University of Manitoba - Family Medicine - Rural Brandon

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

Last approved on November 10, 2021

Summary of changes

Approximate Quota:


Accreditation status : Accredited

Provincial Criteria

Dr. Tamara Buchel
Family Medicine 
University of Manitoba 
P228-770 Bannatyne Avenue
Winnipeg , Manitoba, R3E 0W3
(204) 977-5663
About Our Program:
Provincial Criteria for Manitoba

Program Contacts

Dr. Tamara Buchel
Postgraduate Program Director

Shannon Rankin
Postgraduate Program Coordinator

Dr. Joanne Maier
Site Education Director/Site Medical Lead

Important Information

The University of Manitoba campuses are located on original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation.  The Department of Family Medicine additionally participates in clinical programs in Inuit communities.  We respect the Treaties and Agreements that were made on these territories, we acknowledge the harms and mistakes of the past, and we dedicate ourselves to move forward in partnership with Indigenous communities in a spirit of reconciliation and collaboration.


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

All applicants to the Family Medicine 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. You will be provided with a limited number of testing dates and times. Please note that these are the only testing dates available for your CASPer test. There will be no additional tests 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 admissions cycle. Applicants who have already taken the test in previous years will therefore be expected to re-take it.



CaRMS General Overview session:  Thursday, January 13, 2022 from 7:00-8:30pm CST via Zoom. 


CaRMS Information Deeper Dive – Rural: Tuesday, January 18, 2022 from 7:00-8:30pm CST via Zoom


CaRMS Information - Resident Sessions (hosted by our Chief Residents): 7:00-8:00pm CST via Zoom

  • Tuesday, February 8, 2022
  • Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Registration Link:



The mandatory full day Postgraduate Medical Education Orientation for all residents will be held on Wednesday, June 29, 2022.

The mandatory full day Family Medicine Residency Orientation will be held on Thursday, June 30, 2022.


Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)

Prior to the commencement of training, matched applicants must provide proof of ACLS certification that is current as of July 1, 2022. The ACLS Provider course must be certified by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada or the American Heart Association. ACLS training that is not certified by one of these two organizations and/or is completed entirely through an online course will not be accepted. Applicants are responsible for all costs associated with obtaining ACLS certification. We provide a re-certification course in your second year of residency prior to graduation.

Resident Home Location and Travel Requirements

As a resident in the Brandon stream, you will be expected to maintain a residence in Brandon or surrounding area.

Vacation Allowance

Vacation in PGY1 can be taken for two weeks in each of two blocks in conjunction with an approved elective or Family Medicine Block Time in the remaining two weeks of the same blocks, or alternatively as one 4 week vacation block. Vacation is not allowed in Block 1 in PGY1.  Though the program tries to accommodate residents’ specific vacation period requests, constraints of scheduling often requires flexibility and not all requests will be approved.

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

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

The criteria can be found at:



Program application language: English

Supporting Documentation / Information

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 (3) Family Medicine Structured Reference Letters are required. Please select supervisors, preceptors or other individuals who have had ample opportunity to assess you as a candidate for Family Medicine. Ideally one of your letters should be from a family physician but this is not mandatory.

All three (3) Family Medicine Structured Reference Letters must be current and dated on or after January 1, 2021. Undated reference letters will not be accepted.  Do not arrange for more than three (3) Family Medicine Structured Reference Letters as additional letters will not be reviewed.

Additional documents
Medical School Transcript 

Order from your Registrar. Must be English original or certified translation.

If your transcript indicates poor academic standing, course failure(s), leave(s) of absence, or breach of professionalism, please attach a supplementary statement to the beginning of your e-CaRMS Personal Statement entitled "Transcript Addendum" addressing the respective circumstance(s).

Medical Student Performance Record 

Order from the Undergraduate Office. Must be English original or certified translation.

If your Medical Student Performance Record indicates poor academic standing, course failure(s), leave(s) of absence, or breach of professionalism, please attach a supplementary statement to the beginning of your e-CaRMS Personal Statement entitled "MSPR Addendum" addressing the respective circumstance(s).

