Brandon Satellite CCFP-EM Program
Overview: The CCFP-EM Program is a 1 year extension of family medicine residency, and is intended for those who wish to be better prepared in Emergency Medicine. The CCFP-EM Program is under the auspices of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg. It prepares residents for the CCFP-EM Certification in Emergency Medicine. Applicants must have completed the 2 year program in family medicine, prior to commencing the EM program.

Our emergency program runs parallel to the FRCPC-EM program at the University of Manitoba and as such we can offer a rich learning environment. CCFP-EM residents participate in weekly academic full-day, grand rounds, seminars, journal clubs and research activities. Pre-hospital ground and air transport EMS experiences are offered. Part of the academic program involves innovative teaching techniques including a heavy exposure to simulation training in a state of the art simulation center. Residents complete the year with Independent Practitioner Certification in FAST Ultrasound as well as certification/recertification in ACLS, ATLS, and PALS. The program also offers the AIME airway course, a procedural sedation course and extra ICU based vascular access and pleural ultrasound courses.

The University of Manitoba CCFP-EM program is well established. However the Brandon stream is new in 2015/16. The clinical experience is divided between both Brandon and Winnipeg as well as one selective.  The three central teaching hospitals in Winnipeg include Health Sciences Centre, the major regional trauma center; St. Boniface Hospital, the regional cardiac center; Children’s Hospital, the only pediatric referral center in Manitoba. The academic program will be the same as the Winnipeg based program. Residents will participate either through AV conferencing or through travel to Winnipeg. It is estimated that in addition to the rotations in Winnipeg, residents may have to travel an additional ten times during the year.

Manitoba now offers a progressive mentorship program to assist residents in all aspects of their training. This includes support with clinical, academic and personal concerns. Residents are encouraged to utilize this excellent professional resource.

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Curriculum: The following is an outline of the specialty rotations (four weeks) undertaken during the R-3 year.

R-3 Rotation

Rotation Duration Location
Emergency Medicine (Community) 18 weeks Brandon Regional Health Centre
Emergency Medicine (Tertiary) 4 weeks Health Sciences Centre
Pediatric Emergency Medicine 4 weeks Children’s Hospital
Medical/Surgical ICU 4 weeks Brandon Regional Health Centre
Medical/Surgical ICU 4 weeks Health Science Centre/ St. Boniface Hospital
Anaesthesia (adults) 2 weeks Brandon Regional Health Centre
Trauma Surgery 4 weeks Health Sciences Centre
CCU 4 weeks 4 weeks of CCU at St Boniface Hospital required if not completed during two-year family medicine.
Selective 4 weeks To be discussed with the program director. It can be done in Brandon or Winnipeg

 Highlighted Programs:

  • Academic Day
  • Simulation
  • Postgraduate Ultrasound Curriculum
  • High Performance Physician
  • Pre-hospital/EMS
  • Research
  • Mentorship                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Academics: There is a protected academic full day each week as a combined day with the FRCP program. Core curriculum is covered in an interactive format under the guidance of academic staff. Residents also participate in faculty rounds that include Dept. of Emergency Medicine Grand Rounds, monthly Trauma Rounds, and Journal Club. ACLS, ATLS and PALS are requirements of the program. The resident will have funded opportunity to partake in these courses as well as the AIME airway course. The resident is also encouraged to obtain ACLS Instructor certification.


Brandon Regional Health Centre: is the regional referral centre for Western Manitoba with a referral population of approximately 150,000. It has 313 beds including a nine bed ICU and 11 bed NICU. There are six Surgical Suites with an addtional minor procedure theatre plus another theatre dedicated to Obstetrics. BRHC features a full range of diagnostic services including MRI, CT, Ultrasound, Respiratory Therapy, Clinical Neurophysiology, Nuclear Medicine and Westman Regional Lab, as well as electronic health record connections between hospital and clinics. There is also rehab, waiting placement and palliative care units. The Health Centre has both an Acute Psychiatric Centre and a Centre for Geriatric Psychiatry, along with an off campus Child and Adolescent Treatment Centre.

The BRHC Emergency Department provides 24-hour emergency health care on a priority basis to out-patients from within Brandon and the surrounding area. The department accepts patients from throughout the region for care that cannot be offered in the smaller centres. This care is provided by in-house Emergency physicians and on-call consultants. Brandon Emergency sees over 27,000 visits a year, with a vast variety of patients of all ages and entrance complaints. The department uses the EDIS tracking system and will be going live with ClinDoc in the Fall 2017.

BRHC is a proactive and continuously improving medical community. The physicians and nurses work together to find innovative ways to improve our processes to be able to provide clinical-based care in a timely manner. Brandon Emergency was the first department within the province to develop and provide a hyperacute stroke program.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       


City of Brandon

  • Population of 46,061 with an average age of 35.6
  • Brandon provides an abundance of arts, entertainment, sports and recreational options
  • Agriculture-based, manufacturing and petroleum-based industries
  • Diverse culture (Recent influx of immigrants from a variety of ethnic origins including Asian, Russian, Philippine, Mexican, Columbian, Ukrainian)
  • Home to the Manitoba Emergency Services College (Fire and Paramedic)
  • Brandon University
  • Assiniboine Community College
  • The Brandon Research Centre (BRC): Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Research Centre
  • Home to the WHL team: Brandon Wheat Kings
  • The Keystone Centre is one of Canada's largest consolidated convention, entertainment, agriculture and recreation complexes, with approximately 540,000 square feet (almost 10 acres) under one roof. It assembles several arenas, a curling club, convention space, the 100,000 square foot Agricultural Centre of Excellence, 90 acres of parking and grounds and an adjoining 160 room hotel.
  • Manitoba Institute of Culinary Arts located on the beautiful heritage site at Assiniboine Community College North Hill Campus

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Program Contact Information:

Stacey Kitz, CCFP(EM)
Site Lead, CCFP-EM
Residency Program, Brandon
University of Manitoba
c/o Brandon Regional Health Centre
staceykitz@gmail.com

Jocelyn Beever, Program Assistant,
CCFP-EM Residency Program, Brandon
University of Manitoba
c/o Brandon Regional Health Centre
N404 – 150 McTavish Ave. East
Brandon, Manitoba  R7A 2B3
Tel: 204-578-4215

Al Buchel, CCFP(EM)
Director, CCFP-EM Residency
Program, Winnipeg
University of Manitoba
albuchel@mymts.net