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    • Department of Family Medicine
    • Department of Psychiatry

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    CaRMS match

    • FM/ES (Family Medicine/Enhanced Skills Match)

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    • The College of Family Physicians of Canada

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    Expected duration

    • 1 year

Throughout the program, you'll have opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills and attitude to support addiction patients, create prevention strategies and deliver treatment across a variety of treatment settings.

You'll deepen your scholarship of addiction medicine including education, policy, program development and research while learn to support vulnerable community members who have a higher likelihood of addiction including 2SLGBTQ+, Indigenous and at-risk youth patients.

Academic requirements

Continuity of care experiences

Part of your program curriculum includes longitudinal addictions clinic exposure tailored to your interests and previous experience and based on consultation with the Program Director. This may include Opioid Agonist Therapy clinic (MOST clinic), out-patient addiction consult (CARMA) clinic, contingency management (or other group facilitation) and/or RAAM for 0.5-1 days per week.

There is also the opportunity to maintain your clinic-based family medicine experience during the training.

Journal club

Journal clubs are a popular way to continue your lifelong learning as a practicing physician, providing an opportunity for peer-assisted review of recent publications relevant to your field of practice. For residents, journal clubs offer the chance to present methodology, results and interpretations of journal articles in order to develop oral communication skills.

Journal clubs are held on a monthly basis. You must present a minimum of twice per year at a journal club.

The Manitoba Opioid Agonist Treatment (MOAT) group is held quarterly. MOAT reviews current literature and provincial case studies for discussion.

Seminars and academic rounds

As a resident, you will attend hour-long seminars focusing on issues related to addiction, facilitated by preceptors or other members of the interprofessional team.

While on rotation at HSC, you will also attend weekly teaching sessions on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 8:30 AM. Relevant grand rounds presentations in psychiatry, internal medicine, anesthesiology and other specialties will also be highlighted for attendance.

Scholarly project

Each resident will be expected to complete a scholarly project during the course of the enhanced skill program. Your scholarly project can take the form of an in-depth literature review of a relevant topic that would be fit for publication, a quality improvement project or a research project. You will be encouraged to present at a peer-reviewed conference and/or publication in a peer-reviewed journal during the course of your training.


The program consists of a twelve-month (13-block) schedule of rotations:

  • Academic block bootcamp (two weeks, half block)
  • Hospital based withdrawal management (four weeks, AU, one block)
  • Community based withdrawal management (two weeks MWMS, two weeks Main Street Project or Eaglewood or Brandon, one block)
  • Addiction consult service (four weeks HSC, four weeks SBH, two blocks)
  • AFM residential treatment (two weeks men’s, two weeks women’s, one block)
  • Primary care and addictions (four weeks Nine Circles, 601 Aikens, Klinic or rural primary care, one block)
  • Northern remote (one block)
  • Co-occurring disorders including co-facilitating DBT skills group on AU and CODI DBT groups (four weeks, one block)
  • Pain management (two weeks acute pain service, two weeks chronic pain clinic, one block)
  • Longitudinal (may vary depending on interest and experience) – MOST clinic, OAT clinic, CARMA clinic, RAAM, contingency management.
  • Vacation (four weeks, one block)

Electives (may occur out of province, two and a half blocks)

  • Therapeutic community (two weeks)
  • Indigenous treatment centre (two-four weeks)
  • iOAT clinic (two to four weeks)
  • Managed alcohol (two to four weeks)
  • Supervised consumption/harm reduction (two to four weeks)
  • Research elective (two to four weeks)
  • Perinatal addictions (two to four weeks)
  • HIV or HCV/hepatology clinic (two to four weeks)
  • NICU
  • Youth – AFM Compass, YASU – withdrawal management and in house treatment
  • LGBTQ – Transgender clinic
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Program details

Complete residency details, including program curriculum, application requirements and selection criteria can be found on the Canadian Resident Matching Service website.

How to apply for residencies

  • To be considered for admission to any residency at the University of Manitoba, you must apply through the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS).

    CaRMS is a national, independent, not-for-profit, fee-for-service organization that provides a fair, objective and transparent application and matching service for medical training throughout Canada.

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