University of Manitoba - Family Medicine - Rural Brandon


Program Director

Dr. Tamara Buchel


Site Education Director/Site Medical Lead

Dr. Joanne Maier

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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:

  • 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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As a resident in the University of Manitoba’s Rural Family Medicine stream, you’ll see large patient volumes and hone your procedural skills through a variety of clinical encounters. This stream offers excellent learner-to-physician ratios ensuring as much one-on-one time as possible. These sites also welcome undergraduate students, enhancing the opportunity for collaborative learning.

Strengths of the Brandon stream:

The Brandon Family Medicine Stream is a two-year residency where residents live and train in Brandon. Brandon is a small city with family medicine preceptors providing the full scope practice, generalist specialist preceptors and a very well-equipped regional referral health centre. Much of the training is provided longitudinally over the two years. Emphasis is placed on skill and knowledge development, generalist education and continuity of care.

  • An active teaching unit, with low preceptor to trainee ratios.

  • Large clinical volumes with excellent variety of patients.

  • Frequent opportunities to perfect your procedural skills through clinical encounters and procedural labs.

  • Continuity of care within your preceptor’s practice is an educational priority and is provided during the two years during Family Medicine block time and continuity clinics while on specialty rotations.

  • There is an integrated curriculum that provides training in emergency, psychiatry, obstetrics and geriatrics embedded within Family Medicine Block Time.

  • Monthly academic days in small group learning environments with in-unit teaching.

  • Very well-equipped regional referral health centre that services a population of about 180,000

  • Rural rotations in Family Medicine in both years

  • Pediatric Emergency at the busy Winnipeg’s Children’s Hospital and Palliative Medicine rotation at specialized Winnipeg unit

Brandon is a welcoming community nestled along the Assiniboine River, rich in diverse culture and offering a metropolitan lifestyle with the charm of small town living. Located in the heart of Southwestern Manitoba, 200 km west of Winnipeg

  • Population of about 50,000, average age of 36

  • Affordable housing

  • Extensive retail and service sector, >2000 businesses

  • Lots of recreation facilities and events with over 90 parks, playgrounds and green spaces

  • In-city commute of 12 minutes.