Specialists in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (Physiatry) are called
physiatrists (Fizz- eye – a –trist). A physiatrist adds quality to life by
providing expertise and skills to a diverse patient population suffering
from neurologic, musculoskeletal, and cardiorespiratory impairments.
Physiatrists can be found in interventional pain clinic practices,
performing electromyography (EMGs), sports medicine, independent
medical examinations, as well as working with children and adults with
disabilities. Physiatry is a 5 year Royal College of Canada Specialty.
The current program is divided into 65 four-week periods as set out by
the Postgraduate Office at the University of Manitoba. The current
collective bargaining agreement allows for one four-week period per
year to be takenas vacation. The rotations are as follows:
Off Service Rotations:
· CTU Medicine (3 periods)
· Medicine Subspecialties (3 periods)
· Selectives (4 periods)
· Surgical Selectives (Vascular, Orthopaedics,
General, Urology, Plastics) (2 periods)
· Neurology (3 periods)
· Rheumatology (3 periods)
· Orthopedics (3 period)
Physical Medicine Rotations:
· Musculoskeletal (6 periods)
· Traumatic Brain Injury (3 periods)
· Stroke Rehabilitation (3 periods)
· Amputee Rehabilitation (3 periods)
· Spinal Cord Injury (3 periods)
· Neuromuscular Diseases and Electromyography (4 periods)
· Pediatric Rehabilitation (3 periods)
· Respiratory Rehabilitation (1 period)
· Cardiac Rehabilitation (1 period )
· Electives (8 periods)
· Research (3 periods)
· Physiatry call is home call and is 1 in 3 at maximum but is usually
· A required component of training with 3 dedicated periods to
complete a project under staff supervision. Projects must include
research ethics board approval and be completed in a form that
could be submitted to a journal for publication.
· Ample elective time is allotted for the resident to explore areas
related to their career pathway. External electives are encouraged.
These may be research-based, clinical or a combination. If
desired, residents may spend extra time in some of the compulsory
rotations described above. The purpose of this elective time is to
allow a “mini-fellowship” within the context of a residency to
gain special expertise in an area of sub-specialty within PM&R.
Academic Half Day
· This compulsory program runs Wednesday afternoons
from September to June. Residents are relieved of clinical
duties during this time slot. The program consists of 5 hours
each week. Faculty are in attendance to facilitate learning
throughout this dedicated time.
12:00 noon – 1:00 pm
· Monthly Journal Club lead by resident and faculty discussing
research methodology and critical appraisal.
Morbidity and Mortality Rounds
· Held quarterly.
· Held quarterly with Residency Research Director. The purpose
is to facilitate resident progress in research throughout residency
and troubleshoot obstacles as they arise.
Rehab Grand Rounds
· Held monthly.
Residency Training Committee Meeting
· Held quarterly.
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Practice OSCE and case study/interesting radiology presented by
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Hands on sessions in physical examination (Neurologic and
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Faculty facilitated didactic session.
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Resident facilitated didactic session.
Interdisciplinary Core Curriculum half day is offered by the PGME
office for all residents and covers diverse topics included in the
Semi-Annual Practice Examinations to simulate the royal college
examinations for PM&R.
Application Deadline and Requirements: See CaRMS website
Progra Dates: Five year program from July 1st in year one until
June 30th n year five