University of Manitoba - Family Medicine - Rural Parkland


Program Director

Dr. Tamara Buchel


Site Education Director/Site Medical Lead

Dr. Scott Kish

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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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What about fun in Parkland?

Under the shade of its tree-lined streets, Dauphin is a bustling community with a solid infrastructure to ensure you have everything you deserve. Aside from its natural beauty and recreational opportunities, Dauphin is a regional service center for health care and retail in the Parkland. We have a growing business community, excellent education system and are fortunate to have many active service clubs rooted in a strong, proud history. Dauphin is an arts and culture-based community that offers many creative opportunities, as well as scores of youth, seniors and support groups. Affordable housing opportunities and some of the best recreation facilities in Manitoba are only a few of the reasons to live here. It offers a wealth of activities 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.

Northgate Dauphin is a 26 km system of stacked loop, multi-use trails featuring section for mountain bikers, hiking, train running, and areas to gather and take in the scenery of Riding Mountain National Park. Other activities include Manitoba MudRun, Dauphin ColorBlast 5K, various other races accessing Dauphin and area.

Lake Dauphin and Rainbow Beach are located only 10 miles from town, and offer camping, swimming and golf.

Riding Mountain National Park is only 16 km away, and provides quick access to hiking, camping, golfing, biking, boating, and cross-country skiing. Wasagaming/Clear Lake is a resort town located 40 minutes south of Dauphin and is considered the Banff of the prairies with its terrific restaurants and recreational opportunities.

Duck Mountain Provincial Park is 1 hour north of Dauphin, and offers fabulous lakes for camping and fishing for rainbow trout, walleye, and northern pike.

For the golf enthusiasts, there are three beautiful 18 hole golf courses within 45 minutes of Dauphin.

Cultural activities are available at the Watson Art Centre year round, and there is an active community band that is always in search of musicians.

Dauphin is presently known as “The City of Festivals.” Several major festivals are celebrated annually including Dauphin's Country-Fest and Canada's National Ukrainian Festival along with street fairs and winter festivals.

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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 Parkland stream:

University of Manitoba Unit Parkland stream residents have demonstrated that they are prepared for rural practice as almost 90% of Parkland residents to date have entered rural practices upon graduation.

We provide:

  • Depth and breadth of experiences. Almost anything can come through the door and we train medical professionals to deal with the life threatening and the unexpected from cradle to grave.

  • A stable and proven experienced and active rural teaching unit (25+ years), with low preceptor to trainee ratios and little competition from other medical learners.

  • Unprecedented scope of practice. Advanced skills and surgical procedures provided by family physicians ideal for expanding a resident's future scope of practice.

  • Large clinical volumes with excellent variety of patients.

  • Diversity of training sites offers experience in rural medicine within small (population 1000) to larger communities (population 8,000 and 45,000), including opportunities for obstetrics/gynecology and internal medicine within a smaller setting.

  • Continuity of care within your preceptors practice is an educational priority completing most rotations in a rural setting.

  • An integrated curriculum providing training in psychiatry, obstetrics/gynecology, geriatrics, community medicine, psychosocial counselling, cancer care, and nutrition.

  • Horizontal point-of-care ultrasound experience and opportunities to secure formal certification.

  • Monthly academic days in small group learning environments including site visits and community involvement.

We ensure that residents receive hands-on exposure to both the agricultural industry, cultural sensitivity and nearby Indigenous communities to enhance your understanding of farm injuries, access issues to health care, and lifestyle issues facing rural populations.

The Parkland Family Medicine Residency Unit, located in the Dauphin Regional Health Centre, was established in 1991. The Regional Health Centre serves as a regional referral center for the Parkland area of Manitoba. There are approximately 23 family physicians, 4 surgeons, 2 psychiatrists, 2 radiologists, 1 obs/gynecologist and an internist providing coverage.

Training sites include rotations in Winnipeg, Dauphin, Ste. Rose du Lac, Grandview, Swan River, and Brandon with the majority of the time spent in Dauphin.