecutively) 
2 Blocks Hematopath (must be consecutive blocks)
1 Block Electron Microscopy (must be taken before renal path and neuropath rotations)
1 Block Renal Path (need to complete Electron Microscopy first)
1 block Bone and Soft Tissue
1 block GI Path
1 Block Head and Neck
1 Block Pulmonary
1 block Breast
1 block Gyne Path
1 block Dermatopathology
1 block Liver path 
1 block Ophthalmic Path

Community Rotations - (Electives) including:

1 block SurgPath Brandon, MB
1 block General Pathology Kenora, ON
Other elective rotations are welcomed (out of province/country)

If a Resident is interested in the Community Rotation Electives this should be discussed with their Academic Advisor and Program Director and can be taken during Core or Transition to Practice Schedule

  

Transition to Practice Schedule  - Will be organized by Resident/Academic Advisor and CBD Committee

 

 

Scholarly Project (Mandatory)

Successful completion of a scholarly project relevant to Anatomical pathology is a requirement for certification (based on the Royal College’s criteria). Residents are encouraged to complete and present their project by the end of their Core Schedule. The resident may schedule “Research Project (Elective)” time into their schedule so they can work on/finalize their project with the approval of their Academic Advisor, Research Supervisor and Program Director.  The supervisor must submit a detailed work plan on what the resident will accomplish during this rotation block. In addition, the supervisor must provide a progress report outlining their accomplishments. Residents are still expected to attend Academic Half Day Sessions, Pathology Grand Rounds, and any other teaching sessions during the “research project rotation”.

 

The program outlined above is to be regarded as the minimum training requirement. The Program Director and the CBD Committee may require the resident to do additional training to ensure that clinical competences have been achieved.

 

 


Training Sites

The Basic Clinical Training rotations are completed at the Health Sciences Centre and Saint Boniface Hospital.

Training in Anatomical Pathology is distributed across four hospital sites in Winnipeg, including:

  • Health Sciences Center
  • Saint Boniface Hospital
  • Grace General Hospital
  • Victoria General Hospital

These four sites receive and process all pathology specimens collected at the 7 Hospital sites in Winnipeg.

Residents are encouraged to undertake elective rotations in Surgical Pathology and Cytopathology at the Westman Laboratory in Brandon.

 


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