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CCFP EM Winnipeg and Brandon Residents 2015 - 2016

Prospective applicants can connect with current residents to discuss the CFPC-EM program by contacting the Chief CFPC-EM resident at


Co-Chief  Robert Gourlay - Winnipeg

Bio: to follow

Rachel Kroeker - Winnipeg

Bio: I grew up just outside of Dryden, Northwestern Ontario, on 160 acres of forest with only bears as our neighbours. Sometimes moose. As soon as I was able, I moved off to London ON to complete my BSc Chemistry. After lighting myself on fire in the organic chem lab, I decided I’d be better suited in a less dangerous profession. Despite my rising med school ambitions, I took a few years off of school to do international disaster relief work. I learned all sorts of new skills, but decided boat building and irrigation canal construction weren’t the most transferrable to life in Canada. I completed medical school at U of M, and did my family medicine residency training in Victoria, BC. I’m excited to be back in Winnipeg for the CCFP-EM year with such a great group of residents and preceptors, not to mention some of the best pathology in the country. In my spare time I love checking out the abundance of great live music in this city, practising my hula hooping skills, going to as many music festivals as I can, and getting out to the lake to go fishing with my dad. Mostly because I always catch the bigger fish. Don’t listen if he tells you otherwise.


Michael Lai - Winnipeg

Bio: I was born and raised in Calgary, home of the legendary Calgary Flames. My favourite player growing up was Jarome Iginla! I did undergrad studies there, and completed my medical school and residency training in Edmonton. Outside of medicine, I am an avid hockey player and enjoy playing every chance I get. I also like playing soccer, volleyball and golf. Piano has always been a hobby of mine and I like learning new songs in my free time. I am excited about starting my EM residency in Winnipeg and meeting everyone in the program. I refuse to cheer on the Jets though... GO FLAMES GO!


Co-Chief Skye Sharkey - Winnipeg

Bio: I completed my medical school training at the University of Manitoba. After fininshing my Family Medicine residency training program, I have worked in Alberta, the Yukon and Nunavut practicing urban and rural medicine. I am very happy to be back in Winnipeg and looking forward to an exciting year.



Stephen Smith - Brandon

Bio: I was born and raised in Toronto.  My education has taken me to London (both in Ontario and UK), Dublin, Winnipeg, and now Brandon.  I did my family medicine residency in Winnipeg and was based out of the Family Medical Centre at St Boniface Hospital. Moving to Winnipeg from Dublin was a bit of a change from rain to snow, hills to flatlands, and the lower recommended weekly limit of EtOH consumption (it's true!). That being said, I do consider myself a pseudo-winnipeger because I have lots of family in the city and spent lots of time in Manitoba growing up.  I am lucky that I am able to continue training here; the medical community is very collegial, the teaching is great and there is a wide variety of pathology to learn from.  Winnipeg is a great city and has an abundance of fantastic restaurants.  I continue to learn about new places to eat regularly and am excited to see what culinary treats I'll discover in Brandon!

Colin Yardley - Brandon 

Bio: I was born and raised in Kitchener, Ontario and have done all of my medical training at McMaster’s satellite campus in Kitchener.  Before medical school I completed a degree in Chemistry from Wilfrid Laurier University.  Outside of Medicine I love to keep active, spending time with my wife Sarah and our dog Rex. I am excited for the change of scenery and pace that the EM year is going to bring and looking forward to spending time in Brandon and Winnipeg.