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University of Manitoba - Family Medicine - Northern Remote

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

Last approved on November 10, 2021

Summary of changes

Approximate Quota:

 6 

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
shannon.rankin@umanitoba.ca
204-977-5663

Dr. Ken Hahlweg
Site Medical Lead

Dr. Joanna Lynch
Site Education Director PGY1

Dr. Leah Peters
Site Education Director PGY2


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 www.takeCASPer.com 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 support@takecasper.com. Alternatively, you may use the chat bubble in the bottom right hand corner of your screen on the takecasper.com 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 takeCASPer.com, 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.

 

ZOOM INFORMATION SESSIONS:

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

Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0lc-ivqjssGNFmplBvyjCRgDJl1mGSKg2V

 

CaRMS Information Deeper Dive – Northern Remote & Thompson: Thursday, January 20, 2022 from 7:00-8:30pm CST via Zoom

Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0sdu2pqDMvGNbtPk0JzxzJhzzLZPm5jAJb

 

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: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEpde-sqzwiG9zYapGMdaF7UEOBIDUU6XHm

 

MANDATORY ORIENTATION SESSIONS:

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 Northern Remote stream, you will be expected to maintain a residence in Winnipeg.  You will travel widely across northern Manitoba and possibly northern Canada in your second year.  Our northern rotations are a combination of weekly and four-week blocks, interspersed with return trips to Winnipeg.

Air travel is a MANDATORY component of this stream.

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 pmao-residents@sharedhealthmb.ca for more information.

 


General Instructions

Program application language: English

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

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

 

 

Program application language: English


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 (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
Required
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.

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.

Optional - will be reviewed
Photo 
[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


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.


Interviews

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.

All CMG applicants will have a comprehensive and structured review of their CaRMS file including the personal letter, MSPR, CV and letters of reference.  The review will be conducted by faculty, clinic staff and current residents from any site, regardless of the sites to which you have applied.  Selection for interview will be determined by the outcome of the file review in conjunction with your CASPer™ score.

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 rank order list is generated specific to each site based upon your file review, your interview, and your CASPer™ score.

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 CASPer
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 routinely accommodate requests to re-schedule interviews for applicants.

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

https://umanitoba.ca/medicine/department-family-medicine

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vieoIArQFM&list=PLCNj2OCRLILF6vOq6gtxYSY3_M-wuE57r&index=6

 

Streams:

  • 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.

PGY-1:

As a Northern Remote resident, your first-year family medicine home clinic will be located either at Northern Connection Medical Centre (NCMC) in Winnipeg, or in the community of Norway House Cree Nation, a northern Manitoba First Nation community of over 7000 people.  For those residents selecting this northern first year option, they will also have a 2-month exposure at NCMC in order to gain inner city experience.  Up to two residents matching to the program will have the opportunity for this northern first year option in an internal match process.

NCMC is an inner-city teaching unit with a focus on underserved populations, situated close to the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg’s core area.  Approximately 20% of the patients are from northern communities, temporarily displaced to the city and requiring access to primary care services.  All residents in the stream will have the opportunity to participate in care of pre-natal and intra-partum patients, newborns, and teens in their first-year family medicine rotations.  All residents will also be given a two-week exposure to HIV/Hepatitis C care at Nine Circles Community Health Centre as part of the first-year curriculum.  Residents based at NCMC will also have the option to request a one-week selective experience in hospitalist medicine at the clinical teaching unit (CTU) at St Boniface Hospital as part of their family medicine rotation.

PGY-2:

Your second-year Family Medicine experiences will be based primarily in northern or remote sites.  Residents declare their preferences for experiences in a number of towns in northern Manitoba, Nunavut, and Northwest Territories.  Each resident spends time in at least two of the following sites:  Churchill, Flin Flon, the Pas, Thompson, Swan River, Norway House, Hodgson, Yellowknife, Iqaluit and Rankin Inlet.  On occasion, other appropriate locations, such as Inuvik, Hay River, and Arviat are able to host residents on a less regular basis. You will also spend approximately 4 weeks in small, First Nations communities, flying with family physicians in partnership with University of Manitoba’s Ongomiizin Centre for Health and Healing.  Northern Remote residents will spend an additional 2 weeks in the north on their airway management rotation.

In addition, you will spend a block of family medicine in your home clinic either in Winnipeg or Norway House in the second year of the program, adding an additional opportunity to experience longitudinal continuity of care for a specific practice population.

Training in off-service rotations will take place in both tertiary and community hospitals within Winnipeg.  These rotations have been developed to enhance the skills necessary to practice in an isolated environment, and include 2 weeks of neonatology, and 4 weeks of addiction medicine, in addition to ICU and trauma surgery.

 

ADULT EMERGENCY - Adult Emergency will be scheduled at one of the tertiary hospitals in Winnipeg, or the core emergency rotation can be provided in Thompson if requested.  Additional emergency room shifts are scheduled throughout the family medicine blocks in second year.

