University of Manitoba - Diagnostic Radiology - Winnipeg

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

Last approved on November 10, 2021

Summary of changes

Approximate Quota:


Accreditation status : Accredited

Provincial Criteria

Dr. Surinder Dhaliwal
Dr. John Bonanni
Diagnostic Radiology 
Health Sciences Centre  
Room GA216 - 820 Sherbrook Street
Winnipeg MB , Manitoba, R3A 1R9
(204) 787-1335
(204) 787- 2080
University of Manitoba Department of Radiology

Program Contacts

John Ross Bonanni
Program Director

Surinder Dhaliwal
Assistant Program Director

Bre-anne Kiesman
Program Coordinator
(204) 787-1335

Important Information

The Postgraduate Medical Education Orientation for all residents, which is MANDATORY, will be held on Wednesday June 29, 2022.

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 for more information.


General Instructions

Program application language: English

English Language

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

The criteria can be found at:

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
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
Submit one of the following documents to verify your language proficiency:
• 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.


  • 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 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
Number requested: 3

Three letters of reference are required from clinical preceptors and/or mentors.

Additional documents
CASPer exam 

The CASPer Test - Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics 

All applicants to the Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program at the University of Manitoba are required to complete an online assessment (CASPer) 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.

Please go to to sign up and reserve a test using your student identifier and a piece of government-issued photo ID. A limited number of testing dates and times will be available in October/November (please note that these are the only testing dates available and no additional tests will be scheduled). Please use an email address that you check regularly; there may be updates to the test schedule.

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

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 and ensure you have a quiet environment to take the test.

CASPer test results are valid for one admission cycle. Applicants who have already taken the test in previous years will therefore be expected to re-take

Custom Résumé / CV 

Medical School Transcript 

Order from your Registrar

Medical Student Performance Record 

Order from your Dean's Office

Personal Letter 

The letter should outline past background interests and accomplishments and include reasons for the choice of Diagnostic Radiology as the chosen career specialty as well as what aspects of our program appeal the most to the candidate.

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

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

The various documents that have been submitted will be reviewed by our committee and interview invitations will be determined after review of the applicant's files.


Interviews dates are March 2022 (TBA)

Program will notify all applicants through CaRMS Online and will send email invitations directly to applicants selected for an interview.
Only the top-ranked candidates will be invited to an interview.

All selected candidates will be interviewed by the Diagnostic Radiology Selection Committee. This will consist of two separate interviews. Interviews are mandatory. Every attempt will be made to coordinate the two interviews within the same time period to accommodate the candidates' schedule.

Selection Criteria

Applicants are rated on a point scale in each of the following areas:

    • interview

    • personal letter and reference letters

    • medical school grades and any standardized examinations written during medical school 

    • Previous electives in radiology and scholarly activity is preferable.

    • Research interests and experience

Program goals

The mission of this program is to successfully prepare residents personally and professionally for independent practice and to put them on the path to achieve their career goals.

This will be accomplished by rotating residents through several years of various radiology rotations with increasing levels of responsibility and providing mentorship at the various stages of training.

In addition, a component of the residency program will include after hours (on-call) work. The residents will be prepared for their on-call responsibilities using a graduated call system, and using a buddy call system, to ensure they are adequately prepared.

Our fellowship trained staff will also provide a comprehensive educational curriculum for the residents consisting of interactive small group sessions, and didactic lectures to ensure the wide breadth of radiology curriculum is covered.

Selection process goals

In order to ensure that our residents are successfully prepared for independent practice, both personally and professionally, we believe the following skills and attributes will be highly sought after in the successful residency candidate;

  • Hard working
  • Conscientious
  • Self-Motivated
  • Respectful
  • Collaborative
  • Organized
  • Insightful
  • Well-Rounded
  • Good Communication (Skills)
  • Patience
  • Compassion
  • Leadership (Skills)
  • Time Management (Skills)

File review process

Review team composition : The team will consist of the Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program Director, Assistant Program Director, a selection of academic radiology staff, current radiology residents, and the Program Assistant.

