Memorial University of Newfoundland - Family Medicine - Eastern Stream


Program Director

Dr. Russell Dawe


Intermediate Secretary

Shenoa White


Streams and Training Templates


Stream Lead: Dr. Sonny Collis

The Eastern Stream offers the opportunity for residents to complete the majority of the residency program in the Eastern region of Newfoundland and Labrador. Encompassing both urban and rural sites the program allows a broad range of experiences that lead to a competent family physician prepared to practice in any practice environment.

In first year, residents complete the majority of their clinical experiences in St. John’s. All Obstetrics & Gynecology and Surgery clinical experiences and some Internal Medicine clinical experiences are completed in rural sites across NL and/or in New Brunswick. Residents complete integrated Family Medicine and Care of Elderly training over the course of the first year (spread over 6 months). All other first year clinical experiences are of 1-3 months in duration.

In second year, residents complete rural Family Medicine clinical experiences throughout the Eastern Stream or in New Brunswick. The duration of the rural clinical experience varies by site and ranges from four months to a full year. The full year longitudinal opportunities are offered in the Burin and Clarenville regions of NL. Urban family medicine clinical experiences are completed in and around St. John’s. Pediatric, palliative care, and orthopedic clinical experiences are completed either in St. John’s or in rural locations across NL and/or in New Brunswick.

The goal of the Eastern Stream is to facilitate a diverse learning environment that will prepare the resident to be a confident and competent physician who is able to manage a variety of clinical situations in a wide range of practice environments.

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!

Why Memorial?

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.

Training Templates?

  • 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

The program information on this website is in the language that the program is offered in.