University of Manitoba - Family Medicine - Rural Boundary Trails


Program Director

Dr. Tamara Buchel


Site Education Director

Dr. Margaret Hesom

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Overview of Department

For more than 40 years, the University of Manitoba’s Department of Family Medicine has been positively influencing the health of individuals, families and communities across Manitoba. Through clinical work, teaching and innovative research, family medicine is making a difference.

This program, accredited by the College of Family Physicians of Canada, promotes whole-person medicine through a combination of patient-centred care and structured seminars. During clerkship, learners are distributed in over 20 communities throughout Manitoba.

Training Passionate Family Physicians

After completing a four-year undergraduate degree in Medicine, students who enter the two-year Family Medicine residency choose a learning stream tailored to their practice interests.

Enhanced Training

In addition to the postgraduate program, Family Medicine also offers enhanced skills training which allows Family Medicine doctors to continually shape and reshape their careers.

Enhanced training is available in the following areas:

  • Addictions

  • FM Anesthesia

  • Cancer Care

  • Care of the Elderly

  • Emergency Medicine

  • Obstetrical Surgical Skills

  • Palliative Care

  • Sport & Exercise Medicine

  • This training requires an additional 6–12 months of study.

  • Residents finishing their second year and practicing family physicians may apply.

  • Integrative Medicine in Residency Program Option

The Integrative Medicine in Residency (IMR) program is a two-year program of study exploring the integration of Complementary and Alternative therapies with conventional family practice in an evidence-based manner. This program is being offered in conjunction with the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, and is a 200-hour, interactive web-based curriculum that is completed longitudinally alongside the Family Medicine residency program. This program option is available to residents in all streams. Visit the Integrative Medicine in Residency Program page for full details.

Scholarly activities in our program include:

  • participation in monthly Journal Clubs

  • presentations at patient case rounds and regular guideline appraisals

  • didactic teaching

  • formal Quality Improvement curriculum

  • Critical Appraisal assignments

  • PEARLS exercises as offered through the College of Family Physicians of Canada

  • Academic Days throughout the year

  • additional core curriculum as mandated by PGME for all postgraduate program residents

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The City of Winkler and City of Morden are scenically located on the Pembina escarpment and approximately 20 minutes north of the U.S. border. Both Morden and Winkler offer a wealth of fun opportunities outside of the work setting such as:

  • Sporting activities throughout the year ranging from curling, hockey, squash, tennis, baseball, basketball, volleyball (indoor and beach), and archery to name just a few. Of great popularity is the Morden Triathlon.

  • For the golf enthusiasts, there are two beautiful 18-hole golf courses, one in Winkler and the other just outside of Morden which host many popular golf tournaments.

  • Colert Beach in Morden and the Winkler Aquatic Centre offer camping and swimming.

  • The beautiful, rolling Pembina Hills provide quick access to hiking, camping, golfing, biking, boating, and cross-country skiing.

  • For the avid fishermen/women we have goldeye, carp, catfish, sucker, rock bass and walleye in local waters, to name a few.

  • Cultural activities are available in both communities year round, and there are active community bands that are always in search of musicians.

  • Two major festivals are celebrated annually, the Winkler Harvest Festival and the Morden Corn and Apple Festival.

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