Dr. Russell Dawe
Stream Lead: Dr. Patrick Foucault
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. All obstetrics/gynecology, surgery and some internal medicine clinical experiences are 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 orthopedic 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 andremote family medicine training. It includes visits to nurse-staffed health centres in smaller communities in the Qikiqtani 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.
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.
There are many reasons to come to Memorial for Family Medicine training! To name a few: