Memorial University of Newfoundland - Family Medicine - Central Stream
Streams and Training Templates
Stream Lead: Dr. Lynette Powell
The Central Stream will provide excellent training experiences in Rural Family Medicine. Up to 6 residents will be able to select the Central Stream for their training. In this stream, the majority of training will occur in rural sites in Central Newfoundland and Labrador. Residents will be assigned a home community where they will spend the majority of their second year and a portion of their first year. Experiences such as rural emergency, family medicine obstetrics, inpatient and long-term care are available. Residents also have the opportunity for customized electives within the stream in various specialty services.
The Central training sites include Gander, Grand Falls-Windsor, Botwood, and Twillingate.
The residency training program in Family Medicine at Memorial is an accredited residency training program through the College of Family Physicians of Canada. It leads to eligibility to sit the certification exam of the CFPC. This program uses the unique medical, geographic and cultural characteristics of Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick and Nunavut to train family physicians for rural/remote practice. Check out our website!
There are many reasons to come to Memorial for Family Medicine training! To name a few:
- Urban, rural and remote training opportunities;
- Often you are the only resident on service;
- Tailored teaching given low learner to preceptor numbers;
- Excellent learning opportunities;
- Travel to and from training sites for core training is covered;
- Dedicated preceptors;
- 4 weeks of vacation per year;
- $1000 towards conference leave or ATLS course completion.
What Are Our Unique Learning Opportunities?
- Training is offered in urban, rural and remote communities
- Remote opportunities in Goose Bay, NL or Iqaluit, NU
- Flight medicine in Goose Bay or Iqaluit
- Transfer medicine across many training sites
- Point of Care Ultrasound Training (PoCUS)
- Certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Advances in Labour and Risk Management (ALARM), Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP), Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) training is offered, when possible. ACLS is offered through Eastern Health at a reduced rate. The Family Medicine Residency Training Program covers the cost of ALARM & NRP. Residents are provided with $1000 towards conference leave or ATLS course completion.
- Stunning landscape
- Outdoor activities across all training sites
- Vibrant arts scene — culture, music, dance, film
Please refer to the Curriculum and Information sections.
Do we have an urban stream?
While we don’t have an ‘urban’ stream, our Eastern training stream provides the vast majority of training in our urban center — St. John’s, NL. Please see the Eastern Stream information.
- Once matched into a training stream, residents receive a list of choices that are centered around that stream.
- All residents matched to the stream rank their template preferences and indicate any special considerations that should be taken into account.
- The training streams allow residents to move to an area of the province and complete the vast majority of their training locally.
- Residents will travel outside of their training stream if a learning experience is not available locally.
- Templates that are based around program streams have resulted in much less resident travel!
Do we have any Enhanced Skills programs?
Residency positions are contingent on funding, but normally the following positions are available within the Enhanced Skills programs:
- Emergency Medicine – 4-6 residents per year
- Care of the Elderly – 1 x 12 month position per year
- Care of Underserved Populations – 1 x 12 month position per year