Established in 1999, the Palliative Care Residency Program at the University of Manitoba is one of the first to have been accredited by the Conjoint Committee of The Canadian College of Family Physicians and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The program provides a one-year educational experience in Palliative Care Medicine.
Trainees completing the year will be able to work as a consultant in palliative care in either an academic centre or as a community physician. A series of rotations encompassing inpatient, outpatient and consultation experiences as well as exposure to oncology make up the program. An opportunity for exposure to rural palliative care can also occur. Details of the program can be found in the body of this document.
Total 13 Blocks = 52 Weeks
1 Block = 4 Weeks
You may have an opportunity to participate in the following:
The WRHA Palliative Care Program administers the major units at St. Boniface General Hospital and Riverview Health Centre, as well as having input into admissions to the Grace Hospice and Jocelyn House (a 4 bed free standing hospice). The program has approximately 1300 terminally ill patient deaths per year. This group includes approximately 60-70 per cent of the total cancer deaths in Winnipeg. In addition, there are significant proportions of terminally ill patients with non-malignant conditions that are seen throughout the program sites. These include patients having diseases such as end-stage renal failure, cardiac failure, neurologic conditions, and catastrophic brain injury, either through trauma or stroke. As well, patients requiring terminal care may be transferred from the Intensive Care Unit or Emergency Room.
The patient populations seen at these two units encompass a wide variety of cultures. St. Boniface Hospital has a special commitment to the French Canadian population of both Winnipeg, as well as Manitoba. Winnipeg has a large urban Aboriginal population, and they have significant representation in the patient population that both of these units serve. In addition, patients from many other cultural backgrounds are seen in the two units.
This includes patients whose first language is not English, who may have different cultural or ethnic backgrounds, and a wide variety of religious or spiritual associations.
Boundary Trails Hospital is located in Southern Manitoba, and in the centre of a large Mennonite community. As well, there is exposure to people of the Hutterite community.
As CancerCare Manitoba is the main referral centre for the treatment of malignant, as well as hematologic diseases in the province, exposure to the diverse cultural minorities of the province will also take place. This may also include exposure to patients from Northern Manitoba or Nunavut including Dene and Inuit backgrounds.
The resident will be expected to attend weekly multidisciplinary team meetings on ward-based rotations.
The resident will also be expected to attend Academic Half-Day, which takes place weekly on Thursday mornings (0830-1130). Journal Club is presented by the attendings. Residents will alternate with seminars presented to the attending physicians and fellow residents. The topics will be chosen from the palliative care curriculum or in discussion with the program committee. The resident will be expected to present at this venue on a regular basis, depending upon the number of residents in the program in any given year. Teaching rounds by the attendings will be given to the resident(s), as well as other rotating trainees on a weekly basis. It will be expected that the residents will also participate in the education of the rotating trainees through teaching of selected topics. Attendance at Academic Day is mandatory.
Attendance at Palliative Care Rounds (currently Wednesdays every two weeks at noon) will also be expected of the resident. The resident will be required to present at least once during the year at these rounds, which have an interdisciplinary focus, and cover a wide variety of topics related to palliative care. Special rounds with guest speakers that may have a direct or indirect connection to palliative care may also take place throughout the year, and resident attendance will be encouraged.
Attendance at Grand Rounds in Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, as well as relevant topics in Psychiatry will be strongly encouraged. Ethics Rounds are jointly held at both hospitals, Health Sciences Centre and St. Boniface Hospital, and will also be open for attendance. Specific Continuing Medical Education opportunities may also arise in which the resident will be encouraged to attend. In addition, teaching of undergraduate medical students and other postgraduate trainees by the faculty with a focus on palliative care topics will also take place throughout the year. The resident will be encouraged to participate in this teaching.
Attendance of at least one local, national or international palliative care conference such as the biennial International Conference on the Care of the Terminally Ill (held in Montreal) will be encouraged.
1) Confirm your eligibility
All applicants must meet the following requirements:
- You are eligible for full registration with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba.
- You have completed a postgraduate certification program as set out by the College of Family Physicians of Canada. You have completed the certification examinations or be eligible to sit these examinations on the completion of the Palliative Care Program.
2) Gather your documents
You will require the following:
- Curriculum Vitae
- Three signed letters of reference written no more than three months before the application deadline
- Letter of intent, briefly outlining your career and learning goals for the program
- Certificate of Professional Standing from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba or from the regulatory body of your home province.
Your application is considered complete when you have successfully submitted the documents outlined above.
These documents should be provided by mail, fax, or email to the program coordinator at the address below.
NOTE: The deadline for application is November 1 of each year.
You can expect a response to your application by the second week of November. Interview dates and offer dates will be coordinated with the other palliative care programs across the country. Successful applicants will begin the program July 1st of the following academic year.
Each year, the program can accept up to two candidates.
Upon successful completion of the Palliative Care Enhanced Skills Program you will receive a diploma from the University of Manitoba’s Max Rady College of Medicine.
Updated July 3, 2018
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To apply or to ask questions about the process, please contact:
770 Bannatyne Ave.
Winnipeg, MB R3M 3E9
The application deadline for this program is November 1 of each year.