— Streams and Training Templates —
Stream Lead: Dr. Robert Forsey
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The Goose Bay Stream is the perfect match for candidates who wish to pursue rural and remote training!
A core of dedicated teachers is almost entirely made up of former residents — we have 11 NorFam graduates practicing here and teaching.
Six residents in the Goose Bay Stream will complete the majority of their longitudinal integrated training in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL. There is good exposure to office-based family practice, emergency medicine and pediatrics. Goose Bay gives an excellent exposure to Indigenous health and rural and remote medicine. Residents also have the opportunity to enhance these experiences by completing some rotations in Newfoundland and Labrador and/or New Brunswick, e.g. internal medicine, ICU, obstetrics and gynecology.
Typical Goose Bay learning includes:
- prenatal, intrapartum, and postpartum care
- emergency room shifts
- fly in clinics and Telehealth to First Nations and Inuit community clinics on the coast of Labrador; outreach clinics in North West River and Sheshatshiu
- hospitalist week
- inpatient care (critically ill patients must be cared for locally or stabilized before transport out can be arranged).
- Some exposure to flight medicine/medevacs — transportation of sick patients from coastal Labrador to the health center in Goose Bay, or from Goose Bay to a tertiary referral center
- Seniors home/Long term care facility
- Interdisciplinary work with a wide variety of health professionals — including coastal nurses, nurse practitioners
Over an extended period of time residents can provide continuity of care for patients and their families in a wide variety of settings (for example from emergency room to inpatient unit, followed up with care in the patients’ home community). Residents can experience the provision of care to patients who are sick and help them maintain health when they are well . They look after patients at birth, provide end of life care, and cover all points in between.
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 exams 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.
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) when available.
- 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
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