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What we offer

Family medicine is a wide-ranging discipline, with the chance to impact a diverse spectrum of patients in various communities. Manitoba is one of the most diverse provinces in the country, providing an excellent opportunity to work with patients from a variety of backgrounds.

Educational support

In the Department of Family Medicine, we strive to provide comprehensive educational support. This both optimizes the learning environment for our residents and helps identify those who may need additional supports early on. This section outlines some of the ways in which we support our residents.


As a new resident, you will receive an orientation to the program and to the associated teaching sites. As part of this process, you will complete a self-assessment questionnaire, which provides the basis for an initial education plan.

Primary preceptor

Residents are each assigned a primary preceptor at the start of their residency to serve as a faculty advisor. Throughout your two-year program, you will meet regularly to discuss your progress. You will have the opportunity to request a primary preceptor who is not directly responsible for your assessment.

Education plan

All residents will have a documented education plan, which will be reviewed at least twice yearly. This will help ensure that you stay on track to achieving both short- and long-term learning goals.


Preparation is key to success. You are expected to prepare for each rotation by reviewing rotation objectives and in-training assessment reports (ITARs). These are available in Entrada.

Reflection in practice

You are encouraged to reflect on your clinical activities and to document your reflections on a twice-weekly basis using Resident Field Notes. These are for your use only and are not used in your assessment.

Log in to Entrada to access these resources and more.

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Awards and scholarships

The University of Manitoba issues more than $17 million to students each year in the form of scholarships and bursaries. Find out how you can access funding so you can focus on your studies.

Susan Wright Bell Award for the Study of Developmental Disabilities

A donor who wishes to remain anonymous has established an endowment fund in honour of Susan Wright Bell, a friend with a developmental disability. The Manitoba Scholarship and Bursary Initiative has made a matching contribution to this fund. The purpose of the fund is to provide scholarship support to students undertaking study in the area of developmental disabilities.

Each year, beginning in 2003, an award valued at the available annual income from the fund (initially approximately $5,000) shall be offered to a student who:

1. is enroled full-time at the University of Manitoba, in the Faculty of Medicine as an undergraduate student or as a postgraduate  student in the Family Medicine Residency program and is undertaking or has proposed to undertake study in the area of developmental disability;

or full-time in a graduate program in the Faculty of Graduate Studies in the Department of Psychology and is undertaking or has proposed to undertake study in the area of developmental disability, specifically at the St. Amant
Centre in Winnipeg; and

2. is judged by the selection committee as the applicant who shows the greatest promise as a researcher/practitioner in
this area on the basis of the following criteria:

a. the chosen study will provide a deeper knowledge and understanding of the chosen topic;

b. there is high potential for sharing the study findings with others (applicants will be required to indicate in their application how they intend to share their findings with academic and public audiences);

c. there is an assurance of demonstrated qualified and accessible mentoring and supervision (applicants will provide the name, title, and affiliation of the study supervisor and a letter of support from the supervisor which will indicate how the supervisor proposes to be accessible to the applicant for the period of the study);

d. the proposal demonstrates thoroughness in its preparation;

e. there is a declared commitment by the applicant to pursue work in the area of developmental disabilities as a significant component of his/her future career.

The call for applications will be made in early spring each year, with a deadline date of around May 30. Advertising will be
conducted by the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Manitoba. This Department will collect all applications and will convene the selection committee.

For application information, please contact Maria VanDasselaar.

Unicity Labs Family Medicine Travel Award

Unicity Labs has established and endowment fund at the University of Manitoba with an initial gift of $25,000. Unicity Labs is a full service community clinical laboratory that provides services to physician clinics in Winnipeg. It has provided services for more than 30 years and is locally owned by four partners.

The purpose of the fund will be to provide financial support to a first or second year family medicine resident to attend a national meeting or conference. (e.g., CCME or FMF). Unicity Labs has offered to contribute an extra $2,500 so that one award valued at $1,250 may be offered in each of the 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic year. As of the 2014-15 academic year the available earnings from the fund will be used to offer one travel award to a student who:

  1. is enrolled full-time in the first or second year study in the Postgraduate Medical Education Program (PGME), in the Faculty of Medicine in the Department of Family Medicine;
  2. is traveling to a conference, seminar, or other approved event that is associated with their program.

Selection of candidates will be based on preceptor’s annual evaluations of residents.

For more information, please contact Sylvia Froese.

Department research

The UM Office of Research and Quality Improvement is committed to developing practice redesign for family medicine in ways that improve primary care delivery. Our aim is to find new ways of working that will shape the future of family medicine in Manitoba and beyond.

Office of Research and Quality Improvement

The UM Office of Research and Quality Improvement is committed to developing practice redesign for family medicine in ways that improve primary care delivery.

Contact our research staff

Community and partnerships

Become a community preceptor

The community preceptor is a skilled practitioner who supervises medical students and/or residents in a clinical setting to allow practical experience with patients. As a community preceptor, you’ll provide educational experiences consistent with the goals and aims of the Department of Family Medicine, The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) and the Max Rady College of Medicine, University of Manitoba.


Preceptors teach students at all levels of training:

  • Undergraduate Medical Student Clerkship (5 weeks)
  • Postgraduate Rural Family Medicine Selective (8 weeks)
  • Postgraduate Bilingual Program Placements (5 or 6 months)
  • Postgraduate Resident Core Rotations (4 weeks)
  • Undergraduate Medical Student Electives (2 - 4 weeks)

Medical students consistently rate their Family Medicine clerkship experience as one of their best rotations. We attribute this to the warm welcome students on placement receive from our community preceptors.


To teach medical students, you must have full registration with The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba. Certification from The College of Family Physicians of Canada is not required but preferred.


We pay a stipend for each week of placement, though this is unlikely to be your motivation to mentor a student or resident. Most physicians become preceptors because they enjoy the camaraderie, appreciate the service the students and residents contribute to their practice and feel good about being involved in someone’s education and future career. We believe your relationship with our students and residents will be among the most rewarding of your professional life.

Preceptors receive:

  • Orientation materials
  • Clinical teaching workshops
  • A University of Manitoba appointment
  • University email account
  • Full access to the university library system and online collection
  • Invitations to special events

Duties and responsibilities

1) Educational

A community preceptor

  • Is aware of the educational objectives of the relevant rotation/placement and works toward meeting them
  • Orients students/residents to the clinic, practice, and hospital
  • Discusses his/her educational goals, expectations, and prior experiences with students/residents at outset of rotation
  • Sets reasonable expectations of students/residents and modifies these based on observed progress
  • at the beginning of the rotation, sets a schedule for students/residents and shares this with the students/residents and the program
  • Participates in direct observations of students/residents and facilitates ongoing case discussions

2) Administrative

The community preceptor

  • Ensures students/residents have adequate space to work
  • Provides access to a computer with Internet access for students/residents to use in the clinic
  • Consults with others, as appropriate, in completing required evaluations
  • Completes a midpoint evaluation if required and reviews it with the student/resident
  • Seeks input from appropriate program personnel if progress is unsatisfactory (i.e., the Director, Undergraduate Education or the Assistant Director, Education of the relevant residency stream)
  • Completes the final evaluation and reviews it with the student/resident
  • Forwards the final rotation evaluation (i.e., FITER [final in-training evaluation report] or ITER [in-training evaluation report]) to the program
  • Submits or approves invoices for receiving preceptor payments as required
  • Participates in continuing professional development and faculty development by engaging in a variety of scholarly activities.

For more information about the duties and responsibilities of a preceptor, please contact:

Beth Lloyd
Educational Support Supervisor

For information on acquiring a UM Academic Appointment to become a preceptor, please contact:

Debby Hando

Faculty and staff

Contact us

Family Medicine
S100, 750 Bannatyne Avenue
University of Manitoba (Bannatyne campus)
Winnipeg, MB R33 0W2 Canada