University of Manitoba - Family Medicine - Winnipeg


Program Director

Dr. Tamara Buchel


Urban Education Director

Dr. Mary Jane Jamieson

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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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About Winnipeg

Winnipeg is a vibrant city in the heart of Canada with a population of almost 800,000. It is the largest city in the province of Manitoba and is near the longitudinal centre of Canada, located 110 kilometers north of the Canada – USA border. Winnipeg is well known for being one of the most culturally diverse cities anywhere, with over 100 languages spoken. The city is named after nearby Lake Winnipeg, the 10th largest freshwater lake in the world. The name comes from the Western Cree words for muddy water. Winnipeg is family friendly with plenty of charm, many green spaces, parks and activities for children. The city boasts dazzling arts, theatre & indie music scenes, one of the most extensive & diverse food scenes in Canada, multiple professional sports teams and is home to many festivals.

Winnipeg experiences four distinct seasons. Nothing beats a prairie summer under our big sky! Manitoba summers are typically very sunny and hot. Legendary winters provide opportunities for many winter sports. We have over 2,300 hours of sunshine per year – among the highest of Canadian cities. Enjoying all four seasons is easy, Winnipeg is close to lakes, parks and beaches which provide great areas to camp, fish and hike. Winter activities include cross country skiing, skating, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, hockey, ringette and tobogganing.

There are several sports teams including the Winnipeg Jets (NHL), Winnipeg Blue Bombers (CFL), Winnipeg Goldeyes (baseball), Valour FC (Canadian Premier League Soccer) and Manitoba Moose hockey (AHL). The city recently hosted the Canada Games in 2017.

Winnipeg is home to many festivals including Folklorama, the largest and longest running multicultural festival in the world. Other popular festivals include Festival du Voyageur, the Winnipeg Folk Festival, the Jazz Winnipeg Festival, the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival, the Winnipeg International Children’s Festival among many more. The Forks is a national historic site at the intersection of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers, with warehouses converted to shops and restaurants, plus ample green space dedicated to recreational, historical and cultural events such as festivals, concerts and exhibits. The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is appropriately situated at the Forks. Nearby, the Exchange District is known for its well preserved, early 20th century architecture and numerous art galleries, trendy shops, cafes and restaurants. Some of Winnipeg’s other diverse neighbourhoods include the boho chic Osborne Village and the historic St. Boniface, the heart of Manitoba’s Francophone community.

Known as the “Gateway to the West”, Winnipeg is a railway and transportation hub with a diversified economy. It is a very affordable place to live in Canada. Resident salaries are higher than in most provinces and items such as food, gas, rent and car insurance are typically less.

Websites of interest:

Tourism Winnipeg

Travel Manitoba

The Forks

Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Economic Development Winnipeg

Government of Manitoba

Winnipeg Regional Health Authority

Professional Association of Residents and Interns of Manitoba

Shared Health Manitoba


Major Strengths of the Urban Stream

We provide:

  • Busy teaching units with individualized teaching by your primary preceptor.

  • 5 months of Family Medicine Block Time (FMBT) in first year allows for continuity with a defined panel of patients.

  • Generous Self-Directed Learning time scheduled during FMBT.

  • EMR — All clinics utilize an EMR in the daily care and management of their patients.

  • Winnipeg is one of the most culturally diverse cities in Canada. Some 100 languages are spoken and Winnipeg is known for its cultural achievements, amazing restaurants and flourishing arts scene. More information about the city can be found under Additional Information section.

Training Sites:

Your training as an Urban Family Medicine resident will be through one of four busy family medicine teaching units in Winnipeg: Access Fort Garry, Access River East, Access Winnipeg West, Kildonan Medical Centre