PEDIATRIC MEDICINE - We provide a Pediatric Ward experience specific to our Northern Remote curriculum.  You will work with pediatricians who provide care to children from Northern Manitoba.  Residents also spend one rotation in Children’s Emergency. Care of the normal newborn is offered throughout family medicine blocks.

SURGERY - NR residents spend one rotation attached to the Acute Trauma Surgery Unit at the Health Sciences Centre and one rotation in Orthopedics (pediatric or adult).  Additional surgical opportunities exist in many of the northern rotations during family medicine block time in the second year. Minor procedures are done in family medicine block time.

BEHAVIOURAL MEDICINE - An integrated approach to behavioural medicine is utilized during your Family Medicine experiences.

Highlights Include:

- shared care psychiatry, psychology at NCMC

- workshop training in motivational interviewing

- addiction medicine rotation

- training in trauma-informed care model and harm reduction approaches

- opportunity for integrative medicine fellowship

- group therapy with occupational therapists at NCMC

-crisis response centre shifts in second year

-visits with the Northern Telehealth Adolescent Psychiatry team in second year

NUTRITION EDUCATION & CARE - Nutrition education and counselling skills are a key component of our Family Medicine residency training.  Therapy, primary prevention of disease and healthy nutrition throughout the life cycle are all integrated into your Family Medicine experiences. Both didactic and clinical exposure is offered by the NCMC dietitian.

NEONATOLOGY - Neonatology is horizontally included in Family Medicine Block Time.  There is an additional 2-week rotation in second year, which takes place in the tertiary setting in Winnipeg..  The focus is on resuscitation and stabilization of newborns, and the management of problems that can be managed by family physicians in remote settings.

AIRWAY EXPERIENCE (2nd Year) - Airway experience will consist of a 2 week rotation with an anaesthetist in a northern or rural location, with one-on-one training in a variety of airway management techniques.

Obstetrics Experience- Residents can choose from the option of two months in Winnipeg at a tertiary care hospital, or one month in Winnipeg and a second month in Thompson.  The Thompson rotation includes daily office gynecology exposure.


Training Sites

Northern Remote Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efMIOI0HeI0&list=PLCNj2OCRLILF6vOq6gtxYSY3_M-wuE57r&index=1

Major Strengths of the Northern Remote Stream

The Northern Remote curriculum will prepare you well to practice in rural and remote areas.  Most of the first year consists of rotations based in Winnipeg, while most of the second year consists of rotations located in remote and northern sites.

 We provide: 

    • First year Family Medicine experience in the inner city, with a focus on health equity and the care of vulnerable populations
    • Indigenous Health rotation integrated throughout both years of the program, with emphasis on cultural safety, health policy, advocacy and leadership.
    • Robust inter-professional practice models and collegial environments with low preceptor-learner ratio
    • Costs of travel to and accommodation at remote sites covered by the program.
    • Core rotations designed to support remote practice, including ICU, trauma and orthopedic surgery, airway management, and addictions
    • 2 days of Academic Curriculum per rotation with emphasis on simulation and procedural skills
    • ACLS, ATLS, ALARM, NRP, PALS and procedural sedation courses
    • Opportunities for core non-family medicine rotations in remote or rural locations (obstetrics, ER)
    • 2 week exposure to HIV care
    • Opportunities for participation in teaching
    • A winter retreat for residents in the Northern Remote stream in addition to the fall resident retreat
    • Variety of practice locations which include remote First Nations Fly-in Communities, remote Inuit communities in Nunavut or NWT, and larger northern towns equipped with secondary care hospital and some specialist services
    • Winnipeg is a vibrant city of 685,000, and one of the most culturally diverse cities anywhere. Some 100 languages are spoken and Winnipeg is known for its cultural achievements, amazing restaurants and flourishing arts scene. The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is appropriately situated at the Forks of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers. Winnipeg is also home to multiple festivals, performing arts companies, and professional sports teams, including the Winnipeg Jets!  The average summer temperature is 25.4C, the average winter temperature is -12.9C, and we have over 2,300 hours of sunshine per year - among the highest of Canadian cities. Check us out at http://www.travelmanitoba.com and http://www.tourism.winnipeg.mb.ca
    • Churchill, Manitoba - this popular international tourist destination is located on Hudson's Bay and is the Polar Bear capital of North America; it offers kayaking and Beluga whale sightings in the summer.
    • Thompson, the Pas and Flin Flon, Manitoba- these northern Manitoba towns offer beautiful lake country and a multitude of outdoor activities
    • Opportunity to experience Arctic culture, climate and geography

 

PGY-1:

As a Northern Remote resident, your first year family medicine home clinic will be located either at Northern Connection Medical Centre (NCMC) in Winnipeg, or in the community of Norway House Cree Nation, a northern Manitoba First Nation community of over 7000 people.  For those residents selected for this northern first year option, they will also have a 2-month exposure at NCMC.  Residents matching to the program will have the opportunity to state their preference for this northern first year option in an internal match process. 