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

Average percentage of applicants offered interviews : 51 - 75 %

Evaluation criteria :
File component Criteria
CV Academic and work experience
Electives Impression of medical/radiology knowledge
Examinations Casper Exam
Extra-curricular Volunteer work and Interests
Leadership skills Projects initiated and completed. Various roles in groups
MSPRs Extent of involvement in medical curriculum and activities
Personal letters Motivation for radiology and professional goals
Reference documents Professionalism and medical knowledge
Research/Publications Summary of academic projects and experiences
Transcripts Undergraduate field of study and grades

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 routinely accommodate requests to re-schedule interviews for applicants.

Interview evaluation criteria :
Interview components Criteria
Collaboration skills Examples of past initiatives working with other people and health care professionals.
Collegiality Feedback you have been given about how well you work with other health care team members
Communication skills How does the candidate ensure proper communication occurs. Communication style.
Health advocacy Examples of initiatives you have been a part of, and/or experiences where you advocated for your patients or the patient population at large.
Interest in the discipline Electives completed and scholarly projects within radiology.
Interest in the program Completed any electives. What are the perceived strengths and areas for improvement.
Leadership skills What roles have you had in the organizations that you have been involved.
Professionalism How does the candidate comport themselves. Feedback given on patient and team member interaction.
Scholarly activities Presentations and academic publications.

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

Quick Facts

The program offers exposure to all modalities and disciplines in radiology.  Unique aspects of the program include a very active interventional/neurointerventional service and a high volume of cutting-edge imaging studies, cardiac CT and MR, breast MR, abdominal MR and PET/CT.

Multiple fellowship-trained radiologists in every sub-specialty are on staff, including dedicated pediatric radiologists at Winnipeg Children's Hospital.  The large catchment area of the entire province of Manitoba, Northern Territories, and Northwestern Ontario ensures a high level of pathology at the tertiary care teaching centres. 

  • Inter-provincial electives can be taken.
  • Ratio of residents to faculty is 1:1
  • No mandatory rural rotations, but these are available for interested residents.
  • The program prides itself on having a collegial relationship between residents and staff and a high resident morale.

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.

This year consists of a multi-disciplinary basic clinical training which will solidify the extensive core knowledge required in the role of a consultant radiologist.

PGY2 to 4
The resident is exposed to core training in all imaging disciplines organized in block rotations of 1-3 in duration. These include abdominal imaging, chest & cardiac imaging, musculoskeletal imaging, interventional radiology, neuroradiology, pediatric imaging, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, and breast imaging. The resident receives instruction in image interpretation and procedural skills related to each discipline.

Our PGY4 residents attend a 4-week radiographic pathologic correlation course organized by AIRP, which is based in Washington, D.C. The AIRP Course may be provided virtually, depending on existing travel restrictions at that time. 

This year includes 8 core rotation blocks and 5 elective blocks, which allows the resident opportunity for selection in their area(s) of interest.

Learning Oppourtunities

Residents attend a weekly academic half-day seminar series and daily resident rounds

Dedicated in house physics teaching for the PGY2-5s

Journal Club is scheduled several times per year

A formal staff and peer-to-peer mentorship program exists

In-house practice oral exams twice per year

Many oppourtunites for medical student and peer-to-peer teaching 

Participation in the National OSCE

Successful completion of a scholarly project is required.  Financial support and protected time is available for research.  Residents are expected to present their projects at the annual Radiology Resident Research Day.


Training Sites


The residency program is based at the Health Sciences Centre (including the Children's Hospital), St. Boniface Hospital, and Grace General Hospital, which are tertiary care institutions. The teaching hospitals offer state of the art scanners, l.5T and 3T clinical magnetic resonance scanners.

The Kleysen Institute for Advanced Medicine is located at the Health Sciences Centre and is home to one of the only IMRIS hybrid 3T MRI and biplane neuroangiography suites in Canada.

The Nuclear Medicine Department at Health Sciences Centre also performs high volume on-site PET/CT and SPECT/CT scans.

Residents rotate through the Manitoba Breast Health Centre, where comprehensive multimodality breast imaging and intervention is performed, and the Pan Am Clinic, a dedicated sports medicine centre with on-site MRI.

Several electronic medical resources are available.

Additional Information

All residents are given time and receive funding to attend AIRP and one scientific conference per year (PGY2 to PGY5).  An additional subsidized meeting will be allowed, if presenting at a major radiological conference.

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