50th anniversary celebration

Join us for a night of celebration and reflection as we mark the 50th anniversary of the Department of Family Medicine on May 26, 2023 at the Manitoba Museum.

  • Family Medicine anniversary event graphic.


Join us on May 26, 2023, as we celebrate the Department of Family Medicine's leadership in delivering health care across Manitoba. For over five decades, we have educated and trained the majority of the province's family physicians. We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and appreciate our partners and communities who have contributed to our success.

The gala will be held at the Manitoba Museum, where we will have the pleasure of listening to brilliant speakers and recognizing our talented colleagues. The Ron Paley Big Band will provide lively music for the evening.

To kick off the evening, we invite you to explore the Manitoba Museum galleries, including the Nonsuch Gallery. The reception and exploration will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m.

Together, we look forward to a future with an increased number of primary care physicians, meeting the health care needs of all Manitobans. We can't wait to see you there!


The keynote speaker for our gala is André Picard, a highly respected Canadian health journalist and author known for his insightful commentary on health policy and health care issues.

He has been a health columnist for The Globe and Mail for more than 30 years and has received numerous awards for his contributions to health journalism, including the Michener Award for Meritorious Public Service Journalism, and the Canadian Association of Journalists' Award for Investigative Reporting. Picard is also the author of several books, including "Matters of Life and Death: Public Health Issues in Canada" and "Critical Care: Canadian Nurses Speak for Change."

Picard was named Canada’s first “Public Health Hero” by the Canadian Public Health Association, as a “Champion of Mental Health” by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health, and received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, for his dedication to improving health care. He has been awarded six honorary degrees including a Doctor of Letters from the University of Manitoba in 2019. 

With his wealth of knowledge and experience, André Picard is sure to offer valuable insights at our upcoming event.

Sponsorship opportunities

We are pleased to offer a range of sponsorship opportunities for our upcoming gala event. We hope you will consider supporting us and being part of this celebration of leadership and innovation in health care.

GOLD SPONSOR | $3,500.00

As a Gold sponsor, you will receive a corporate table for eight at the gala, as well as prominent recognition on all gala promotions, signage, and the digital display. You will also be recognized in the gala program and on our website, and receive verbal recognition during the event.


Our Silver sponsorship package includes a corporate table for eight at the gala, as well as logo recognition on all gala promotions, and corporate recognition in the gala program, on our website, and during the event.


As a Bronze sponsor, you will receive a corporate table for eight at the gala, as well as recognition in the gala program and on our website.

For more details, please view our sponsorship package or contact Jenessa Grabski for more information at Jenessa.Grabski@umanitoba.ca or 204-272-3186.

Sponsorship package (PDF)

Future 50 Fund

We're proud to introduce the DFM Future 50 Fund, which aims to address the shortage of doctors by recruiting and retaining family physicians and physician assistants, promoting interdisciplinary primary care, and increasing research and innovation in areas such as assistive technology and quality improvement. Our goal is to prepare for the future health system and to ensure that health equity and access are available to all communities, whether they are northern, remote, rural, or urban.

The fund will also support the training of the next generation of leaders in family medicine. These leaders will be prepared for future pandemics and will advocate for the health needs of their communities.

By contributing to the Family Medicine Future 50 Fund, you can directly impact research and innovation, scholarship, and leadership development within Family Medicine and across the province. Your gift will help us continue to provide high-quality teaching and research environments for the next 50 years, so we can train the next generation of health care providers who will serve Manitobans.

Volunteers needed

As we prepare to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Department of Family Medicine, we're calling for volunteers to help make this event a success. We're looking for individuals who are passionate about health care and want to contribute to the event's success.

If you're interested in helping out behind the scenes, we'd love to hear from you. Please email us at DFM@umanitoba.ca to learn more about volunteer opportunities at this exciting event.

By volunteering, you'll have the opportunity to work alongside like-minded individuals and play a crucial role in ensuring that our celebration is a success. We appreciate your support and look forward to hearing from you soon!


We're excited to offer single tickets and sponsored tables for our upcoming gala event. Single tickets are available for $200 and include access to the Manitoba Museum galleries, the event's program, speakers, and entertainment. 

For an exclusive experience, consider a Diamond ticket for $400, which includes seating with André Picard  (limited availability).

We also offer sponsored tables of eight, including a Gold sponsor package for $3,500, a Silver sponsor package for $2,500, and a Bronze sponsor package for $2,000. Each sponsored table includes recognition in our program, signage, and website, as well as varying levels of logo recognition and verbal recognition during the event.

Join us for an unforgettable celebration of leadership and innovation in health care. Get your tickets or sponsor a table today!

Gold sponsors

  • Rady Faculty of Health Sciences Logo
  • Doctors Manitoba Logo
  • Logo for The Manitoba College of Family Physicians
  • Proscapes logo

Silver sponsors

  • Ongomiizwin logo
  • Selkirk Medical Associates logo

Bronze sponsors

  • Access River East logo
  • Access Winnipeg West logo
  • Logo for the C.W Wiebe Medical Centre
  • Logo for the Kildonan Medical Centre.
  • Kingsbury Family Medical Centre Logo
  • Logo for Open Health Niverville
  • Logo for the Royal Bank of Canada.
  • Logo for Victoria General Hospital  logo
  • Logo for the Family Medicine Bilingual Stream
  • Steinbach Family Medical Center logo

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.

