Mental health

Physical health

Explore the tabs below for answers to some of our most-asked questions.

Can you help me find a primary health care provider?

Yes. If you don’t already have a local health provider, it can be daunting to try to find one who is accepting patients.  The medical school has several avenues through which you can access primary care.

University Health Services at Fort Garry campus is open to all students, and has time booked off especially for Bannatyne campus students in the early morning and later afternoon. Appointments can be made in advance at 204-474-8411.

St James Medical Clinic at 1600 Portage Avenue has also agreed to accept medical students for non-emergent, episodic care. You can get more information at their website.

I’m not from Manitoba. Can I still receive health care here?

Yes, you can receive healthcare in Manitoba as a student, even if you are not from Manitoba, but you may need to keep your healthcare coverage from your home province to do so. Call Manitoba Health at 204-786-7101 or visit https://www.gov.mb.ca/health/mhsip/index.html to find out how to determine eligibility.

Will the medical school know about my health conditions if I access care?

No, health information that is shared with your primary care provider is, and will remain, confidential, except when disclosure is required by law for all patients and providers (e.g. disclosure to public health in the case of some transmissible diseases, fitness to drive,.etc.)

Any medical record, including one kept at a University of Manitoba clinic, has nothing to do with your Max Rady College of Medicine records, is not stored at the same location, and is not accessible to any faculty.

You are required to report blood borne pathogens (including but not limited to HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C) to the Student Affairs office so that appropriate accommodations can be organized (see blood borne pathogen policy below), and to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba.

If requesting deferral or leave of absence due to medical reasons, we will also require medical documentation to support the request. The medical information requested/provided will be the minimum necessary to appropriately accommodate the request, and only to those who need to know.

For example, if you need to miss an exam due to illness but are going to be back at school in a few days, we will require a physician to document that you couldn’t write the exam that day, but not what the underlying illness was. On the other hand, if you have a major illness that will require you to take a leave of absence, we may need more information about the nature of the illness in order to properly plan for your return to school.

Accomodations

If you need accommodations, Student Accessibility Services (SAS) is the office on campus that sanctions and approves accommodations.

Registration with SAS, which necessitates the submission of medical documentation outlining a medical diagnosis, may negate the need to provide a further doctor’s note for deferrals or other academic accommodations.

Will my primary care doctor be evaluating me as a supervisor one day?

No. The medical school requires that individuals that have provided, or currently provide, health services to a medical student have no influence on the academic assessment or promotion of that student.

Any physician involved in teaching is expected to disclose any potential conflict of interest proactively, as should any student.

Can I miss school for medical appointments?

Yes, medical appointments are a valid reason for absence, in both the pre-clerkship and clerkship years, but you are expected to adhere to the absence policy for notification, documentation etc. For anticipated absences (e.g. scheduled appointment) you are expected to inform the medical school in advance (see the attendance policy for more details).

Pre-clerkship

Notify the Program Administrator, Pre-Clerkship at least two weeks in advance of the expected absence. If the session(s) is part of a repeating series, request rescheduling to a future date.

Clerkship

For a scheduled appointment, seek verbal approval from the preceptor of the affected rotation. Follow up with written communication to the preceptor, copied to the affected Rotation Administrator and the Director, Clerkship Rotation.

For reoccurring scheduled appointments, submit a written request for leave including supporting documentation as soon as feasibly possible to the UGME Administrator, Clerkship. 

Do I need to provide a doctor’s note every time I miss school due to illness?

A physician’s note is generally not required for short absences, but you are required to inform the UGME program of your illness as soon as is reasonable. 

If you have longer or frequent absences the UGME office may require medical documentation which will detail the expected length of absence and whether you will need any accommodation to return to studies.  If you need an exam deferral, leave of absence or other accommodations for medical reasons, medical documentation will be required.

The Student Advocacy office has a template you can take with you to your physician, which outlines which information is necessary to provide and what can remain confidential. 

Spirituality

Spiritual care is available to all, whether you identify as spiritual, atheist, religious or agnostic. We recognize, affirm and work with your existing values and beliefs. Follow the link for a full listing of spiritual supports.

Medicine Wheel Garden of Indigenous Learning

Located on the Bannatyne campus, this calm green-space provides a welcoming place for people to meet, share and learn about the importance and value of traditional knowledge and medicines. Throughout the year, an Elder will host teaching circles on traditional medicines and knowledge in this space.

Health Sciences Centre Sanctuaries

The Health Sciences Centre offers two sanctuary spaces which are open 24 hours a day as places of quiet and reflection. The main sanctuary in the Green Owl Zone, Level 2 has a labyrinth for walking meditation.

  • Green Owl Zone, Level 2 (GH216) 
  • Magenta Fox Zone, Level 2 (RR215)

Emergency contacts

Medical emergency, serious injury or death

Daytime:

  • Security Services 555 (from a university phone)
  • #555 on Rogers or MTS cellular (most efficient means to access Emergency 911 services)

After hours:

  • 911

Illness or injury (non urgent)

Daytime:

After hours:

  • University Health Service, 204-474-8411    (for students already receiving care from UHS)
  • Health Links, 204-788-8200

Suicide: imminent threat or attempt

Daytime:

  • Security Services 555 (from a university phone)
  • #555 on Rogers or MTS cellular (most efficient means to access Emergency 911 services)

After hours: 911

Suicide: thoughts or threat

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Serious emotional distress

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Trauma debriefing

Student Counselling Centre, 204-474-8592

Sexual assault

Important: contact services only at request of person assaulted

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Crime victim

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Missing student

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Extremely disruptive or threatening student

Daytime:

  • Security Services 555 (from a university phone)
  • #555 on Rogers or MTS cellular, if imminent threat

If threat is not imminent, call 204-474-9312 (duty officer) to request report to Student Threat Assessment Triage, Intervention, and Support (STATIS) team

Emergency funding

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