You’ll start out in the Winnipeg-based Northern Connection Medical Centre: an urban clinic that accepts patients from all walks of life, with a high concentration of inner-city area patients, patients with complex mental health needs, and out-of-town populations who need primary care while in the province’s capital city.
In your second year, you’ll head to northern Manitoba, Nunavut, or the Northwest Territories. Some of the communities you visit will be larger northern towns and cities; others will be so remote, you’ll fly in via bushplane. Along the way, you’ll be able to enjoy the astonishing beauty of northern Canada while gaining the experience you need to practice wherever your family medicine career takes you.
Residents in this stream complete 16 months of core clinical training in Winnipeg followed by approximately eight months of training in predominantly northern and remote sites. The Indigenous health curriculum is integrated into both years of the program, with an emphasis on cultural safety, anti-racism health policy, advocacy, and leadership.
Facilities Overview: For a map and additional information about related facilities, follow this link Northern Connection Medical Centre (NCMC)
Return-of-Service Agreement: Residents accepted into the program sign a two-year return-of-service agreement with Manitoba Health for commitment to practice in a remote or northern Manitoba community, which is attached to an incentive stipend of $50,000. After your return-of-service has been fulfilled, you can apply for admission to a specialty training program of your choice in the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba.
Your family medicine experience will be based out of Thompson, Manitoba. Through your training you will include distributed sites where you will provide health care in a variety of communities in Northern Manitoba. Some of the communities you will visit will have a hospital and a full scope of supporting services. Others will be so remote you will fly in via small plane and work from a nursing station. Along the way, you’ll be able to enjoy the astonishing beauty of northern Canada while gaining the experience you need to practice wherever your family medicine career takes you.
Residents spend 24 weeks each year Family Medicine Block Time primarily in Thompson Manitoba with up to eight weeks each year in distributed sites across the region. Residents are paired with a primary preceptor at their busy interprofessional clinic. Horizontal exposures in emergency medicine, psychiatry, care of the elderly, oncology, addictions medicine and fly-in medicine happen throughout both years of training. Specialty rotations are completed in Thompson or regional centers with local specialists or in larger centers in Winnipeg. Highlights include dedicated airway rotation, neonatology, pediatric emergency, critical care and addictions.
Return-of-Service Agreement: No return-of-service is required in this Northern Thompson.