Our story

Watch a brief video to learn more about our department and what we offer.

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 support.


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.

Entrada login


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.

50th anniversary awards

The department of family medicine has established a selection of new awards, including:

  • Staff Excellence Award
  • Undergraduate Teacher of the Year Award
  • Teaching Site of the Year Award
  • QI, Research & Educational Scholarship Excellence Award
  • Excellence in Social Accountability Award
  • Postgraduate Teacher of the Year Award
  • Resident Leadership Award
  • Early Career Development Award


Applications are due January 6, 2023.

For more information

Visit Entrada for full details.

Dr. Claude H. Murphy Continuing Medical Education Awards

The Manitoba Chapter Guidelines for the Dr. Claude H. Murphy Continuing Medical Education Awards


Applications are due January 6, 2023.

For more information

Visit Entrada for full details.

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 have 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. Please refer to the Terms of Reference for eligibility requirements.

Terms of Reference (PDF)

Form (PDF)

Unicity Labs Family Medicine Travel Award

Unicity Labs has established an 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.

Terms of Reference (PDF)

Form (PDF)

Student working with a test-tube.

Undergraduate Research Awards

Each year, the University of Manitoba provides a multitude of unique learning opportunities through the undergraduate research awards. This program allows undergraduate students to interact with the best minds and research leaders in their fields. This experience opens them up to new possibilities for a research career in either government, academic or industry sectors.


Office of Research and Quality Improvement (OR&QI)

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.

Staff of the OR&QI work collaboratively with The Manitoba SPOR PIHCI Network (MPN) and the Manitoba Primary Care Research Network (MaPCReN) in a shared effort to support evidence-informed health care transformation.

Contact our research staff

Professorship in Quality Improvement 

The Department of Family Medicine is seeking applicants for its first Professorship in Quality Improvement. The goal of this three-year position is to provide leadership, scholarship, and mentorship in the areas of quality improvement and patient safety in Family Medicine/Primary Care.

Application information


The professor will be responsible for academic work focusing on research, leading to innovation in the approaches to improve the quality and safety of health care delivery. The incumbent will help establish and sustain collaborations and partnerships that enhance knowledge-based best practices and the University’s competitiveness in peer-reviewed competitions for funding. The professor will also be responsible for supervising research trainees, building capacity to strengthen the culture of quality improvement within family medicine and primary care practice settings, and supporting the successful supervision of research trainees.

Endowment and appointment:

The position is a three-year appointment with the possibility of renewing for two additional three-year terms, depending on the availability of funds and the incumbent’s performance. The Department of Family Medicine has created an initial endowment in salary support (funding equivalent to 0.2 GFT). The Department of Family Medicine will facilitate a full-time position incorporating a primary care clinical placement with the professorship GFT if the applicant does not have a current clinical position. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


The applicants should be Canadian citizens or permanent residents, hold an MD and CCFP designations, and have a current (or be eligible for) an academic appointment at the rank of Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor in the Department of Family Medicine. They should have a history of excellence in research and/or quality improvement, including a sustained track record of extramural funding as a principal investigator and peer-reviewed publications. Applicants should have a track record of innovation, proven skills in leadership, mentorship, and student supervision, and demonstrated ability to develop collaborations with internal and external investigators and institutions.

Application process:

Applications should be sent to alyzia.horsfall@umanitoba.ca, along with a cover letter and curriculum vitae. Application materials, including letters of reference, will be handled in accordance with the protection of privacy provision of The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Manitoba).

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion:

An inclusive, open, and diverse community is essential to excellence and fosters voices that have been ignored or discouraged. To address the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences' commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, proactive measures will be taken, including implicit bias training for all hiring panels. The university encourages candidates to self-identify any aspect of diversity in their cover letter. The University of Manitoba is committed to the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion and to promoting opportunities in hiring, promotion, and tenure (where applicable) for systemically marginalized groups who have been excluded from full participation at the University and the larger community, including Indigenous Peoples, women, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as 2SLGBTQIA+ (Two Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, questioning, intersex, asexual, and other diverse sexual identities).


If any applicant requires accommodation support during the recruitment process, they can contact UM.Accommodation@umanitoba.ca or 204-474-7195. Please note that this contact information is for accommodation reasons only.

Community and partnerships

Communities served

Communities that received family medicine learners in 2018-2020:


Our sites model comprehensive patient care and provide quality learning experiences to Master of Physician Assistant students, undergraduate medical students, family medicine residents, as well as to a variety of other health professions.

Our provincial network of core family medicine residency training sites includes:

  • Urban

    • Access Fort Garry
    • Access River East
    • Access Winnipeg West
    • Kildonan Medical Centre
  • Bilingual

    • Notre-Dame
    • St. Anne
    • St. Boniface
  • Rural

    • Boundary Trails (Winkler/Morden)
    • Brandon
    • Parkland (Dauphin)
    • Portage la Prairie
    • Interlake-Eastern (Selkirk)
    • Steinbach
  • Northern Remote

    • Northern Connections
    • Thompson

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:

Kim Le
Education coordinator

For information on acquiring a UM academic appointment to become a preceptor, please contact:

Stephanie Plaitin
Administrative services coordinator

Faculty and staff

Contact us

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