Personal Letter 
Word count
Minimum : None
Maximum : None

A personal letter is required. We are looking for mature, enthusiastic physicians who bring with them a broad range of life experiences, are committed to providing excellent patient care and can embrace the depth and breadth of experiences our program offers.

In 500 words or less, please address the following areas:  What life experiences demonstrate your adaptability, team skills, leadership potential, and sense of compassion?  Why do you feel the University of Manitoba would be the right choice for you?  In what ways are you connected to Manitoba?

Custom Résumé / CV 

Include a current CV in the Custom Resume section.  Please tailor your resume to provide us with a better understanding of your experiences and commitment to Family Medicine.

MCCQE Part I - Statement of Results 

All residents will be required to disclose their MCCQE1 examination results whenever available. The purpose of this disclosure is to allow for resources to be provided to the few residents who would benefit from extra support early in their residency in an effort to maximize their success.

MCCQE Part I - Supplemental Information Report 

NAC examination - Statement of results 

NAC examination - Supplemental Information Report 

CASPer exam 

All applicants to the Family Medicine 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.

FAIMER / World Directory of Medical Schools 

IMGs must be graduates of a medical school listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools.

Proof of registration as a clinical assistant or allied health professional in Canada 

If you are or have been employed in Canada as a Clinical Assistant or as an Allied Health Professional, you must provide supporting documentation of registration as a Clinical Assistant or other Allied Health Professional.

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

MCCQE Part II - Statement of Results 

MCCQE Part II - Supplemental Information Report 

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

Applicants must apply to, and rank each of the University of Manitoba Family Medicine programs individually. There is one central review process.

The same personal letter should be used for all University of Manitoba Family Medicine applications as only one letter will be reviewed per applicant.

There will be only one interview irrespective of the number of programs to which you apply; there may be specific additional questions based on your program interests.



  • March 8, 2022
  • March 10, 2022
  • March 11, 2022
Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Thursday, March 10, 2022

Friday, March 11, 2022

Program will notify all applicants through CaRMS Online and will send email invitations directly to applicants selected for an interview.
Applicants who are invited for interview will participate in one structured interview, regardless of the number of sites to which you have applied.  The structured interview may have questions specific to the sites to which you have applied.

The interview is conducted as a 3-person panel interview and typically consists of 1 physician, 1 interprofessional faculty member, and 1 resident.

Candidates will be invited to attend one of the three interview days. The interview itself lasts 30 to 40 minutes.

Selection Criteria

The Department of Family Medicine at the University of Manitoba is committed to a fair, equitable, and transparent selection process.

In assessing eligible IMG applicants, The Department of Family Medicine will ordinarily consider applicants who have completed their undergraduate medical education within the preceding 10 years, unless the applicant has completed a residency in Family Medicine and/or is actively engaged in generalist practice. Of all such eligible applicants, approximately one third of all applicants, and no less than 225, shall be selected for file review based upon a composite score generated from the following:

the z-score of MCCQE Part I (30% weighting); and

the better z-score of NAC providing the NAC is ≥74 or the MCCQE Part II (30% weighting); and

CASPer score providing the CASPer z-score is ≥-1.28 (90% of CASPer takers will achieve a score ≥-1.28) (40% weighting). 

Of those applicants selected for file review, approximately 80 applicants will be selected for interview including all residents of Manitoba, and all other IMG applicants based upon a composite score generated from the following:

the z-score of MCCQE Part I plus the better z-score of NAC or the MCCQE Part II (30% weighting); and

file review scores (30% weighting); and

CASPer score (40%).

Rank order lists will be created for each stream’s IMG positions based on the following formulaic approach:

the z-score of MCCQE Part I plus the better z-score of NAC or the MCCQE Part II (20% weighting); and

file review scores (30% weighting); and

CASPer score (20%); and

Interview score (30% weighting).

Preference may be given to residents of Manitoba, or individuals who have identified a genuine commitment to Manitoba.

Applicants who are invited for interview will participate in one structured interview, regardless of the number of sites to which you have applied.  The structured interview may have questions specific to the sites to which you have applied. 