NCMC is an inner city teaching unit with a focus on underserved populations, situated close to the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg’s core area.  All residents in the stream will have the opportunity to participate in pre-natal and intra-partum care, newborn care, and teen health in their first year family medicine rotations.  All residents will also get a two-week exposure to HIV care at Nine Circles Community Health Centre as part of the first year curriculum.

PGY-2:

Your second year Family Medicine experiences will be largely based in northern or remote sites.  Residents declare their preferences for experiences in a number of towns in northern Manitoba, Nunavut, and Northwest Territories.  Each resident spends time in at least two of the following sites:  Churchill, Flin Flon, the Pas, Thompson, Swan River, Norway House, Hodgson, Yellowknife and Rankin Inlet.  On occasion, other appropriate locations, such as Inuvik, Iqaluit, and Hay River, are able to host residents on a less regular basis. 

In addition, each resident will spend a block of family medicine in their home clinic, either in Winnipeg or Norway House.  They will also spend approximately 4 weeks in small, First Nations communities, flying with their preceptors in partnership with University of Manitoba’s Ongomiizwin Centre for Health and Healing.  Northern Remote residents will spend an additional 2 weeks in the north on their airway management rotation.

Training in off-service rotations will take place in both tertiary and community hospitals within Winnipeg.  These rotations have been developed to enhance the skills necessary to practice in an isolated environment, and include 2 weeks of neonatology, and 4 weeks of addiction medicine, in addition to ICU and trauma surgery.


Additional Information

TRANSPORTATION

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.  http://www.parim.org
  • 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.

ABOUT WINNIPEG

Winnipeg is a vibrant city in the heart of Canada with a population over 800,000.  It is the largest city in the province of Manitoba and is near the longitudinal centre of Canada, located 110 kilometers north of the Canada – USA border.  Winnipeg is well known for being one of the most culturally diverse cities anywhere, with over 100 languages spoken.  The city is named after nearby Lake Winnipeg, the 10th largest freshwater lake in the world.  The name comes from the Western Cree words for muddy water.  Winnipeg is family friendly with plenty of charm, many green spaces, parks and activities for children.  The city boasts dazzling arts, theatre & indie music scenes, one of the most extensive & diverse food scenes in Canada, multiple professional sports teams and is home to many festivals.

Winnipeg experiences four distinct seasons.  Nothing beats a prairie summer under our big sky!  Manitoba summers are typically very sunny and hot.  Our legendary winters provide opportunities for various winter sports. We have over 2,300 hours of sunshine per year – among the highest of Canadian cities.  Enjoying all four seasons is easy to do as Winnipeg is close to numerous lakes, parks and beaches which provide great areas to camp, fish and hike.  Winter activities include cross country skiing, skating, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, ice hockey, ringette and tobogganing.

There are several professional and amateur sports teams including the Winnipeg Jets (NHL), Winnipeg Blue Bombers (CFL), Winnipeg Goldeyes (baseball), Valour FC (Canadian Premier League Soccer) and Manitoba Moose hockey (AHL).  The city was the first Canadian host of the Pan American Games and recently hosted the Canada Games in 2017.

Winnipeg is home to many festivals including Folklorama, the largest and longest running multicultural festival in the world. Other popular festivals include Festival du Voyageur, the Winnipeg Folk Festival, the Jazz Winnipeg Festival, the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival, the Winnipeg International Children’s Festival among many more.  The Forks is a national historic site at the intersection of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers, with warehouses converted to shops and restaurants, plus ample green space dedicated to recreational, historical and cultural events such as festivals, concerts and exhibits.  The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is appropriately situated at the Forks.  Nearby, the Exchange District is known for its well preserved, early 20th century architecture and numerous art galleries, trendy shops, cafes and restaurants. Some of Winnipeg’s other diverse neighbourhoods include the boho chic Osborne Village and the historic St. Boniface, the heart of Manitoba’s Francophone community.

Known as the “Gateway to the West”, Winnipeg is a railway and transportation hub with a diversified economy.  It is a very affordable place to live in Canada. Resident salaries are higher than in most provinces and items such as food, gas, rent and car insurance are typically less.

Websites of interest:

http://www.tourismwinnipeg.com/

https://www.tourismwinnipeg.com/events/annual-festivals-and-events

http://www.travelmanitoba.com/

http://jets.nhl.com/

https://www.bluebombers.com/

https://goldeyes.com/

http://valourfc.canpl.ca/

http://moosehockey.com/

https://www.theforks.com/

https://www.exchangedistrict.org/

http://tourismeriel.com/en/destinations/st-boniface-1

https://humanrights.ca/

https://www.economicdevelopmentwinnipeg.com/

http://www.gov.mb.ca/

http://www.wrha.mb.ca/

https://sharedhealthmb.ca/


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