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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
CaRMS Information Deeper Dive – Urban: Wednesday, January 19, 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
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 urban stream, you will be expected to maintain a residence in Winnipeg.
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.
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
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 email@example.com for more information.
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/
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.
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.
Candidates are exempted from English language proficiency testing under the following circumstances:
All other candidates must have taken one of the following:
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:
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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 %
|CV||Comprehensive and well organized document|
|Electives||Family Medicine or broad range of interests|
|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|
|Transcripts||Evaluate according to info provided by school|
|Other file component(s)||Familiarity with the Canadian Health Care System. Identifies interest in Family Medicine.|
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 format :
We routinely accommodate requests to re-schedule interviews for applicants.
|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|
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.
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.
Each stream provides a broad and balanced experience that prepares well-rounded family physicians who can practice with confidence in a variety of settings.
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:
This training requires an additional 6–12 months of study. Residents finishing their second year and practicing family physicians may apply.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The curriculum will be delivered via an ultrasound educational platform known as SonoSim.
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
This residency program is for 3 years.
Program length of training does not exceed the Royal College or College of Family Physicians of Canada standard.
This residency program is for 3 years. In addition to the standard 24 months of Family Medicine residency training, the program will include 12 months of Clinician Scholar training, scheduled within the 36 months of training.
You will be attached to one of the four urban academic teaching units in Family Medicine and will select (or be paired) with at least one Family Medicine Clinician Scholar Program (FM-CSP) Supervisor, based on area(s) of interest, past research or QI experience and training.
Experiences in Family Medicine include office-based care, home visits, caring for patients admitted to hospital and following maternity patients through pregnancy and delivery. In addition to training in full-service Family Medicine, the goal of the FM-CSP is to assist in career development of family physicians with an added competency to perform multidisciplinary and community-based scholarship. This may include work in academic and/or community-based environments conducting research and quality improvement that contributes to the knowledge and innovation in primary health care for diverse communities. Didactic education will be provided in collaboration with the University of Manitoba, Royal College of Canada certified Clinical Investigator Program (CIP) during devoted rotations
The FM-CSP didactic curriculum is tailored to enhance research and QI skills and will focus on supporting individual scholarly interests, learning needs and career objectives. Specific program activities will be organized through coursework, workshops and focused reading to develop competence in the domains of knowledge creation, knowledge translation, research education and leadership. Additional competencies specific to clinician scientists in the areas of research ethics and professionalism, along with meta-cognitive competencies such as conceptually integrating clinical family practice experience with research activities and reflective practice will also be incorporated.
Skills will be developed further through completion of a research (or QI) project within the time frame of residency on a specific topic agreed upon by the FM-CSP candidate and CSP Supervisor. A research proposal outlining the research/inquiry to be conducted must be completed within the first two months of the FM-CSP start date.
The FM-CSP is a comprehensive program providing an opportunity to integrate clinical and scholarly development in the areas of most interest to candidate(s).
Urban Training Sites Video:
Major Strengths of the Urban Stream
Your training as an Urban Family Medicine resident will be through one of four busy family medicine teaching units in Winnipeg.
1) Kildonan Medical Centre
Kildonan Medical Centre (KMC) was established in 1981 and is affiliated with Seven Oaks General Hospital (SOGH), a community hospital located in north-west Winnipeg. We are located within SOGH, on the main level.
SOGH is a key provider of health care to people mainly in the northwest Winnipeg as well as other parts of Winnipeg and beyond. The hospital is an accredited sub-acute care facility, a major provider of Urgent Care services, a hub for Kidney Health services and has a large commitment to Family Medicine. The sub-acute medicine inpatient units are run by the Family Medicine Program of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, of which the KMC physicians are members. Family physicians provide the inpatient services to individuals who are admitted to these units mostly through the Urgent Care Unit.
Kildonan Medical Centre prides itself in the provision of comprehensive evidenced-based health care for patients across all age groups- from newborns to the elderly, and including the vulnerable, through the outpatient clinic. We provide inpatient care for our adult KMC patients on admission at SOGH in addition to 3 blocks of unassigned patients (15).
KMC currently has 10 academic family physicians. We have experienced primary care nurses who have advanced training in wound care, women’s health, diabetes education, spirometry, smoking cessation, contraception and asthma education to name a few. Other allied health professionals at KMC include a nurse practitioner, clinical pharmacist, dietician, social worker, unit assistants, administrative and support staff. We also have on site shared care psychiatrist and a part time clinical psychologist. All members of staff at KMC are dedicated to providing excellent patient care and educational experiences for our residents.