Program goals

Program Goals

A broad knowledge base and clinical skill sets enable family physicians to work in diverse settings such as patients’ homes, outpatient clinics, emergency departments, labour and delivery suites, hospital wards, and nursing homes. Family medicine often serves as the main entry point to the health care system and the hub that provides continuity of care throughout the life cycle. As such, family medicine is the central medical discipline. The importance of primary care in quality of health and the value Canadian society places on family physicians in the delivery of this care are well known.


The goal of our residency program is to train family physicians who are able to provide comprehensive, high quality, continuous care in urban, rural, or remote settings.

Selection process goals

We are looking for applicants with a broad range of life experiences, interpersonal skills and a firm foundation of academic achievement that will collectively contribute to the capacity to practise the breadth of Family Medicine.  We are seeking individuals with an appropriate balance between personal and family life, engagement with community, and commitment to our profession.

On completion of their program, family physicians trained by our residency program will demonstrate the abilities to: 

  • Respond to the needs of their communities by providing comprehensive, high quality, continuous health care to their patients and families across the life cycle (including prevention, acute and chronic illness management), in a variety of care settings, and to a broad base of patients, including those from underserved and marginalized populations.
  • Recognize that the patient-physician relationship is central to their practice and strive to communicate effectively with patients.  
  • Collaborate with other physicians, health professionals, patients, and their families to optimize patient care.  
  • Mobilize the resources of the community to improve the health care delivery system.  
  • Take an active role in improving the safety and quality of health care.
  • Engage in lifelong learning.  
  • Demonstrate professional behaviours in all aspects of practice.

File review process

Review team composition : The file review teams consist of Family Medicine physicians, current residents and interprofessional faculty.

Average number of applications received by our program in the last five years : 601 +

Average percentage of applicants offered interviews : 0 - 25 %

Evaluation criteria :
File component Criteria
CV Comprehensive and well organized document
Electives Family Medicine or broad range of interests
Examinations see additional documents
Extra-curricular Well rounded activities other than academics
Leadership skills Initiative and able to problem solve
MSPRs Evaluate according to the info provided by school
Personal letters 500 words or less
Reference documents 3 standardized reference letters
Research/Publications Variety
Transcripts Evaluate according to info provided by school
Other file component(s) Familiarity with the Canadian Health Care System. Identifies interest in Family Medicine.

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.

An elective in Family Medicine either in Manitoba or elsewhere, completed before file review, is not required for application to the University of Manitoba Family Medicine Programs. However, we are looking for a demonstration of interest in, and commitment to Family Medicine.

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 Interprofessional collaboration
Collegiality Treats others with respect & knows professional boundaries
Communication skills Ability to listen and communicate in a clear manner
Health advocacy Affirming and sharing the vision and values of health promotion
Interest in the discipline Demonstrates genuine interest through electives, extra curricular activities, volunteering, etc.
Interest in the program Demonstrates ongoing commitment to Family Medicine
Leadership skills Ability to guide and help others
Professionalism Carry themselves in a professional manner
Scholarly activities Pursuing further education, previous accomplishments
Other interview component(s) Commitment to underserved populations, resilience

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

Overview of Department

For more than 40 years, the University of Manitoba’s Department of Family Medicine has been positively influencing the health of individuals, families and communities across Manitoba. Through clinical work, teaching and innovative research, family medicine is making a difference.

This program, accredited by the College of Family Physicians of Canada, promotes whole-person medicine through a combination of patient-centred care and structured seminars. During clerkship, learners are distributed in over 20 communities throughout Manitoba.

Training Passionate Family Physicians

After completing a four-year undergraduate degree in Medicine, students who enter the two-year Family Medicine residency choose a learning stream tailored to their practice interests.

Here is a video with a general overview of our Family Medicine Program at the University of Manitoba.



  • Urban
  • Northern Remote
  • Northern Thompson
  • Bilingual
  • Rural - Boundary Trails
  • Rural - Brandon
  • Rural - Interlake Eastern
  • Rural - Parkland
  • Rural - Portage la Prairie
  • Rural - Steinbach
  • Integrated Clinician Scholar (3 year program)


Each stream provides a broad and balanced experience that prepares well-rounded family physicians who can practice with confidence in a variety of settings.

