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Streams and Training Templates


Stream Lead: Dr. Meridith Penner

The Nunavut Stream is the perfect match for candidates who wish to pursue rural and remote family medicine training in Nunavut!

Residents will have the opportunity to train in Iqaluit, Nunavut (NunaFam). This training opportunity will involve first and second year rotations in Newfoundland and Labrador and/or New Brunswick, with a six-month remote family medicine experience in Nunavut in the second year. It is well suited to self-directed learners who intend to practice in rural or remote Canada, particularly with Indigenous or Inuit populations.

In first year, residents complete the majority of their clinical experiences in St. John’s. Obstetrics/gynecology clinical experiences may be completed in rural areas across NL and/or NB. Residents complete integrated family medicine and care of the elderly training over the course of the first year (spread over six months). All other first year clinical experiences are of 1-3 months in duration.

In second year, residents complete six months of rural family medicine clinical experiences in Nunavut. The remainder of the second year, clinical experiences will be based out of the Eastern Stream and/or sites in New Brunswick. The urban family medicine clinical experiences are completed in and around St. John’s. Palliative care and surgery clinical experiences are completed either in St. John’s or in rural locations across Newfoundland and/or in New Brunswick.

The NunaFam program offers unique opportunities in rural and remote family medicine training. It includes visits to nurse-staffed health centres in smaller communities in the Qikiqtaaluk region of Nunavut, and training with skilled generalist family physicians. Trainees will have many opportunities to practice procedural skills and hone their clinical skills while working in a remote, resource limited context. Specific opportunities may include: family medicine clinics, medevacs, obstetrics, telemedicine, ER, TB programs, corrections and reproductive care.

Residents will develop competence in all areas of family medicine, and gain exposure to some of the unique individual and population health challenges of northern Canada, while working in communities where the majority of the population are Inuit. The six-month Nunavut component of this stream places an emphasis on expanding the understanding of the role of a family physician as a health advocate, as well as the impact of the social determinants of health on individuals and communities.

Program Highlights

The residency training program in family medicine at Memorial is an accredited residency training program through the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC). It leads to eligibility to sit the certification exam 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.


Why Memorial?

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
  • Four weeks of vacation per year
  • $1000 per year 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 and NRP. Residents are provided with $1000 per year towards conference leave per year or ATLS course completion
  • Stunning landscape
  • Outdoor activities across all training sites
  • Vibrant arts scene — culture, music, dance, film
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General Information

Please review the CaRMS program description (linked above) for additional program information.

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Salary Information

Post graduate salaries and benefits differ by province and are determined by two things: your training year, and the province you work in. See below the salaries and benefits for Memorial University of Newfoundland - Family Medicine - Nunavut.
Newfoundland and Labrador
Gross Annual PGY-1 Salary
Gross Annual PGY-2 Salary
Gross Annual PGY-3 Salary
Gross Annual PGY-4 Salary
Gross Annual PGY-5 Salary
Gross Annual PGY-6 Salary
Gross Annual PGY-7 Salary
Annual Vacation
4 weeks/year
Statutory Holidays
1-1/2x pay or paid day off
Conference Leave
7 days/pd
Frequency of Calls
Excess in-hospital call > 7/28 weekday – $225, weekend – $360; Call stipend – $115 Home call > 7/21 – $75; Call stipend – $57.50
100% reimbursement
Provincial Health Insurance
Contact Medical Care Plan 1-866-449-4459
Extended Health Insurance
Mandatory medical, basic life and AD&D
Cost of examination reimbursed upon successful completion while a PARNL member
Maternity/Paternity Leave
Up to One year
Additional Optional Benefits
100% employee paid
Parking Fees
Sick leave
1 day per month
Resident Student
Full-time status
Meal Allowance
$105 per month
Updated August 3, 2023

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Explore Location

The town of Iqaluit featuring the rocky landscape
Iqaluit is the capital city of the Canadian territory of Nunavut. It sits on vast Baffin Island in Frobisher Bay. The island is known for its ice-capped mountains and tundra valleys. Near the city, Sylvia Grinnell Territorial Park is home to caribou and Arctic foxes. Qaummaarviit Territorial Park, on a tiny island near the city, contains archaeological remains of the ancient Thule people.

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