Of recent, KMC has been able to partner with the Community Birth program, team of a family physician, midwife and primary care nurse, in the delivery of obstetrical care to the pregnant women population in the community.
Our established working relationship with SOGH provides KMC good access to many of the hospital resources including the Urgent care services. KMC is also part of the My Health Team Network in Inkster-Seven Oaks that enables us to access additional services and resources for patient care; these includes Chronic Disease Clinicians, a mental health team, physiotherapists and a variety of inter-professional health care professionals.
2) Access River East
Access River East (ARE) is a community clinic located in North Kildonan. Inpatient care is provided at Concordia Hospital, a community hospital with a large family medicine presence. The primary care program at ARE includes home based care and case management for medically and socially complex patients. Opportunities are provided for training in long term care, teen clinic, Indigenous health and intrapartum obstetrics. As an urban distributed residency education site, we provide low learner to preceptor ratios. The collaborative team at ARE consists of:
- 11 family physicians
- 3 nurse practitioners and 4 nurses
- 1 dietitian
- 3 midwives
- Shared care counselor and psychiatrist
- MyHealth Team clinicians (respiratory therapy, social work, nursing, occupational therapy, addictions)
3) Access Fort Garry
Access Fort Garry (AFG) is a community clinic located in the Fort Garry community of Winnipeg. The primary care program at AFG includes clinic and home based care and case management of medically and socially complex patients. AFG offers the unique opportunity to gain experience in addictions medicine and psychiatry, at AFM (Addictions Foundation of Manitoba), and through our outreach clinic at the Behavioral Health Foundation. Residents are also able to work with physicians that do low-risk obstetrics and are free to explore joining those physicians on call. As an urban distributed residency site, we provide low learner to preceptor ratios. The collaborative team at AFG consists of:
- 8 Family Physicians
- 3 Physician Assistants
- 6 Nurses and 5 Nurse Practitioners
- 1 Dietitian
- 2 Counsellors and Psychiatrists
- MyHealth Team clinicians
4) Access Winnipeg West
Access Winnipeg West is a WRHA Primary Care site attached to the Grace Hospital that serves the communities of St. James/Assiniboia, Charleswood and Headingly. We serve a diverse demographic across the age spectrum. Our priority is to serve patients who have complex needs – social, physical as well as mental health. To optimize access, our site operates a 7-day per week Walk-In Connected Care clinic that provides evening and weekend care.
Our collaborative care team includes 9 Family Physicians, 7 Nurse Practitioners,6 Nurses, a Dietician, a Clinical Pharmacist, an Occupational Therapist, a Social Worker, a Shared Care Counsellor, a Shared Care Psychiatrist, and a Clinical Psychologist. We are also part of the My Health Team Network in West Winnipeg.
We have the benefit of being co-located with Employment and Income Assistance, Family Services, Public Health, Community Mental Health Services and Home Care.
As part of Family Medicine training at ACCESS Winnipeg West, residents will spend time at the Clinical Assessment Unit at Grace Hospital, Long Term Care at Deer Lodge Centre, home visits for our homebound patients, minor procedures and active involvement in quality improvement initiatives ongoing at our primary care team. Residents will have opportunities for clinical teaching with medical students and interprofessional learning opportunities with other health professional learners.
Along with our community partners, we are looking forward to working with residents to provide diverse clinical and educational experiences.
Family Physician Faculty:
Dr. Ohunene Audu, Dr. Ewoma Avanoma, Dr. Monica Braun,
Dr. Nicolle Bristow, Dr. Mark Clark, Dr Serena Nelko
Dr. Mary Jane Jamieson, Dr. Jas Mancer, Dr. Alex Singer
Whichever site becomes your home teaching unit, you will have learning experiences in both tertiary and community hospitals.
Winnipeg’s Children's Hospital is a tertiary centre and part of the Health Sciences Centre complex. All hospital-based pediatric rotations will be based at the Children’s Hospital.
At all sites, our faculty members are committed to working with you in providing the best learning environment possible. We know that Family Medicine is an exciting, diverse and challenging profession - just like the program we offer at the University of Manitoba.
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:
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.
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