Enhanced Training

In addition to the postgraduate program, Family Medicine also offers enhanced skills training which allows Family Medicine doctors to continually shape and reshape their careers. Enhanced training is available in the following areas:

  • Addictions (new in 2021)
  • FM Anesthesia
  • Cancer Care
  • Care of the Elderly
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Obstetrical Surgical Skills
  • Palliative Care
  • Sports & Exercise Medicine

This training requires an additional 6–12 months of study. Residents finishing their second year and practicing family physicians may apply.

Inspiring Young Minds - Our Faculty

The Department of Family Medicine has over 500 faculty members who excel at sharing knowledge, building competencies, and maximizing learning opportunities for students.

Our faculty are integral participants in all stages of medical education. Some have major Undergraduate teaching roles, providing comprehensive Family Medicine and generalist content as well as their unique perspectives on health care.

Integrative Medicine in Residency Program Option

The Integrative Medicine in Residency (IMR) program is a two-year program of study exploring the integration of Complementary and Alternative therapies with conventional family practice in an evidence-based manner. This program is being offered in conjunction with the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, and is a 200-hour, interactive web-based curriculum that is completed longitudinally alongside the Family Medicine residency program. This program option is available to residents in all streams. Visit the Integrative Medicine in Residency Program page for full details.

Innovative Research

The Department of Family Medicine provides exciting opportunities to perform research with practical outcomes on the health of Canadians. The department promotes and supports the development of research skills and provides workshops to all Family Medicine residents. 

Building Collaboration

Where possible, the university offers students the chance to learn in partnership with an interprofessional faculty, which includes dieticians, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, and other health care professionals. This collaborative learning model teaches our students and residents the basic principles of other health care professions, when to use them in their care of patients, and how and when to make appropriate referrals.

Courses Offered for Residents in Family Medicine

Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)

Matched applicants will be required to provide proof of valid Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Provider certification before they can commence residency. The ACLS Provider course must be certified by the Canadian Heart & Stroke Foundation or by the American Heart Association. ACLS certification that has expired or that is not endorsed by the Canadian Heart and Stroke or by the American Heart Association and/or is completed entirely through an on-line course will not be accepted.  We provide a re-certification course in your second year of residency prior to graduation.

Advances in Labour and Risk Management (ALARM)

We mandate ALARM training during the residency and provide reimbursement upon successful completion.

Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)

We mandate ATLS training during the residency and provide reimbursement upon successful completion for all non-urban residents.

Indigenous Cultures Awareness Workshop (ICAW) or Manitoba Indigenous Cultural Safety Training (MICST)

We mandate ICAW or MICST training during residency.

Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP)

We mandate NRP during residency and provide reimbursement upon successful completion.

Ultrasound Curriculum

The curriculum will be delivered via an ultrasound educational platform known as SonoSim.


Scholarly Curriculum

Scholarly activities in our program include:

- participation in monthly Journal Clubs

- presentations at patient case rounds and regular guideline appraisals 

- didactic teaching  

- formal Quality Improvement curriculum

- Critical Appraisal assignments

- PEARLS exercises as offered through the College of Family Physicians of Canada

- Academic Days throughout the year

- additional core curriculum as mandated by PGME for all postgraduate program residents

Program Curriculum

This residency program is for 2 years.

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

You will live in Brandon and complete the majority of your residency in this small urban city and surrounding rural communities.  Brandon is a small city where generalists, both family physicians and specialists, provide care in the community and at the very well-resourced medical centre. You will become immersed in the community and will practice full-spectrum Family Medicine with lots of hands on experience where you, the Family Medicine resident, are central to the structure.

Your hospital experiences during Family Medicine, Emergency, Psychiatry and Specialty rotations will take place at the Brandon Regional Health Center (BRHC) which is the regional referral center for Western Manitoba. 

  • This facility services a referral population of approximately 180,000 and has 313 beds. Inpatient care units include:  Acute Medicine, Surgery, ICU (medical/surgical), NICU, Pediatrics, Rehabilitation Medicine, Palliative Care, Waiting Placement/Supportive Care, Adult Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry and the off-campus Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
  • Family physicians, obstetricians and midwives provide care in the new single room maternity care unit and there are about 1520 births per year.
  • There are six surgical suites, a minor procedure theatre and a theatre dedicated to obstetrics.
  • BRHC features a full range of diagnostic services including MRI, CT, Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine, Clinical Neurophysiology and extensive lab services at the Westman Regional Laboratory.
  • BRHC outpatient care includes the emergency department that is staffed by in-house emergency physicians (CCFP and CCFP-EM physicians mainly) and is very busy with over 27,000 visits a year, the Cancer program, Day Surgery, GI Unit, Manitoba Breast Screening program, Renal/Dialysis Unit, Outpatient Care Unit and multiple outpatient care clinics such as Fracture Clinic, Ostomy Care and Stroke Prevention to name a just a few.

 There are 6 Family Medicine Blocks (FMBT) in each year which includes 4-5 blocks based in Brandon and 1-2 blocks based in a smaller rural community in the region.   During Family Medicine Block Time (FMBT), you are based at a private clinic.  You are paired with a primary preceptor and their busy fee-for-service practice. The clinics have a mix of family physicians and specialists. The clinics are part of MyHealth Team including mental health workers, a dietitian, a pharmacist and psychiatrist. Both clinics are fully computerized and utilize electronic medical records. FMBT will provide residents with a wide variety of Family Medicine experiences including office practice, walk-in/urgent care, inpatient care, low risk obstetrics, newborn care, palliative care, cancer care, long-term care, minor surgical procedures and emergency room care. Emergency Medicine and Psychiatry training occurs longitudinally during FMBT over the two years of residency.  Your FMBT blocks in rural communities will provide acquisition of knowledge, skills, and confidence in practicing in a rural community where the nearest specialty services are 30-60 minutes away in Brandon.

Focused clinical experiences are available in physiotherapy, addiction medicine, IV starts, airway management, gynecology and community medicine. We pride ourselves in our delivery of evidence-based medicine and our ability to allow you to develop your clinical and procedures skills essential to functioning as a rural family physician.

Multiple learners will be together at the same time (typically 2 medical students and 1 or 2 Family Medicine residents). This will enhance the learning environment and is sure to be a lot of fun! 


Your Internal Medicine/Hospital Medicine training occurs in 2 blocks in your first year.  These 2 blocks will provide a broad range of clinical exposures with a group of Internal Medicine specialists who practice General Internal Medicine and who each have their own area of special interest and experience.  This will mainly include office, hospital and emergency consultations.  Some time will be spent with the hospitalist service.  In addition, Hospital Medicine training is provided throughout Family Medicine Block Time where the vast majority of inpatients are cared for by community family physicians. This provides experience looking after both acutely and chronically ill inpatients often with multiple co-morbidities.  


These 2 blocks of training will provide experience in both low risk and high-risk obstetrics (prenatal, antepartum, intrapartum and postpartum care) at the busy Brandon Single Room Maternal Child Unit (average birth rate of 1520 per year) as well as additional experience in gynecology and gynecologic procedures such as endometrial biopsy and IUCD insertion.  Family Practice obstetrics and gynecology exposure will also occur longitudinally during Family Medicine Block Time. 


One block of pediatrics has residents involved in the care of children in the office setting, emergency department, delivery room, NICU and pediatric ward. Residents participate in a range of clinical problems from well child care and common childhood illness to consultative pediatrics and the care of critically ill infants.  Pediatric training will also be provided horizontally during Family Medicine Block Time and Emergency Medicine. A horizontal experience within Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is also provided during Family Medicine Block Time.


The busy ER department at Children’s Hospital in Winnipeg is the site for one block of Pediatric Emergency training.  Longitudinal pediatric emergency is also provided during FMBT in both the Brandon and rural FMBT sites. 


Exposure to the busy Emergency Room department of a Regional Referral Center will occur horizontally throughout Family Medicine Block Time. This Emergency Department sees in excess of 27,000 visits per year with greater than 60% being CTAS 1 - 3. The Emergency Department provides acute care to Brandon and surrounding area. It is also a regional referral centre to patients that require consultation with Specialist physicians in the areas of General Surgery, Orthopedics, Urology, Ophthalmology, Neurology, Cardiology, General Internal Medicine, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Intensive Care Unit and Psychiatry.  Preceptors are Family Physicians that work primarily in the Emergency Room.  This is an excellent exposure to a wide variety of critical conditions in patients of all ages.  The rural FMBT rotations also provide excellent emergency training in a smaller centre with specialist support 45-60 minutes away.


A blend of general surgery and subspecialty surgery exposure will ensure your Surgery block in Brandon is comprehensive. This involves participating in surgical care in the operating room, emergency department, surgical ward and office. From initial assessment and being first assistant to inpatient care and discharge planning, this rotation provides an excellent experience with lots of one on one bedside teaching.  In addition, horizontal surgical experience over the 2 year residency will occur throughout Family Medicine Block Time and Emergency Medicine.    


This intensive care rotation is based in a nine-bed unit which includes coronary care, intensive care medicine, and intensive care surgery. Residents encounter a wide range of clinical experiences within the unit, through consultations in the emergency department, and time spent in the intensive care unit. The volume and variety of patients is excellent, including plenty of procedural practice.   Airway management skills will be taught during this time by the Department of Anesthesia or with focused clinical days with a rural GP anesthetist.


The Palliative Care rotation has been evaluated by residents as one of the most rewarding and unique to their Family Medicine training. Skills taught by palliative care family physicians enable residents to gain skills essential to providing symptom-based care to both patients struggling with chronic illness and during end-of-life care.  This rotation is provided in Winnipeg and training will also occur longitudinally during Family Medicine Block Time.


This experience will be provided longitudinally during Family Medicine Block Time.   Residents will be trained by Specialty Psychiatrists in their community practices, at the Child and Adolescent Treatment Center, Center for Adult Psychiatry and Center for Geriatric Psychiatry.  In addition, Emergency Consultations will be seen while on call with Specialty Psychiatrists.


An integrated approach to behavioral medicine is utilized during your Family Medicine experiences.  Key areas include:  Mental health concerns (curriculum in consultation with Department of Psychiatry), helping patients develop coping skills, knowledge of community resources and communication skills.

RHA social workers, psychologists and spiritual care professionals provide assistance with patient centered counselling skills as well as knowledge on and appropriate use of community resources. These professionals, and the psychiatrists, are also involved in teaching during Academic Days.  Consultations with the Brandon Regional Health Centre Psychiatric Unit provide additional experiences. 


RHA dietitians provide experience in office management of nutritional concerns that are common to family practice including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, weight management and other diseases.  The program dietitian is involved in evaluation & teaching.


There are many opportunities for enhancing health promotion skills through education to community groups.


There is protected time for provision of the department-wide academic curriculum and also for self-directed learning.   The curriculum is delivered by Family Medicine and Specialist faculty members, fellow residents and interprofessional colleagues.   Use of simulation equipment is used extensively.  Examination preparation is provided in both years. 

Training Sites

Brandon Training Site Video:

The Brandon Family Medicine Stream is a two-year residency where residents live and train in Brandon.  Brandon is a small city with family medicine preceptors providing the full scope practice, generalist specialist preceptors and a very well-equipped regional referral health centre.  Much of the training is provided longitudinally over the two years. Emphasis is placed on skill and knowledge development, generalist education and continuity of care. 

  • An active teaching unit, with low preceptor to trainee ratios.
  • Large clinical volumes with excellent variety of patients.
  • Frequent opportunities to perfect your procedural skills through clinical encounters and procedural labs.
  • Continuity of care within your preceptor’s practice is an educational priority and is provided during the two years during Family Medicine block time and continuity clinics while on specialty rotations.
  • There is an integrated curriculum that provides training in emergency, psychiatry, obstetrics and geriatrics embedded within Family Medicine Block Time.
  • Monthly academic days in small group learning environments with in-unit teaching.
  • Very well-equipped regional referral health centre that services a population of about 180,000
  • Rural rotations in Family Medicine in both years
  • Pediatric Emergency at the busy Winnipeg’s Children’s Hospital and Palliative Medicine rotation at specialized Winnipeg unit
  • Point of Care ultrasound SonoSim modules incorporated into annual curriculum

Brandon is a welcoming community nestled along the Assiniboine River, rich in diverse culture and offering a metropolitan lifestyle with the charm of small-town living. Located in the heart of Southwestern Manitoba, 200 km west of Winnipeg

  • Population over 50,000, average age of 36
  • Affordable housing
  • Extensive retail and service sector, >2000 businesses
  • Lots of recreation facilities and events with over 90 parks, playgrounds and green spaces
  • In-city commute of 12 minutes.
  • Multicultural

Additional Information


As you will need to move frequently about the city and province between training sites, you will need to secure a means of transportation.  You may find it easiest to maintain a personal vehicle.

Additional Points to Consider:

  • Cost of living, especially rent and automobile insurance, is one of the most affordable in Canada.
  • Full access to University of Manitoba library and its electronic resources, including UpToDate.
  • Competitive resident salaries with a solid resident contract including a well-supported maternity/paternity leave policy.
  • Membership and registration fees are covered for University of Manitoba, College of Family Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba, Canadian Medical Protective Association, and the initial membership in the College of Family Physicians of Canada for PGY1 year.
  • Annual two day resident retreat held in a community outside of Winnipeg.
  • All mandatory course fees are reimbursed upon successful completion.  Examples of mandatory courses include:  NRP, ALARM, ATLS, PALS, BLS and ACLS recertification. Mandatory courses vary between programs.
  • Travel costs and accommodation are provided for mandatory offsite rotations.

Brandon, Manitoba is approximately 2.5 hours west of Winnipeg by car. It is the regional trade, education and medical service centre for some 180,000 residents of southwest Manitoba.  This is why over 100 doctors and medical specialists call Brandon home. Brandon has a stable, strong and diverse economy with approximately 2000 businesses that are local, national and international in scope and range from a couple of employees to several thousand.   The agriculture sector, oil industry, retail & service companies along with a solid manufacturing sector keep our economy healthy. There are 8 Medical Clinics with walk-in service, 12 Dental offices and 8 Optometrist offices within the city. Daily flights from Brandon’s modern and spacious airport to Calgary, Alberta via WestJet Encore allows direct access to an international airport; Brandon airport is a 15-minute drive from the centre of the City and offers free parking. Brandon also offers an air shuttle service to Winnipeg International Airport.


The housing market has always remained very stable in Brandon; the average price of a house in 2020 was $292,024 (Housing Resources). All the housing neighborhoods include green space, trees and parks. Brandon Area Realtors website includes listings for all the real estate agents within the city:

The average rent for a 2-bedroom apartment in Brandon in 2018 was $943 plus utilities based on data from Canada Housing and Mortgage Corporation.

There are many options for apartments; fueled by new construction throughout the city including the conversion of downtown historic buildings into unique living space such as the Prairie Lofts project. Resources for finding rental properties in Brandon are available at Rental Property.

Recreation & Leisure:


  • Breakfast = Mum’s, Komfort Kitchen (Amazing Sunday Buffet)
  • Baked Goods = Chez Angela Bakery, Blue Hills Bakery & Deli, Kuipers Family Bakery
  • Pub = The Dock on Princess, Little Bones Wings, Double Decker, Joe Beeverz, Tavern United
  • Indian = Chili Chutney
  • Mexican = Los Brothers Tacos, Mariachi Food Truck, Sabor Latino
  • South American = Sabor Latino, Pupuseria La Bendición de Dios
  • Ethiopian = Tana Ethiopian Cuisine
  • Chinese = Kim’s
  • Japanese = Kim’s, Sushi Hut
  • Middle Eastern = Shawarma Queen
  • Pizza = Little Italy, Marino’s Pizza
  • Ice Cream = Velvet Dip, Tastees Ice Cream & Grill
  • Great local coffee shops: H Coffee for amazing 3rd wave coffee and espresso, Forbidden Flavours & Coffee Culture
  • Annual Burger Week competition between local restaurants
  • Annual Food Truck Warz


  • Goodlife, YMCA, Anytime fitness offer opportunities for membership in Brandon and Winnipeg
  • Local facilities include Frederickson Performance Centre, Outperform, Peak Performance & Athletics Centre
  • Yoga = Brandon City Yoga, The Zen Zone, Open Hearts Wellness
  • Crossfit = Rocked Community Fitness, Power Play CrossFit
  • Indoor Cycling = Tour Fit Club
  • Hiking at the Brandon Hills just south of the city or at The Discovery Centre
  • Mountain biking at the Brandon Hills just south of the city
  • Skiing and snowboarding = Travel 2 hours north to Aessessipi Ski Resort to ski or snowboard on the best mountains in the province
  • Canoeing and Kayaking = Travel 1 hour north to Riding Mountain National Park


 Nearby Provincial Parks

  • Travel 1 hour north to Clear Lake in Riding Mountain National Park
    • Visit the Whitehouse Bakery for the world’s best cinnamon buns
    • Amazing Italian food at TR McKoy’s Italian Restaurant
    • Rent a kayak or canoe for the day
    • Go to the spa at Elkhorn Resort Spa & Conference Centre
    • Get ice cream at The Boardwalk on Clear Lake
    • Enjoy a drink with pizza at the Canoe Taphouse or The Foxtail
    • Stop by Beaver Tails and grab a bite
    • Travel 1 hour south to Turtle Mountain Provincial Park
    • Spend some time at the International Peace Gardens at the Canada/US border
    • Brandon’s online photo/video library
    • Fishing, boating and water sports
    • Community Gardens- there are 17 Community Gardens throughout the city


For Kids

  • Brandon has over 30 registered Child Care Facilities as well as licensed & unlicensed private in-home child care, over 90 parks, playgrounds and green spaces, 3 leash free dog parks, 1 outdoor pool, 2 indoor pools, 5 outdoor water/spray parks, outdoor & indoor public skating, tobogganing hills and 44 km’s of walking, biking & hiking trails with outdoor fitness equipment located throughout the city.  Provincial Online Child Care Information

Education, Training & Faith:

  • Brandon School Division encompasses 22 schools including elementary, middle years and high schools with a 23rd elementary school currently under construction. The school division offers an Advanced Placement Program as well as French Immersion and a faith-based school.
  • Christian Heritage School is an independent Christian school offering classes from Kindergarten to grade eight. The curriculum is consistent with the Department of Education standards.
  • Brandon University - significant reputation in music, general arts and science programs. Undergraduate degrees in Arts, Science, Music, Education, Business Administration, Fine Arts, Nursing, Psychiatric Nursing, and First Nations and Aboriginal Counseling. The University also features graduate degrees in Psychiatric Nursing, Music, Rural Development and Education, as well as pre-professional programs in 19 areas ranging from agriculture to veterinary medicine. Brandon University is also home to the innovative Applied Disaster and Emergency Studies program – the first program of its kind in the country. Average annual enrollment of over 3000 students.
  • Assiniboine Community College - offers over 40 unique programs in the fields of agriculture, environment, business, health and human services, food and hospitality, trades and technology with over 300 full-time employees and an average annual full-time enrollment over 1,800 including apprenticeships at the two Brandon campuses.
  • The Manitoba Emergency Services College – 37-40 full time enrollment and over 2200 continuing education enrollment each year.
  • There are over 40 Places of Worship in many different denominations

Annual Events include:

  • Burger Brawl – Local restaurants compete for the best burger over 1 month
  • Food Truck Warz
  • The Pavilions – Annual multicultural festival of food and entertainment
  • Assiniboine Community College Annual Food Events - Harvest on the Hill, Holiday Buffet, Great Grey Owl Restaurant, International Wine & Food Festival
  • Westman Wine Festival
  • Manitoba Summer Fair
  • Fall Fair
  • Royal Manitoba Winter Fair
  • Ag Days
  • Westman Multicultural Festival
  • Canadian National Arabian and Half Arabian Horse Show
  • Cruisin’ the Dub (downtown car show)
  • Brandon Folk Music Festival
  • Brandon Jazz Festival
  • Dakota Nation Winterfest.

For more information on Brandon, visit the following websites.

Economic Development Brandon

City of Brandon   

Prairie Mountain Health

Brandon Tourism                   

Brandon Arts/Culture & Recreation

Tourism Westman


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